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London Metropolitan University

Sociology and Social Policy


Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) or Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BA/BSc (H)

Entry requirements

A level


Typical offer BBC (112 UCAS points) in three or more A levels.

Access to HE Diploma


Access to Higher Education Diploma in a relevant subject is acceptable for entry. QAA accredited course required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


A minimum of 15 points at the higher level and a minimum of 4 points in English and Maths at standard level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


Scottish Higher


A minimum of 114 UCAS points to include four passes (grade C) at higher level in a related subject.

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About this course

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Course option


Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Part-time | 2019

4.0 years | Part-time | 2019

3.0 years | Full-time | 2019


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**Why study this course?**

This popular course prepares you for a career in policy and research in the public, private and voluntary sectors with modules addressing multidisciplinary concerns relevant to current public issues.

You will explore how welfare policy influences our everyday lives in domestic and international contexts and take advantage of opportunities for work placements, tailored to your interests and specialisms, as well as links to employers and international study programmes.

In the National Student Survey 2017 this course scored an impressive 100% overall student satisfaction.

**More about this course**

Social exclusion, racism and homelessness are just a few of the social problems we face today. Explore global inequalities in the twenty-first century and the sociological imagination during this stimulating and highly-rated course. You'll develop the knowledge and skills to analyse these issues,learn to communicate your ideas effectively and will be encouraged to think critically and challenge everyday assumptions.

Choosing from options such as crime, media and technology and youth resistance and social control, you will develop the most up to date techniques to devise and sustain arguments and to solve problems.

With a guaranteed career-related work placement in year three, there are opportunities to take advantage of the University’s links with housing associations, and domestic and international charities, as well as community organisations, campaigning groups, welfare agencies and local authorities, and London Met does its best to match your placement to your interests and specialisms.

With traditional lectures, seminars and presentations, supplemented by group work and case studies you will be provided with skills to pursue a career in the fields of social and public policy in the private, public and voluntary sectors.


Year 1 modules include:

Researching Social Life (core, 30 credits)
Social Policy and Society (core, 30 credits)
Social Problems and Social Issues (core, 30 credits)
Sociological Imagination (core, 30 credits)

Year 2 modules include:

Interactive Research Methods (core, 30 credits)
Self and Society (core, 30 credits)
Social Problems and Social Policy (core, 30 credits)
Crime, Media and Technology (option, 15 credits)
Global Inequalities in the 21st Century (option, 30 credits)
Racism and Ethnicity (option, 30 credits)
Work and Working Lives (option, 15 credits)
Youth, Resistance and Social Control (option, 30 credits)

Year 3 modules include:

Comparative and Global Social Policy (core, 30 credits)
Gender and Sexuality (alternative core, 30 credits)
Living Theory (alternative core, 30 credits)
Social Policy Dissertation (alternative core, 30 credits)
Sociology Dissertation (alternative core, 30 credits)
Education: Issues, Inequalities and Futures (option, 15 credits),
Homelessness and Housing Policy (option, 15 credits)
Housing Issues and Housing Solutions (option, 15 credits)
Inclusion and Special Educational Needs (option, 30 credits)
Religion and the State (option, 15 credits)
Sociology and Social Policy Work Placement (option, 15 credits)

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through essays, individual and group research projects, media practice project and a final dissertation.

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