BSc Social Policy and Sociology (LL43)

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UCAS code LL43
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 Sociology

This course combines social policy and its focus on wellbeing with sociology's understanding of how contemporary societies operate. This Joint Honours degree allows you to explore different approaches to understanding crucial issues of public and social life.

Sociology offers insight into the structures of societies and how they constitute social patterns. This is crucial to our understanding of how 'wellbeing' is experienced by different groups in society, as well as the dynamics necessary to change patterns of inequality.

The School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, and the School of Social Policy both have an impressive reputation for teaching and research. This course combination offers an enriching experience with exciting intellectual challenges.

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 Sociology 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
    • Comparative and International Social Policy
  • One mandatory sociology unit: Thinking Sociologically
  • Two further sociology units from:
    • Social Identities and Divisions
    • Key Social Thinkers
    • Doing Social Research

Second year

  • One mandatory social policy unit:
    • Understanding Public Policy
  • Two social policy units from a wide range of options
  • Three second-year sociology units from a wide 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 sociology units from a wide choice, or one optional unit and a dissertation.
  • 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 Sociology - 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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