The BA (Hons) Social Policy degree explores how social problems arise, how governments react and the impact this has on society and its citizens. Students can learn the skills necessary to critically analyse the efficacy and fairness of policies and explore public and media responses. In addition to its core ideas, Social Policy also draws on a range of other social science disciplines including sociology, politics, philosophy, economics, and law. Students can use these approaches to examine ideas such as welfare, poverty and inequality, tackling difficult and often controversial topics, including current issues in the news. Teaching is informed by the research expertise of academic staff from the School of Social and Political Sciences, who contribute regularly to national policy debates.
The first year introduces core concepts and knowledge that provides a platform from which to scrutinise social policy issues in detail. Students can learn about social problems and social policies in the UK and internationally, and how to conduct and apply social science research. In the second year, there is the opportunity to build on these foundations and choose from a range of optional modules. During the third year, students may choose from a wide range of options that provide insights into topics such as multiculturalism, crime and gender, and new social movements, as well as approaches in developed and developing countries. For the most up to date module information, please visit the course page for this programme on our website. Timetabling arrangements may limit the availability of some optional modules to some students. As the options often reflect staff research interests, they may alter over time due to staff availability.
The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples. Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications. We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.
English language requirements
In addition to meeting the academic requirements, Overseas students will also be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. Please visit our English language requirements page for a full list of the English qualifications we accept: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/
If you have studied outside of the UK, you can find more information about the wide range of international qualifications we accept by visiting our entry requirements and your country page:
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|