School - School of Health and Society
Subject area - Social Policy and Social Work
UCAS Code: L400, L402 part-time
Start Dates(s): September
Three years full-time
Part-time study during the day by arrangement
UK - £9,250 per year
International - £12,300 per year
- Ideal preparation for many employment opportunities including careers in the caring and welfare services, local government, housing or voluntary sector
- A placement in the third year provides experiential learning that may boost employment opportunities
- Part-time study option
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
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. Our programme will enable you to understand the causes of social problems and how societies attempt to solve them.
Our social policy degree is ideal for students who want to challenge the status quo – those with a keen interest in current affairs and tackling contemporary issues which cause injustice. Take today’s headlines - food banks, the ‘crisis’ in the NHS, unaffordable housing. We see these terms in the news, but what do they actually mean? Social policy explores these societal problems, and more. Our programme introduces you to the ways in which governments seek to improve the welfare of their citizens, but also the political debate of what this actually means – the values and ideas which underpin action. From poverty to homelessness, and from health care to welfare reform, social policy engages in a range of contemporary social problems to find new ways of securing people’s welfare.
We're very proud that our Social Policy course is ranked 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2018).
We also offer this degree with an additional Foundation Year, making it a four year degree. Please see our Social Sciences Foundation Year webpage for more details on this.
“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
Our programme is about social change. We explore the drivers and brakes of social change, the relationship between history and progress and the ideals which different governments bring to the policy making process. We consider how gender, race, ethnicity, age and class influence people’s everyday experience of social policy as it is lived in diverse communities across Britain. You will explore the factors which influence the development of social policy and the provision of welfare. The programme is wide-ranging and research-informed – considering poverty, housing, health, disability, community care, family policy and ageing. You will be supported at each turn by committed educators and research-active staff.
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.
Choose two from these optional modules:
In your final year, a distinctive feature of this degree is the option to undertake a traditional undergraduate dissertation or a Community Placement instead.
Choose one from these optional modules:
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.