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University of Salford

Social Policy (with Foundation Year)

UCAS Code: L408

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C

AS Level Qualifications are accepted alongside another level 3 qualification.

64 UCAS points required from Access to HE Diploma

64 UCAS Points which must include English and Math at Higher level

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

MMP

64 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

64

64 UCAS Points are required from a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent

67%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Social policy

The Foundation Year of the four-year programme aims to provide understanding of the key subjects in social sciences to meet the prerequisites for study on the associated degree programme. The key areas of study will be effective communication and study skills combined with key subjects in the social sciences and social care practice. You will be introduced to basic theories and concepts within the disciplines to provide a basic knowledge in all related subject areas. Modules on sociology/criminology/social policy and counselling will explore inequalities associated with gender, class, race, disability and health, using different theories to understand social change and how societies try to address inequalities and discrimination. In addition, you will examine key ideas in political and social thought, discussing ideas of citizenship and democracy and learning about the development of policy. Following completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress on to year one of your selected degree for the remainder three years of your course.

Modules

Study Skills - This module is designed to encourage students to apply study skills to the subject areas through an integrated practical and theoretical approach. Students will be able to grasp the relevancy of study skills through practically applying them in class. Students develop structured and reasoned lines of argument and judgements. Guided independent study is a necessary feature of the module and students will be supported with a range of texts and resources designed to reinforce understanding and the development of key skills. The emphasis on transferable skills throughout the module will enable students to become independent, active and reflective learners.

Social Care Practice - This module aims to introduce students to key ideas about social care practice. Key models of practice and values will be explored in order to equip students with the knowledge to meet level 3 requirements. The focus on culturally competent practice and service user led provision will help students to understand the needs for practice that recognises a range of needs and is able to respond to individuals living within the community. The assessment strategy is designed to measure academic knowledge and communication skills with an explicit relationship between the lectures, seminars, learning outcomes and assessments.

Introduction to Sociology - The module aims to provide students with a firm grounding in sociological substantive and factual knowledge, help build interpretive capacity, and encourage the development of evaluative thought. Students will also be encouraged to develop a range of allied transferable skills. Teaching will include formal delivery of material via lectures, supported by online materials, alongside seminars, for which students will be expected prepare and in which they will be expected to actively participate. Tutorials will give students the opportunity to speak one-to-one to members of the teaching team to discuss any issues, questions or queries they have pertaining to aspects of their learning and development.

Understanding Social Policy - This module aims to introduce students to key ideas in social policy. The focus on the British experience of welfare services is designed to encourage students to examine welfare provision from different perspectives, use theory to explain social change and critically assess existing institutions such as the NHS, benefits and housing systems. Lectures include topics such as; meeting needs and the different welfare providers, introduction to social divisions; researching race/ethnicity in the media, political and ideological influence on policy, the feminist perspective (worker, wife, mother, carer), disability and education, poverty in the UK, tax and benefits, the winners and losers.

Understanding Criminology - The module introduces fundamental questions in criminology: What is crime? What causes crime? How does crime and criminal justice affect us? How should we best respond to criminal behaviour? In addressing these questions, key concepts will be explored. Each student will have the opportunity to choose a particular type of crime or deviance, then apply the various fundamental questions raised by the module week by week. The case studies will help students apply concepts to contemporary issues. Students will have the opportunity to consider different policy and practice solutions for criminal justice ‘industry’.

Introduction to Counselling Skills and Citizenship - This module introduces you to basic counselling skills and the skills and qualities required to be an effective citizen. The assessment strategy will prepare students for interview for admission to undergraduate Counselling and Psychotherapy programmes. The assignment is a personal learning statement which will require students to make their own learning plan for the future.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Health and Society

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.

84%
high
Social policy

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.

Social policy

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
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

85%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
97%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
59%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
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.

Social policy

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.

£16,848
low
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
80%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
14%
Caring personal services
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Social policy

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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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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