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Course summary

Social policy is the lively and engaging study of the way in which social issues and policies impact on the well-being of individuals, families and groups in society. This course has a national and an international dimension, covering key areas related to social welfare and social justice. It will provide you with knowledge and expertise, building a strong foundation for employment in many sectors and is an established and recognised gateway to further education and professions such as social work or teaching. Studying Social Policy provides you with the opportunity to acquire knowledge to make a difference in your future career. There is a hands-on, stimulating approach to learning, which uses and draws upon the vibrant local environment. We're very proud that Salford is the highest ranking university in the North West for Social Policy in the latest Guardian league tables.


The first year of study includes modules such as Introduction to Social Policy, Introduction to Sociology and Health, Wellbeing and Social Policies. These modules offer a general introduction to the study of social policy. During your second year, you will undertake modules such as Ideological Approaches to Welfare, Comparing Welfare Regimes, Disability Studies (Critical Perspectives) and Social Policy and Differentiation. In your third and final year, you will have the option to undertake a traditional undergraduate dissertation or a community placement. Examples of modules you will study in your third year include Social Exclusion, Families and Social Policy and

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Grade C or 4 (or above) in Maths and English GCSE is required. Functional skills Level 2 Maths and English are accepted as equivalents.

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Own test. If the degree held is deemed to be not relevant, applicants may be asked to complete a written test.

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Social Policy at University of Salford - UCAS