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BASS Sociology & Quantitative Methods
Explore human behaviour using modern data analysis methods.

BASS Sociology & Quantitative Methods

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 Years
Typical A-level offer
ABB
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

6,5,5 at Higher level, 33 points overall.  Applicants offering Mathematics or Maths Methods at standard or higher level must achieve a minimum of grade 5.

Applicants not holding GCSE English Language or equivalent must achieve grade 5 in standard or higher level English.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

In 2017 there were approximately 1128 applications for 140 places on the BA Social Sciences course.

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

  • Do you want to focus on research skills and explore how research design affects our knowledge of the world around us?
  • Are you interested in going on to postgraduate study, such as our nationally esteemed MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics, supported by bursaries?
  • Would you like the chance to study abroad for a semester?
  • Take the right course units and you can apply for a paid summer internship through Manchester's Q-Step programme.
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Open days

  • Find out more and register for an Open Day

Post-offer visits

If you are made an offer we will email you an invitation to visit us late January, February or early March. These afternoons are organised by the School of Social Sciences and include a tour, a talk, refreshments and a chance to talk to students, lecturers and recruitment staff.

If you are visiting Manchester and would like to visit our admissions office please make an appointment in advance. (Call +44 (0)161 275 4470/1473 or email socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk )

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2018 will be announced once confirmed by the UK government. As a guide, the 2017 tuition fees were £9,250 per annum for home/EU students, and are expected to increase slightly for 2018 entry. Tuition fees for international students will be £18,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Scholarships and bursaries are available to eligible Home/EU students, including the Manchester Bursary . This bursary is in addition to the government package of maintenance grants.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Social Sciences undergraduate admissions
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 1473
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 4751
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/socialsciences
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Entry requirements

A-level

  • ABB
  • We do not accept two A/S Levels grades in place of one A-Level.
  • Applicants must be studying at least one of the following A-level subjects: Accounting; Economics; Finance; Business Studies; Development Studies; Government and Politics; Economic and Social History; Mathematics; Anthropology; Sociology; Philosophy; Religious Studies; English Language; English Literature; Geography; Psychology; Classical Civilisation; History; Archaeology; Communication Studies; Environmental Studies; World Development; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Modern Languages.
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted for entry.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.

GCSE

Minimum grade C in English Language and grade C in Mathematics. In the newly reformed GCSEs in England you will require a grade 5 in English Language and grade 5 in Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

6,5,5 at Higher level, 33 points overall.  Applicants offering Mathematics or Maths Methods at standard or higher level must achieve a minimum of grade 5.

Applicants not holding GCSE English Language or equivalent must achieve grade 5 in standard or higher level English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H2, H2.

Scottish requirements

AAABB in Scottish Highers.  Applicants taking a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk. Applicants not taking English Language or Mathematics at Higher level must achieve grade C in English Language and Grade B in mathematics at SCQF Level 5.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted as equivalent to an A-level on a grade-for-grade basis.

European Baccalaureate

Applicants studying the European Baccalaureate are expected to achieve 77% overall and no lower than 80% in English.

Other international entry requirements

Pearson BTEC qualifications

The School accepts Pearson BTEC qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels.

National Extended Diploma - accepted with grades MMM, alongside an A-level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

National Diploma - accepted with grades MP, alongside two A-levels at grades AB in different subject areas to the diploma.

Foundation Diploma - accepted with grade M, alongside two A-levels at grades AB in different subject areas to the diploma.

Subsidiary Diploma - accepted with grade D, alongside two A-levels at grade AB in different subject areas to the diploma.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technicals (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and are offered along with A levels.

Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma- accepted with grades MMM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Cambridge Technical Diploma - accepted with grades MM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Cambridge Foundation Diploma - accepted with grades MM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate - accepted with grades M, alongside two A levels at grades AB in different subject areas.

Access to HE Diploma

  • Typical applicant - A mature student returning to education after a number of years.
  • Typical offer - Pass Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits (36 Distinctions / 9 Merits).
  • `Pass' in Level 2 English and Mathematics.

Contact: Tom McCunnie  tom.mccunnie@manchester.ac.uk .

Cambridge Pre-U

Applicants are expected to achieve D3, M1, M1 in the Cambridge Pre-U. Applicants can either take three Pre-U qualifications or study them in conjunction with A-level subjects.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route (eg home educated) we will consider your application against the standard entry criteria for the course to which you apply.

You must also provide a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education.

English language

All applicants are expected to have a minimum of grade C in GCSE English Language or equivalent.

For international students, equivalent qualifications would be:

  • IELTS of 6.5 overall with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • TOEFL (IBT) 92 overall with minimum of 21 in listening and speaking, 22 in reading and 23 in speaking
  • iGCSE English (First Language) grade C
  • iGCSE English (Second Language) grade B

If you have other English language qualifications and want to find out if they would be acceptable, please e-mail socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

Potential candidates are expected to demonstrate why they have chosen this particular degree in their personal statement and express why the course interests them.

Applicants submitting mitigating circumstances

If you are submitting information about mitigating circumstances that have affected, or are likely to affect, your academic performance, you should include this in the referee's report.

We cannot usually take into account information that is supplied after an adverse decision has been made on an application by the admitting school.

(Examples of mitigating circumstances include family illness, problems with school facilities or an unusual curriculum followed by your school of college.)

How your application is considered

Applications are considered on the basis of an assessment of past and predicted academic achievements, the academic reference and personal statement.

Interview requirements

We do not interview.

Returning to education

We welcome applications from anyone who is returning to education.

Contact: Tom McCunnie tom.mccunnie@manchester.ac.uk

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Applicants classed as international students who are studying Foundation Year Programmes, will be considered on the basis they have completed their High School education in full. Please see our list of approved UK foundation programmes and entry requirements  for more information. We also accept a number of qualifications from around the globe. For further information please see our country-specific information pages. If you still need help please email us  socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk .

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up to the point of confirmation. Deferred entry is granted on the discretion of admissions staff, and is normally granted for one year only.

NB Some English Language test results, such as IELTS of TOEFL, are only valid from two years from the test date.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

We consider applicants who are resitting.

Contact: socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you can apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.

In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may refer back to previous applications or registrations at the University.

If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should include additional evidence of your suitability for the course.

If you are applying through clearing you will need to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

  • Do you want to focus on research skills and explore how research design affects our knowledge of the world around us?
  • Are you interested in going on to postgraduate study, such as our nationally esteemed MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics, supported by bursaries?
  • Would you like the chance to study abroad for a semester?
  • Take the right course units and you can apply for a paid summer internship through Manchester's Q-Step programme .

Sociology and Quantitative Methods is a pathway within the BA (Social Sciences) degree or BASS for short. BASS at Manchester is designed to give you maximum flexibility and choice.

If you feel that you are interested in the social sciences but fancy the chance to try out a range of different topics, this could be the degree for you.

When you apply, you select one of the ten joint pathways of the BA (Social Sciences), each of which has its own unique course code.

Although you'll start off on your chosen two-subject pathway, by Year 2 you can take a minimum of three subjects and a maximum of five and you can then specialise in any one or two subjects in your final year.

In every subject you are given a wide range of course units to choose from, and a high degree of flexibility in the way in which you combine them as your academic interests develop.

The six main subject areas are:

  • Sociology : The study of society and examines such issues as social inequalities and forms of everyday life.
  • Quantitative Methods : The study of data and analysis to understand the social world.
  • Criminology : The study of the causes and consequences of crime.
  • Philosophy : The study of fundamental questions such as the nature of knowledge, truth and values. Philosophy also encourages greater consideration of our reasoning, judgement and ethics.
  • Social Anthropology : The study of societies and cultures across the globe in comparative perspective.
  • Politics : The study of human organization, government and power. Politics examines and evaluates political systems and institutions.

Special features

  • BA (Hons) Social Sciences contains a broad-based first year which is particularly valuable if you have not taken any social science subjects before entering university.
  • There are a vast range of optional course units available to you in the second and third years. Despite the variety of these courses, all are taught by the experts in their fields - a benefit of a faculty degree.
  • Our Sociology department was ranked top in the country for research. 'Excellence' in research feeds into teaching so that students are taught by experts with a real passion for their subject.
  • Take the right course units and you can apply for a  paid summer internship through Manchester's Q-Step programme

Teaching and learning

Most course units feature formal lectures supported by smaller tutorials or seminars, in which you will be able to explore the contents of lectures and recommended reading in greater depth.

Tutorials and seminars are also key elements in improving your written and oral communication skills through group discussions, essay-writing and presentations.

Students are assigned an Academic Advisor, an academic member of staff who takes a friendly interest in your progress and can advise you on selecting course units and career opportunities.

Coursework and assessment

Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the BA (Social Sciences) programme and the wide variety of course units available, the general format of assessment can vary quite a bit.

The way that you study and are assessed will depend on which units you choose. The range of methods is carefully designed to promote in-depth learning and understanding.

  • Essays, coursework and other mid-term evaluations allow fuller development of and feedback on students' knowledge and understanding
  • Coursework, essays and dissertations promote the development of argument and fuller understanding of academic material and test the extent to which students can carry out work independently
  • Presentations or group projects promote the development of teamwork

Course content for year 1

In your first year on the BA Social Sciences you will take 120 credits overall which include:

  • 20 credit compulsory course unit - Engaging with Social Research - just for BASS Students

You will then choose the remaining 100 credits from your two pathways along with another subject from another pathway: 

  • Sociology : Media, Culture and Society, Sociology of Personal Life, From Modernity to Post Modernity
  • Quantitative Methods : Applied Statistics or Unequal Societies - Health, Well Being and Happiness
  • Philosophy : Critical Thinking, Discovering Reality or Mind and World
  • Criminology : Crime and Society, Criminal Law or Foundations of Criminal Justice
  • Politics : International Politics, Political Theory or Comparative Politics
  • Social Anthropology : Regional Studies of Culture, Digital Film Making or Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective

Course content for year 2

In your Second Year you begin to study your chosen pathway in much greater depth and take 120 credits over the year.

Single pathway

If you decide to specialise in one pathway, such as Sociology, you can take a maximum of 80 credits (or two thirds of your courses) in that single pathway and the remaining 40 credits from other pathways from the BA Social Sciences 

Joint pathway

If you decide to take a joint pathway such as Sociology and Quantitative Methods for instance you can again take a minimum of 40 credits (or a third of your year) in each pathway, but you have the freedom to split these between the two disciplines depending on what you'd like to study.

Free choice units

In your second year you can also take 20 credits of free choice units from across the University.

Course content for year 3

In your final year you would again take 120 credits of courses overall.

Single pathway

If you decide to specialise in one pathway, such as Sociology, you can take a maximum of 80 credits (or two thirds of your courses) and minimum of 60 credits in that single pathway and the remaining credits from other pathways from the BA Social Sciences.

Joint pathway

If you decide to take a joint pathway such as Sociology and Quantitative Methods, you can also take a minimum of 40 credits (or a third of your year) in each pathway, but you have the freedom to split these between the two disciplines depending on what you'd like to study or even select units from another pathway or subject.

In your final year you will do a compulsory dissertation. With the joint pathway, you can choose whether this is in Sociology or Quantitative Methods.

Facilities

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

The Sociology and Quantitative Methods - BA Social Sciences (BASS) course provides a wide variety of career opportunities in both the private and the public sectors.

We work closely with our students and the careers service to embed employability into the BASS programme through courses and offering social science specific careers and networking events.

Our BASS students can also apply for a valuable summer work placement in their second year through our Q-Step programme.

Where are our recent graduates now? (Source: DLHE)

  • Recent Politics graduates : AXA, Barclays , Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Houses of Parliament, Ministry of Justice, United Nations, Centre for Social Justice and Google
  • Recent Philosophy graduates : Manchester City Council, University of Manchester, Royal Bank of Scotland, Palgrave MacMillan
  • Recent Sociology graduates : British Council, NHS, Bury Council, Ministry of Justice, Capital One
  • Recent Social Anthropology graduates : Royal Bank of Scotland, Department for Work and Pensions, Manchester City Council, Social Services, South Omo Research Centre
  • Recent Philosophy and Politics graduates : Lloyds TSB, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, TeachFirst, Siemens

Did you know that among those in employment, seven out of ten social scientists are in 'professional' or 'associate professional and technical' occupations within three and a half years of graduating?

Find out why career-mined students are choosing the social sciences

Throughout your studies and after you graduate you will have to access our Careers Service , which can help you:

  • find summer internships or work experience;
  • apply for jobs and provide practice interviews;
  • access online and interactive services such as practice psychometric tests.

A favourite with employers, the University also organises careers fairs and events throughout the year to give you a chance to meet graduate recruiters.

You can improve your employability by choosing course units in Year 2 from: