Social Policy graduate destinations

The range of opportunities available to Social Policy graduates is very wide and over half go directly into the employment market on completing their course of study. Many graduates wish to use the knowledge and skills directly from their degree in the employment market.

Data obtained from

  • Social Policy (BSc)
  • Social Policy and Sociology (BSc)
  • Social Policy and Politics (BSc)
  • Graduates from the UK

Responses were received from 18 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 72%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 73%
Part-time work 13%
Due to start work 0%
Full-time study 0%
Part-time study 7%
Travel 7%
Something else 0%
Unemployed 0%

Sector information

Public sector, healthcare, government and welfare related fields are all popular destinations. Typical employers are in local government, other public sector bodies and organisations related to welfare.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Health and social work 3
Advertising and market research 3
Other sectors (7 sectors) 7

Graduates are also well placed to enter areas not directly related to their degree. With approximately 70% of graduate vacancies open to graduates of any degree discipline, the potential employment areas are very wide.

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Next Link
  • Charityworks
  • Bigg
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Elim Housing Association

Examples of occupations

  • Social Media Executive
  • Trainee Expert Practitioner
  • Graduate Analyst
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Supported Housing Officer

Further study

Graduates occasionally continue into further study, either to increase their knowledge in the area of Social Policy, or expanding into other areas such as Human Rights (MA).

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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