BSc Social Policy with Quantitative Research Methods (L402)

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UCAS code L402
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 44 overall for L400, L402 and LN42

About BSc Social Policy with Quantitative Research Methods

This course is ideal for those interested in learning more about how to use numbers and data within the social sciences, and in acquiring practical and analytical skills that are attractive to employers.

Two thirds of your studies will follow the Single Honours Social Policy course, acquiring core knowledge in your subject. The remaining third provides applied interdisciplinary training in quantitative methods.

In year one, we discuss how numbers and data are used to tell convincing stories in the media and social research. We consider what is meant by segregation, and how it can be mapped and measured.

Year two offers practical classes in social statistics and applied data analysis, developing your skills in numeracy and analysis to advance your study of social policy. This enables you to undertake your own individual research project in an area of quantitative social science in year three.

There is also a four-year degree option, offering more advanced quantitative methods for those wishing to graduate with a MSci qualification.

Bristol offers a number of degrees that include quantitative research methods. This is part of a national initiative addressing the shortage of social science graduates with quantitative skills. These skills are highly valued by employers and are also beneficial for going on to postgraduate research.

More about Quantitative Research Methods

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

Course structure

First year

  • Convincing Stories? Numbers as evidence in the social sciences
  • Segregation and inequality in the UK (measurement and debate)
  • 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 
  • Comparative and international social policy 

Second year

  • Understanding Public Policy
  • Principles of Quantitative Social Science
  • Conducting a Research Project using Secondary Data
  • Plus three optional social policy units

Third year

  • Dissertation (with Quantitative Research Methods)
  • Four optional social policy units from a wide choice

It is possible to continue into a fourth year to study the MSci Social Policy with Quantitative Research Methods.

Find out more about the course structure and units available for Social Policy with Quantitative Research Methods

Typical offer for BSc Social Policy with Quantitative Research Methods - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
Contextual offer
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International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
31 overall to include 15 points at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit
BTEC offer DDM 
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AABBB and AH: AB
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer77% overall
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade C in English and Mathematics. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
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Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Considered

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application.

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