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BA (Hons) Social Studies

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Find out more about our BA (Hons) Social Studies degree

Our part-time BA (Hons) Social Studies degree is designed to give a broad understanding of the academic subjects which constitute the social sciences. These include sociology, health and social policy, business studies, economics, lifelong learning and politics. The broad range of modules offers great flexibility for you to tailor make the degree to suit your interests and aspirations.

Key Features

  • Opportunities to take modules from other Warwick Social Sciences departments
  • Part-time flexible studies for up to 8 years
  • Flexible entry requirement

Entry Requirements

Flexible entry requirements, consideration given for non-traditional qualifications, work skills and life experience. Applicants are normally interviewed by a member of the course team.

Course Overview

Our BA (Hons) Social Studies degree (part-time) is designed to give a broad knowledge and understanding of the academic subjects which constitute the social sciences. These include sociology, health and social policy, business studies, economics, lifelong learning and politics.

You will choose to specialise in one discipline and this becomes your main subject throughout your studies.


For information on modules you can study at CLL, please visit CLL Undergraduate Modules.

While this degree offers flexibility, students are advised to complete 120 credits of Level 4 modules prior to Honours Level (5 and 6) study in order to prepare well for this.

Core modules

On this degree, you will study one core module at each level:

  • Level 4 Foundations in Social Studies
  • Honours Level 5 Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Honours Level 6 Dissertation

Subject areas

Any of these subjects can be studied as your main area:

  • Business Studies
  • Health and Social Policy
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Politics
  • Sociology

There are core level-4 modules for each subject, which serves as prerequisites or foundations for you to study at Honours level. As you will only study four of these modules, some care must be exercised about choosing which ones you take. We will provide guidance on this.

Optional modules

There is an extensive range of optional modules and choose from alongside your core modules.

In addition to the core modules you will also take some optional modules and there is an extensive range on offer on this degree. You can choose CLL modules from the subjects listed above and you can also take modules from the Language Centre and the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL).

Each department has an undergraduate module webpage which details the modules on offer.


Your course and university experience will give you skills that can be transferred to a wide variety of careers. Such skills include communication, persuasion, analytical and problem-solving skills, time management and working under pressure. All these are very desirable to employers. As many graduate jobs are open to students from all degree subjects, there is a wide range of career possibilities. For example, jobs in marketing, finance and HR. You could also work in a range of sectors such as arts, culture and recreation, energy and utilities, public services and transport.

Here are just some of the new careers our graduates have chosen to pursue:

  • Social research and policy: social researcher, policy officer
  • Charity and not for profit: Fundraising associate, volunteer co-ordinator
  • Social justice and community engagement: Community development worker, youth worker, housing manager, charity worker
  • Law: Paralegal, solicitor, police officer, probation officer
  • Education: Teacher, careers adviser, education administrator, learning mentor
  • Arts (media) and culture: Journalist, marketing executive, public relations officer

Some students choose to stay with us for further study, on courses such as MA CoachingMSc Psychotherapy and Counselling and MA Career Development and Coaching Studies

Fees and Funding

The University will charge Home students £1,540 for each 30 credit module in 2023/24. Fees for subsequent years of the course have yet to be confirmed.

See part-time degree student fees and funding for more information and view potential additional fees.

The University of Warwick is not currently sponsoring students on part time or distance learning courses with a Tier 4 visa and so if you require a visa to study a part time/distance learning course in the UK which is longer than 6 months, you may wish to consult the 'right to study' page on our Student Immigration & Compliance website before you make an application.

Funding your studies

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.

Location and Dates

Courses are offered face-to-face on the university campus. The evening choice is limited and some modules are only offered in the day-time. The Warwick Business School and Departments of Economics, Philosophy and Politics, for example, offer daytime classes only.

Student Support

"There is so much variety and choice in the part-time degree. The support from CLL is second to none. The part-time degree allows me to plan outside activities whether this be hobbies and/or family commitments. I can't stress enough how exciting it is to learn and experience student life and age be no barrier."

Graham, current part-time Social Studies student

The CLL Student Support TeamLink opens in a new window supports the pastoral and academic needs of our diverse student body, including:

  • Supporting the academic development of undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Ensuring a learning experience of the highest quality, both at the University and in partner colleges.
  • Communicating with students in order to ensure a positive learning experience at CLL

To do this, we support you in many areas, including:

  • Study skills
  • Student welfare
  • Technology and e-learning
  • Careers and development

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How to Apply

Applications are now closed for 2023-24.

Prior to your application, read our Application Tips for Part-time Undergraduate Courses.