The BA (Hons) Social Policy is a flexible degree programme you can tailor to your interests. Second years have the chance to take an employability module including a work placement. Social Policy helps address today’s most pressing challenges by explaining how and why societies change, and how governments and other institutions respond. Our undergraduate programme keeps pace with the ways in which globalisation, social movements, the European Union and devolved administrations in the UK shape policies in Wales and beyond. Studying Social Policy at Swansea University could enable you to influence how societies recognise and address people’s social needs. It would give you the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in public services, criminal justice, voluntary organisations or personnel management. Students also gain a range of key transferable skills, including analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving, independent study and team working as well as written, presentation and other communication skills. The course could also prepare you for further professional and vocational training in fields such as law, teaching, social work or postgraduate study or research. • 3rd in the UK for Academic Support (NSS 2022) • 5th in the UK for Teaching Quality (Times Good University Guide 2023) • Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2023) • Top 10 in the UK for Student Voice (NSS 2022) • Top 15 in the UK for Overall Score (Times Good University Guide 2023) 85% of Swansea University Social Policy students are employed in graduate level jobs within six months of graduating.
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: • Environments of Social Policy • 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 https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/social-sciences/criminology-sociology-social-policy/bsc-social-policy/
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 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 https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/social-sciences/criminology-sociology-social-policy/bsc-social-policy/or get in touch with us at [email protected]
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The Department welcomes many applications from non-UK students and considers a wide range of international qualifications. Details of our facilities, support and qualification equivalencies/requirements can be found on our dedicated international student pages - www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/ English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or an equivalent approved English Language test or qualification. For further information please contact: [email protected]
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
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