Social Sciences

Open University in Scotland


The social sciences seek answers to the big questions we face as a society and inform the work of policy makers, business leaders and many others. You'll study core modules in interdisciplinary social science and sociology, giving you a firm grounding in ideas central to the social sciences. In the rest of your degree, you can specialise in either criminology, economics, geography, philosophy, politics, psychology, religious studies or sociology, or choose a combination of modules in these subjects that interests you. Whatever path you take, you'll acquire transferable skills, opening employment opportunities in private, public and voluntary sector organisations.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal qualifications required to study this degree. Computer and internet access required.

If you’re new to study or to the OU, it is recommended that you start with a course at Level 1.

Progression Routes

Social science graduates are found in just about every occupational field: in the business world and in the media; in education and in the caring professions; in central and local government; in the public sector and in private and voluntary institutions and organisations; in looking after the environment and helping in urban regeneration. This degree may also help you to gain recognition from a professional body.

Start Date

October, February




BA Hons

Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length





Social Sciences

SCQF Level


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