This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Read more here     Accept
Find us +44 (0)113 2837100

Applied Social Science

BA Honours

Find out more >

Applied Social Science

BA Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2019 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
  • Tariff Points: 104
  • Study Abroad:
  • Placements:
Apply for 2019 >

Campus Tours Every Wednesday at 1pm

Book your place >

Course Overview

Crime. The obesity 'epidemic'. Mass migration. Gender inequality. It's impossible to read, listen or watch the news without being confronted by a vast array of social problems and crises. But to pursue a career in tackling these problems, you first need to learn more about people, along with the societies in which they live, work, learn and play.

Applied Social Science gives you the chance to understand different perspectives on a range of different social issues – from crime, criminal behaviour and the legal system, to global sport, childhood and society, and social justice.

*Subject to approval

Why study with us?

​Develop a broad knowledge of the social sciences and their perspectives, applying this to real-world issues such as understanding violent crime, helping people to live healthier lives, and the global impact of mass migration, conflict and terrorism.

Develop your teamwork skills. You’ll work with other students to deliver a year-long multidisciplinary project that tackles a contemporary social issue.

Gain an international perspective by studying abroad for a semester.

We focus on your employability. We’ll help you to develop a wide range of employability skills, as well as giving you the chance to complete two professional work placements.


Are you a Year 12 students looking to start a degree in September 2020? Subject Focus Days are designed as taster days of what it's like to study each subject at Leeds Trinity.

Find out more and book your place here.

> <


We are 2nd in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction, behind only the University of Leeds.

(Mainstream Universities in National Student Survey 2018)


We are joint 23rd in the UK for overall student satisfaction.

(National Student Survey 2018 via Times Higher Education)


of our students are employed or in further study six months after graduating.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017)


Leeds Trinity University is 7th in the UK for learning opportunities.​

(National Student Survey 2018) ​​​​

Course Information

About this course >

You'll study a range of disciplines in the social sciences, such as psychology, sociology, criminology, politics, business and economics. You'll consider the application of social sciences to societal issues, as well as considering your own place within society and the contribution you can make. You'll also get to specialise in the areas that interest you the most, whether that's social sciences approaches from criminology, politics and sociology, or violent crime, policing and global crises.

Professional experience is crucial, so you'll put theory into practice by completing two professional work placements as part of your degree. You'll undertake applied and practical assessments that help you to develop valuable real-world skills, along with team projects that address a local social issue that interests you. We'll also give you an opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad. We have partner institutions across the world, in countries including Australia, Canada, Malaysia and the USA.

Leeds Trinity University courses terms and conditions

Further Study

Modules >

​Year 1

Provides an introduction to sociology and criminology alongside Ethics, Society and Employability in the first semester. These modules will introduce the study of the social sciences, and signpost students towards considering the application of social sciences to societal issues, as well as considering their own place within society and the contribution they can make. Semester 2 broadens the curriculum to include psychology and politics, which will provide contrasting approaches to the consideration of relationships and interactions, with Psychology of Social Issues 1 offering a psychological and individualistic approach and Introduction to International Relations providing a 'bigger picture' and considerably different context. The Contemporary Research module will introduce students to research methods and approaches in the social sciences, to help them to understand the research that they are reading about and the contexts in which this takes place.  The year ends with a professional placement.

Year 2

The year opens up a range of option modules for students to pursue their interests. In addition to the core Professional Development and Placement module, students may choose three from four modules in Semester 1 and two from three in Semester 2. The Semester 1 modules offer application of social sciences approaches from criminology, politics, and sociology to domains related to violent crime, policing, global crises and global sport. Semester 2 options are based in psychology, economic and criminology. The wide variety here is intended to offer choice to students to reflect their interests. The PDP module in Semester 2, leading to the end-of-year professional placement provides further development of employability.

Year 3

The 'Independent Social Project' is a group-based project and gives students the chance to work in multidisciplinary teams to identify an issue and apply their social science knowledge and skills to tackle it. This is a 40-credit module, but is not intended to be an empirical research project, as such. Alternatively, students may choose to undertake an individual dissertation. The remaining 80 credits are selected from a range of options, allowing students to tailor the final year to their own interests. The modules on offer include applications of psychology, business, economics, sociology and politics. The modules have been selected to be varied and appeal to a range of interests.

Learning and Teaching >

​​At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here


Modules on this programme are taught in sessions that facilitate interaction and there is provision for small group and individual support also.

On this programme students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules, which feature six-week professional work placements at Level 4 and Level 5 sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on their learning.

At Level 6 students focus on a topic of their choice within a 40 credit research project which offers extended opportunity to develop critical thinking. There is opportunity at Level 6 to build upon previous placement experiences by developing connections with employers.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors and our alumni in their final year.  You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.


A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​​​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time.

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email​​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.


Missed the UCAS deadline? No problem – if you want to start university this September, there's still time to apply for a place at Leeds Trinity University. Depending on your application status, you now have three options.

Read more about how you can still apply

Placement Opportunities

​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

You'll complete a five-week professional work placement in your first year and a six-week professional work placement in your second year. We'll work with you to find a placement that matches your career aspirations, giving you the opportunity to explore where your degree could take you.

Graduate Opportunities

​You'll be prepared for a wide range of graduate careers in the public sector, from social services and social work, to local authorities and health-related settings. You could work in areas related to criminal justice, such as working with offenders or in the police service. You could also progress on to postgraduate study in areas related to the social sciences, including sociology, criminology, politics, social policy or social work.

Campus Life

What is Unistats?

What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.

Criminology Unistats
You may have noticed that there are no Unistats available  for this programme. This is because this programme is new, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from similar programmes.

If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at or on 0113 283 7150.