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

  • Single and joint honours Social Policy courses (BSc and MSci)
  • Graduates from the UK

Responses were received from 45 UK graduates from 2018/19; this is a response rate of 66%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 58%
Self-employment/freelancing 0%
Running my own business 4%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 2%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 0%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 18%
Taking time out to travel 0%
Caring for someone 2%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 13%
Doing something else 2%

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

Regulation of the activities of providing healthcare


Other social work activities

Other sectors (14 sectors) 16

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

  • Bristol City Council
  • Sustainable Food Trust
  • Office for National Statistics
  • One25 Ltd
  • Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service

Examples of occupations

  • Support Worker
  • NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme
  • Research Associate
  • Housing Officer
  • Business Analyst

Further study

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)


Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 8%
Other qualification 17%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 8%

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