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University of Central Lancashire

Social Policy and Sociology

UCAS Code: L3L4

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


104 to 112 UCAS points at A2

104 to 112 UCAS points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

Pass IB Diploma including 112 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects

112 UCAS points

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D*

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

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

D*D*

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

DMM

104 to 112 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

104-112

Our typical offer is 104 to 112 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Sociology

Applied social science

Make a difference, have your say - and help initiate change at an individual, community and societal level. This challenging and dynamic degree programme combines key elements of Social Policy and Sociology to reflect on topical issues, current affairs and political agendas. You’ll graduate ready to influence policy and effect change in a range of social issues, including poverty, social exclusion, unemployment, homelessness, crime, health and education inequalities. If you’re driven by the desire to address social injustice, this is the course for you.

In both the second and third year of your studies, you will be given the opportunity to undertake structured work experience through one of the following;
1.Structured work experience in a community based project, or other social care/welfare setting for adults and/or children.
2.Participation in a community resource analysis for a specific user groups identifying current level of service and gaps with recommendations for further service development.

Over the years, we have developed close links with Social Policy and Sociology colleagues at partner Universities abroad, and visiting lecturers from these institutions have contributed to the delivery of our programme. Building on these strong international links, a number of students have chosen to undertake part of their studies in one of our partner institutions. Obtaining invaluable, unique first-hand experience of how other nations respond to the same sorts of issues and problems that we as a country face.

Modules

Year 1: Compulsory: Contextualising Welfare 1: The Development of British Social Policy, Contextualising Welfare 2: Theories, Concepts and Issues, Sociological Ways of Thinking, Doing Social Research. Optional Modules: Society in Focus: A Sociological Understanding, Media, and Culture, Youth, Identity and Difference, Student Initiated Module. As an alternative, you may want to choose a module from the Electives Catalogue

Year 2: Compulsory: Management, Markets and Delivering Welfare, Comparative Social Welfare, Contemporary Thinkers, Innovative Research. Optional Modules: Power, Oppression and Society, Working in Community Practice: Research and Development, Health, Ageing and Social Care, Social Care: Theory and Practice, Drugs and Society, ‘Race’, Racism and Ethnicity, Diversity and Inclusive Practice With Children and Adults, Sociology of Religion, Childhood Inequalities, Sociology of Social Movements, Understanding Interpersonal Violence, Student Initiated Module (Social Policy)

Year 3: Compulsory: Social Theory: A Textual Analysis, Contemporary Social Theories. Optional Modules; Critical Social Policy, Disability Studies, Crime and Society, Sex and Power, Poverty, Homelessness and Supported Housing, Mental Health and Social Care, Racism and Social Welfare, Youth Matters, Social Enterprise and Community Management, Applied Community Practice: Research and Development, Suspect Populations and Insecure Places, Sociology of Childhood, Sexy Bodies: Sexuality and the Body, The Sociology of Disability, Student Initiated Module (Social Policy). Students must also opt to take one of the following dissertation options: Social Policy Dissertation Full Year (single), or Social Policy Dissertation Full Year (double), or Sociology Dissertation Full Year (single), or Sociology Dissertation Full Year (double), or Community Research Project

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Social Work, Care and Community

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
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Sociology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
27%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
24%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,680
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Average annual salary
97%
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Employed or in further education
91%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Protective service occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
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Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
84%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
15%
Caring personal services
12%
Protective service occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This section covers a range of subjects that are often very different, so if you have a particular course in mind, the data here might not fully reflect the possible outcomes from your particular choice. Graduates from these subjects tend to do similar sorts of things to graduates from other social studies courses, so welfare and community roles are common, as are education, whilst graduates also often go into management, marketing and HR jobs and jobs in the police, and employment rates are good in general — but talk to course tutors and attend open days and try to get stats for the course you’re interested in.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sociology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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