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Social Sciences Higher Education

Traditional degree subjects that can be applied in any career.

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Industry leading courses

Humanities and the social sciences are the traditional degree subjects where study gives you important skills in research, developing ideas, testing theories, and establishing proposals that have wide application in any career. Talented social science graduates are often to be found at the head of organisations, or in the boardrooms of business.

Your pathway to studying a social science degree can begin at University Centre Petroc with a teaching diploma access course, or with foundation degrees in psychology. A BA (Hons) programme includes the psychology-leaning Human Behavioural Studies degree.

While teaching is an obvious choice for some, social sciences degrees are a good basis for further academic study or for graduate recruitment and management training in any commercial sphere of your choosing. The CMI reports the strongest growth in UK employment is in the higher-level occupations such as managers, directors, and professional occupations.

27% of Law graduates working in the UK are law associates, while 11% are working as solicitors.


Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.