Applied Social Sciences (Level 6) (BSc Hons)

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Level 6 Top-Up


1 Year (Level 6 Top-Up)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Top up your existing qualification to a full honours degree to further your expertise and progress your career.

Extend your knowledge from your foundation degree, HND or equivalent qualification. Choose from a broad range of social science modules and tailor your programme to reflect your interests and career goals. Subjects you can focus on include criminology, community governance, sociology, psychology, and counselling.

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.

Our lecturers include a leading homicide expert who works with the police and makes regular media appearances including on BBC One’s Panorama, a clinical psychologist with experience of community and inpatient NHS mental health services, and a National Teaching Fellow recognised for his expertise in community development and local governance.

Entry requirements

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

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 1 year level 6 top-up
(enter 3 in section 3(g) of UCAS form)


  • Criminal justice
  • Public sector management
  • Counselling
  • Social, political and cultural research

Industry links

We have excellent contacts with Gloucestershire Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire; local authorities, community groups and charities such as Restorative Gloucestershire and Cheltenham Partnerships, Gloucester City Safe and the Society of Local Council Clerks.

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Staff Profile

James Derounian

“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.”

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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.

Benefit from links with professional organisations

Benefit from our professional links with organisations such as the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, social housing organisations and charities.

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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.

Contact us

Find out more about our courses

Call +44 (0)3330 141414