The Course

The BA (Hons) Social Policy degree explores how social problems arise, how governments react and the impact this has on society and its citizens. Students can learn the skills necessary to critically analyse the efficacy and fairness of policies and explore public and media responses.

In addition to its core ideas, Social Policy also draws on a range of other social science disciplines including sociology, politics, philosophy, economics, and law. Students can use these approaches to examine ideas such as welfare, poverty and inequality, tackling difficult and often controversial topics, including current issues in the news.

Teaching is informed by the research expertise of academic staff from the School of Social and Political Sciences, who contribute regularly to national policy debates.

How You Study

Studying Social Policy at the University of Lincoln involves both directed and independent learning. Each module is usually delivered through a combination of weekly lectures and associated seminars and workshops. The seminars aim to provide an opportunity for students to discuss the issues raised in the lecture and engage in critical reflection on the issues being studied.

The first year introduces core concepts and knowledge that provides a platform from which to scrutinise social policy issues in detail. Students can learn about social problems and social policies in the UK and internationally, and how to conduct and apply social science research.

In the second year, there is the opportunity to build on these foundations and choose from a range of optional modules. During the third year, students may choose from a wide range of options that provide insights into topics such as multiculturalism, crime and gender, and new social movements, as well as approaches in developed and developing countries.

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

The assessment strategy adopted within the Social Policy programme is designed to test and enhance students' knowledge, skills and abilities as well as to prepare them for the demands of work.

Assessments aim to test students' attainments of learning outcomes that demonstrate and encourage not only the knowledge base but also the development of transferable skills across the course.

The course aims to develop written communication skills through essays and examinations, oral communication skills through presentations, literature searching and review through essays, examinations and presentations, and computer literacy skills through word-processing and the use of electronic resources.

In the first year, assessment is 82% coursework, 9% practical exams, and 9% written exams. In the second year, it is 75% coursework, 12% practical exams, and 13% written exams. In the third year, it is 86% coursework, 3% practical exams, and 11% 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.

Entry Requirements

  • GCE Advanced Levels: CCC
  • International Baccalaureate: 27 points overall
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 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 - 4 years
14,100 GBP
per level. International students. | Home/EU students: £9,250 per level
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