We guarantee you will be made a conditional offer for 2019 entry on to this course. Please come along to our next Open Day for further information.

  1. UCAS code:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:

Course Overview


EMPLOYABILITY: 85% of Swansea University Social Policy students are employed in graduate level jobs within six months of graduating

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Strong educational profile, minimum of BBB at A2 Desirable subjects include English, History, Politics, Geography, Sociology, Law and Psychology

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are welcome to apply.

Key Features

  • Social Policy ranked 1st in the UK for Student Satisfaction (NSS 2017)
  • Ranked 7th in the UK for Social Policy courses (Guardian University Guide 2019)
  • Top 20 for Social Policy courses in the UK, 3rd for graduate prospects and student satisfaction  (Complete University Guide, 2018)
  • 21st in the UK for Social Policy courses (Times and Sunday Times University Guide, 2018)
  • Social Policy is a flexible degree programme you can tailor to your interests. Second years have the chance to take an employability module including  a work placement
  • Students have the opportunity to work towards the Swansea Employability Award to gain work experience and develop skills that employers are looking for
  • Students can undertake two-week, college specific international summer programmes

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Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Undergraduate / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASP100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sociology of Social Policy
ASP101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10The Philosophy of Social Policy: An Introduction to Concepts, Ideas and Ideologies
ASP106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Politics of Social Policy
ASP109Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Economics in Society
ASP110Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Environments of Social Policy
ASP111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The History of Social Policy
PPS100Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Academic and Professional Development

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASP256Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Education, Policy and Society
ASP257Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Disability Policy
PPS215Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Using Evidence for Research, Policy and Practice
Optional Modules
Social Policy Year 2 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students are required to select three modules from the following four optional modules. Students should refer to the specific application guidance for SHH209.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASP214Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Health Policy
ASP220Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Social Security, Poverty and Social Exclusion
ASP251Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Housing Policy, Homes and Homelessness
SHH209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Enhancing Employability Through Work Experience

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Undergraduate / Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASP300Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Dissertation
ASP301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Principles of Social Policy
ASP305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Advocacy, Rights and Representation
ASP315Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Social Policy in an Ageing World
ASP356Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Family and Children: Ethics and Policy
SHH312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care


Social Policy is about what human beings need, and how societies seek to meet those needs.  All societies face those challenges – and how they meet them is of vital importance to all of our lives, and to a wide array of professional fields.  Social Policy is a constantly evolving subject area, shaped by factors from globalisation, through national agendas and social movements, down to local priorities and individual circumstances.

The Social Policy degree explores how society promotes the well-being of its members by looking at general themes and values – social justice, equality, fairness and citizenship – alongside specific focal points of policy such as health, education, poverty, the family and crime.  We look critically at the nature of human needs, at how best to meet them, and at whose responsibility that should be.

The degree provides an excellent basis for further professional and vocational training in settings and fields such as local government, policy development, law, teaching and social work, as well as for  postgraduate study or research.

You will benefit from a carefully-structured programme of study including lectures, workshops, tutorials, surgeries and, guest lectures by professionals, practitioners and well-known academics.  Our core staff have a strong, international profile in research, consulting on policy in Wales, the UK and beyond.

You will have the opportunity to complete a work placement on a day release basis. Recent employers have included voluntary organisations, social housing companies and national and local charities. 


The University’s Academic Success Programme offers complementary study skills courses to help students maximise their potential.

JOINT HONOURS are available. Choose from:

Entry Requirements

  • A-Levels/Welsh Baccalaureate*: ABB – BBB. Desirable subjects include: English, History, Politics, Geography, Sociology, Law and Psychology
  • Access Diploma: 27D, 15M, 3P
  • Irish leaving certificate: 360-375
  • International Baccalaureate: 32-33

*We welcome applications from Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma students. Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade.

GCSE profiles need to include a minimum of 5 passes at Grade A*-C, including Welsh/English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants with supporting information they believe might not be captured on the admission form or with other queries should email study@swansea.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1792 295111.

How To Apply

Applications must be made through UCAS. 

  • The personal statement is crucial and must demonstrate an understanding of the subject and a commitment to its study.
  • There is no interview process. Once an offer is made, this will be uploaded to the UCAS tracking system and the student will be invited to either accept or decline.
  • If your first language is not English then you need an IELTS score of at least 6.0.

Apply via UCAS 

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,650

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

You may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus
  • Photocopying and buying stationery, USB sticks
  • Buying recommended books, although the campus library will have all the texts you need
  • Hiring gowns for graduation ceremonies

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students. Click to find out more about tuition fees at Swansea. 

Funding: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more about scholarships and bursaries and other opportunities. 

Current students: You can find out more about the fees and funding for standard undergraduate degrees here.

Course Structure

The Social Policy degree covers a wide range of issues and themes, including:

  • The sociology, history, politics, economics and philosophy of social welfare
  • Health, education, housing, and social security policies
  • Conceptions of social justice, equality, citizenship, well-being and fairness
  • Current debates on specific focal points of policy, e.g. the family, children, the environment, disability and the ageing population
  • Comparing Wales, the UK and the international context

Students benefit from a well-structured and well supported programme of study including lectures, workshops, tutorials, surgeries and occasional guest lectures by policymakers, practitioners and well-known academics. Staff offer opportunities for one-to-one support on academic matters throughout the term, and each student is assigned an academic mentor. 

Here is a full list of term dates.

Assessment: This is based on coursework including essays, projects, presentations and reviews, with examinations following some modules.

International Students

The Department welcomes many applications from non-UK students and considers a wide range of international qualifications.  For details visit our country specific guide.

English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or an equivalent approved English Language test or qualification. Or look up other acceptable English Language Tests and qualifications. 

International applicants can find out more about how to apply here. 

International students are able to make applications via OnTrack 

For further information email chhsinternational@swansea.ac.uk

Careers in Social Policy

Year one students have the opportunity to undertake an employability module. On completion students are awarded the bronze Swansea Employability Award and Year two students can opt to complete a work placement on day release. This module can lead to the silver  Swansea Employability Award.

Graduates leave with excellent transferable skills for wide-ranging career prospects, graduates have gone on to: 

  • Postgraduate study in Education, Social Research and Ageing Studies
  • Research posts in universities and private social research companies
  • Work in Third Sector organisations like Age Cymru, Women’s Aid and the Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Work as local government housing officers or for  Housing Associations such as Gwalia
  • Posts in the Health and Social Care sector
  • Enrol on graduate development programmes for employers including the Inland Revenue and Civil Service

Visit our employability web pages to read our graduate success stories 


Accommodation in residences is designated for new first year Human and Health Science students. Here are your Swansea University accommodation options.

To make sure you get a room in residence in your first year, click here to read the Swansea University accommodation guarantee.


Global Opportunities

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Students studying Society and Wellbeing courses at the College of Human and Health Sciences have an opportunity to participate in a Homestay Scheme with the University of Houston, Texas.

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