Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

BA Social Science

This information is for 2019 entry - to see the information for 2018 entry please go to the 2018 programme page

This four-year programme is designed for students who don’t have the standard entry requirements. If you feel you missed out on education and want the opportunity to realise your potential, this course will give you a firm grounding in the social sciences and prepare you to progress to one of our social science degree courses.

Your first year acts as a ‘Level 0’ foundation year, equipping you with the skills to study social sciences at undergraduate level and introducing you to key concepts and ideas in sociology, politics, crime, education and law. From there you can progress to some of our most popular degree courses, including BA Childhood Studies, BA Politics, LLB Law, BA Criminal Justice and Criminology, BA Sociology and Social Policy, BA Social Policy and Crime, BA Social Work and many others.

In a supportive and friendly environment, you’ll be able to explore society and social change while learning how to study and developing important skills to prepare for an undergraduate degree.

The BA Social Science is one of a number of courses the University offers for students returning to education without standard entry requirements. Alternative courses are provided by the Lifelong Learning Centre, including the part-time BA Interdisciplinary Studies with Preparation for Higher Education, which can lead to a degree in the social sciences.


Liam Knights
I’ve learnt about things such as class stratification and welfare legislation, things that have always directly affected my life without me even realising. It has been a real eye opener.

Liam Knights

Social Science BA

The first year of this programme acts as a ‘Level 0’ foundation year. In a friendly and supportive environment, you’ll develop the research and academic skills you need to study the social sciences at university level and apply them to the key areas of law, crime and politics. You’ll look at basic theories and concepts within the criminal justice and political system, both in the UK and worldwide.

Alongside these studies, you’ll be introduced to ideas in sociology, social policy and politics. You’ll explore inequalities associated with gender, class, race, disability and health, using different theories to understand social change and how societies try to address inequalities and discrimination. In addition, you’ll look at key ideas in political and social thought, discussing ideas of citizenship and democracy and learning about the development of public policy.

If you complete this year successfully, you would be expected to progress onto one of our undergraduate degrees. The list of approved degrees you could choose is below:

Sociology and Social Policy

  • BA Sociology (requires a pass at 40)
  • BA Social Policy (requires a pass at 40)
  • BA Social Policy and Sociology (requires a pass at 40)
  • BA Sociology and International Relations (requires a pass at an average 60)
  • BA Social Policy and Crime (requires a pass at 40)
  • BA Social Policy with Enterprise (requires a pass at 40)


  • BA Politics and Social Policy (requires a pass at an average 60)
  • BA International Development (requires a pass at average 60)
  • BA International Relations (requires a pass at average 60)
  • BA Politics (requires a pass at average 60)
  • BA Politics and Sociology (requires a pass at an average 60)


  • LLB Law (requires a pass at average 70)
  • BA Criminal Justice and Criminology (requires a pass at average 65)


  • BA Childhood Studies (requires a pass)
  • BA Education (requires a pass)


  • BA Geography and Sociology (requires a pass at 60)

Health Care

  • BA Social Work (requires a pass at average 65 and successful interview)
  • BSc Nursing (Adult) (requires a pass at average 65 and successful interview)
  • BSc Nursing (Child) (requires a pass at average 65 and successful interview)
  • BSc Nursing (Mental Health) (requires a pass at average 65 and successful interview)

Lifelong Learning

  • BA Child Welfare and Social Studies (requires a pass at 40)
  • BA Integrated Social Studies (requires a pass at 40)
  • HE Cert Child Welfare and Social Studies (requires a pass at 40)
  • BA Professional Studies (requires a pass at 40 and interview)

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Researching and Studying the Social Sciences 40 credits
  • Social Inequalities in Contemporary Society 40 credits
  • Understanding Social Welfare 40 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Social Science BA in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching and learning methods to help you gain diverse skills. These will include seminars and workshops where you can discuss in more depth the topics set out in traditional lectures. However, independent study is also a vital element of the course, as it allows you to develop your research and critical skills while preparing for taught sessions.

You’ll also have a personal tutor – one of our academics – who will be on hand to offer you guidance and support on academic issues, such as module choices, as well as career and personal matters.


Modules will use a variety of assessment methods. As well as traditional exams and essays, there is also an assessed group presentation.

Entry requirements

We usually look for evidence of prior study at GCSE level, such as Mathematics and English at GCSE grade C or equivalent. However, we do consider applications from people who can demonstrate their potential and commitment in other ways.

We particularly welcome applications from mature students who don’t meet the standard entry requirements.

All 'shortlisted' applicants will have the opportunity to demonstrate their potential at an informal interview.

Professional qualifications programmes

If you’re interested in progressing onto one of our professional qualification degree programmes, such as BA Social Work, you will need to have GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or equivalent. For BA Social Work, we would consider your application if you were studying for these qualifications alongside your Foundation Year programme.

If you’re interested in some of our other professional qualification degrees, such as Adult Nursing, Child Nursing or Mental Health Nursing, you will need to have passed five GCSEs at grade C or above including Mathematics, English and two science subject.

Alternate Qualifications

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

If you’re currently taking a course at a school or college, your institution should have UCAS forms. These are also available online at the UCAS website.

Admissions policy

School of Sociology and Social Policy Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: To be confirmed

International: To be confirmed

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Career opportunities

If you complete this programme successfully, you will be able to progress onto one of our degree programmes in the social sciences, including Law, Sociology, Education, Politics and Social Work. Careers information for each of these degrees can be found on their individual course pages.

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