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BSc (Hons) Applied Social Science

This innovative programme is built around the core disciplines of psychology, sociology, and social policy, affording students the opportunity to study the fascinating fields of social science in the context of a rapidly changing world.


The BSc (Hons) Applied Social Science degree is a Level 6 programme designed to draw your expertise from your level 4/5 qualification, extending and applying your knowledge and understanding towards contemporary issues in society. Studying a range of social science disciplines including, psychology, sociology, economics, and social policy, you will finish this course with a highly desirable qualification, leading to a range of graduate career options. Through this course, we will nurture your autonomy, allowing you the scope to build and focus on your strengths and personal interests as a student.

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Start date: 19/09/2022

Course code
Level 6
Truro College
1 year
Bachelor’s Degree
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Small Class Sizes

Board Career Options

Employability Focused

Part-time option

Contemporary Focus

Focusing on the application of social science to contemporary social issues of the environment, culture, education, health and care, identity, crime and more, students on this multidisciplinary programme gain an adaptable, highly applicable qualification, opening up a wide range of graduate opportunities.

Experienced and Knowledgeable Tutors

Study a diverse range of topics with experienced staff with subject specialisms within the fields of; crime and terrorism, sub-cultural theory, education for sustainable development and more!

Authentic Assessment

Contemporary theories of social science are studied and put in the context of both the individual and society through authentic assessment. Notions of identity are analysed with an emphasis on students developing their own professional identity and gaining valuable employability skills


Combine broad and balanced investigations into the social sciences with an exploration of a range of social problems such as poverty, unemployment, crime, child abuse, pollution and environmental damage. The BSc (Hons) Applied Social Science will help you explore contemporary public policy and how social, economic and political decision-making influences both the individual and wider society.

Our policy is to run small groups means that the teaching sessions are highly interactive allowing for debate and practical activities to enhance the learning experience.

  • Dissertation (40 Credits)- The dissertation module allows you to identify a topic of interest to you personally and to carry out a detailed investigation of this topic. You are assigned an individual supervisor and have lead lectures alongside this also. Students have explored a range of topics, including: the impact of childhood religion on adult identity, the importance of careers advice for FE students, awareness of public health messages regarding nutrition, literacy teaching and the gender gap and the impact of poverty on mental health.
  • Theoretical Social Science (20 Credits)- This module explores a range of theories of social science and allows the students to consider their impact or importance. Topics studied include: psychology of attention, social class and social mobility, sleep and dreams, social constructions of reality, offender profiling and patterns of global inequality.
  • Application of Social Science (20 credits)- This module follows on from Theoretical Social Science and asks students to apply the theories they have learnt to a specific case study of their choice. It allows them to explore the relevance and application of social science to a specific situation. Case studies are student-led and therefore reflect the interests, skills and future career aims for the individual.
  • Communication & Identity (20 credits: Optional)-  In this module, students consider the individual or group in society and how they construct their identity. Students choose a particular individual or group and focus on them, producing a portfolio which examines their chosen individual(s). Having explored this aspect, communication theory and discourse analysis are applied and students finally look at how people form communities of practice.
  • Professional Practice (20 credits)- Having explored theories and clients in other module, this module affords the opportunity to explore the role of the professional in an ever-changing landscape. Students will consider the role of the professional in a range of sectors and will then take part in a simulated activity where they explore the realities of multi-disciplinary working.
  • Crimes of Harm (20 Credits Optional)- This module considers the complex nature of defining and measuring crime, and how this has been addressed by social scientists. Analysing corporate crime, organised and state crimes, students investigate different forms of harm: financial, physical and environmental that are perpetrated by corporations, the state and individual white-collar offenders.
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This BSc (Hons) programme is delivered with the aim of maximising student employability. It combines theory with application to practice and affords students the opportunity to tailor every assignment to their chosen field.

Suitable careers linked with the programme are such as:

  • Education
  • Youth Offending Teams
  • Probation Services
  • Family Services
  • Advice work
  • Social work
  • Charities and the voluntary sector
  • Public services
  • Critical thinking
  • Data analysis
  • Project management

Typical progression routes into postgraduate study are:

  • BA Social Work (Plymouth University)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Truro College)
  • School Centered Initial Teacher Training (Truro College)
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Assessment Arrangements

The methods of assessment for this course are comprised of coursework (83%), and practical assessment (17%) there are no examinations on this course.

Entry Requirements

If you have successfully completed a Foundation Degree or HND in Social Science, Psychology, Education, or a related course then you may be able to progress onto this course.

Additional Information

This course is one year full-time or two years at part-time.

Location: Truro campus.

Awarding Body: University of Plymouth

UCAS Institution: Truro and Penwith College

UCAS Institution Code: T85

UCAS Course Code: 37Y2

UCAS Course Title: SocSci


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