BSc Social Policy and Politics (LL42)

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UCAS code LL42
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applications for 2014/15 41
Number of places for 2016/17 8

About BSc Social Policy and Politics

This course combines social policy and its focus on wellbeing, with politics and its consideration of power: who exercises it and for whom. The first year introduces key concepts within Social Policy so that you can familiarise yourself with theoretical and comparative approaches and historical analyses. 

Politics is based around three themes:

  • political theory
  • comparative and national politics
  • international relations.

Politics drives us to think about how society should be organised and how communities and states interact, which prompts considerations of how 'wellbeing' is unevenly distributed in contemporary societies and the forms of social organisation necessary to enhance our lives.

You will also have the opportunity to spend half a year studying abroad at a partner university.

More about Social Policy

Find out more about studying Social Policy at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Three social policy units from:
    • Social Policy and the Welfare State: Theoretical Perspectives
    • Social Policy and the Welfare State: Key Concepts and Contemporary Issues
    • Social Policy and the Welfare State: Historical Perspectives
    • Social Policy and Welfare State: Comparative and International Social Policy
  • Two mandatory politics units:
    • Political Concepts
    • Comparative Governments and Politics
  • And a choice of one unit from:
    • Approaches to the Study of Political Science
    • Introduction to International Relations

Second year

  • Two mandatory social policy units:
    • Understanding Public Policy
    • Markets, Governments and Public Policy
  • One social policy unit from a wide choice of options 
  • The remaining core politics unit from year one
  • Two politics units from a wide choice of options

Third year

Three optional social policy units from a wide choice, or one optional unit and a dissertation

Three optional politics units from a wide choice, or one optional unit and a dissertation.

Further details about the course structure for Social Policy
Further details about the course structure for Politics

Typical offer for BSc Social Policy and Politics

(including international A-levels)
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
IB Diploma 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
32 overall to include 16 points at Higher level
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB80% overall
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:grade C in Mathematics and English.

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Key information about this course

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  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 300 student-run societies and sports clubs. The Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, recently underwent a £30-million renovation.
  • 12 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.


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