Applied Social Sciences (Level 6) (BSc Hons)

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Study mode

Level 6 Top-Up or Part-Time


1 Year (Level 6 Top-Up)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

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.

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Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

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We may be able to offer you a place on this course, even if you don't meet the entry requirements specified in the box below. Call us on 03330 432414 to find out more and discuss your options.

Tariff information for 2020 entry

Applicants should possess an HND, Diploma of Higher Education or Foundation degree.

2020 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.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please email our admissions team for further information.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 1 year level 6 top-upL310


Graduate opportunities include roles in public sector management, third sector organisations, counselling, and social research.

Industry links

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.

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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.

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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.

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