UWS Clearing

Social Sciences


BA (Hons)

4 years full-time, variable part-time

September 2023

Paisley & Lanarkshire


About the course

Social justice, power and inequalities are the central themes of the UWS BA (Hons) in Social Sciences. The first two years of this course will equip you with a firm grounding in the essential disciplines of politics, policy and sociology. After this, you can choose to follow one of three specialist pathways:

  • Politics and Policy (Paisley Campus)
  • Sociology and Policy (Paisley Campus)
  • Sociology (Lanarkshire Campus)

Investigating social and political change, you will explore both how we understand society and how we can change it for the better, developing your critical thinking alongside a wide range of research and transferable skills that are highly valued by the public, private and voluntary sectors.


  • You will investigate the driving forces behind and potential solutions to complex local and global challenges in social science, using a range of theoretical lenses and research methods.
  • Specialist pathways provide the opportunity for in-depth exploration of social issues such as health, migration, development, international relations, gender, nationalism and welfare.
  • Hone your understanding and experience of social sciences as a creative problem solver, drawing on cutting-edge research, policy analysis and evaluation.
  • Work with expert academic staff choosing your own preferred course theme, completing an in-depth independent research project in your Honours year.

Applications for this course are open to people currently residing in:


Year 1: Open

Year 2: Open

Year 3: Open

Rest of UK (Eng, Wales & NI) & Republic of Ireland

Year 1: Open

Year 2: Open

Year 3: Open

International (including EU/EEA)

Year 1: Closed

Year 2: Closed

Year 3: Closed

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Scottish Highers: BCC  (69 UCAS Tariff points)
  • A levels: DDD (72 UCAS Tariff points)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Humanities BBB or Access to Social Sciences BBB or Access to Primary Education or Access to Social Work or Access to Law, Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, all must contain Grades BBB
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Social Sciences or Social Studies or Social Care/Services or Legal Services or Business or Police Studies or Working with Communities or Childhood Practice or related discipline
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Social Sciences or Social Studies
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Social Sciences 

How to Apply


You can apply for this course, as well as keep up-to-date with your undergraduate application, via the UCAS Hub.

Your UCAS Hub account will be updated once a decision has been made on your application and you’ll be notified.

Clearing Guide

Clearing can sometimes feel like a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Don’t worry though as we’re here to guide you through the process, giving you the information and advice you need.

Enquire about this course

If you’re not sure about anything, get in touch – we are here to help!

T: 0800 027 1000 (Freephone within the UK)
T: +44 (0)141 849 4101 (outwith the UK)
E: clearing@uws.ac.uk


We will always try to make sure that we publish accurate course information but we do not accept responsibility for any mistakes or omissions. We will also try to make sure that we deliver our courses in line with our published information. However, we may not always be able to do so and you can find further information about this in our enrolment terms and conditions.