This course takes you right to the heart of some of the most hotly debated social issues of our time. It will open up a range of rewarding careers in public, private and third-sector work.
Our Social Policy degree is a fascinating, forward-looking course which addresses some of the big questions being discussed by the media, the public and the government.
Together, we’ll consider the reasons behind, and responses to, a wide range of social issues – such as social exclusion, health and social care, poverty, family policies, crime and community safety, citizenship, antisocial behaviour, racism and homelessness. We’ll learn how social policy is formulated and implemented, and get to grips with the theory behind social policy-making in an exciting and challenging environment.
We think it’s important for you to get out into the real world too, so you’ll have the chance to take part in an internship (work experience placement) where you’ll put your practical skills to the test. If you’re keen to see how other countries tackle social issues, there’s an opportunity to study abroad for one semester in Year 2.
Throughout the course, there’s a strong emphasis on student participation and consultation, and you’ll learn to approach policy issues in a rational, analytical way. You’ll go on visits, and we’ll bring in experts who’ll inform – and perhaps challenge – you with their experiences. They’ll also engage you in debates about ethical and academic issues.
When you graduate, you’ll be confident, well-informed – able to identify and research a range of social problems, look at the policies that respond to them, evaluate those policies, and help to create and implement new policies if needed.
When you graduate, your wide-ranging skills will help you to better understand, and have an impact on, many aspects of society.
Graduates from this course have gone into a wide range of interesting and enjoyable careers in the public, private and third sectors, including:
We use a wide-ranging and creative mix of ways to measure your progress on this course. You might be assessed on a presentation you’ve given or a seminar paper you’ve written, or you may have to provide a report on an activity you’ve done. You may also be assessed on your essays, case studies, debates, mind-maps and portfolios. You’ll get advice on how to produce all of these.
The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.
With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.
At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff. With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.
Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.
You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.
Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
The part-time course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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