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BA (Hons) 2+2 Social Studies

If you don't have formal qualifications and wish to study locally for a university degree, this pathway is for you. The first two years are taught at a local college, enabling you to gain the skills and confidence to prepare you for the final two years here at the University. All students can start with the BA (Hons) Social Studies, and you can transfer to the more specialised BA (Hons) Health and Social Policy in your third year if you wish.

This course contains face-to-face elements. We welcome applications from anyone who will be able to commit to these sessions.

Our 2+2 students who wish to progress into teaching are supported by the Centre for Lifelong and the University. Students are guaranteed an interview for the Early Years or Primary Core (university-led) PGCE courses delivered in the Centre for Teacher Education, as long as they achieve the entry requirements of the programme.


More than 2,000 local adult return learners have graduated on our 2+2 programme.

The degree takes four years to complete. The first two years take place at one of our partner colleges, enabling you to gain confidence in coping with academic study, presentation skills and study skills in a local environment. You will then study years three and four at the University of Warwick.

The BA (Hons) Social Studies Degree is designed to give a broad understanding of some of the key academic subjects which are normally grouped together under the general term of social studies or social sciences.

These subjects include:

  • sociology
  • health and social policy
  • business studies
  • lifelong learning
  • politics

When starting a social studies degree, you might be uncertain which area to specialise in. However, you will not need to make this decision immediately. As this is a flexible degree, you spend the first two years on the social studies pathway, and then make a decision about which subjects you would like to pursue at the end of year two. You will also have the opportunity to transfer to the BA (Hons) Health and Social Policy Degree at this point.

You can find further information on the CLL modules you can study here: Undergraduate Modules

This video was filmed in March 2018

Applications are closed

(Applications will reopen
in January 2022)

Key facts

Starts: September 2022

Level: Undergraduate

Length: Four years (full-time)

Venue: Partner college/campus

Social Studies

Finance information

See our finance information page for more information regarding financing your studies.

Have a look at our funding scenarios to see what support might be available for prospective students.

Success stories

"I think it is the best decision you can make, as l believe anybody can achieve if they really want to, provided they are given the opportunity to try."

Nicolie, Graduate 2017