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If you wish to study this course you must apply to the University of York via UCAS
Institution Code: Y50
UCAS Course Code: L401

The Extended BA (Hons) Degree in Applied Social Science and Social Policy is a programme where the first year takes place at York College, with the subsequent three years at the University of York.

The programme offers modules in Study Skills and Information Technology alongside the underpinning knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the BA in Applied Social Science and Social Policy.

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Entry Requirements

This new extended degree programme has been designed for students without formal qualifications, or for those who are returning to education. The extended degree will enhance your underpinning knowledge and skills before progression on to more specialist studies in the later years of the course.

There are no formal entry requirements, but applicants must show the motivation, commitment and life skills to cope with the requirements of higher education. There will be a tuition fee to pay and in addition there will be the cost of books and materials to consider, although these should be minimal. A minimum attendance of 80 per cent is required throughout the course to successfully progress and achieve.

Why Choose York College?

There are a variety of reasons why you should choose York College for your Extended Degree in Applied Social Science. The course offered is academically challenging meaning our students are stimulated and the content is thought provoking in order to get students thinking about the subject matter. We encourage passionate debates during lessons but provide a supportive learning environment to get the most out of each and every student.

Programme Content

The modules will be delivered over three days per week during term-time. The foundation year at York College commences in late September and is broken into two semesters of 14 weeks. The programme delivery methods include: tutorials, lectures, practical work, self-study and workshops. Timetables and hours of study will be discussed at the interview.

Module Overview - Foundation Year

Core Generic Modules - 60 credits

  • Preparatory Academic skills (20)
  • Studying with Technology Skills (10)
  • Personal Development and Self-reflection (10)
  • Work-based Learning (20) to include 30 hours work experience

Subject Specific Modules - 60 credits

  • Social Policy (10)
  • Sociological Perspectives (10)
  • British Social and Economic History (10)
  • Poverty, Health and Social Care Policies (10)
  • Information and Guidance (10)
  • Social Psychology (10)

After successfully completing the foundation year of the extended degree at York College, the following three years will be delivered at the University of York.

Year 1

Students come to the department having studied a wide range of subjects. The modules (see overview below) studied draw upon a range of social science disciplines - social policy, social psychology, sociology, economics and politics. In addition, throughout the first year students are introduced to the various approaches and practices used in social science.

Module Overview (Year 1)

Politics and Economics 
Practices in Social Science 
Sociology and Social Psychology 
Social Policy

Year 2 and 3

In years 2 and 3, students have a high degree of flexibility in choosing a range of module options (module overview below) that reflect their particular interests. There is also a compulsory core introductory module to research methods in the second year, which provides essential knowledge and skills for conducting the dissertation in the third year.

Module Overview (Year 2)

Two Options (free choice)
Social Research Methods
Analysing Welfare Policy

Module Overview (Year 3)

Four Options (free choice)

Assessment Methods

The foundation year of the extended degree is assessed mainly by coursework assignments, but occasionally tests may also be used to prepare you for subsequent study at the University of York. Assessment will take place throughout each module as appropriate and will be awarded a 'Pass' or 'Not yet pass'. If 'Not yet pass', you will be given the opportunity to revisit your work.

It is necessary to pass each year successfully in order to progress on to the next year. Successful completion of all four years will result in a BA (Hons) Degree in Applied Social Science or Social Policy. For further details on the degree programme, visit:

Course Fees

Funding information can be obtained through the University of York. 

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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