Social Science

BA (Hons)

Study level
3-9 years
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BA (Hons) Social Science

Course Overview

Dive deep into the social sciences with a degree that brings sociology, criminology, psychology and law together – securing you a successful career in whichever sector fits you best. On this social science course, you’ll gain a key understanding of the fundamentals of several unique disciplines that employers will value, keeping your career options wide open. 

All you need to enrol on this course is the desire to ask and debate the big questions and the enthusiasm to learn. Sound like you? If so, then our fascinating BA (Hons) Social Science degree is the perfect choice for you. While studying, you’ll learn about policy making, ethics, legal concepts and social policies – gaining a variety of skills that you can take with you into your future career. Ready to get started? 

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On this social science course, you’ll explore a range of topics and deliberate ideas from different perspectives. As well as enhancing your skills in critical thinking and analysis, you’ll be truly immersed into making a science of the social world around you. 


You have 3-9 years to complete this course, meaning that you can take up to 3 years to complete each level. However, many of our students complete their social science university course within 3-6 years.

Level 4

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

Level 5

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

Level 6

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

*The order of modules within each level vary depending on intake and mode of study

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. These include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Discussion based assessments
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.


Our BA (Hons) Social Science degree has standard entry requirements. To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have:

  • 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

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can evidence that you have relevant work experience where you can demonstrate critical thinking and analysis skills.

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experience.

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Before enrolling onto your criminal justice course, it’s nice to know who will be teaching you. The Social Science team is a multi-disciplinary team of experienced, qualified and enthusiastic lecturers led by Dr Gail Steptoe-Warren.  The team, bring a wealth of academic experience that enhances the student journey. The use of an evidence-based approach provides students with the opportunity to develop skills that can be applied to the workplace. 

Whether you have a definite career path in mind when enrolling with us or whether you are still considering your options, we are here to support you. So, don’t worry if you’re still a little unsure! We will prepare you with a range of transferable skills that will allow you to feel confident enough to make a decision about where your future lies after graduating.  

What can a social science degree do for me?

Versatility is the key here. By mastering the fundamentals of several different subjects, you’ll be able to demonstrate to employers how valuable you are. 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

What can I do after Arden University?

You’ll be surprised at how many career paths you can explore by studying a social science university course. The skills you’ll have after graduating will make you employable across a range of exciting sectors – but you don’t have to decide right now! In the meantime, take a look at a few of the professions that our previous graduates have gone into: 

  • 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

You can also go on to study at Master’s Level.  Arden University offer a variety of Master’s programmes and we are developing many more.  Keep looking for further developments! 

Your next step into the professional world

Achieving your degree will help you to accelerate your career progression. But there’s more! Beyond the core programme itself, Arden University students will receive additional support and guidance, developing your employability and CV even further.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to Student Support Advisors and Academic Skills Tutors who are exclusively there to help you. They’ll help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll have guidance at every stage of your degree. 

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, iLearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 

Got other commitments? Studying a social science degree has never been easier. Our online learning model fits around your lifestyle, so you can study at a time and pace that works best for you.


I chose online learning because it suited my lifestyle and work schedule. Being able to access the online portal and libraries 24/7 has been extremely helpful for me to be able to keep up with my studies. Studying while working isn’t the easiest thing to do, but Arden gives you the support you need.

Ornella Russo
Ornella Russo
BA (Hons) Law & Psychology
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Online Learning

How does it work?

With online learning, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also communicate and collaborate with your lecturers and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.