Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

The Open University

Program Description

Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

The Open University

Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as individual activity? How does recession affect ordinary households? This diploma explores how social scientists seek to answer some of today’s most pressing questions, and how they find evidence to test their ideas and theories. You’ll investigate the way our lives are shaped by individuals, groups and institutions – and by the end of your studies, you’ll have changed the way you look at the world forever.

Key features of the course

  • Explores key topics in sociology, psychology, social policy, criminology, economics, geography and politics
  • Develops the skills you need to find and present information and make robust social scientific arguments
  • Enhances your employability
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study

Educational aims

The learning outcomes are described in four areas. Within these areas we emphasise achievable outcomes for students from diverse backgrounds, who have chosen a broad-based Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences and who are learning at a distance.


We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £10,528 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 4 years
  • Full time – 2 years
  • Time limit – 12 years

Career relevance

A qualification in combined social sciences can open up employment opportunities in business, banking, insurance, education, the health professions, administration, law, social services, voluntary and campaigning organisations, the media, public relations, public service organisations and government (national and local), planning and environmental management, the criminal justice system and social welfare organisations.

Entry requirements

There are no formal requirements to study this degree. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Aug. 2017
2 - 12 years
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