School - School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work
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
Part-time - Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
International - £12,000
- Ideal preparation for many employment opportunities including careers in the caring and welfare services, local government, housing or voluntary sector
- Overall satisfaction with this course was 94% (Source: NSS 2016)
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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.