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Undergraduate Sociology and Social Sciences

Sociology and Social Sciences at Edge Hill combines a supportive atmosphere with cutting-edge modules like Critical Autism Studies and Youth Offending. And there are a whole range of career paths to explore, from childcare practice and family support, to community development and the criminal justice system. Or you may wish to pursue further study in areas like social work and teaching. Learn about the world with us and discover your place in it.

Gain work experience, meet working professionals, and explore specialist subjects such as youth work or play therapy.

97.4% of our sociology and social sciences students are employed or in further study 15 months after graduation (Graduate Outcomes data released 2023 from 2020/21 graduates).

We’re 2nd in the North West for Student Experience (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 – Sociology).

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Discover Social Sciences at Edge Hill

The 21st century is complicated and rapidly changing. But studying social sciences gives you the chance to understand the world and your place in it. You can tailor your course to your own interests. Study topics like autism, human animal relations and the environment. Our lecturers research specialist areas such as child protection, the community or migration. This means they’ll help you discover the cultural, economic and political forces that influence communities around the world.
Jessica Riley

My favourite thing about this degree is the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people.

Jessica Riley

BA (Hons) Childhood & Youth Studies

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Studying at Edge Hill has opened my eyes and my mind to a whole range of experiences and ideas that I didn’t expect.

Maryam Survery

BA (Hons) Childhood & Youth Studies

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Sociology at Edge Hill University is an enlightening and fascinating course which provides endless opportunities for growth, development and expanding interests.

Eleanor Rowell


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The whole Edge Hill experience has been a great route into working with children and one I’ve really enjoyed.

Sarah Birdsall

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

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Professional Image of Leona Forde

I am a firm believer that everyone should study social sciences. It provides you with knowledge about society, allows you to think about life and definitely makes you a better individual.

Leona Forde

BA (Hons) Sociology

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The course has ignited a true passion for the things that interest and excite me. I’ve become inspired to explore and consider issues that I hadn’t thought about before.

Ellis Brennan

BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

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Danielle Dickenson

Like many people considering university I was unsure about exactly what I wanted to do afterwards, so chose a course that offered a wide variety of modules to keep my career options open.

Danielle Dickenson

Childhood & Youth Studies

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It sounds a cliché but studying abroad changes you a lot.

Robert Saunders

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Professional Photograph of Chloe Grundy, who is smiling and has long brown hair, pink eye shadow, and is wearing a blue blouse with florals.

I have found the whole of my university experience to be very positive. The lecturers in particular have been great and always in touch, including when I was abroad, I never felt alone.

Chloe Grundy

BA (Hons) in Childhood & Youth Studies

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The course was really stimulating and I especially enjoyed the field trip to Budapest. It was fantastic.

Anthony Stark

BA (Hons) Childhood & Youth Studies

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The best thing about Edge Hill for me would be the amount of opportunities that are created for students.

Abi Harding

BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

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Social Sciences students are based in the Geosciences building. The contemporary facilities combine with a friendly and supportive learning environment to ensure that your studies are a rich and rewarding experience.

Our building features a large lecture theatre, small group teaching rooms, IT facilities and smaller tutorial spaces. There is also a large social area which encourages a more informal and interactive style of learning.