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Social Policy BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    This interdisciplinary course explores how crime, education, health, housing and poverty come to be viewed as social problems and how the institutions of the modern state seek to address them.

    You’ll gain an understanding of the historical, social and cultural dimensions of policy-making and examine education, housing and urban policies to learn about how states provide for people’s welfare. Using examples from around the world, you’ll consider the experiences of people who receive welfare services to understand the impact social policy has on their lives.

    By connecting issues facing contemporary societies to the big ideas that help to shed light on them, you’ll learn about why social problems and inequalities exist and why some activities are seen as deviant or criminal. A wide range of optional modules reflecting our diverse research interests will also allow you to explore broader topics such as disability rights, sex work or crime.


    Student profile

    Robert Irnazarow Social Policy student

    “The course gives me valuable insight into welfare states and relates past policy with current policy debates around topics such as migration, benefit cuts or changes in higher education.” Read more Robert Irnazarow, Social Policy BA


  • Course content

    You’ll learn to think sociologically about various social issues and problems from the start of Year 1. A set of core modules will equip you with the research skills to study social policy and an understanding of the methods and techniques used in social research, as well as exploring the development and emergence of modern societies. You’ll also learn more about the formation of social policy in Britain over time and examine how social inequalities have been created.

    In the following year you’ll develop your research skills through a single compulsory module, which helps to prepare you for the research you’ll undertake in your final year. Around this you’ll choose from a set of modules related to major social issues such as drugs and crime in the policy context. You’ll also be able to choose from a broader range exploring topics from racism and ethnicity studies to the cultural impact of tourism.

    The dissertation you complete in your final year allows you to apply your research skills to a topic of your choice, which you’ll examine in depth. Around this module, you’ll choose from social policy modules on topics such as education or childhood studies, as well as selecting from a more diverse range in areas such as sex work, gender studies or protest movements.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Understanding and Researching the City 20 credits
    • Understanding and Researching Contemporary Society 20 credits
    • Identities, Inequalities and Policy in Contemporary Society 20 credits
    • Formations of Modernity 20 credits
    • Social Policy: Poor Laws to the Present 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Sociology and Social Policy Research Methods 20 credits
    • Key Debates in Social Policy 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Crime, Law and Regulation 20 credits
    • Disability Studies: An Introduction 20 credits
    • The Sociology of Gender 20 credits
    • Crime, Race and Ethnicity 20 credits
    • Debates in Childhood and Youth 20 credits
    • Sociology of Work 20 credits
    • Racism, ethnicity, migration and decolonial studies 20 credits
    • Urban Disorders, Social Divisions and Social Control 20 credits
    • Social and Public Policy beyond the University 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Social Policy Dissertation 40 credits

    Optional modules

    • Postcolonialism and Critical Muslim Studies 20 credits
    • Disability Rights and the International Policy Context 20 credits
    • Education, Culture and Society 20 credits
    • State Crime and Immorality 20 credits
    • Contemporary Children, Young People and Families 20 credits
    • Gender, Technologies and the Body 20 credits
    • Class in Everyday Life 20 credits
    • Protest and Social Movements 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Social Policy BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    We use a range of teaching and learning methods to help you gain diverse skills. These will include seminars and workshops where you can discuss in more depth the topics set out in traditional lectures. We emphasise the importance of participation, presentation skills and group work.

    The teaching structure varies depending on your level of study – for example, in Year 1 you might expect to have six or seven lectures and three or four seminars per week. However, independent study is also a vital element of the course, as it allows you to develop your research and critical skills while preparing for taught sessions.

    You’ll also have a personal tutor – one of our academics – who will be on hand to offer you guidance and support on academic issues, such as module choices, as well as career and personal matters.

    Assessment

    Modules will use a variety of assessment methods. As well as traditional exams, you could also be asked to complete projects based on essays and case studies, policy briefs, group presentations, work logs, research briefs, project proposals or development agency reviews. In your final year you’ll also submit a 12,000 word dissertation.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: ABB

    A-level Sociology is not a requirement for any of our courses – we design Year 1 modules for students both with and without previous knowledge of the subject.

    We accept A-level General Studies.

    However, in general you should be in the process of studying Social Science, Arts and Humanities subjects for A-level. See our Accepted A-level subjects document to see which subjects we accept.

    GCSE: grade C or above in Mathematics or equivalent.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Complete 60 credits with 45 credits at level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or higher.

    • BTEC

      DDM.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, M1, M1.

    • International Baccalaureate

      34 overall (6,5,5 higher).

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      AAABBB.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AAABB overall (BB at advanced level).


    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    When an applicant is taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) this can be considered alongside A Levels and may attact an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be BBB at A Level including grade A in the EPQ.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    International

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Sociology and Social Policy Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    International foundation year

    If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

    If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    It is also possible to study this programme part time. The programme content is the same but you will study at a lesser intensity. Find out more about how to apply, support available and the part-time student experience at the Lifelong Learning Centre.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of Sociology and Social Policy Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £18,000 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    Graduate destinations

    Our graduates secure employment with some of the biggest UK companies in human resources, communications management, broadcasting and advertising. They are also ideally equipped to work in the public and third sector including in the civil service, teaching, youth work, fostering/children’s services, probation services, social work, prison service, housing and homelessness prevention.

    Postgraduate opportunities

    Graduates from this programme are well prepared for postgraduate study across a range of disciplines. Our recent graduates have gone on to study sociology, social Policy, teacher training, journalism, occupational therapy, human resources, marketing, town planning, social work, criminal justice studies and social research.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

    Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

    Work placements

    Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

    Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.