BA (Hons) Applied Social Science

BA (Hons) Applied Social Science

The University of Lincoln is ranked 17th overall in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2020.

The Course

At the heart of Applied Social Science is a desire to understand our society and the social problems we face in order to make a real difference to communities.

There is the opportunity to undertake various work placements during the course. Students will be able to develop the knowledge and skills needed for a range of careers in different organisations.

Students have access to a range of specialist facilities across several buildings, including the University’s new £19 million Sarah Swift Building, and the University Sports Centre.

The teaching team is made up of experienced academics from across the College. These include the School of Health and Social Care, School of Education, Lincoln Law School, School of Psychology, School of Social and Political Sciences, and School of Sport and Exercise Science. Their expertise encompasses a wide range of disciplines providing students with the opportunity to develop an interest in a specialised area of research.

The Course

At the heart of Applied Social Science is a desire to understand our society and the social problems we face in order to make a real difference to communities.

There is the opportunity to undertake various work placements during the course. Students will be able to develop the knowledge and skills needed for a range of careers in different organisations.

Students have access to a range of specialist facilities across several buildings, including the University’s new £19 million Sarah Swift Building, and the University Sports Centre.

The teaching team is made up of experienced academics from across the College. These include the School of Health and Social Care, School of Education, Lincoln Law School, School of Psychology, School of Social and Political Sciences, and School of Sport and Exercise Science. Their expertise encompasses a wide range of disciplines providing students with the opportunity to develop an interest in a specialised area of research.

In the first year, the programme aims to introduce students to politics, sociology, psychology, social policy, law, sports science, education, and health and social care studies. Students can undertake work experience opportunities which can focus on volunteering in a community-based group.

In years two and three, students can study social science research methods and career planning. They can also undertake a dissertation project and two further work placements.

Optional pathways can lead towards areas of specialism in one or more of the social sciences. These may include preparation for careers in education or teaching; nursing, public health, allied health professions and social work; guidance and counselling; law and criminal justice; health, sports and wellbeing; and policy and research.

The teaching team is made up of experienced academics from across the College. These include the School of Health and Social Care, School of Education, Lincoln Law School, School of Psychology, School of Social and Political Sciences, and School of Sport and Exercise Science. Their expertise encompasses a wide range of disciplines providing students with the opportunity to develop an interest in a specialised area of research.

The course is delivered mainly through lectures and seminars with additional workshops and tutorial support dependent on the module.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Communication and Study Skills (Core)
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Communication and Study Skills (Core)

This module is designed to develop a range of communication and academic skills. Students can develop their academic writing, referencing, and presentation skills throughout the module. They are expected to gain an understanding of different models and theories of communication including how communication styles may differ depending on the context. The module will also aim to prepare students for different approaches to academic writing and communication across disciplines.

Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology (Core)
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Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology (Core)

This module considers the history of psychology, critical psychology, the criteria that we can use to determine whether theories in psychology are scientific or not, and the interaction between psychology and society.

Foundations of Applied Psychology (Core)
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Foundations of Applied Psychology (Core)

This introductory module provides the opportunity to develop an understanding of how psychology knowledge can be applied to address real world issues. The module is designed to introduce students to the application of psychology by detailing how psychological research is used to make improvements across multiple contexts in our environment.

Human Bioscience (Option)
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Human Bioscience (Option)

This module aims to provide students with the necessary background in anatomy and physiology for understanding the structure and functions of the human body.

It is structured to promote an introductory understanding of human physiology relevant to students of health and social care. The importance of structures will be examined and also what can happen when things go wrong. Anatomy and physiology will be studied in relation to health (and wellbeing) and disease.

Legal Systems and Skills (Option)
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Legal Systems and Skills (Option)

This module assumes no prior knowledge of law. It aims to introduce students to legal thinking both in terms of philosophy of law and also how judicial decisions are made. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the history of the English Legal System and its modern operation and processes.

Students have the opportunity to study human rights as a cornerstone of the English legal system and also look at other legal systems by way of comparison. This module also aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary, such as legal research and construction of arguments, to be successful in their degree and subsequent career. The legal profession can be examined as well as consideration of legal ethics.

Personal and Professional Values (Core)
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Personal and Professional Values (Core)

This module introduces the key concepts of values and ethics allowing students the opportunity to understand the relationship and differences between personal and professional values.

Social Issues and Social Justice (Core)
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Social Issues and Social Justice (Core)

This module aims to examine some key contexts and practices of social policy in the UK. It aims to provide an overview of contemporary British society and some of its pressing issues and challenges. It explores how social policy, as a broad framework of welfare, justice and rights agendas and interventions has sought to address these issues and challenges. This is set in a historical and comparative context. The module highlights the importance of understanding how social policies are framed, made, and implemented, and how these can be analysed within understandings of societal inequality and poverty.

Applied Research Methods (Core)
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Applied Research Methods (Core)

The module aims to introduce students to the importance of research and give them an understanding of why research in undertaken. Students can gain an understanding of a variety of research methods both quantitative and qualitative relevant to a range of social science disciplines.

Career Planning (Core)
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Career Planning (Core)

This module aims to introduce the students to the wide range of careers opportunities available to them and to help prepare them for the jobs market.

Comparative Politics and Policy (Option)
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Comparative Politics and Policy (Option)

This module is based on the belief that comparative methodology can be a useful tool for social and political analysis. The module begins with a consideration of the development of comparative approaches, the use of a range of comparative techniques and the validity of comparison. It proceeds to an examination of some basic concepts that can help provide an understanding of the bases upon which governments are built and operate. Students then have the opportunity to apply the analytical and theoretical tools from the early parts of the module to consider a variety of features of contemporary politics and policy, particularly in the context of democratic transition in different regions of the world.

Criminology and Social Justice (Option)
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Criminology and Social Justice (Option)

The module will take an interdisciplinary approach by examining how people think, act and interact with one another. In doing so it will challenge 'taken for granted' notions about crime and punishment. By focusing upon the development of the individual person behind the crime this allows us to address the question of motivations for crime as well as the role of psychology in responding to crime. Students will be expected to consider the implications of crime not only the prisoner but also the children, the family, and wider society.

Curriculum: Principles and purposes (Option)
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Curriculum: Principles and purposes (Option)

This module focuses on curricula for learning in education. It considers the purpose, breadth, and design of curriculum structures and models and how these can differ in relation to context and culture. Students can gain an understanding of how the curriculum in England has changed and developed, and can describe the subject specific elements within current education provision. This module aims to help students to know, understand, and contextualise the core components that make up curricula.

Debating Welfare States (Option)
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Debating Welfare States (Option)

This module aims to enable students to analyse the priorities and developments of welfare states over time, and through analysis of these developments, equip students with the tools to interpret key contemporary social, political, and economic trends.

Developmental Psychology (Option)
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Developmental Psychology (Option)

This module aims to examine the concepts, theories, research methods, and influencing factors in child development relevant to the period from birth to pre-adolescence.

Health Psychology (Option)
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Health Psychology (Option)

This module gives students the opportunity to examine how different people respond to health, wellbeing, and illness. The role of the rapidly expanding discipline of health psychology can be discussed in relation to psychological procedures for the assessment, intervention, and prevention of ill health. Students also have the opportunity to consider individuals, families, age, cultures, religions, gender, psychological and social health, and wellbeing.

Human Rights Law in the UK (Option)
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Human Rights Law in the UK (Option)

This module aims to explore a fast-growing and controversial subject through a detailed examination of the nature and development of human rights as a concept, and their protection at the national level. It starts by providing students with the opportunity to consider the concept of “rights”, and human rights in particular, drawing on political and philosophical analyses. The module aims to look at the protection of human rights in the UK via the Human Rights Act 1998. The module is devoted to a critical analysis of a range of rights and the extent to which they are recognised and protected within the United Kingdom.

Introduction to Nutrition and Health (Option)
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Introduction to Nutrition and Health (Option)

Diet, nutrition, and health are closely linked. This module offers students an introduction to this subject, developing an understanding of the relationship between food and health.

Jurisprudence (Option)
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Jurisprudence (Option)

This module aims to examine the underpinning philosophy and theories of law. Students have the opportunity to be introduced to the nature of jurisprudence and its terminology. Major theories of jurisprudential thought, for example natural law, utilitarianism, and positivism can be explored. The nature and role of law within society can also be examined along with the concepts of justice and morality, the social contract, as well as the philosophical foundations of various common law principles.

Medical Law and Ethics (Option)
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Medical Law and Ethics (Option)

This module is designed to firstly develop and expand on issues of negligence and personal autonomy (assault and consent). Building on this, the module will aim to consider the regulation of clinical practice; and the interface between the law, ethics, and regulation focusing on emerging areas of difficulty. Both caselaw, statute law, regulations, and current matters of media and policy controversy can be considered.

Mental Health and Wellbeing (Option)
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Mental Health and Wellbeing (Option)

The module provides students with an opportunity to study mental health and wellbeing. This will include a broad coverage of the history of research and treatment relating to mental health and illness; the legal framework and the particular role of health and social care practitioners; diagnostic categories and frameworks and typical mental illnesses; social science and social understandings of mental health and illness: mental health problems and particular groups in society, including children and adolescents; the service user movement in mental health; alternative treatments and some current research trends.

Police Powers (Option)
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Police Powers (Option)

This module aims to explore the powers of the police in England and Wales. It seeks to look at the ways in which the police forces are organised and the different national agencies that operate in the area (such as the Serious Fraud Office, and the Serious Organised Crime Agency). The human rights context can also be examined. Students have the opportunity to be taken through the various stages of policing from stop and search to charge. The module concludes by providing students with the opportunity to consider the ways in which police powers can be challenged.

Psychological Assessment & Psychometrics (Option)
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Psychological Assessment & Psychometrics (Option)

This module aims to provide an introduction into psychological assessments using psychometrics, including questionnaires and scales. Based on the established theoretical and research context, this module will consider a range of assessment tools used in psychology to assess an individual’s behaviour or behavioural disposition, and provide an introduction into psychometric test development. The modules also aim to provide students with the opportunity to administer, score, and interpret psychological tests.

Psychology of Education (Option)
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Psychology of Education (Option)

This module is designed to provide students with an insight into the psychology of education and how psychology can be used to support practice in a range of learning environments. The module provides students with an opportunity to engage with cutting edge research and how this impacts on practice. Students can gain an insight into some of the key ideas in psychology and how these influence educational practice.

Sport, Physical Education and Social Theory (Option)
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Sport, Physical Education and Social Theory (Option)

This module aims to provide students with a formal introduction to social theory and its application to the study of sociological problems in sport and PE.

The module provides the opportunity to examine a variety of topics in sport from different theoretical perspectives. Students are encouraged to understand that all sociological observations are guided by theory, while also comparing and critiquing the range of approaches to sport introduced in the module. A selection of sociological sporting phenomena will be used to illustrate the importance of theory in guiding any sociological study.

Studies of Childhood (Option)
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Studies of Childhood (Option)

This module focuses on childhood by comparing the theories and perceptions of children. It reflects on developmental aspects including social, cognitive, emotional, environmental, physical, and language. It considers the ways in which children are portrayed in the media and the impact this may have on cultural representations of children. The module draws on classical and contemporary texts, academic studies, and media such as television programmes and films.

Analysing the Policy Process (Option)
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Analysing the Policy Process (Option)

This module is designed to support students not only to continue to develop their knowledge of a range of perspectives on the policy process but, in addition, to use these to analyse a case study relevant to their degree programme.

Autistic Spectrum Disorders (Option)
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Autistic Spectrum Disorders (Option)

This module aims to examine the developmental disability of Autism (and Autistic Spectrum Disorders). It aims to cover a range of approaches to understanding Autism, from diagnosis and etiology.

Contemporary Issues in Education (Option)
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Contemporary Issues in Education (Option)

This module is designed to introduce students to major issues shaping education today, and to the conceptual tools needed to understand these in an informed way. Students can gain an understanding of key sites of debate in compulsory and alternative education, and critically examine a range of current debates in areas such as educational systems, policies, and reform within the UK and in global context, through multidisciplinary perspectives. This module aims to help students understand and confidently engage with the discursive, social and political contexts of education today.

Counselling and Guidance Skills (Option)
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Counselling and Guidance Skills (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to a range of contemporary models of counselling and guidance practice. The aim is to give students the opportunity to develop skills and attitudes that can be of value in a variety of human service settings. A key feature of the module will be to allow students the opportunity to make judgements as to the appropriateness of using such techniques in different scenarios.

Developmental Psychopathology (Option)
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Developmental Psychopathology (Option)

This module aims to emphasise the importance of a developmental framework for understanding how children come to exhibit adaptive and maladaptive behaviour. The module will seek to address the changing nature of problems, influences, and risk factors over the course of development.

Discourse (Option)
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Discourse (Option)

This module aims to develop students' knowledge of the development, theory, and applications of the Discourse approach, which is a growing field within psychology. The module aims to introduce the Discourse perspective, in which language is seen as a means for people to do social actions: from blamings and invitations, to the establishment and maintenance of social relationships.

Family Law (Option)
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Family Law (Option)

This module aims to examine the law in England and Wales relating to the family and in particular the law on marriage, divorce, cohabiting couples, financial and property rights, and rights and duties relating to children. This module seeks to provide students with an interest in this area the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of the practical law relating to the family and to examine ethical issues and the wider policy considerations that lie behind it.

Final Year Project (Core)
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Final Year Project (Core)

Students will have the opportunity to undertake an independent research project in the final year of study. This will allow them to develop a deeper understanding of an aspect of social science that have identified as of particular interest to them throughout their studies.

International Law (Option)
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International Law (Option)

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the dynamic, constantly evolving area of international law. Students will have the opportunity to study legal rules which operate in a much broader theatre than national law, with the aim of helping them develop a greater understanding of a changing world order. The module seeks to examine both theoretical and practical applications of International Law and aims to provide students with ample scope for research and independent study.

Occupational Psychology (Option)
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Occupational Psychology (Option)

This module is designed to provide a broad overview of this sub-field, which can be divided into three main areas; job related issues, inter and intra psychological issues, and workplace psychology. Theories from mainstream psychology aim to form the basis for a detailed discussion of key topics in occupational psychology.

Sociological Issues in Sports Development (Option)
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Sociological Issues in Sports Development (Option)

This module aims to mobilise the knowledge and skills obtained throughout the sport development and sociological context strands of the degree by engaging students in the critical analysis of central issues in sport development.

The specific objectives of the module are to:

  • Engage students in critical sociological debates (especially on social exclusion) that are central to an understanding sport and sports development.
  • Encourage students to interrogate current policies in sport development policy.
  • Provide students with an opportunity to work on a practical sports development project, sensitising them to the pressures and problems currently facing professionals in the field.

Understanding the Policy Process (Option)
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Understanding the Policy Process (Option)

This module is designed to focus upon the processes of policy making and implementation at both practical and theoretical levels. It aims to provide students with an introduction to a variety of models of policy making and seeks to discuss the complexities of the distribution of power and decision making, primarily, but not limited to, the field of social policy.

Work Opportunities Study (Core)
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Work Opportunities Study (Core)

This module aims to develop students' ability to evaluate workplace competencies and reflect on their own skills and abilities. It will give students the chance to build a plan for their own career path.

Working With Adults (Option)
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Working With Adults (Option)

This module aims to offer students the opportunity to explore in depth the context and issues of adult health and social care and the work roles available within it.

It focuses on both national policy developments and local provision, with the emphasis on the perspectives of service users and practitioners. The module is designed to be of particular value to students as a preparation for making career choices and to enhance their employability.

Working With Children and Families (Option)
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Working With Children and Families (Option)

This module considers how to engage with children and families to assess and respond to needs and how to make professional judgements in decisions to safeguard and promote children’s welfare. A further key theme is working in partnership both with children and families and other agencies, considering how, in practice this can best be promoted at different levels and stages of decision-making.

Emphasis will be on current research and developments. This module will be of particular value to students as a preparation for making career choices and to enhance their employability.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Work Placement

Students have the option to undertake a work placement year. This is normally during the third year of their undergraduate degree and may be abroad or in the UK. Students will be responsible for covering their travel, accommodation, and living costs.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Students are encouraged to take part in three work experience opportunities during their studies, which may include volunteering in community groups. There is the opportunity to undertake a work placement year between their second and third year which may be abroad or in the UK. Students are responsible for covering their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs during placements.

Placements

Some courses offer students the opportunity to undertake placements. When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry (where available). Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Lincolnshire Applied Social Science Scholarship

Who is it for?

Students who join Level 1 of the BA (Hons) Applied Social Science degree.

When is it available?

2019 entry

How much is the scholarship worth?

£500

Eligibility Criteria

Prospective students must have permanent residence in Greater Lincolnshire as evidenced from their UCAS application

Terms and Conditions

The scholarship will be payable to students who are enrolled as of 1 January 2020.

Find out more about Scholarships and Bursaries at Lincoln: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/scholarshipsandbursaries/

2020/21 UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level* £14,100 per level**
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £14,100 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

* UK/EU: The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

** International: The fees quoted are for one year of study. For continuing students fees are subject to an increase of 2% each year and rounded to the nearest £100.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

- In exceptional circumstances, students who are required to re-take modules can do so on an 'assessment only' basis. This means that students do not attend timetabled teaching events but are required to take the assessments/examinations associated with the module(s). The 'assessment only' fee is half of the £ per credit point fee for each module.

Exceptionally, tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost.

Other Costs

Students will be responsible for their travel, accommodation and general living costs while on work experience.

GCE Advanced Levels: BCC

International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points.

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

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Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.
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If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk
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Unconditional Offer Scheme

The University of Lincoln Unconditional Offer Scheme has been created to identify outstanding undergraduate applicants who we think would excel at Lincoln and make a significant contribution to our academic community.

The University of Lincoln takes a holistic contextual view, looking at students in the round, including all the information supplied in their application and any additional relevant assessment required, such as a portfolio, or interview. The qualities required for success are therefore not exclusively academic, and students’ drive, ambition, creativity, and potential are important factors in those considered for the scheme.

Applicants selected for the scheme, who commit to the University of Lincoln as their first choice of university, will receive an unconditional offer. We expect students in receipt of an unconditional offer to continue to apply themselves in their studies, both at school and when they join our academic community here at Lincoln. In previous years students who were selected and joined through the Lincoln unconditional offer scheme have shown very good success rate in their studies.

Please remember that as you may receive a number of offers from the universities which you have applied to, you should take your time to consider all of the offers that you receive and carefully choose the university and course which is right for you. There is no need for you to make a decision ahead of the deadline and we would recommend that you wait to receive all of the responses from your chosen universities so that you can take a well-informed decision.

We expect all our offer holders to continue to apply themselves in their studies, both at school and when they join our academic community here at Lincoln. Your exam results will be important for your own personal satisfaction and also for your future career and life opportunities.

Find out more about the Unconditional Offer Scheme

In the first year, the programme aims to introduce students to politics, sociology, psychology, social policy, law, sports science, education, and health and social care studies. Students can undertake work experience opportunities which can focus on volunteering in a community-based group.

In years two and three, students can study social science research methods and career planning. They can also undertake a dissertation project and two further work placements.

Optional pathways can lead towards areas of specialism in one or more of the social sciences. These may include preparation for careers in education or teaching; nursing, public health, allied health professions and social work; guidance and counselling; law and criminal justice; health, sports and wellbeing; and policy and research.

The teaching team is made up of experienced academics from across the College. These include the School of Health and Social Care, School of Education, Lincoln Law School, School of Psychology, School of Social and Political Sciences, and School of Sport and Exercise Science. Their expertise encompasses a wide range of disciplines providing students with the opportunity to develop an interest in a specialised area of research.

The course is delivered mainly through lectures and seminars with additional workshops and tutorial support dependent on the module.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Communication and Study Skills (Core)
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Communication and Study Skills (Core)

This module is designed to develop a range of communication and academic skills. Students can develop their academic writing, referencing, and presentation skills throughout the module. They are expected to gain an understanding of different models and theories of communication including how communication styles may differ depending on the context. The module will also aim to prepare students for different approaches to academic writing and communication across disciplines.

Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology (Core)
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Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology (Core)

This module considers the history of psychology, critical psychology, the criteria that we can use to determine whether theories in psychology are scientific or not, and the interaction between psychology and society.

Foundations of Applied Psychology (Core)
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Foundations of Applied Psychology (Core)

This introductory module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of how psychology knowledge can be applied to address real world issues. The module is designed to introduce students to the application of psychology by detailing how psychological research is used to make improvements across multiple contexts in our environment.

Human Bioscience (Option)
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Human Bioscience (Option)

This module aims to provide students with the necessary background in anatomy and physiology for understanding the structure and functions of the human body.

It is structured to promote an introductory understanding of human physiology relevant to students of health and social care. The importance of structures will be examined and also what can happen when things go wrong. Anatomy and physiology will be studied in relation to health (and wellbeing) and disease.

Legal Systems and Skills (Option)
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Legal Systems and Skills (Option)

This module assumes no prior knowledge of law. It aims to introduce students to legal thinking both in terms of philosophy of law and also how judicial decisions are made. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the history of the English Legal System and its modern operation and processes.

Students have the opportunity to be introduced to human rights as a cornerstone of the English legal system and also look at other legal systems by way of comparison. This module also aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary, such as legal research and construction of arguments, to be successful in their degree and subsequent career. The legal profession can be examined as well as consideration of legal ethics.

Personal and Professional Values (Core)
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Personal and Professional Values (Core)

This module introduces the key concepts of values and ethics allowing students the opportunity to understand the relationship and differences between personal and professional values.

Social Issues and Social Justice (Core)
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Social Issues and Social Justice (Core)

This foundation module aims to examine some key contexts and practices of social policy in the UK. It aims to provide an overview of contemporary British society and some of its pressing issues and challenges. It explores how social policy, as a broad framework of welfare, justice and rights agendas and interventions has sought to address these issues and challenges. This is set in a historical and comparative context. The module highlights the importance of understanding how social policies are framed, made and implemented and how these can be analysed within understandings of societal inequality and poverty.

Applied Research Methods (Core)
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Applied Research Methods (Core)

The module aims to introduce students to the importance of research and give them an understanding of why research in undertaken. Students can gain an understanding of a variety of research methods both quantitative and qualitative relevant to a range of social science disciplines.

Career Planning (Core)
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Career Planning (Core)

This module aims to introduce the students to the wide range of careers opportunities available to them and to help prepare them for the jobs market.

Comparative Politics and Policy (Option)
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Comparative Politics and Policy (Option)

This module is based on the belief that comparative methodology can be a useful tool for social and political analysis. The module begins with a consideration of the development of comparative approaches, the use of a range of comparative techniques and the validity of comparison. It proceeds to an examination of some basic concepts that can help provide an understanding of the bases upon which governments are built and operate. Students then have the opportunity to apply the analytical and theoretical tools from the early parts of the module to consider a variety of features of contemporary politics and policy, particularly in the context of democratic transition in different regions of the world.

Criminology and Social Justice (Option)
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Criminology and Social Justice (Option)

The module will take an interdisciplinary approach by examining how people think, act and interact with one another. In doing so it will challenge 'taken for granted' notions about crime and punishment. By focusing upon the development of the individual person behind the crime this allows us to address the question of motivations for crime as well as the role of psychology in responding to crime. Students will be expected to consider the implications of crime not only the prisoner but also the children, the family and wider society.

Curriculum: Principles and purposes (Option)
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Curriculum: Principles and purposes (Option)

This module focuses on curricula for learning in education. It considers the purpose, breadth and design of curriculum structures and models and how these can differ in relation to context and culture. Students can gain an understanding of how the curriculum in England has changed and developed, and can describe the subject specific elements within current education provision. This module aims to help students to know, understand and contextualise the core components that make up curricula.

Debating Welfare States (Option)
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Debating Welfare States (Option)

This module aims to enable students to analyse the priorities and developments of welfare states over time, and through analysis of these developments, equip students with the tools to interpret key contemporary social, political and economic trends.

Developmental Psychology (Option)
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Developmental Psychology (Option)

This module aims to examine the concepts, theories, research methods and influencing factors in child development relevant to the period from birth to pre-adolescence.

Health Psychology (Option)
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Health Psychology (Option)

This module aims to give students the opportunity to examine how different people respond to health, wellbeing and illness. The role of the rapidly expanding discipline of health psychology can be discussed in relation to psychological procedures for the assessment, intervention and prevention of ill health. Students also have the opportunity to consider individuals, families, age, cultures, religions, gender, psychological and social health and wellbeing.

Human Rights Law in the UK (Option)
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Human Rights Law in the UK (Option)

This module aims to explore a fast-growing and controversial subject through a detailed examination of the nature and development of human rights as a concept, and their protection at the national level. It starts by providing students with the opportunity to consider the concept of “rights”, and human rights in particular, drawing on political and philosophical analyses. The module aims to look at the protection of human rights in the UK via the Human Rights Act 1998. The module is devoted to a critical analysis of a range of rights and the extent to which they are recognised and protected within the United Kingdom.

Introduction to Nutrition and Health (Option)
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Introduction to Nutrition and Health (Option)

Diet, nutrition, and health are closely linked. This module offers students an introduction to this subject, developing an understanding of the relationship between food and health.

Jurisprudence (Option)
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Jurisprudence (Option)

This module aims to examine the underpinning philosophy and theories of law. Students have the opportunity to be introduced to the nature of jurisprudence and its terminology. Major theories of jurisprudential thought, for example natural law, utilitarianism and positivism can be explored. The nature and role of law within society can also be examined along with the concepts of justice and morality, the social contract, as well as the philosophical foundations of various common law principles.

Medical Law and Ethics (Option)
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Medical Law and Ethics (Option)

This module is designed to firstly develop and expand on issues of negligence and personal autonomy (assault and consent) first encountered by students in tort law at level 1 and dealt with in this module in the clinical context. Building on this, the module will aim to consider the regulation of clinical practice; and the interface between the law, ethics and regulation focusing on emerging areas of difficulty. Both caselaw, statute law, regulations and current matters of media and policy controversy can be considered.

Mental Health and Wellbeing (Option)
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Mental Health and Wellbeing (Option)

The module will provide students with an opportunity to study mental health and wellbeing. This will include a broad coverage of the history of research and treatment relating to mental health and illness; the legal framework and the particular role of health and social care practitioners; diagnostic categories and frameworks and typical mental illnesses; social science and social understandings of mental health and illness: mental health problems and particular groups in society, including children and adolescents; the service user movement in mental health; alternative treatments and some current research trends.

Police Powers (Option)
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Police Powers (Option)

This module aims to explore the powers of the police in England and Wales. It seeks to look at the ways in which the police forces are organised and the different national agencies that operate in the area (such as the Serious Fraud Office, and the Serious Organised Crime Agency). The human rights context can also be examined. Students have the opportunity to be taken through the various stages of policing from stop and search to charge. The module concludes by providing students with the opportunity to consider the ways in which police powers can be challenged.

Psychological Assessment & Psychometrics (Option)
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Psychological Assessment & Psychometrics (Option)

The module aims to provide an introduction into psychological assessments using psychometrics, including questionnaires and scales. Based on the established theoretical and research context, this module will consider a range of assessment tools used in psychology to assess an individual’s behaviour or behavioural disposition, and provide an introduction into psychometric test development. The modules also aims to provide students with the opportunity to administer, score, and interpret psychological tests.

Psychology of Education (Option)
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Psychology of Education (Option)

This module is designed to provide students with an insight into the psychology of education and how psychology can be used to support practice in a range of learning environments. The module provides students with an opportunity to engage with cutting edge research and how this impacts on practice. Students can gain an insight into some of the key ideas in psychology and how these influence educational practice.

Sport, Physical Education and Social Theory (Option)
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Sport, Physical Education and Social Theory (Option)

This module aims to provide students with a formal introduction to social theory and its application to the study of sociological problems in sport and PE.

It is intended to build on the level one module, Sociological Issues in Sport and PE, by providing the opportunity to examine a variety of topics in sport from different theoretical perspectives. Students are encouraged to understand that all sociological observations are guided by theory, while also comparing and critiquing the range of approaches to sport introduced in the module. A selection of sociological sporting phenomena will be used to illustrate the importance of theory in guiding any sociological study.

Studies of Childhood (Option)
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Studies of Childhood (Option)

This optional module focuses on childhood by comparing the theories and perceptions of children. It reflects on developmental aspects including social, cognitive, emotional, environmental, physical and language. It considers the ways in which children are portrayed in the media and the impact this may have on cultural representations of children. The module draws on classical and contemporary texts, academic studies and media such as television programmes and films.

Analysing the Policy Process (Option)
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Analysing the Policy Process (Option)

Aiming to build upon Understanding the Policy Process, this module is designed to support students not only to continue to develop their knowledge of a range of perspectives on the policy process but, in addition, to use these to analyse a case study relevant to their degree programme.

Autistic Spectrum Disorders (Option)
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Autistic Spectrum Disorders (Option)

This module aims to examine the developmental disability of Autism (and Autistic Spectrum Disorders). It aims to cover a range of approaches to understanding Autism, from diagnosis and etiology.

Contemporary Issues in Education (Option)
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Contemporary Issues in Education (Option)

This module is designed to introduce students to major issues shaping education today, and to the conceptual tools needed to understand these in an informed way. Students can gain an understanding of key sites of debate in compulsory and alternative education, and critically examine a range of current debates in areas such as educational systems, policies, and reform within the UK and in global context, through multidisciplinary perspectives. This module aims to help students understand and confidently engage with the discursive, social and political contexts of education today.

Counselling and Guidance Skills (Option)
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Counselling and Guidance Skills (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to a range of contemporary models of counselling and guidance practice. The aim is to give students the opportunity to develop skills and attitudes that can be of value in a variety of human service settings. A key feature of the module will be to allow students the opportunity to make judgements as to the appropriateness of using such techniques in different scenarios.

Developmental Psychopathology (Option)
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Developmental Psychopathology (Option)

This module aims to emphasise the importance of a developmental framework for understanding how children come to exhibit adaptive and maladaptive behaviour. The module will seek to address the changing nature of problems, influences and risk factors over the course of development.

Discourse (Option)
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Discourse (Option)

This module aims to develop students' knowledge of the development, theory and applications of the Discourse approach, which is a growing field within psychology. The module aims to introduce the Discourse perspective, in which language is seen as a means for people to do social actions: from blamings and invitations, to the establishment and maintenance of social relationships.

Family Law (Option)
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Family Law (Option)

This module aims to examine the law in England and Wales relating to the family and in particular the law on marriage, divorce, cohabiting couples, financial and property rights, and rights and duties relating to children. This module seeks to provide students with an interest in this area the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of the practical law relating to the family and to examine ethical issues and the wider policy considerations that lie behind it.

Final Year Project (Core)
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Final Year Project (Core)

Students will have the opportunity to undertake an independent research project in the final year of study. This will allow them to develop a deeper understanding of an aspect of social science that have identified as of particular interest to them throughout their studies.

International Law (Option)
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International Law (Option)

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the dynamic, constantly evolving area of international law. Students will have the opportunity to study legal rules which operate in a much broader theatre than national law, with the aim of helping them develop a greater understanding of a changing world order. The module seeks to examine both theoretical and practical applications of International Law and aims to provide students with ample scope for research and independent study.

Occupational Psychology (Option)
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Occupational Psychology (Option)

This module is designed to provide a broad overview of this sub-field, which can be divided into three main areas; job related issues, inter and intra psychological issues, and workplace psychology. Theories from mainstream psychology aim to form the basis for a detailed discussion of key topics in occupational psychology.

Sociological Issues in Sports Development (Option)
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Sociological Issues in Sports Development (Option)

This module aims to mobilise the knowledge and skills obtained throughout the sport development and sociological context strands of the degree by engaging students in the critical analysis of central issues in sport development.

The specific objectives of the module are to:

  • Engage students in critical sociological debates (especially on social exclusion) that are central to an understanding sport and sports development.
  • Encourage students to interrogate current policies in sport development policy.
  • Provide students with an opportunity to work on a practical sports development project, thus sensitising them to the pressures and problems currently facing professionals in the field.

Understanding the Policy Process (Option)
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Understanding the Policy Process (Option)

This module is designed to focus upon the processes of policy making and implementation at both practical and theoretical levels. It aims to provide students with an introduction to a variety of models of policy making and seeks to discuss the complexities of the distribution of power and decision making, primarily, but not limited to, the field of social policy.

Work Opportunities Study (Core)
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Work Opportunities Study (Core)

This module aims to develop students' ability to evaluate workplace competencies and reflect on their own skills and abilities. It will give students the chance to build a plan for their own career path.

Working With Adults (Option)
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Working With Adults (Option)

This module aims to offer students the opportunity to explore in depth the context and issues of adult health and social care and the work roles available within it.

It focuses on both national policy developments and local provision, with the emphasis on the perspectives of service users and practitioners. The module will be of particular value to students as a preparation for making career choices and to enhance their employability.

Working With Children and Families (Option)
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Working With Children and Families (Option)

This module considers how to engage with children and families to assess and respond to needs and how to make professional judgements in decisions to safeguard and promote children’s welfare. A further key theme is working in partnership both with children and families and other agencies, considering how, in practice this can best be promoted at different levels and stages of decision-making.

Emphasis will be on current research and developments. This module will be of particular value to students as a preparation for making career choices and to enhance their employability.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Work Placement

Students have the option to undertake a work placement year. This is normally during the third year of their undergraduate degree and may be abroad or in the UK. Students will be responsible for covering their travel, accommodation, and living costs.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Students are encouraged to take part in three work experience opportunities during their studies, which may include volunteering in community groups. There is the opportunity to undertake a work placement year between their second and third year which may be abroad or in the UK. Students are responsible for covering their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs during placements.

Placements

Some courses offer students the opportunity to undertake placements. When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry (where available). Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

2020/21 UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level* £14,100 per level**
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £14,100 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

* UK/EU: The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

** International: The fees quoted are for one year of study. For continuing students fees are subject to an increase of 2% each year and rounded to the nearest £100.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

- In exceptional circumstances, students who are required to re-take modules can do so on an 'assessment only' basis. This means that students do not attend timetabled teaching events but are required to take the assessments/examinations associated with the module(s). The 'assessment only' fee is half of the £ per credit point fee for each module.

Exceptionally, tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost.

Other Costs

Students will be responsible for their travel, accommodation and general living costs while on work experience.

GCE Advanced Levels: BCC

International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points.

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.
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Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.
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If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk
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Unconditional Offer Scheme

The University of Lincoln Unconditional Offer Scheme has been created to identify outstanding undergraduate applicants who we think would excel at Lincoln and make a significant contribution to our academic community.

The University of Lincoln takes a holistic contextual view, looking at students in the round, including all the information supplied in their application and any additional relevant assessment required, such as a portfolio, or interview. The qualities required for success are therefore not exclusively academic, and students’ drive, ambition, creativity, and potential are important factors in those considered for the scheme.

Applicants selected for the scheme, who commit to the University of Lincoln as their first choice of university, will receive an unconditional offer. We expect students in receipt of an unconditional offer to continue to apply themselves in their studies, both at school and when they join our academic community here at Lincoln. In previous years students who were selected and joined through the Lincoln unconditional offer scheme have shown very good success rate in their studies.

Please remember that as you may receive a number of offers from the universities which you have applied to, you should take your time to consider all of the offers that you receive and carefully choose the university and course which is right for you. There is no need for you to make a decision ahead of the deadline and we would recommend that you wait to receive all of the responses from your chosen universities so that you can take a well-informed decision.

We expect all our offer holders to continue to apply themselves in their studies, both at school and when they join our academic community here at Lincoln. Your exam results will be important for your own personal satisfaction and also for your future career and life opportunities.

Find out more about the Unconditional Offer Scheme

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Dr Stephanie Armstrong

Programme Leader

Stephanie is Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Applied Social Science and teaches on the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care. She is part of the Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit. Research specialisms include human rights, ethics and disaster management.


Your Future Career

The wide-ranging skills of Applied Social Science graduates open the doors to a variety of careers in different fields. After completing their studies, graduates might pursue a career in management, policy
planning, research and analysis, or as a practitioner in a number of fields and settings. These might include local and central government, the civil service, health and social care organisations, and within the voluntary and independent sectors.

Some students continue with their studies at postgraduate level, undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a programme in nursing, social work, allied health professions, or law.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/.

The wide-ranging skills of Applied Social Science graduates open the doors to a variety of careers in different fields. After completing their studies, graduates might pursue a career in management, policy
planning, research and analysis, or as a practitioner in a number of fields and settings. These might include local and central government, the civil service, health and social care organisations, and within the voluntary and independent sectors.

Some students continue with their studies at postgraduate level, undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a programme in nursing, social work, allied health professions, or law.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/.


Facilities

The University has invested more than £350 million in its Brayford Pool Campus, with further plans to invest in additional facilities and refurbishments of existing buildings.

The University has invested £19 million in the Sarah Swift Building, a dedicated facility for the School of Health and Social Care and the School of Psychology. Bridge House is home to the School of Social and Political Sciences, Lincoln Law School and the School of Education. The School of Sport and Exercise Science is situated in the University's Sports Centre.

Students also make the most of the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which is home to more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, alongside databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.