Swansea University

Social Policy Swansea University Degree level: Undergraduate


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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.

  • Social Policy ranked 1st in the UK for Student Satisfaction (NSS 2017)

  • Ranked 3rd in the UK for Social Policy courses (Guardian University Guide 2018)

  • Top 20 for Social Policy courses in the UK, 3rd for graduate prospects and student satisfaction (Complete University Guide, 2018)

EMPLOYABILITY: 85% of Swansea University Social Policy students are employed in graduate level jobs within six months of graduating

AVERAGE EARNINGS: Depending on the sector, graduates in social policy can expect to earn an average annual salary of £22,000, more senior posts may rise to £38,000.

There is also the opportunity to undertake study visits abroad, including a two-week, college specific international summer programme.

Visit our employability pages to read our graduate success stories: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/humanandhealthsciences/employability/

Course details


First year modules compulsory for Single and Joint Honours: Introduction to Social Policy I: Social Problems; Introduction to Social Policy II: The Modern Era; Study Skills in Criminology and Social Policy; An Introduction to the Criminal Justice System. First year modules compulsory for Single Honours: Welfare Provisions: Our Victorian Legacy; Concepts, Ideas and Ideologies in Social Policy: an Introduction. Other modules; Criminology, Crime and Society; Introduction to Law; Victims and Victimology; The Criminological Imagination. During years two and three you will take compulsory modules as well as being able to choose from a range of elective modules, including a Careers and Employability module which will give you the chance to undertake a graduate level work placement. Erasmus exchange: 1 semester spent in Sweden.

Modules are subject to change and departments reserve the right to change the details.

Assessment method

This is based on coursework including essays, projects, presentations and reviews, with timed assessments or examinations following some modules.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code L400
Institution code S93
Campus name Singleton Park Campus
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

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: chhsinternational@swansea.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level ABB - BBB Desirable subjects include; English, History, Politics, Geography, Sociology, Law and Psychology.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma D: 27 credits
M: 15 credits
P: 3 credits
A distinction and merit profile.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 33 - 32 points
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Pass and either CC at A2 level or DD at BTEC.

Minimum five A*-C GCSEs including Welsh/English Language.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Provider information

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Swansea University
Singleton Park

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01792 295111

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