BSc Social Policy (L400)

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UCAS code L400
Application method Full time: UCAS/Common Application
Part time: Apply direct to the University
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 6 year(s) part-time
Part-time study over six years with daytime, weekday teaching
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 44 overall for L400, L402 and LN42

About BSc Social Policy

Social policy provides an exciting opportunity to critically analyse contemporary issues, such as inequality, unemployment and crime. This course takes an international and comparative perspective in many units, ensuring that social policy is considered in its global context.

The first year introduces key concepts so that you can familiarise yourself with theoretical and comparative approaches and historical analyses.

Year two further develops conceptual frameworks, and introduces you to research methods. Years two and three allow you to explore your interests in greater depth through a range of optional units. These units vary from time to time according to current developments in global environmental, political and social issues. For example, in the 2015/16 academic year we offered units in:

  • Criminology
  • Understanding Urban Society
  • Poverty and Social Exclusion
  • Social Exclusion and Social Policy
  • Social Policy in East Asia
  • Drugs and Society
  • Social Policy and the Environment
  • Social Policy and Development

The final-year dissertation is an opportunity to choose a topic for in-depth investigation and independent work.

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

  • 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 the Welfare State: Comparative and International Social Policy
  • Open units from outside the programme

Second year

  • Understanding Public Policy
  • Social Research Methods
  • Plus four optional units

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • Four optional units from a wide choice
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Social Policy

Typical offer for BSc Social Policy - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
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
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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Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649

Enquiries about part-time applications should be directed to:
Phone: +44 (0)117 954 5569

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