Applied Social Sciences
The School of Applied Social Sciences is the largest and most diverse school within the faculty. We offer a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as research and development opportunities for experienced practitioners in social science professions.
Courses that we offer within social sciences combine the academic theory of university study with the practical, vocationaland professional skills required to work in a number of social science areas, looking to prepare you for work in the sector.
Our courses are professionally focused to enhance our graduates employability and ensure they receive the highest standards of teaching; many are accredited, approved or regulated by professional bodies such as:
More than 96 per cent of our faculty graduates are employed or enrolled in further study within six months of completing their course, finding careers in the Police, teaching, social and youth work, community work, research and academia, health and welfare (2012/13 DLHE).
The school prides itself on its ability to build upon and develop its relationships with key stakeholders locally, regionally, nationally and internationally through work with the criminal justice, social workand social care sectors, youth and community agencies, and Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs).
Partnerships and research
Our international partnerships aim to make a difference to global communities, with specific research and collaborations in Japan, Sri Lanka, the Caribbean, South Africa, The Gambia and the EU. The school is involved in work such as:
- The effects of Asthma on ethnic minority children in the UK, in collaboration with charity Asthma UK
- HIV AIDS and young people in South Africa
- Internationalisation of youth work in The Gambia
- Issues in the youth labour market and youth training in Japan, in collaboration with the Japanese Embassy and Makoto Yuasa, policy adviser to the Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan
- Implementation of probation rules and a probation training curriculum in Europe
- Developing the social work profession and training in former Soviet Union countries
- Empowering carers of elderly or sick people in Europe
Placements and Courses
Placements are an integral part of our courses. Our dedicated work-based learning unit is there to help you find mandatory and voluntary sandwich placements.
We have developed a diverse range of strong partnerships and research collaborations with universities and organisations worldwide, with schools and colleges, ACORN Fostering Services , Voluntary Action, Age UK , the Police and LOROS , the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice; ensuring our courses remain internationally relevant at the cutting-edge of global developments in the social sciences.
Integrated work placements in the Social Work BA (Hons) and the Youth Work and Community Development BA (Hons) are facilitated by close liaison with city centre councils in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough.
Masters and Research opportunities
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