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Social Policy looks at the ways in which we as a society promote the welfare of individuals and families.
Taking single honours in Social Policy, you study central issues such as poverty, health, crime, education, homelessness and child protection. This includes looking at the nature of social problems and also at the policies directed towards them by government, and at the role of voluntary and private welfare.
Your degree involves the application of theory and research to the analysis of social issues, including: child abuse, crime, disability, unemployment, caring for older people, and mental health problems; issues relating to social disadvantage, including class, race, gender, age, sexuality and poverty; social responses to these issues; and policy and practice in welfare services, including health services, social security, education, social care and services for children and adults, employment services, community care, and housing management.
Kent's School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) has consistently achieved the highest ratings for the quality of its teaching and research. Within the School, students are encouraged to explore diverse areas such as social theory, terrorism, globalisation, the sociology of work, drugs, street culture and popular culture.
Studying social policy, you develop the knowledge and skills to succeed in your future career.
In the National Student Survey 2013 Social Policy was ranked 4th in the UK for student satisfaction; 95% of Sociology students were satisfied with the quality of their course.
In The Complete University Guide 2014, Sociology research was rated 2nd in the UK; and, Social Policy and Administration was ranked 3rd for graduate employment prospects in The Guardian University Guide 2014.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline January 15 Tuition fee
- GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
- GBP 12450 Year (Non-EEA)
Part time:EU:£4500;Non-EU:£6240Start date September 2015 28 September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Credits Total Kent credits: 360
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take wild modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.
Possible modules may include:
SO336 - Sociology of Everyday Life
SO337 - Fundamentals of Sociology
SA300 - Social Problems and Social Policy I: Youth,The family and the State
SA301 - Social Problems and Social Policy II: The Market, The Family and the St
SO305 - Introduction to Criminology
SO334 - Modern Culture
You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage
Possible modules may include:
SO601 - Welfare in Modern Britain
SO602 - Social Research Methods
Possible modules may include:
SA503 - A Future for the Welfare State? Social Change, Challenge and Crisis
SA519 - The Social Politics of Food
SA525 - Education,Training and Social Policy
SA531 - The Care and Protection of Children and Families
SO603 - Health and Health Policy
SO645 - The Third Sector: Charities and Social Enterprises in Modern Societies
SO668 - The Sociology of Work
SO670 - Kent Student Certificate for Volunteering, Platinum Award
SO678 - Caring for Vulnerable Adults: Understanding Social Care
SO679 - Research Dissertation
SO702 - Sociology and Social Politics of the Family
SO712 - Urban Sociology
SO509 - Health, Illness and Medicine
SO525 - Environmental Politics
SO532 - Mental Health
SO538 - Childhood, Society and Children's Rights
SO539 - Environmental Policy and Practice
SO575 - Poverty, Inequality and Social Security
SO595 - Reproductive Health Policy in Britain
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6.5
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
- A level: ABB
- Access to HE Diploma: The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma): Distinction, Distinction, Merit
- International Baccalaureate: 34 points overall or 16 at HL
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Access Bursary
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
- Alumni Bursary
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to support eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our 2013 financial support package includes a fee waiver and cash bursary, as well as additional funds on your Kent account to help with accommodation, food, books and other living costs. Find out more on our fees and funding page.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created a new scholarship, The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence, which will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our funding pages.