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Bachelor of Social Science

The University of Newcastle

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About

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Are you interested in society and the inner workings of humanity? Social science is the study of social relationships, structures and issues. Make your mark on the world by crafting strategies and solutions to various social challenges, develop your cultural understanding, ethical awareness and knowledge of the constructs that make the world go round. Pursue what interests you and choose your specialisation from 11 diverse areas of study. This degree empowers you to design and determine your own future. Explore the exciting complexities of the social world in which we exist.

Areas of study

Criminology, global Indigenous studies, history, human geography and the environment, human resource management and industrial relations, human services, linguistics, politics and international relations, psychology studies, sociology and anthropology, tourism and event management. Note: Not all majors are available on both campuses and are subject to change. Many courses are available online and some courses are delivered from the Newcastle City campus.

Career opportunities

Aboriginal cultural educational officer, cultural development officer, case manager/worker, corrections officer, criminologist, historian, demographer, social scientist, tourist information officer, linguist, police officer, foreign affairs and trade officer, health promotion officer.

Practical experience

Optional 80-hour work placement with organisations involved in social research, education, human resources or community service. The placement is compulsory for students who major in Human Services.

Honours

Available as an additional year (or part-time eqv) to students based on merit.

Fees and charges

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Recommended studies: English Advanced. For Psychology studies major: Mathematics Advanced. Other related subjects, such as Geography, History Extension, Community and Family Studies, and Society and Culture are recommended depending on the intended major.

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2022 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.

Abbreviations

– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the UAC course search regularly.

Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit University of Newcastle degrees.

Honours
Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.