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The UWS BA Social & Creative Transformations course is a unique and multidisciplinary course of study that will introduce you to the key ideas, arguments and techniques across social science, film, broadcast, journalism, and the creative arts.  

Throughout your studies, you will undertake collaborative research with students overseas, devise and deliver advocacy campaigns and contribute to research publications and events.  

Importantly, working with other students and academic staff on the course, you will: 

  • create a wide range of exciting and diverse outputs (e.g. films, policy papers, blogs, investigations, digital portfolios, posters) that you can share with friends, colleagues and employers to enrich your life outside university 
  • develop expertise in research and critical thought, underpinned by deep insight into the key themes in social and cultural theory 
  • develop and extend the key technical and production skills required to have your voice heard in the contemporary digital world 
  • release your potential as a collaborative, ethical and reflective practitioner 
  • graduate with an unrivalled set of experiences and tangible outputs that will make you stand out as a professional, an activist, a creative practitioner - and as a citizen

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBB or 108 UCAS Tariff points 
  • A levels: CCC or 96 UCAS Tariff points  
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H3
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 at HL)
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Humanities BBB or Access to Arts & Social Sciences BBB

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests


IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5


Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

The BA (Hons) Social & Creative Transformations degree is the first in Scotland to immerse students in interdisciplinary research from the first day. 

In each year of study you will undertake two 60-credit modules which run in parallel (or one per year if you study part-time).

Year 1

Contemporary practice 
This module focuses the key techniques of research, technical production and interpersonal collaboration, extending and broadening your existing skills in social inquiry and creative practice. 

Contemporary ideas 
This module evolves around the key ideas, arguments and debates in contemporary social and cultural theory. It is an  inquiry-led module which will allow you to set your own research agenda. You may choose to investigate contemporary debates around gender and identity, the role of ethical journalism in the social media environment, the status of nationalism in Scotland, Britain and beyond, or perhaps even the role of the university in the contemporary world. Whatever your interests, this module will provide a critical and intellectual underpinning to your studies and challenge your existing views.

Year 2

Policy and Practice 
This module will deepen your knowledge of the relevant policy contexts across the social sciences, journalism and creative practice. You will undertake an extensive analysis of a chosen field of practice and develop critical responses to it through appropriate media (e.g. making a short film analysing the film industry). 

Past, present and future 
This module locates your research and practice in its historical context. You will trace the development of social thought, creative practice, journalism and production through to the present day. You will then project into the future, developing a research-informed prognosis of the theory, policy and practice of a chosen area or areas. Throughout the module you will articulate your research findings in a variety of media as you extend your inquiry, production and technical skills.

Year 3

Community and Society 
This module is located outside the university walls. You will be supported to devise and broker an immersive placement or residency opportunity with an appropriate civil society or creative industries organisation. The placement will give you the opportunity to deploy and extend your emerging skills in a professional context and make valuable contacts. On your return to campus you will reflect on the experience in a wider critical and social context. 

Local and global 
This module harnesses digital technology to connect you to students around the world for an international collaborative research project. You will improve your understanding of the contemporary globalised world and extend your citizenship attributes and intercultural skills.

Year 4

University Citizenship 
This module takes UWS and the wider university environment as its context. You will collaborate with your fellow students and combine your intellectual, practical and critical skills by implementing a multimedia improvement project within the university. 

Extended Research Project 
You will complete the research and inquiry journey you began on your first day of the degree through this extended research project. The module focuses in its early stages on increasing your understanding and application of research methods, after which you will develop, pitch and execute an original research proposal. In line with your emerging expertise and interests - and following academic guidance - you may choose to write a traditional dissertation, or develop a policy proposal, or create a creative output, or present your findings in a format of your own devising.

Learn a language (Optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. View the language modules on offer.

Career prospects


This a new course, but it has been designed such that the range of experiences, contacts and tangible outputs you will collect through the course of the degree will enable you to flourish in your chosen employment, activism and/ or research trajectories. The research focus of the programme will also provide you  with the ideal preparation for an MRes or PhD programme.

Placement/Work-based learning

In Year 3, you will undertake the 60-credit Community and Society module. You will supported to devise and broker an immersive placement or residency opportunity with an appropriate civil society or creative industries organisation. 

The placement will give you the opportunity to deploy and extend emerging skills in a professional context and to make valuable contacts. On return to campus, you will be supported to reflect on the experience in a wider critical and social context.  
Other components of the programme will connect students to a range of political, creative and social settings to stimulate your research and inquiry projects, although these will be focused visits rather than formal work-based learning experiences.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2017/2018

Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£1,820 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,300 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.
In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.
Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.
You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

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Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

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Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

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Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

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Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

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Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.


All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40


If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.


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