What students say about policy
There are far less contact hours than I expected. For my first and second year I have only had eight hours' contact time a week - four hours of lectures and four hours of seminars. However, I do understand that they expect a large amount of individual study - at least 10 hours per module is expected each week! The content is interesting. First year may seem very basic as they have to bring everyone up to the same level. Types of assessment depend on the modules you take. Some are more coursework-based, others are more exam-based and you also get equal coursework/ exam-based modules. Picking what is best for you is the best way to do well in your studies!2nd year, University of Kent
I really enjoyed the content of my course. If you are interested in criminology/ criminal justice, then I would definitely suggest it. I usually had between 10-15 teaching hours a week, and usually had one day off a week. For each module there would usually be an essay at the end of each topic, and if you did some reading and had the relevant lecture notes available, these usually weren't too difficult. I was also required to do some presentations, but these were only infront of about 10 people in my seminar group, so they weren't too stressful.1st year, University of Portsmouth
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Jobs where this degree is useful
- Housing officer
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- Social policy adviser
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- Social Researcher
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A degree in social policy will help you to gain subject-specific skills including an understanding of social theory; how social issues and social policy influence one another, and society and skills in the generation, interpretation and evaluation of qualitative and quantitative data from social surveys and research. Transferable skills you can develop include communication, numeracy, problem-solving, IT and good time management. Social policy graduates find work across the economy, in industries including local and central government, lobbying and advocacy organisation, social care, hospitals, the probation service, schools, the law, and manufacturing.