Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code L435
Duration 3 years
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Related subjects Management Sociology Statistics Politics Geography Social Sciences Law Planning

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Undergraduate admissions team
Sheffield Methods Institute
Telephone +44 114 222 8345
Email smi-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/smi/undergraduate

Course description

This course gets to the heart of social science and why it matters: how high-quality research is done, how it's communicated and the difference it can make to our lives.

One of only 15 UK Q-Step centres, we deliver intensive training in quantitative methods. From gathering and interpreting data, to understanding trends and how social statistics are created and used, you'll learn data literacy and analysis skills in an accessible, engaging, rigorous way.

You'll learn how to use statistical software packages to find answers to the important questions about society, through hands-on practical sessions using our state-of-the-art computer laboratory. You'll become a highly proficient researcher, adept at communicating your findings to both a specialist and non-specialist audience.

You'll also be well-versed in the intellectual concerns of contemporary social science, taking one of the following pathways:

* Criminology (Law)
* Sociology and Politics
* Human Geography
* Landscape and Urban Studies
* Management

You'll take a module that focuses on employability. There are plenty of chances to get valuable work experience, including on our placement scheme. You might work on a project for an industry partner, go on placement with a company or do consultation work for a local government office.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB
A Levels + additional qualifications BBB + B in a relevant EPQ; BBB + B in Core Maths
International Baccalaureate 33
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2
Scottish Highers AAABB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • GCSE Maths grade 4 or grade C
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 17%
Independent study 83%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 28%
Coursework 72%
Practical 0%

Sheffield Methods Institute

The international jobs market is going to need a different kind of social science graduate. We're leading the way with two innovative degrees.

Today, social science graduates are expected to have more than one area of expertise. Our innovative degrees are taught by experts from across the social sciences faculty so you're not limited to just one subject. We also have a strong focus on research skills that will set you apart from other graduates.

Work experience and practical skills are a big part of our degrees. There are opportunities to go on work placements, for short periods or for a whole year, and you'll learn methods used by the world's leading social sciences researchers.

Both courses draw on research and teaching expertise from across Sheffield's highly rated Faculty of Social Sciences. Our world-class research addresses the major challenges facing society and it drives and enhances our teaching.

Sheffield Methods Institute website

What our graduates do

Our courses have been designed to meet the growing demand for social science researchers with quantitative data skills. You might choose to apply your skills in the public or private sector, for a charity or an NGO. If you're interested in starting your own business, we can help you prepare for that too.

Student profile


Picture of Josefin Wendel, Faculty of Social Sciences

"I love my degree and how it combines different areas allowing me to study a wide range of topics. However, the main reason I chose the University of Sheffield was the friendly atmosphere, both among staff and students. I'm from Sweden and was worried about moving to a new city and country, but everyone is really friendly and open."

Josefin Wendel ,
Undergraduate, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Sheffield Methods Institute
Telephone +44 114 222 8345
Email smi-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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