Social Policy and Politics - BA (Hons)
Within the Social Policy element of your degree, you study central issues such as poverty, health, crime, education, homelessness and child protection. This includes looking at both the nature of social problems and also at the policies directed towards them by government, and at the role of voluntary and private welfare.
Within the Politics element of your degree, you are taught by people who have advised government departments or have conducted international conflict mediation exercises. They bring this experience to their teaching, giving you the opportunity to see how theoretical ideas apply in the real world. You can also take part in the weekly extra-curricular Open Forum, where students and staff discuss and debate key issues that affect higher education and politics in the world today.
At Kent, we encourage all those who have the ability to study at university to apply, and we accept a wide range of qualifications. Please note that each program of study will have specific entry requirements, look up your program using our course finder and check under the 'Entry requirements' tab.
Subjects accepted for the General Entry Requirement:
- A levels
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma
We are happy to consider other qualifications on a case-by-case basis, including the following qualifications, providing they demonstrate a satisfactory standard and include a pass in English at the equivalent of GCSE:
- Scottish (SQA) higher/advanced higher qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate
- European Baccalaureate Diploma
- Certificate in Education
- University degree
- Advanced International Certificate of Education
- Advanced Placement (AP) – a minimum of two full APs is required
- Overseas certificates (including some other European Union (EU) countries)
- Higher School Certificate of Matriculation of approved overseas and EU authorities
- American High School Diplomas if accompanied by two full AP passes
- School Certificates and Higher School Certificates awarded by a body approved by the University
- Matriculation from an approved university, with a pass in English Language at GCSE/O level or an equivalent level in an approved English language test
- Kent’s foundation programs, provided you meet the subject requirements for the degree course you intend to study
- An examination pass accepted as equivalent to any of the above.
For information on entry requirements for your country, see our International Student website.
English Language Requirements
The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level. See our English language requirements page on our website for full details.
For specific entry requirements for your country and other relevant information, see the International Student website.
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Modules are indicative of those offered on this Program and it is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
On most Programs, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other Programs so you can customize your Program and explore other subjects that interest you.
Please visit the university website for more information
Scholarships & funding
The University of Kent has a long tradition of welcoming international students from around the world and is pleased to offer a number of Scholarships for Undergraduate and Taught Masters students. The Scholarships are worth £8,000 towards the cost of tuition fees and are offered to nationals of any country paying overseas fees.
Further details on how to apply and a full list of scholarships available can be found on the University of Kent's Scholarships and Funding web pages.
Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees.
Please visit the university website for information about further studies.
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