Bachelor of Social Science

Studying a degree in Social Science helps you understand the complexities of the world we live in. This qualification combines the social and management sciences, enabling effective teamwork across various sectors. If you are passionate about making a difference in society, you’ll find this intellectually stimulating and practically valuable.

The program equips you to explore important topics related to improving quality of life and economic sustainability in the modern era. It encourages fresh and innovative thinking about achieving the common good as both an economically viable and socially beneficial objective.

This qualification serves as a seamless pathway to an Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science if you wish to further your studies.


Time to Complete:

3 years (minimum) - 9 years (maximum)
Study Options: Full-time or Part-time



NQF Level:




Entry Requirements

A minimum requirement for admission into the degree is a:

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC), with English as one of the subjects passed and with endorsement for admission to Bachelor’s degree study; or
  • National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)), with English as one of the subjects passed and with endorsement for admission to Bachelor’s degree study; or
  • Prior to 2009, Senior Certificate with English as one of the subjects passed.

A number of post school qualifications may be used for admission and/or advanced placement into the degree programme with due regard for the 50% credit transfer rule and guidelines of progression and articulation. For example, a Higher Certificate, NQF (HEQSF) Level 5, minimum Credits 120; or a Diploma, NQF (HEQSF/OQSF) Level 6, minimum Credits 240 or 360, subject to Matriculation Board endorsement.

This programme is offered by Boston City Campus in the distance mode of education with support provided at Learner Support Centres. Apply to register at any Boston City Campus Learner Support Centre nationwide.

Twenty five compulsory modules and five elective modules must be passed.

The challenges facing Africa in the twenty-first century demands a new generation of graduates who will think in fresh and innovative ways about the common good as both an economically sustainable and socially viable objective. With a deep understanding of human society and social relationships in all their complexity, graduates will be able to make sense of a range of critical topics as part of a broader conversation about improving the quality of life and economic viability.

Possible employment opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Research or Social Planning
  • Market Research and Analysis
  • Project Manager
  • Civil Servant
  • Political Official
  • Civic Organiser and Leader
  • Media Campaign Manager
  • Career/Academic/Student Counsellor/Advisor
  • Secondary School Teacher

Did you know that Boston does not work on a points system

Although your subjects may be considered, Boston does not use a point system for entry.
Your endorsement says it all.
Semester ASemester B
  • Computer Literacy
  • Academic Literacy
  • Sociology 1A
  • Psychology 1A
  • Introduction to Anthropology (The Human Experience)
  • Public Discourse Law
  • Computer Literacy Advanced
  • Sociology 1B
  • Psychology 1B
  • Public Administration
  • Choose one of the following electives:
    • Anthropology 1; or
    • Economics 1
Semester ASemester B
  • Research Methods & Statistics 1
  • Sociology 2A
  • Psychology 2A
  • Choose one of the following electives:
    – Anthropology 2A; or
    – Economics 2A
  • Sociology 2B
  • Psychology 2B
  • Project Management
  • Choose one of the following electives:
    – Anthropology 2B; or
    – Economics 2B
  • Choose one of the following electives:
    – Entrepreneurship 2 (Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management)
    – Financial Management (For Non Financial Managers)
    – Business Management 2 (Strategic Management)
Semester ASemester B
  • Research Methods & Statistics 2
  • Sociology 3A
  • Psychology 3A
  • Leadership Ethics & Governance
  • Sociology 3B
  • Psychology 3B
  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Choose one of the following electives:
    – Geography of Politics
    – Entrepreneurship 3 (New Venture Creation)
    – Marketing Management 3 (Services Marketing)
    – Business Management 3 (Global Business Management)

The Boston Bachelor of Social Science degree requires thirty (30) modules.

  • Students will complete twenty-five (25) compulsory modules.
  • In addition to the compulsory modules, students will complete three (3) modules as part of their minor selection in Year 1 and Year 2, and two (2) modules as part of their management-related electives in Year 2 and 3, as follows:

In Academic Year 1, select either of the following minors:

  • Anthropology 1 (HCGE130-1) OR
  • Economics 1 (HECO130-1)

In Academic Year 2, follow through with the selected minor of Year 1, with either:

  • Anthropology 2A (HCGE231-1) and Anthropology 2B (HCGE232-1) OR
  • Economics 2A (HECO231-1) and Economics 2B (HECO232-1)

Also, in Academic Year 2, choose between one (1) of the following management electives:

  • Entrepreneurship 2 (HENT230-1) OR
  • Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers (HFMN233-1) OR
  • Business Management 2 (HBMN230-1).

In Academic Year 3, choose between one (1) of the following management electives (without pre-requisites):

  • Entrepreneurship 3 (HENT3301-1) OR
  • Business Management 2 (HBMN330-1) OR
  • Marketing Management 3 (HMKT33001 OR
  • Geography of Politics (HGOP330-1).

Various Assessment Strategies (ASC, ASW, AS1 to AS5) are used throughout the modules in the programme. For example, AS4 is predominately applied in this programme and consists of Formative Assessments (FA1 and FA2), also known as assignments or tests, which count forty percent (40%) – twenty percent (20%) each – towards the overall mark.

Summative Assessments in the form of a final exam or capstone project (SA1), count fifty percent (50%), and a research or reflective essay (SA2) count ten percent (10%) towards the overall mark.

No supplementary assessment is pr ovided for FA1 or FA2. A maximum of one (1) additional supplementary assessment opportunity is provided for SA1 and SA2 respectively, which will be charged for.

An overall mark of fifty percent (50%) is required to pass a module.

Please consult the Fact Sheet and Student Rulebook for additional, detailed programme information

On completion of the programme graduates will have the necessary knowledge and practical skills required to:

  • Operate effectively in the workplace using a number of Windows-based end-user applications
  • Apply knowledge, theory and methodology of the disciplines of sociology, anthropology and
  • Demonstrate competence in the ability to structure and present logical arguments, critically
    analyse material and opinions, and make informed decisions about what is happening at the
    forefront of contemporary society
  • Demonstrate competence in understanding ethical issues, standards, and/or public responsibility
    in relation to professional practice
  • Demonstrate competence in social research skills
  • Demonstrate effective communication, interpersonal and presentation skills


On successful completion the Learner will be issued a Bachelor of Social Science SAQA ID 108894, NQF 7, minimum 386 credits from Boston City Campus.