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Social Policy BSc (Hons)


What will I learn?

Explore social justice and welfare issues to understand the key questions and challenges society faces around rights, equality and distribution of resources.On this course, you’ll learn about the social and political foundations of policies that affect people’s lives. You’ll study the impact social policy has on identity, political organisations, social justice and human rights.You'll explore the origins and evolution of state-run institutions, and their relationship with the economy and third sector in the UK and beyond. This will increase your understanding of contemporary social welfare issues at local, national and international levels.Year 1 is your introduction to becoming a social scientist. You’ll explore social change and how social issues become constructed as policy problems. You’ll also learn about the major social, political and economic factors shaping equality and welfare in modern Britain.In Year 2, you will focus on key policy areas such as the family, poverty, social inequality, and analysis of the policy process. You’ll learn how to evaluate data and information to develop your own arguments for different audiences. You'll also choose from a range of social science optional units.In your final year, you will do your dissertation, and study the relationship between social research, policy making and governance. You'll also choose from a range of optional units from across the social sciences. These will allow you to build upon the theoretical understanding you’ll gain during Years 1 and 2 and apply it to contemporary sociological issues.The flexibility of this course will allow you to create a degree that’s tailored to your interests and potential future career.Informed teaching to advance your learningYou’ll learn from teaching staff with diverse backgrounds and expertise in social policy. Their passion, knowledge and research shape their teaching to give you the foundation to become a critical-minded social scientist.Develop your professional skillsWe work to provide you with the skills and support to prepare you for employment and further study. These include:data analysisusing a range of methods to produce datacommunication and presentation skills.Prepare for your future careerMany of our social sciences graduates have gone on to work as social and policy researchers, civil servants, international consultants, journalists, and accountants.They've gone on to work in:government departmentssocial enterprises and charitiesEuropean and international agencies and organisationsSocial care and family servicesinternational developmentpublic policy consultancyFind out what our graduates go on to do2023/24 Academic YearDue to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, information about courses starting in the 23/24 academic year may be subject to change. We continue to improve your teaching and learning experience, so you gain skills and understanding which are valuable to you and sought after by employers.Before you apply for a course, please check the website for the most recently published course detail. If you apply to the University of Bath, you will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.We understand that you will want to know more about the shape of the academic year. We work hard and plan for different scenarios, to be able to welcome you to the University of Bath at the start of each semester.Find out about our approach for a safe campus experience for the current 2021 to 2022 academic year.

Which department am I in?

Social and Policy Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
Information not available

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Start date

2 October 2023


Main Site


Claverton Down Road Claverton Down,


Bath And North East Somerset,

BA2 7AY, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A*AA in three A levels including Mathematics.If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.A level Alternative offerAAAMost of our students will join us with three A levels, but you may have study beyond this (such as a project qualification or additional study in maths) which demonstrates your individual talents that will help you with your degree. We recognise these studies through our alternative offers.AAA in three A levels including Mathematics plus one of:grade A in an EPQgrade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificategrade A in AS level Further Mathematicsgrade B in a fourth A level, where your four A levels include A level Further MathematicsIf you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Bath

The University of Bath offers its students a world-class education, with excellent facilities in an idyllic location.

  • Ranked 7th in Guardian University Guide 2023
  • Based in Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 30 percent of its student population is international
  • Offers four sets of scholarships to international students

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