What is this course about?
This course is suitable for students who have completed a Level 5 qualification in a social sciences subject and who would like to tailor a programme to reflect their interests and career goals. The range of topics you can study include modules in sociology, psychology, counselling, community governance and criminology. (For those interested in a more specialised curriculum, the BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice (Level 6) is also available.)
Through an applied research project you’ll refine your research skills and develop a strong understanding of evidence-based practice and service evaluation. This course emphasises how your knowledge and skills can be applied to real-world issues and you'll benefit from a broad range of links with professional organisations and employers in the public and voluntary sectors.
You will be supported by a personal tutor who will guide you through the programme and help you plan your next steps after graduation.
Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course. Some modules are compulsory, but in some cases you can also choose modules which interest you from outside your core area of study.
Tariff information for 2018 entry
Applicants should possess an HND, Diploma of Higher Education or Foundation degree.
2018 UCAS tariff table
Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.
International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.
Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please email our admissions team for further information.
See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
|UCAS codes available for this subject|
|BSc (Hons) - 1 year level 6 top-up|
(enter 3 in section 3(g) of UCAS form)
Graduate opportunities include roles in public sector management, third sector organisations, counselling, and social research.
We have excellent contacts with local authorities, community groups and charities, including Gloucester City Safe, Cheltenham Partnerships, Restorative Gloucestershire, supported housing organisations, and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire.
“I love community engagement and local politics because it's real. All my teaching is applied because (while theory is important) to work with and for communities you have to understand how and when you can act to make a positive difference. I also draw on my own experiences to help students make sense of the theory. Throughout my career I’ve worked with a number of captains of industry, for example I’ve helped to unlock funding from the RAC, Barclays, and Scottish and Newcastle breweries to finance community regeneration. All of this is an essential fuel for my teaching.”
Top up your existing qualification to a full honours degree
This could open up a range of academic subjects for you including counselling, sociology, psychology, criminology and community development. You’ll develop expertise and the research skills expected of a graduate.
Tailor your learning to your interests and career goals
Choose from a broad range of modules and tailor your programme to reflect your particular interests and career aspirations.