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    3yrs Full-time
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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


  • 92% of students say that staff are good at explaining things (Unistats 2016) 
  • Top 10 for Social Policy courses in the UK, 3rd for graduate prospects and student satisfaction  (Complete University Guide, 2017)
  • We are ranked 2nd out of 28 HE Institutions for Social Policy courses (Guardian Good University Guide, 2017)
  • 20th in the UK for Social Policy courses (Times and Sunday Times University Guide, 2017)
  • 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
  • Some modules are available to study through the medium of Welsh. Please contact Amanda Jones for further information
  • Students can undertake two-week, college specific international summer programmes

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Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 2 (Level 5)

Year 3 (Level 6)


Social Policy helps address today’s most pressing challenges by explaining how and why societies change, and how governments and other institutions respond. Our undergraduate programme keeps pace with the ways in which globalisation, social movements, the European Union and devolved administrations in the UK shape policies in Wales and beyond.

Studying social policy at Swansea University could enable you to influence how societies recognise and address people’s social needs. It would give you the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in public services, criminal justice, voluntary organisations or personnel management.

Students also gain a range of key transferable skills, including analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving, independent study and team working as well as written, presentation and other communication skills.

The course could also prepare you for further professional and vocational training in fields such as law, teaching, social work or postgraduate study or research.

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

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Entry Requirements

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

Alternative Requirements 

  • Access: A distinction and merit profile.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Pass and either CC at A2 level or DD at BTEC
  • Irish leaving certificate: 360
  • International English Language Requirements: 6.0

Applicants with supporting information they believe might not be captured on the admission form or with other queries should email Social Policy Admissions Tutor Gideon Calder or ring +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.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,200

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

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

Students spend 12% of their time in lectures or seminars.  The Social Policy programme offers a wide range of modules including:

  • Historical and contemporary developments to welfare provisions in the UK
  • Health, housing, disability, gender and social security policies
  • Comparative approaches to social policy in the European Union and beyond
  • Principles and values underpinning policies and how approaches to welfare have been shaped by different models of social policy over the centuries; and
  • How population ageing is shaping social policy agendas in Wales and beyond

Students benefit from a well-structured and well supported programme of study including lectures, workshops, tutorials, surgeries and, when possible, guest lectures by professionals, practitioners and well-known academics. Staff offer opportunities for one-to-one support on academic matters during the working week and students are assigned a personal tutor. 

Here is a full list of term dates.

Assessment: This is based on coursework including essays, projects, presentations and reviews, with timed assessments or 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.

Language Requirement: IELTS 6.0 overall and must include 6.0 in reading and 6.0 in writing. 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 


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