BA (Hons) Social Science

Social Science

BA (Hons)


Study level
Part time
3 years+
Institute of Foundation Studies

Course Overview

Our BA Social Sciences course brings sociology, criminology, psychology, and law together in one degree. Over the duration of the course, you’ll study and examine the fundamental concepts at the heart of several important disciplines, which will keep your career options after graduation wide open. 

On the course you’ll be introduced to ideas and concepts in sociology, social policy, and politics. You’ll also examine and explore inequality issues linked to gender, race, disability, and health, using current theories to understand how societies approach inequality and discrimination.

Questions about how we understand, manage, and change society have never been more vital. All you need to enrol on this course is the desire to ask and debate the big questions and the enthusiasm to learn. If this sounds like you, then our BA (Hons) Social Science degree is the perfect choice.

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Course details and modules

On the course you’ll explore a range of topics and will deliberate ideas from a number of 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.  

Cath Palmer

As a working mum, I needed a course that would fit my busy life. My degree in Psychology complemented my role as a therapeutic counsellor beautifully and although I’ve just finished, it has already impacted my life greatly!

Cath Palmer
BA (Hons) Psychology


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.

  • Law and Ethics
  • Effective Interdisciplinary Study
  • Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Medicalisation of the Self
  • Crime and Society
  • Research and Ethics in Action
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Personality and Intelligence
  • Social Psychology
  • Contemporary Debates in Criminology
  • Cyber Communities and Social Networks
  • 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

Study options

This course is available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere worldwide. 

Ornella Russo

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
BA (Hons) Law & Psychology

Online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location.
Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud. ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us).

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy. 

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

Online learning students resident in the UK can apply for a Tuition Fee loan to pay for their course. If you cannot attend your course in person because of a disability, you may also be entitled to a Maintenance Loan to cover living expenses. Please find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information about obtaining a student loan to cover your costs from your student finance body.

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Entry requirements

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.


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 your application if you can provide evidence of relevant work experience where you were required to demonstrate critical thinking and analysis skills.

We’ll also ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. This personal statement should outline any experience and skills you have in regard to numeracy, writing, and critical analysis/thinking. We may also ask you to provide references and evidence of further relevant experience.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Dr Isla Masson

This Social science degree provides you with a wide range of transferrable skills that are needed by every employer. Within this degree you will have the opportunity to study a diverse range of modules including crime and society, medicalisation of the self, civil liberties and human rights the Social Psychology, cybercrime, cross-cultural Psychology, and as well as your final year dissertation. All of these modules are taught online by experienced criminology, sociology, psychology, and law lecturers with extensive sector specific knowledge! I really look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Dr Isla Masson
Programme Lead, Criminology and Sociology

Career prospects

Whether you have a definite career path in mind when enrolling with us, or if you’re still considering career options, we’re here to support you. With full support and guidance from our academics staff, this course will prepare you with a range of transferable skills that will help you feel confident to make a decision about where your future lies after graduation. 

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! 

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Career Development Resources

Career development resources

Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway. 
Just a few of the career tools you’ll find in the careers centre include:

  • CV360, which analyses your CV and provides instant feedback for improvement
  • Interview360, helping you practise your interview technique in a stress-free environment and tackle some of the most common interview questions - as many times as you need to
  • Aptitude tests to help your improve your critical thinking, numeric, and logical reasoning skills
  • 100s of interactive courses focused on giving you the skills and confidence you need to excel in your professional life. 
  • My Jobs, where you can search employment vacancies, browse employer profiles by location and, or connect with other employees on LinkedIn.