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University of Edinburgh

Social Policy and Sociology

UCAS Code: LL43
MA (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128-144

% applicants receiving offers

43%

Subjects
  • Sociology
  • Social policy
Student score
78% LOW
65% LOW
% employed or in further study
92% MED
93% MED
Average graduate salary
£19.2k HIGH
£19.2k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAA-ABB

A Levels: ABB

Scottish Highers
ABBB-AAAA

Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
34

Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects. SL: English at 4 and Mathematics or an approved science 4.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-144 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

43%

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

Not available

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 is the study of societies and the way they change through policy making. â?¢ It looks at the ways in which public policies, social institutions and market forces affect how contemporary societies operate and impact on social justice. â?¢ Social policy is relevant to many areas of every day life, including housing, employment, income, health and education. â?¢ These programmes will appeal to students who are interested in political and social issues like immigration, antisocial behaviour and privatisation. â?¢ Social Policy at Edinburgh takes a comparative approach and has strong European links. â?¢ We work closely with the Scottish Government and many other policymaking institutions. â?¢ In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise 35 per cent of our research in Social Work and Social Policy & Administration was rated 3* internationally excellent, with a further 30 per cent rated 4* world-leading, placing the University fourth in the UK for social policy.

Modules

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How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
18%
82%

Year 1

18%
82%

Year 2

15%
85%

Year 3

6%
94%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
38%
60%
2%

Year 1

51%
47%
2%

Year 2

21%
76%
3%

Year 3

100%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 85%
Student score 78% LOW
Able to access IT resources

80%

Staff made the subject interesting

83%

Library resources are satisfactory

75%

Feedback on work has been helpful

57%

Feedback on work has been prompt

66%

Staff are good at explaining things

89%

Received sufficient advice and support

73%

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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
41% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
71% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
8% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
486 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% 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 92% MED
Average graduate salary £19.2k HIGH
Graduates who are welfare and housing associate professionals

8%

Graduates who are customer service occupations

6%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

10%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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 education, community and youth work, housing and social work. But 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, sport, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 58%
Student score 65% LOW
Able to access IT resources

85%

Staff made the subject interesting

77%

Library resources are satisfactory

85%

Feedback on work has been helpful

40%

Feedback on work has been prompt

50%

Staff are good at explaining things

77%

Received sufficient advice and support

58%

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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
49% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
69% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
12% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
465 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
86% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% 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 93% MED
Average graduate salary £19.2k HIGH
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

8%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

6%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

13%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Just under 1,500 students graduated in social policy in 2012, which makes it one of the smaller social studies subjects. This is a popular subject at Masters level – over 1,000 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, marketing and HR are popular – along with local government, although there are fewer of those jobs around than in the past.
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