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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Social policy
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
94% LOW
Average graduate salary
£17k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
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80 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent). A pass in a Social Science subject is desirable.

Scottish Highers
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80 UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted, related subjects are preferred. 80 UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted, related subjects are preferred.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

Related subjects are preferred.

UCAS tariff points

UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent). A pass in a Social Science subject is desirable.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 80 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Social policy takes you right to the heart of some of the most hotly debated social issues of our time and addresses the controversial questions discussed by the media, the public and the Government. Our course was ranked 4th in the UK in terms of student satisfaction with teaching (Guardian league tables 2017) and will open up a range of rewarding careers in areas such as the criminal justice system, housing, NHS authorities, the police, local or central government, social enterprise and the voluntary sector. Social policy draws on a variety of other subjects including sociology, politics, economics, social psychology, ethics and values, history, cultural and media studies. Together, we’ll consider the reasons behind, and responses to, a wide range of social issues: social exclusion, social justice, inequality, poverty and homelessness health and social care and well-being family policies crime and community safety, antisocial behaviour citizenship ethnicity and racism You’ll learn how social policy is formulated and implemented, and get to grips with the theory behind social policy-making in an exciting and challenging environment. We think it’s important for you to get out into the real world too, so you’ll have the chance to take part in an internship (work experience placement) where you’ll put your practical skills to the test. You will get a chance to shadow workers, attend meetings, experience service delivery and carry out some tasks to help your placement organisation. In the past students have attended settings such as local authorities, community organisations, care homes and charities including Jimmy’s Cambridge, FoodCycle and Railway House to only name a few. If you’re keen to see how other countries tackle social issues, there’s an opportunity for you to study abroad in Sweden for one semester in Year 2. You will be asked to study a Swedish language module and will benefit from the University of Umea’s international perspective and a specialist focus on politics. Students from Shanghai will also join your course in Year 3 and bring an additional cultural dimension. Throughout the course, there’s a strong emphasis on student participation and consultation, and you’ll learn to approach policy issues in a rational, analytical way. You’ll go on visits, and we’ll bring in experts who’ll inform – and perhaps challenge – you with their experiences. For example, the Cambridge County Council Youth Offending team lecture on the course and even get students to take part in a mock trial. Our experts will share their experience with you and engage you in debates about ethical and academic issues. When you graduate, you’ll be confident, well-informed – able to identify and research a range of social problems, look at the policies that respond to them, evaluate those policies, and help to create and implement new policies if needed.


Year one, core modules Comparing Welfare Systems Controversies in Criminal Justice Living in Contemporary Societies Research in Health and Social Studies Social Problems, Politics and Policy-Making in the UK The Changing Context of Social Policy Year two, core modules Citizenship and Migration in a Global Context Health and Social Care Review of Research Processes in Health and Social Studies Sexuality, Family and Childhood: Universal Dilemmas Youth Offending: Policies and Practice Year three, core modules Crime and Community Safety: Global Perspectives International and Community Development: Institutions, Policy and Practice Working with Communities and Groups Undergraduate Major Project Year two, optional modules Social Policy Internship Advocacy and Group Dynamics Year three, optional modules Violence and Harm

Anglia Ruskin University

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Anglia Ruskin University is a progressive university, breaking into the top 350 educational institutions in the World in 2017*. ARU's fantastic academics will link theory with practice in a friendly and supportive environment; just one of the reasons that ARU's students have recorded some of the highest satisfaction rates across the University. With a campus in the very heart of the City of London offering you unprecedented access to a host of potential employers and careers, ARU London is the perfect place for you to build the skills and gain the knowledge which will propel you to a successful career. 

* The Times World University Rankings 2017

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
5% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
85% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
14% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
220 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
35% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
21% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 94% LOW
Average graduate salary £17k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are customer service occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Just over 1,600 students graduated in social policy in 2015, which makes it one of the smaller social studies subjects. This is a popular subject at Masters level — 750 Masters in social policy were awarded last year - and so a lot of the more sought-after jobs in management and research tend to go to social policy graduates with postgraduate degrees. For those who leave university after their first degree, then jobs in social care (especially community and youth work) and education, the police, marketing and human resources and recruitment are popular — along with local government, although there are fewer of those jobs around than in the past. This degree is a bit less reliant on London for jobs than other similar subjects, so if you'd like to work outside the capital, it might be worth considering - although the jobs still tend to be in big cities.
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