Everything You Need To Know About Social Science

Posted 03 December 2017

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What is Social Science?

Social science examines what it means to be a social being, by exploring human behaviour and brain functions. The social sciences are the key to understanding politics, psychology, law and sociology. These topics have traditionally been considered less important than STEM subjects, but in recent studies, it was widely reported that social science graduates find it easier to gain employment. Research revealed that 84% of social science graduates were in a job three years after leaving university, compared to 77% of arts or STEM subject graduates. Social science can open doors in a broad range of industries. Transferable skills in critical thinking, communication and data analysis are hugely sought after by employers. 

At CCfE, we offer an Access to Higher Education Diploma with various social science pathways. This enables you to tailor your studies to specific university programmes. Choose from psychology, sociology and criminology and take the first step towards a new career. 


What is psychology?

Often called the science of the mind, psychology looks at human behaviour. Despite its popularity, this field of study only dates back around 150 years, making it one of the newest sciences. 

Psychology is broad and spans multiple subject areas including clinical, cognitive and developmental. Studying psychology can lead to a career treating mental health issues, improving education or understanding relationships. 

Where could your degree take you?

After completing your Access to Higher Education Diploma, you could go on to study a range of psychology degrees at many universities. You can focus on psychology as a broad topic, or choose a more specialist course concentrating on one branch of the subject. 

The skills and knowledge that you’ll gain can lead to a variety of employment opportunities. You could become a:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Primary care mental health worker
  • Sport and exercise psychologist

Psychology graduates have both written and verbal communication skills, experience in writing reports, a knowledge of how to interpret data and problem-solving abilities. These transferable skills could also see you apply for jobs in counselling, human resources, market research and accounting. In 2015, around two-thirds of UK psychology graduates were in employment six months after graduation. 


What is sociology?

Sociology is the study of human social relationships. It analyses interactions between families, communities and the wider world. Students consider race, social class and religion to understand how we are influenced by the cultures and social structures around us. You’ll develop an understanding of sociological issues and the ability to find solutions. 

Where could your degree take you?

Students can choose from a vast array of job roles across many industries. If you decide to focus on a specific aspect of sociology, you can build a career in a specialist field. Employment opportunities include: 

  • Community support officer
  • Youth worker
  • Counsellor or therapist
  • Carer

Graduates can also apply for job roles that don’t link directly to their studies. A knowledge of societal theory, combined with analytical skills, can lead to jobs in recruitment, marketing and charity work. Six months after completing a sociology degree, 65% of graduates are in full-time employment.


What is criminology?

Criminology is the study of the criminal justice system and law enforcement. It seeks to understand the causes of crime and its social effects. Key topics include behavioural theories, anti-crime efforts and social reactions to crime. 

Where could your degree take you?

A degree in criminology equips you with the ability to think critically and analytically and communicate your findings. These transferable skills can lead to roles both inside and outside of the criminal justice sector. Career options include:

  • Police officer
  • Prison warden
  • Social worker
  • Probation officer

There are also opportunities within the charity sector, local government and law. In 2015, around 71% of criminology graduates were in employment six months after completing their course.

Start your career in social science with CCfE

A career connected to the social sciences can seem unreachable if you don’t have the necessary qualifications to apply for a university course. With our Access to Higher Education Diplomas, that can change. We support students as they gain the knowledge and study skills that they need to progress. Access to Higher Education Diplomas are accepted at many universities, but we recommend contacting individual institutions to discuss their entrance criteria.

For more information about our Access to Higher Education Diplomas, or to enrol, get in contact with us today. We’re here to help as you begin your distance learning journey.

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