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
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 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. 

At Bristol you will study the politics of individual countries and governments, and the relationships between countries, communities, and individuals. Politics at Bristol is organised around three themes:

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

The synergy between these two subject areas is obvious: 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.

Both the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies and the School for Policy Studies encourage strong synergy between research and teaching, resulting in a vibrant learning environment as staff respond in their teaching to new research. 

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 and Politics and International Relations at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • A choice of 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
    • Comparative and International Social Policy
  • Three mandatory politics units:
    • Political Concepts
    • Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction
    • Approaches to the Study of Political Science

Second year

  • One mandatory social policy unit:
    • Understanding Public Policy
  • Two social policy units from a wide range of options
  • Three second-year politics units from a range of options
  • Note: If you wish to take the dissertation in your final year, you must take 'Investigating the Social' (Sociology) or 'Social Research Methods' (Social Policy) as one of your 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.
  • Note that students can only complete a dissertation on one of the two subjects
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Social Policy
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Typical offer for BSc Social Policy and Politics - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
32 overall to include 16 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 DDD 
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAABB 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 offer80% overall
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade C in Mathematics and English. 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
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Considered

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application.

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