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BASS Philosophy and Quantitative Methods
Examine today's fundamental questions using modern data analysis methods.

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BASS Philosophy and Quantitative Methods

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Duration
3 years
Typical A-level offer
ABB
Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
BBB
Typical International Baccalaureate offer
6,5,5 at Higher level, 34 points overall.  Applicants taking English Language A must achieve grade 4 at Higher or Standard level.  Applicants offering English Language B must achieve grade 5 at Higher level and grade 6 at Standard level.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through UCAS

Course overview

  • Explore fundamental questions such as the nature of knowledge, truth and values.
  • Benefit from paid and relevant work experience with a local or national organisation.
  • Enjoy the opportunity to study abroad or complete a professional placement on a four-year optional course.
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The University holds regular open days (usually in June, September and October) where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

On this day, you will find out more about the School of Social Sciences and our resources, and meet academics and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

For more information, see  Open days .

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2019 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £18,500 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Scholarships and bursaries are available to eligible home/EU students, including the Manchester Bursary . Approximately a third of all our undergraduate UK students will receive bursaries of up to £2,000 per year, in addition to the government package of maintenance grants.

You can get plenty of information and advice on student finance to help you manage your money. 

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Social Sciences undergraduate admissions
Telephone
+44(0) 161 275 1473
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/socialsciences
School/Faculty overview

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Entry requirements

A-level

  • ABB
  • We do not accept two A/S Levels grades in place of one A Level.
  • Applicants must be studying at least one of the following A-level subjects: Accounting; Economics; Finance; Business Studies; Development Studies; Government and Politics; Economic and Social History; Anthropology; Sociology; Philosophy; Religious Studies; English Language; English Literature; Geography; Psychology; Classical Civilisation; History; Archaeology; Communication Studies; Environmental Studies; World Development; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Modern Languages.
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted for entry.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.

GCSE

Minimum grade C in English Language and grade C in Mathematics. In the newly reformed GCSEs in England you will require a grade 4 in English Language and grade 4 in Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

6,5,5 at Higher level, 34 points overall.  Applicants taking English Language A must achieve grade 4 at Higher or Standard level.  Applicants offering English Language B must achieve grade 5 at Higher level and grade 6 at Standard level.

Scottish requirements

We typically ask for grades of ABBBB in Scottish Highers. In addition, we accept Scottish Advanced Highers in one of the following combinations:

Three Advanced Highers at grades BBB.

or

Two Advanced Highers at grades BB, plus two additional Highers at grades BB.

Applicants taking a different combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk  for further advice. Applicants not taking English language or Mathematics at Higher level must achieve grade C in English language and Grade B in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted as equivalent to an A-level on a grade-for-grade basis.

European Baccalaureate

Applicants studying the European Baccalaureate are expected to achieve 77% overall and no lower than 80% in English.

Other international entry requirements

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme:

Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme are required to achieve ABB in academic subjects and grade B in the EAP with writing and speaking grade B and listening and reading grade C.

Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year are required to achieve ABB in academic subjects and grade B in the EAP with writing and speaking grade B and listening and reading grade C.

For all other foundation programmes please see our full list of approved UK foundation programmes .

Pearson BTEC qualifications

The School accepts Pearson BTEC Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma - accepted with grades MMM in combination with an A-level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma - accepted with grades DM in combination with an A-level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma - accepted with grade M in combination with two A-levels at grade AB in different subject areas to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate - accepted with grade D in combination with two A-levels at grade AB in different subject areas to the diploma.

We do not accept the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technical (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above.

¿Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - accepted with grades DMM in combination with an A-level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Cambridge Technical Diploma - accepted with grades DD in combination with an A-level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma - accepted with grade M in combination with two A-levels at grade A in different subject areas to the diploma.

Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate - accepted with grade D in combination with two A-levels at grade AA in different subject areas to the diploma.

We do not accept the Cambridge Technical Certificate.

Access to HE Diploma

  • Typical applicant - A mature student returning to education after a number of years.
  • Typical offer - Pass Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits (36 Distinctions / 9 Merits).
  • `Pass' in Level 2 English and Mathematics.

Contact: Tom McCunnie  tom.mccunnie@manchester.ac.uk .

Cambridge Pre-U

Applicants are expected to achieve D3, M1, M1 in the Cambridge Pre-U. Applicants can either take three Pre-U qualifications or study them in conjunction with A-level subjects.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route (eg home educated) we will consider your application against the standard entry criteria for the course to which you apply.

You must also provide a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education.

English language

All applicants are expected to have a minimum of grade C in GCSE English Language or equivalent.

For international students, equivalent qualifications would be:

  • IELTS of 6.5 overall with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • TOEFL (IBT) 92 overall with minimum of 21 in listening and speaking, 22 in reading and 23 in speaking
  • iGCSE English (First Language) grade C
  • iGCSE English (Second Language) grade B

If you have other English language qualifications and want to find out if they would be acceptable, please e-mail socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Advice to applicants

Potential candidates are expected to demonstrate why they have chosen this particular degree in their personal statement and express why the course interests them.

Applicants submitting information about mitigating circumstances, such as: family illness, problems with school facilities or an unusual curriculum followed by your school or college, you should include this in the referee's report.

We cannot usually take into account information that is supplied after an adverse decision has been made on an application by the admitting school.

How your application is considered

Applications are considered on the basis of an assessment of past and predicted academic achievements, the academic reference and personal statement.

Returning to education

We welcome applications from anyone who is returning to education.

Contact: Tom McCunnie tom.mccunnie@manchester.ac.uk

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

International applicants who are studying foundation year programmes, will be considered on the basis they have completed their High School education in full, see our list of approved UK foundation programmes and entry requirements .

We also accept a number of qualifications from around the globe, see our country-specific information pages. If you need help, email socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk .

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up to the point of confirmation. Deferred entry is granted on the discretion of admissions staff, and is normally granted for one year only.

NB Some English Language test results, such as IELTS of TOEFL, are only valid from two years from the test date.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

We consider applicants who are resitting.

Contact: socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you can apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.

In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may refer back to previous applications or registrations at the University.

If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should include additional evidence of your suitability for the course.

If you are applying through clearing you will need to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

The BA in Philosophy and Quantitative Methods course is one of 15 pathways within the BA Social Sciences (BASS) degree.

BASS offers you the chance to sample a broad range of social sciences subjects before you decide what to specialise in. It is therefore ideal if you want to keep your options open or study specific topics, such as race, class, crime or religion, from a variety of different perspectives.

By giving you a broad foundation in the first year, during which you will study at least three subjects, it also gives you flexibility in choosing what subjects to concentrate on further.

Studying one or two main disciplines in the second and third years ensures that you gain a high level of knowledge in these by the end of your degree.

The six main subject areas are:

  • Criminology - The study of the causes and consequences of crime.
  • Philosophy - The study of fundamental questions such as the nature of knowledge, truth and values. Philosophy also encourages greater consideration of our reasoning, judgement and ethics.
  • Politics - The study of human organization, government and power. Politics examines and evaluates political systems and institutions.
  • Quantitative Methods - The study of data and analysis to understand the social world.
  • Social Anthropology - The study of societies and cultures across the globe in comparative perspective.
  • Sociology - The study of society and examines such issues as social inequalities and forms of everyday life.

Due to the flexibility of BASS, you are not tied to the course code you apply to through UCAS, and have the option to change after your first year.

Special features

Philosophy at Manchester has a long and distinguished history. Past professors of the University have included Samuel Alexander, Dorothy Emmet, Michael Polanyi and Arthur Prior.

Professional experience opportunity

Subject to you meeting course requirements, as a BA Social Sciences student at Manchester, you have the option of extending your studies and boosting your employability through a paid professional placement year.

If you are interested in the 'with Professional Experience' option, you may apply in your first or second year and, if successful, your course will be extended to four years. You will complete your placement in your third year, before returning to University to finish your final year.

Upon graduation, your degree title will be extended to include 'with Professional Experience', giving you the added advantage of relevant work experience when entering the competitive graduate jobs market.

Teaching and learning

Your course units feature formal lectures supported by smaller tutorials or seminars, in which you will be able to explore the contents of lectures and recommended reading in greater depth.

Tutorials and seminars are also key elements in improving your written and oral communication skills through group discussions, essay-writing, and presentations.

Students are assigned an Academic Advisor, a member of staff who takes a friendly interest in your progress and can advise you on selecting course units and career opportunities.

Coursework and assessment

The way that you study and are assessed can vary significantly depending on which course units you choose.

The range of methods is carefully designed to promote in-depth learning and understanding, including:

  • essays, coursework and other mid-term evaluations;
  • dissertations;
  • presentations and group projects; and
  • Exams.

Course content for year 1

Year 1 gives you a broad introduction to the social sciences, enabling you to make an informed choice of areas to specialise in for your second and third years.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Study Skills (BA Econ/BASS) - semester 2 SOCS10902 10 Optional
Study Skills (BA Econ/BASS) - semester one SOCS10911 10 Optional

Course content for year 2

In Year 2, you begin to specialise.

If you decide to specialise in one subject, you will take between 60-80 credits in it.

If you decide to specialise in two subjects, such as Philosophy and Quantitative Methods, you will take at least 40 credits in each.

Course content for year 3

In Year 3, you pick your final areas of specialisation.

If you decide to specialise in one subject, you will take between 60-80 credits in it.

If you decide to specialise in two subjects, such as Philosophy and Quantitative Methods, you will take at least 40 credits in each.

Course content for year 4

If completing a year professional placement, you will take the Year 3 course content in Year 4.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

We're one of the most targeted universities by the nation's top employers.

A degree in the social sciences gives you the skills and knowledge that you need to be able to succeed in the future. Graduates are highly sought-after and are able to use their skills and knowledge in a wide range of different areas.

Popular avenues include journalism and the media, charities, consultancy, the civil service, finance, marketing and PR, social work, teaching, and the law.

Some of our most recent graduates are currently working for:

  • Manchester City Council;
  • The University of Manchester;
  • the Royal Bank of Scotland;
  • Palgrave MacMillan;
  • Lloyds TSB;
  • the Foreign and Commonwealth Office;
  • Teach First; and
  • Siemens.

Another popular option is postgraduate study. We offer a wide range of specialist taught master's courses within the School of Social Sciences.

Some of our most recent graduates are currently studying postgraduate qualifications in teaching, law, political theory and political economy, business and marketing, visual anthropology, and social work.

Throughout your studies and after you graduate you will have to access our Careers

Service, which can help you:

  • find summer internships or work experience;
  • apply for jobs and provide practice interviews;
  • Access online and interactive services such as practice psychometric tests.

You can also apply for a valuable summer work placement in your second year through our Q-Step programme .

For more information, see  Careers and employability .