Social work and social science


Your work and career – social science courses

Criminology, psychology, sociology, social science and combined subjects

Brighton works graphic


BPS logoOur psychology courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the UK’s independent regulator of the psychology profession. The degrees follow the BPS curriculum and prepares you for entry into the profession.

As a graduate you’ll be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS. This is the first step in becoming a Chartered Psychologist and enables you to begin further training and to become, for example, a forensic, educational or occupational psychologist.


A British Academy report demonstrates the tangible benefits of the skills developed in the social sciences. Find out more about the report.


a student on a community placement

As a social science student the second year Community Engagement option module offers the opportunity to engage in 50 hours with a local not-for-profit organisation and gain valuable hands-on experience. It is a great opportunity to develop your vocational skills and gain practical work experience while contributing to the wider community.

Students have spent time with a range of organisations including:

  • CCHF All About Kids
  • Centre for Ecotherapy
  • Connect
  • Samaritans
  • MS Society
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Sussex Prisoners’ Families
  • Age UK
  • YMCA
  • MindOut
  • Trust for Developing Communities
  • Healthwatch Brighton & Hove


Find out how volunteering at Brighton can improve your employability.

Working while you study

Visit our webpage to find out more about looking for a part-time job.

Work for the university

A great way to earn money that fits in around your studies is to work for the university. Roles include student helpers, student ambassadors, advisers, residential accommodation advisers and staff and volunteers for Brighton Students’ Union.

Watch our video – Lois tells us about the range of things she gets to do as a student ambassador

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