Highlands College

BSc (Hons) Social Sciences

95% of our students agree that their course has given them opportunities to apply what they have learnt through extensive work placements and contact with local employers (National Student Survey 2017). We are the higher education college of the States of Jersey; all of our foundation and honours degrees are developed with industry professionals from a range of sectors. Take advantage of our work-based learning philosophy and get a head start in your career.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • British Economic and Social History (HIGH1043)

      Over the course of the twentieth century, British social conditions and expectations improved significantly, as did economic performance. War and work, political and social movements, and technological and cultural change have all played their part in creating the Britain of today. This module examines these changes and the way in which they have been shaped by Britain's relationship with foreign powers.

    • The Research Process in The Social Sciences (HIGH1047)

      In this module students will examine the key stages in the process of conducting research, including information management and retrieval skills, ICT skills, methodological, technical, political and ethical issues facing researchers. Students will be introduced to the key techniques of descriptive statistics.

    • Criminology and the Problem of Crime (HIGH1066)

      This module introduces students to the subject of criminology. It emphasises criminology's multidisciplinarity, and the different prespectives, methods and sources of information that it draws upon in developing theories about the different causes and problematizations of crime and dviance.

    • Social Psychology: Theory and Practice (HIGH1067)

      This module discusses social psychology as the scientific study of human behaviour, the way behaviour is influenced by others and the social or work context it takes place in. It will provide an introduction to the schools of thought and the central concepts of social psychology including; sense of self, attitudes, social compliance, conformity, obedience to authority, group performance and conflict, interpersonal attraction pro and antisocial behaviour. Additionally, research theories supporting social psychology will be discussed.

    • Ideas in Society (HIGH1069)

      The aim of this module is to identify various ideas that have been influential in the history of modern industrial society, considering their sociological basis, the historical importance, the way in which ideas change over the course of history, and the ways in which ideas spread and means by which they were suppressed.

    • Imagining British Society: Contemporary Issues (HSS106)

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Research Methods in the Social Sciences (HIGH2037)

      This module extends and develops the key academic skills covered in the basic research methods elements from year one; it seeks to facilitate both applied research at the intermediate undergraduate level, and subsequently, the writing of a substantial honour project/dissertations.

    • Criminal Justice & Penology (HIGH2053)

    • Social Identities in Modern Societies (HIGH2054)

    • Work Based Learning (HIGH2065)

    • Institutions and Governance of Globalisation (HIGH2066)

      This module examines the process of globalisation through a historical lens, particularly the practice of the key institutions of international governance will be considered. It examines the interrelationship between different international and regional institutions and regimes and the role of non-state transnational actors in international governance.

    • Social Policy and Social Justice (HSS206)

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Contemporary Social Issues: Policing the Private Sphere (HIGH3026)

      This module looks at areas of policy and practice that effect families and family members. Those areas include substance use, including both global, European and local dimensions, the nature of and response to intra-familial violence and abuse and health-related problems within households.

    • Psychology and Society (HIGH3036)

      This module draws together psychological and sociological themes and has two aims: to look at contemporary social issues from a psychological perspective, and to examine the nature, assumptions and practices of key areas of applied social psychology. The module is intended to showcase the scope of professional psychology and to demonstrate how the discipline applies academic knowledge and experience to real-world issues and problems.

    • Psychology of Performance (HIGH3038)

      This module examines the theories of performance through the psychological prisms of motivation; control; the theory of reasoned action & planned behaviour and influence, for example, self-efficacy. Particular focus will be given to the application of theory to live contexts that show how scientific learning and understanding can deliver or influence change.

    • Social Science Dissertation (SSJ3001)

      This module provides students with the opportunity to design and implement their own research project, working independently but under the supervision of an academic staff member.

    • Work-Based Action Research (SSJ3002)

      This module requires students to negotiate and conduct a workplace-based action research project on a specific policy or practice issue for host (client) organisation.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply
For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 
Our partnership with Highlands College
The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Please contact Highlands College to apply for this course:

Highlands College, Jersey
P.O. Box 1000 
St. Saviour 
JE4 9QA

Tel: +441534608608
Email: reception@highlands.ac.uk

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.