Social policy is the lively and engaging study of the way in which social issues and policies impact on the well-being of individuals, families and groups in society.
This course has a national and an international dimension, covering key areas related to social welfare and social justice.
It will provide you with knowledge and expertise, building a strong foundation for employment in many sectors and is an established and recognised gateway to further education and professions such as social work or teaching. Studying Social Policy provides you with the opportunity to acquire knowledge to make a difference in your future career. There is a hands-on, stimulating approach to learning, which uses and draws upon the vibrant local environment.
Find out more about our course by hearing from Claire Carey, one of our BSc Social Policy students.
You will focus on the factors which influence the development of social policy and the provision of social care. You will explore a variety of issues including poverty, ethnicity, health, gender, community care, family policy and ageing, from the perspectives of policy formulation and implementation. Housing, social exclusion, employment, under-researched and 'hard to reach' groups.
In your first year you will take a series of modules which will offer a general introduction to the study of social policy.
With a wide range of optional modules you will have the opportunity to tailor your degree to suit your particular interests and career aspirations.
In your final year, a distinctive feature of this degree is the option to undertake a traditional undergraduate dissertation or a Community Placement instead.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|Access to HE||Pass|
|GCSE||GCSE or equivalent Level 2 certificated qualifications in English|
|UCAS tariff points||240 points|
|BTEC National Diploma||MMM - DMM|
|Scottish Highers||240 points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||240 points|
|International Baccalaureate||24 points|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
We recruit a very diverse range of students - diverse in terms of age, sexuality, ethnicity, socio-economic background and ability. We welcome applications from students who, although they may not possess the traditional qualifications for entry, can demonstrate a desire to learn new skills, who are open to new ideas and who have a developing interest in welfare issues and social policy.
The course is taught using the following modes of delivery:
Our graduates use their Social Policy degree in different ways. Some enter careers which have a direct relationship to their degree and work within the public services or voluntary sector – for example in social care, housing and public health. Some use their degree as a ‘gateway’ into further training/qualifications including a PGCE (teaching).
91% of our students who graduated in 2014 and are available for work or study are either working, studying or due to start a job.
You will be taught the skills that will prepare you for employment in an expanding health and social care environment as well as the local government, civil service, the voluntary sector, public sector, criminal justice system, the probation service, teaching and social housing. You will also have the opportunity to pursue further training, postgraduate degrees or research opportunities.
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for organisations including Manchester City Council, NACRO and North Manchester Healthcare NHS Trust, Connexions and Sure Start.
Find out how the Social Policy course at Salford has helped Angela Ricketts in her role in Safeguarding Children.
Jennifer James, who is deaf and dyslexic, left school at 16 without any qualifications. She felt let down by a system that did not give her the support that she needed to succeed. However, Jennifer refused to give up and started an Access to Higher Education course when she was 23. She passed with flying colours and in 2008 graduated from Salford University with a BSc (Hons) Social Policy. After graduating Jennifer won an internship with the Department of Children, Schools and Families. In September 2009 Jennifer was offered a post as a personal advisor for new job seeker claims at Job Centre Plus in South London. She has also trained as a disability advisor and is very active in the disability movement, using her experience to champion the rights of disabled people.
Jennifer says “With the University’s support and understanding I have been able to begin to reach my true potential. They supported me every step of the way.”
Bernard Melling, one of Jennifer’s tutors says “Jennifer has really blossomed since she came to Salford. She may not have had the best start at school but her determination, ability and positive attitude have helped her to overcome this.”
Jude Bradley, 26, graduated from the University of Salford with a BSc in Social Policy in 2009. Originally from Derry in Northern Ireland, Jude now lives in London where she works as a policy officer at the College of Emergency Medicine. Her job takes her around the country, and she frequently has high-level policy meetings with government dignitaries including the secretary of state for health, Jeremy Hunt.
Jude explains how her degree in Social Policy helped to shape her career and get her where she is today.
“I came to Salford in the second year of my degree,” she explains. “I’d started my degree in Belfast, but I wasn’t happy with the content. I did some research, and the modules on offer at the University of Salford were much more suited to my interests, and the university had a great reputation in health and social care.” Read more...
If you undertake a community placement you will be placed in one of our partnering organisations ranging from local government to private social care providers. We have a wide of placements to suit your goals and aspirations. We maintain these strong links with industry so you get the best possible chance to apply what you have learned academically in a real-world setting.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying|
Students should expect to incur travel costs during community placements.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:
As an International student you could be entitled to:
The Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship is currently available to international students who achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent).
L400, L402 part-time
Start Dates: September
“The support of the lecturers is amazing. They’re all so brilliant and knowledgeable, and really care about their students. It makes me believe I can succeed.” Read the full story...
Claire Carey, 2nd year student