Applied Social Sciences (Level 6) (BSc Hons)

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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

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Homicide' to 'Injustice and Freedoms'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2021 entry

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

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 contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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
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.

School of Natural and Social Sciences

Our School of Natural and Social Sciences provides the best possible student experience with cutting-edge technology and strong practical elements to each course. You will work closely with lecturers and other students in the seminar room, the laboratory and the field.

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