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Social Sciences BA

UCAS code: L300

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
3 years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

The many faces of inequality. Shifting relationships between the Global North and South. War, displacement and human trafficking. Child exploitation and care scandals. Black Lives Matter, transactivism, and the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment. Rising Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and resurgent nationalism. Green politics. Fake news... Questions about how we understand, structure and change society have never been more urgent. This course welcomes students from across the world to the heart of London to provide them with an internationally and practically oriented understanding of the ways in which core debates within the social sciences can shape our responses to pressing social and policy questions.

Key benefits

  • Learn how to make a difference in the world. Our innovative curriculum, which enables students to focus on issues that matter to them, encourages and supports creativity, risk-taking and social action, teaching you the knowledge, skills and confidence to communicate, collaborate, organise and persuade.
  • Gain first-hand knowledge of the world of work. Our links with communities, organisations and institutions of the capital will provide you with an array of opportunities for learning and forging new relationships.
  • Practitioners from a range of external social and policy relevant organisations contribute to the teaching and host reciprocal visits and work placements.
  • Develop inter-disciplinary literacy. Real-world social, political and ethical questions do not fall into neat disciplinary boxes. You will learn to apply and combine perspectives from a range of social science disciplines including sociology, social policy and politics.
  • Work with academics who are world leading in their fields and committed to high quality research-led education. As well as having a proven track record of research and teaching excellence, the experience of the course team extends beyond academia to include work with a range of policy and cultural institutions.
  • Broaden your horizons by learning a language, studying abroad and/or taking advantage of the many other optional learning opportunities at King’s.
  • Study in a friendly and supportive School, located by the Thames in the heart of central London.
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We study a diverse range of topics, taking multifaceted approaches to develop more detailed understandings of what can change and effect the social world.

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Our Waterloo Campus is situated next to London’s Southbank Centre which includes the National Film Theatre, British Film Institute (BFI), Royal Festival Hall, Hayward Gallery and the National Theatre. Covent Garden and the West End are only a short walk away, as is Shakespeare’s Globe.The on-site library and computing facilities are readily accessible together with the opportunity to use the University of London library at Senate House.

Course Aims

  • The course is designed to connect social sciences to the lived world of policy and practice.
  • Through studying key social and political issues of contemporary relevance you will learn about the most influential social science traditions and perspectives and the contributions they can make to understanding and shaping society.
  • There is a strong emphasis throughout on problem solving and policy formulation, creativity, interpersonal co-operation and active citizenship.

Base campus

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad
Optional internships

Students will be supported through innovative digital education tools to discover meaningful work experience for themselves, including internships, insight programmes, which you can undertake alongside your studies.

Find out more about internships

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
None
Preferred subjects:
At least one social science subject.

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

At least one social science subject preferred.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

including 665 at Higher Level. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. At least one social science subject preferred.

You will also need:

GCSEs: There are no GCSE requirements for this programme.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline: January 15th 2021

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Teaching on the course is underpinned by a philosophy of active and collaborative learning. You will be expected, and supported, to take responsibility for your own learning and to work collectively with your teachers and peers to help co-create the curriculum. A range of learning techniques are used to offer students variety and flexibility in their study and significant scope for group work, interaction and projects aligned with participants’ own interests and commitments.

Face to face teaching is complemented by using of digital technologies. Teaching methods include: seminars, lectures and supervision; reading and extensive use of library resources; videos, narrated PowerPoint presentations and online discussion fora; policy analysis, formulation and communication tasks done individually and collaboratively; case studies; work-placement or work-related study; data collection and analysis; coursework assignments and their associated formative feedback. We will also give you a personal tutor to support you through your studies.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Assessment

    The course uses a progressive model of assessment that helps you to build up your knowledge and skills in a systematic way as you progress through the course. A variety of modes of assessment are used to support and test academic rigour and to help you develop capabilities that are valued in work and civic life. These include:

    • report writing
    • podcasting
    • writing articles for press and media outlets
    • writing policy briefings
    • oral, video and poster presentations
    • personal learning diaries
    • project proposals
    • CV writing
    • traditional academic essays

    In your final year you will write a dissertation. High quality formative assessment and feedback is used across the course to reinforce your learning and development.

    The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

    Structure

    Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

    This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits.

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    The degree provides a rigorous intellectual grounding for careers in politics, public administration, NGOs and INGOs, charities, think tanks, and social advocacy organisations through its emphasis on generic transferable skills. The degree also provides a good basis for further training and postgraduate qualifications for a wide range of occupations including journalism, health management, social work and teaching. 

    Tuition Fees

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    Full time tuition fees UK:

    The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

    Full time tuition fees International:

    The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £20,790 per year.

    Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

    If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad web pages for details of the relevant partner universities. King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows: • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • EU students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year. • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • EU students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • library fees and fines
    • personal photocopies
    • printing course handouts
    • society membership fees
    • stationery
    • graduation costs
    • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses.

    Funding

    To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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    Our Waterloo Campus is situated next to London’s Southbank Centre which includes the National Film Theatre, British Film Institute (BFI), Royal Festival Hall, Hayward Gallery and the National Theatre. Covent Garden and the West End are only a short walk away, as is Shakespeare’s Globe.The on-site library and computing facilities are readily accessible together with the opportunity to use the University of London library at Senate House.

    Course Aims

    • The course is designed to connect social sciences to the lived world of policy and practice.
    • Through studying key social and political issues of contemporary relevance you will learn about the most influential social science traditions and perspectives and the contributions they can make to understanding and shaping society.
    • There is a strong emphasis throughout on problem solving and policy formulation, creativity, interpersonal co-operation and active citizenship.

    Base campus

    Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

    Special features

    Optional study abroad

    On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

    Find out more about Study Abroad
    Optional internships

    Students will be supported through innovative digital education tools to discover meaningful work experience for themselves, including internships, insight programmes, which you can undertake alongside your studies.

    Find out more about internships

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Subject requirements

    Required subjects:
    None
    Preferred subjects:
    At least one social science subject.

    A-Levels

    Required grades:
    AAB

    Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

    At least one social science subject preferred.

    International Baccalaureate

    35 points

    including 665 at Higher Level. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. At least one social science subject preferred.

    You will also need:

    GCSEs: There are no GCSE requirements for this programme.

    Alternative accepted qualifications

    International applicants

    Equivalent International qualifications

    Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

    English language requirements

    To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

    Selection process

    Application deadline: January 15th 2021

    Help for international applicants

    International Foundation Year

    If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

    Pre-sessional courses

    If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

    Teaching on the course is underpinned by a philosophy of active and collaborative learning. You will be expected, and supported, to take responsibility for your own learning and to work collectively with your teachers and peers to help co-create the curriculum. A range of learning techniques are used to offer students variety and flexibility in their study and significant scope for group work, interaction and projects aligned with participants’ own interests and commitments.

    Face to face teaching is complemented by using of digital technologies. Teaching methods include: seminars, lectures and supervision; reading and extensive use of library resources; videos, narrated PowerPoint presentations and online discussion fora; policy analysis, formulation and communication tasks done individually and collaboratively; case studies; work-placement or work-related study; data collection and analysis; coursework assignments and their associated formative feedback. We will also give you a personal tutor to support you through your studies.

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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    Assessment

      The course uses a progressive model of assessment that helps you to build up your knowledge and skills in a systematic way as you progress through the course. A variety of modes of assessment are used to support and test academic rigour and to help you develop capabilities that are valued in work and civic life. These include:

      • report writing
      • podcasting
      • writing articles for press and media outlets
      • writing policy briefings
      • oral, video and poster presentations
      • personal learning diaries
      • project proposals
      • CV writing
      • traditional academic essays

      In your final year you will write a dissertation. High quality formative assessment and feedback is used across the course to reinforce your learning and development.

      The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

      Structure

      Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

      This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits.

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      The degree provides a rigorous intellectual grounding for careers in politics, public administration, NGOs and INGOs, charities, think tanks, and social advocacy organisations through its emphasis on generic transferable skills. The degree also provides a good basis for further training and postgraduate qualifications for a wide range of occupations including journalism, health management, social work and teaching. 

      Tuition Fees

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      Full time tuition fees UK:

      The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

      Full time tuition fees International:

      The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £20,790 per year.

      Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

      If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad web pages for details of the relevant partner universities. King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows: • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • EU students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year. • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • EU students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • library fees and fines
      • personal photocopies
      • printing course handouts
      • society membership fees
      • stationery
      • graduation costs
      • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses.

      Funding

      To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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      Key information

      Course type:
      Single honours
      Delivery mode:
      Classroom
      Study mode:
      Full time
      Required A-level:
      Duration:
      3 years
      Application status:
      Open
      Start date:
      September 2021
      Application deadline:
      15 January 2021
      Apply via UCAS

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