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Course Essentials

Are you interested in the big questions? Do you often find yourself asking things like ‘What is society?’ and ‘How does human behaviour and the government work together?’ If so, then this fascinating BA (Hons) Social Science Degree course from Arden University is perfect for you.

This BA social science course online brings together Sociology, Criminology, Psychology and Law, securing you a successful career in a variety of fields.

Through online study, you’ll learn about policy making, ethics, politics, legal concepts and social policies, whilst gaining a range of skills that you can use to analyse across this mix.

With Arden's flexible Distance Learning model, you'll be able to study at a time and place that suits you, while receiving full support from your tutors as well as being able to access all your course materials through iLearn, our online learning portal.

As part of Arden University's School of Law and Social Sciences, you'll gain key understandings across the subjects that will prepare you to work in your chosen sector of the industry.


Fast-Track your career with a free master’s

As part of our commitment to your ongoing career development, we recently launched our Fast-Track Your Career promise. This offer means you can pursue your master’s degree with us completely free of charge once you’ve successfully completed your bachelor’s studies. The Fast-Track Your Career free master’s offer is available to all Arden Distance Learning undergraduate students who enrolled with us from September 2016 up until 30th September 2021, and is available to students from all countries and regions who meet our master’s degree entry requirements.



Key Information

Award:
Degree
Credits:
360
UCAS Course Code:
L407
Course Title:
BA (Hons) Social Science
Duration:
3-6 years
Intake Status:
Intake open
Study Mode:
Online
Exemptions Available:
Yes
Course Fees:
See Course Fees and Funding tab
  • Course Details & Modules
  • Entry Requirements
  • Course Fees & Funding
  • Career Prospects

Students who enrol on our BA (Hons) Social Science Degree will explore a range of topics across the Social Sciences. From examining how our social lives are constructed, to the factors that affect how we interact – for example, class, race, gender, religion, family, nationality and race – you will be immersed into making a science of the social world around you.

When you study social science online with Arden University, you will learn to draw together ideas from a range of perspectives which employers will value – as well as honing your skills in thinking critically and analytically, and evaluating data and research.

You have 3-9 years to complete this course, meaning that you can take up to three years to complete each level; however, many of our students complete the course in 3-6 years.

Modules

Level 4

  • Effective Interdisciplinary Study
  • Law & Ethics
  • Introduction to Social & Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Medicalisation of the Self
  • Crime & Society

Level 5

  • Research and Ethics in Action
  • Civil Liberties & Human Rights
  • Personality and Intelligence
  • Social Psychology
  • Contemporary Debates in Criminology
  • Cyber Communities & Social Networks

Level 6

  • Research Planning & Project
  • Cybercrime
  • Crime Prevention
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Consumer Society & the Commodification of Beings

Please note that the modules listed may be subject to change.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing our BA (Hons) Social Science Programme Specification.

Arden's BA (Hons) Social Science Degree course has standard entry requirements. To be eligible for this Social Science Degree UK course you must have either:

  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent

For students whose prior learning was not taught in English

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English is accepted
  • We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here

If you have work experience

If you don't fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking into account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information. 

How much is my course?

2

Please note: Fees quoted relate to the intake that you enrol on
(i.e. when you start your course), NOT your application date.


Funding

Undergraduate courses

You can support your study in a variety of ways.

If you are a UK student, the most common funding of undergraduate degrees is a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government. The key information about these loans is:

  • You must be a UK resident
  • You can get a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees
  • You only start to pay it back when you are earning over £25,725 a year.
  • Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate Student Loans for UK & EU Students

As a Postgraduate student, you can now apply for a student loan of up to £10,000, for taught and research Masters courses, including MBAs. Find out more at www.gov.uk/masters-loan

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary

Looking for additional funding as a Postgraduate? Postgrad Solutions now offer 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. Click here to apply

Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds or, because your studies will develop you as a professional, your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship. Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

Please note: Fees quoted relate to the intake that you enrol on
(i.e. when you start your course), NOT your application date.


Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds or, because your studies will develop you as a professional, your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship. Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

What can a Social Science Degree do for me?

Graduating with a degree in social science from Arden University can have a strong impact in how employable you are across a range of sectors. Popular areas of work include welfare and housing, HR and industrial relations, marketing, and youth and community.

The range of subjects covered will show your versatility to employers, who’ll value your knowledge across a range of issues affecting the world.

Just as valuable are the key skills you can develop with a social science university course, including:

  • The ability to research and present information to various audiences
  • Analysis and evaluation of data
  • Effective written communication
  • Proven ability to present findings in a range of formats including essays, presentations, reports and online forums
  • The ability to work independently and within a team

Where can I go after my degree?

Career opportunities can be found across the public, private and voluntary sectors

Relevant career options include:

  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Criminal Justice System and the Police
  • Planning and Environmental Management
  • Business
  • Public Relations, Media and Market Research
  • Advertising and Marketing

Find out more about how Arden University can help you in your careers development

Alternatively, you may wish to continue with your academic development and decide to take on further study. If this is something you're considering, you could continue your studies with Arden and enrol onto our MSc Psychology (BPS) postgraduate course.

Next steps

Applying for the Social Science Distance Learning Degree takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Course Details & Modules

Students who enrol on our BA (Hons) Social Science Degree will explore a range of topics across the Social Sciences. From examining how our social lives are constructed, to the factors that affect how we interact – for example, class, race, gender, religion, family, nationality and race – you will be immersed into making a science of the social world around you.

When you study social science online with Arden University, you will learn to draw together ideas from a range of perspectives which employers will value – as well as honing your skills in thinking critically and analytically, and evaluating data and research.

You have 3-9 years to complete this course, meaning that you can take up to three years to complete each level; however, many of our students complete the course in 3-6 years.

Modules

Level 4

  • Effective Interdisciplinary Study
  • Law & Ethics
  • Introduction to Social & Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Medicalisation of the Self
  • Crime & Society

Level 5

  • Research and Ethics in Action
  • Civil Liberties & Human Rights
  • Personality and Intelligence
  • Social Psychology
  • Contemporary Debates in Criminology
  • Cyber Communities & Social Networks

Level 6

  • Research Planning & Project
  • Cybercrime
  • Crime Prevention
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Consumer Society & the Commodification of Beings

Please note that the modules listed may be subject to change.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing our BA (Hons) Social Science Programme Specification.

Entry Requirements

Arden's BA (Hons) Social Science Degree course has standard entry requirements. To be eligible for this Social Science Degree UK course you must have either:

  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent

For students whose prior learning was not taught in English

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English is accepted
  • We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here

If you have work experience

If you don't fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking into account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information. 

Course Fees & Funding

How much is my course?

2

Please note: Fees quoted relate to the intake that you enrol on
(i.e. when you start your course), NOT your application date.


Funding

Undergraduate courses

You can support your study in a variety of ways.

If you are a UK student, the most common funding of undergraduate degrees is a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government. The key information about these loans is:

  • You must be a UK resident
  • You can get a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees
  • You only start to pay it back when you are earning over £25,725 a year.
  • Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate Student Loans for UK & EU Students

As a Postgraduate student, you can now apply for a student loan of up to £10,000, for taught and research Masters courses, including MBAs. Find out more at www.gov.uk/masters-loan

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary

Looking for additional funding as a Postgraduate? Postgrad Solutions now offer 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. Click here to apply

Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds or, because your studies will develop you as a professional, your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship. Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

Please note: Fees quoted relate to the intake that you enrol on
(i.e. when you start your course), NOT your application date.


Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds or, because your studies will develop you as a professional, your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship. Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

Career Prospects

What can a Social Science Degree do for me?

Graduating with a degree in social science from Arden University can have a strong impact in how employable you are across a range of sectors. Popular areas of work include welfare and housing, HR and industrial relations, marketing, and youth and community.

The range of subjects covered will show your versatility to employers, who’ll value your knowledge across a range of issues affecting the world.

Just as valuable are the key skills you can develop with a social science university course, including:

  • The ability to research and present information to various audiences
  • Analysis and evaluation of data
  • Effective written communication
  • Proven ability to present findings in a range of formats including essays, presentations, reports and online forums
  • The ability to work independently and within a team

Where can I go after my degree?

Career opportunities can be found across the public, private and voluntary sectors

Relevant career options include:

  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Criminal Justice System and the Police
  • Planning and Environmental Management
  • Business
  • Public Relations, Media and Market Research
  • Advertising and Marketing

Find out more about how Arden University can help you in your careers development

Alternatively, you may wish to continue with your academic development and decide to take on further study. If this is something you're considering, you could continue your studies with Arden and enrol onto our MSc Psychology (BPS) postgraduate course.

Next steps

Applying for the Social Science Distance Learning Degree takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

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