Sociology and Social Policy

Cardiff University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Sociology and Social Policy

This degree programme is an opportunity to study both Social Policy and Sociology within an interdisciplinary social sciences context.

This programme combines Social Policy, the study of how societies respond to human needs and seek to promote the wellbeing of their members, with Sociology, which is dedicated to the study of social life as found in groups, institutions and societies.

You will learn how to evaluate and interpret evidence, apply theories and examine policies. Teaching draws upon a wide range of data and methods to investigate a range of social issues and help you make your own contribution to understanding and improving society.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer


Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

English language requirements


Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.


At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

  • Social and Public Policy: in Principle and Practice
  • Introduction to Social Science Research
  • Key Ideas in Social Science
  • Introduction to Social and Public Policy
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Becoming a Social Scientist

Year two

  • Social Research Methods
  • Social Theory
  • Poverty and Social Security in the UK
  • Social Policy Analysis

Year three

Optional modules

  • Dissertation
  • Experiments in Knowing
  • Analysing Social Change
  • Radical Education
  • Work and Skills in the 21st Century: an international perspective
  • International and Comparative Social and Public Policy
  • Equality and Social Justice in a Globalised World
  • Power, Politics and Policy
  • The Sociology of Stigma
  • Society and Genetics
  • Environment and Human Health
  • Reflections on Education: Theory into Practice
  • Cymdeithas Gyfoes yng Nghymru
  • Live Theory

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


  • Tuition fees for UK Students:£9,000 per year
  • Tuition fees for International Students:£18,700 per year

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


The Learning Outcomes for this Program can be found below:

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the key ideas, theories and concepts used in sociology and social policy and their relationship to themes, theories and findings from cognate disciplines.
  • An understanding of the main research methods used within the social sciences and the philosophical issues that inform their application and use in research settings.
  • A critical and in-depth understanding of research and theory in selected sub-fields of sociology and social policy and the relevance of this work to contemporary social debates, issues or problems.
  • An understanding of the role empirical evidence plays in the creation and constraint of theory, and how theory guides the collection and interpretation of empirical data.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Critically evaluate existing knowledge, scholarship and research in sociology and social policy and use this knowledge to reach a balanced judgement about the merits and relevance of competing claims and theoretical perspectives.
  • Critically evaluate the use of evidence in social science disciplines and policy debates, drawing on both broad methods training and subject specific knowledge
  • Utilise knowledge and skills to understand and explain social phenomena of interest to sociology and social policy and apply this understanding to new or novel questions.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Design and use a range of data collection instruments needed to explore and understand the social world
  • Critically evaluate, synthesise and interpret primary and secondary data generated using different methods, using specialist software where necessary
  • Work both collaboratively and individually on theoretically informed and empirically-grounded projects that draw on appropriate and relevant research evidence

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The capacity for problem-solving and originality in thinking by using knowledge and skills to tackle familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • Academic and personal skills such as critical thinking, writing, oral presentations, problem solving, group work, time-management, and the use of information technology.
  • The ability to communicate complex information in a variety of formats including reports, oral presentations, posters and dissertations

Career paths

Popular employments sectors included: administrative work, education, social work, retail, finance, and other professional sectors.

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CF10 3AT Cardiff

Phone no: +442920874432

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