Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Usually five years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
L3L4; Short form: BA/SSP
Preston (Campus code: U)
Make a difference, have your say - and help initiate change at an individual, community and societal level. This challenging, invigorating and dynamic degree programme combines key elements of Social Policy and Sociology to reflect on topical issues, current affairs and political agendas. You will graduate ready to influence policy and effect change in a range of social issues, including poverty, social exclusion, unemployment, homelessness, crime, health and education inequalities. If you are driven by the desire to address social injustice, this is the course for you.
Applicants with less points and with experience in community work/ social care may also be considered.
Social Policy courses at UCLan were rated top 4 in the UK for overall student satisfaction by students who completed the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).
112 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access course with 112 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate- 28P
IELTS 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent.
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
As an alternative, you may want to choose a module from the Electives Catalogue
Students must also opt to take one of the following dissertation options:
The BA (Hons) Social Policy and Sociology programme is geared towards an analysis of the historical, theoretical and policy debates and developments that have influenced economic and social wellbeing, as well as examining the challenges that will determine the shape of human welfare in the future, such as globalisation, ageing populations, environmental issues and immigration. In this sense, it is a dynamic and constantly moving programme, at the cutting edge of national and global debates which ultimately determine government and non-governmental responses to national and international economic and social problems. Hence, the programme will seek to develop an understanding of the ‘very real’ policy issues and debates that affect people’s life chances and opportunities in the UK and elsewhere.
Whilst studying for your degree in Social Policy and Sociology, you will be given the opportunity to study particular areas and themes in depth, and the chance to link your academic work to a significant piece of practical voluntary, work, or research experience. You will therefore acquire not only subject knowledge directly relevant to a whole range of careers, but also a range of transferable skills of analysis, communication and synthesis, which are essential in a rapidly changing labour market.
These studies have helped me develop qualities that I can use in the workplace. It has provided me with the tools to be able to research any welfare issue, and to interact with other service providers. The knowledge that I have gained has made me a more effective communicator
The initial stages of your studies will be devoted to gaining an understanding of interests and forces that have historically shaped responses to social problems in ‘developed’ countries, such as the UK, and ‘developing’ countries. This will give you an appreciation of the historical, political and economic imperatives that have shaped the emergence of welfare and human rights across the globe.
From this foundation, you will move on to examine key issues and debates that continue to influence the trajectory of societal responses to economic and social problems. Hence, our students study a wide range of modules relating to, for example, housing, health, criminal justice, poverty, social security, substance misuse and social work provision. Students can also focus on specific areas of social divisions, by completing modules which examine the interaction between, for instance, childhood, ‘race’, gender, sexuality, religion, disability and social inequality. In the second and third years of the programme, you will also be given the opportunity to gain a significant level of relevant practical research and work experience.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.
This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.
Combination of campus based learning with a optional work element/component. With visits off site to engage students in regional, national and international perspectives.
My recent study of Social Policy has helped me gain a much deeper understanding of welfare-related issues, and an appreciation of the difficulties faced by different groups of service users
In both the second and third year of your studies, you will be given the opportunity to undertake structured work experience through one of the following;
Denmark has one of the most extensive welfare states in the world which makes it an ideal place to study social policy. The experience of being able to study in Denmark has broadened my academic perspective in several different areas. We were often encouraged to participate in group work and within a class of various nationalities from all over Europe, studying different degrees within social science, we all came from vastly different mind-sets. This led to extensive peer to peer learning in addition to the excellent quality of the teaching.
Over the years, we have developed close links with Social Policy and Sociology colleagues at partner Universities abroad, and visiting lecturers from these institutions have contributed to the delivery of our programme. Building on these strong international links, a number of students have chosen to undertake part of their studies in one of our partner institutions. Obtaining invaluable, unique first-hand experience of how other nations respond to the same sorts of issues and problems that we as a country face.