The Course

Social Policy and Sociology at Lincoln draws on two key social science disciplines to offer an insight into the diverse and different social groups, structures and practices that make up society.

At the forefront of contemporary social debates, this joint honours degree course aims to analyse and critique the different social constructions of everyday social life. It allows students the opportunity to engage with key debates about social problems and the welfare of citizens, alongside the study of sociological theory and research methods.

This degree offers an opportunity for students to engage in research-led teaching and get an insight into innovative academic theories and practices. There is a distinct range of modules, drawing upon the expertise of academics in the School of Social and Political Sciences and the wider University, in order to deliver an academically rigorous and contemporary programme. The specialist modules taught are designed to enable students to advance their discipline-specific knowledge and also help enable them to develop a range of cognitive and practical skills, which may be relevant to a range of careers.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.

How You Are Assessed

In the first year, assessment is 72% coursework, 14% practical exams, and 14% written exams. In the second year, it is 78% coursework, 10% practical exams, and 12% written exams. In the third year, it is 91% coursework, 3% practical exams, and 6% written exams.

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that may be used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests.

The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.


Study Abroad Initiative

Students from the School of Social and Political Sciences have the opportunity to enrol at partner institutions in the USA, Sweden, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands during the third year of their undergraduate degree programme*.

The Study Abroad Initiative is available to those who have successfully completed years one and two of their degree and enables students to spend a year studying overseas during what would be their third year of study. During the year abroad students will not pay any additional tuition fees. Students will be responsible for their travel and accommodation costs in addition to their normal living costs throughout the year. Where applicable, visa costs will also need to be covered by the student. Students will then return to the University of Lincoln to complete the final year of their degree.

The initiative enables students to experience their subject from a different perspective and to explore different societies and cultures.

*Only a limited number of places are available. Places are allocated competitively, subject to academic criteria.

Entry Requirements

  • GCE Advanced Levels: CCC
  • International Baccalaureate: 27 points overall
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
  • 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.

We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

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Last updated April 26, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2019
3 - 6 years
14,100 GBP
per level. International students. | Home/EU students: £9,250 per level
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