Sociology and Social Policy with a Foundation year at Swansea University - UCAS

Swansea University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Swansea University (Prifysgol Abertawe)

Sociology and Social Policy with a Foundation year

Course summary

Studying a Sociology and Social Policy degree will equip you with the essential theoretical foundation to understand people's behaviour as social beings, as well as the wider social, cultural, political and economic factors influencing our constantly changing society. The foundation year of this four-year course will introduce you to the key concepts and knowledge you need to progress to the BSc in Sociology and Social Policy. In your foundation year, you will explore what it means to be human – studying a range of humanities and social science topics to prepare you for the degree itself and you will complete a project supervised by an expert in the field of education. Following successful completion of the foundation year, students will progress onto Year 1 of the BSc. The foundation year (level 3) will be delivered by The College, Swansea University (TCSU). Years 2-4 (levels 4-6) will be delivered by the School of Social Sciences. Sociology at Swansea is ranked:

  • Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality (Times Good University Guide 2024)
  • Top 20 in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2024)
  • Top 25 in the UK for Overall Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2024)
  • 92% of graduates in work &/or study 15 months after leaving Swansea University (HESA 2023)
Social Policy at Swansea is ranked:
  • Top 5 in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2024)
  • Top 15 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2024)
You will explore how society promotes the well-being of its members, examining themes and values such as social justice, equality, fairness, and citizenship, alongside specific policy focal points such as health, education, housing, disability, crime, poverty, and the family. You will also learn how to generate new knowledge and information using a variety of qualitative and quantitative social research tools and throughout the course, you will develop excellent communication and presentation skills, together with the ability to analyse and critically evaluate evidence and construct arguments around the complex societal issues that affect us all.


Your first year of study is made up of compulsory modules covering a range of themes. Compulsory modules are studied by all students on the programme, meaning you are automatically enrolled. Examples of compulsory modules include: • Sociology: The Classics • Economics in Society • Individuals and Society In your second and third year you will study a mixture of compulsory and optional modules, from an expansive range of subject areas. Examples of optional modules in recent years have included: • Poverty and Social Justice • Sociology of Health and Illness • Criminalisation of Sex • Capitalism and Justice: inequality, power and prosperity in contemporary economies • Social Movements, Social Policy and Social Change Your final year will include a compulsory independent dissertation project. For the full programme structure and module breakdown, please visit our webpage at:

Assessment method

We offer a variety of assessment methods within our programmes. In addition to traditional examinations and essays, examples of alternative assessment include: • Group-based tasks • Presentations • Personal Reflections Throughout your undergraduate Sociology and Social Policy degree, you will develop excellent research and analytical skills and learn to present your ideas effectively both verbally and in writing. For full breakdown of course structure and assessment please visit our course page: get in touch with us at [email protected]

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in each component.

English Language Requirements at Swansea University

Fees and funding

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Sociology and Social Policy with a Foundation year at Swansea University - UCAS