Social Sciences

Course details


Lanarkshire, Paisley



Start Date

September 2020


BA (Hons)

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 programme 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:

Scotland & EU/EEA

  • Year 1: Open
  • Year 2: Open
  • Year 3: Open

England, Wales & Northern Ireland

  • Year 1: Open
  • Year 2: Open
  • Year 3: Open

International (non-EU)

  • Year 1: Open
  • Year 2: Open
  • Year 3: Open

Entry Requirements

  • Scottish Highers: CCC  (63 UCAS Tariff points)
  • A levels: CC (64 UCAS Tariff points)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H4 or H3 H4 H4
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points, 3@Higher Level
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Humanities BBB or Access to Social Sciences BBB or Access to Primary Education BBB
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Social Science or Social Studies or Social Care or Business or Police Studies or related discipline
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Legal Services; Childhood Practice
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Social Sciences or Social Studies (for SQA HNDs, with Grade B in the Graded Unit)
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Social Sciences* or Social Studies*

* Year 3 entry may be possible (see Year 3 entry requirements)

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Social Sciences or Social Studies (for SQA HNDs, with Grades BB in the Graded Units)

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.

UCAS Track

You should use UCAS Track to keep up-to-date with your Undergraduate application. Your UCAS Track account will be updated once a decision has been made on your application and you’ll be notified.

Fees & Funding

Your tuition fee status is determined by your nationality and the country where you are ordinarily resident. Find out all about undergraduate fees and funding for Scottish, UK, EU and International students, including tuition fees, student loans, and alternative sources of funding.

Contact us

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

Whilst we may be dealing with a lot of enquiries during Results Day, our advisors will do everything they can to answer your call or email as efficiently as possible, so you shouldn’t be waiting too long.

T: 0800 027 1000 (Freephone within the UK)
T: +44 (0)141 849 4101 (outwith the 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.

Contact our Clearing Team today 

+44(0)141 849 4101

We’re here to answer whatever questions you may have to help make the Clearing process as simple and stress-free as possible. Lines are open between 8.45am-4.45pm Monday to Friday, with extended opening hours on the dates listed below: 

  • Tuesday 4 August – 8.30am-6pm 
  • Wednesday 5 August – 8.30am-6pm 
  • Thursday 6 August – 8.30am-6pm 
  • Friday 7th August – 8.30am-6pm 

Opening times will return to 8.45am-4.45pm from Monday 10 August. 

Our lines may be busier at certain times and we thank you for your patience in advance. Rest assured that our advisors will do everything they possibly can to answer your call as quickly as possible in order to guide you through the Clearing process.

Guide to clearing

We have put together a page to help you understand clearing and where you are on your clearing journey

If you have any questions you can email us at

Clearing 2020

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