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Understand how societies attempt to meet the needs of their populations at different points in time with our stimulating and innovative degree.

As well as gaining a deep, practical understanding of social policy, you’ll engage with a range of intellectual traditions and social science disciplines and apply your knowledge to the study of current policies.

You’ll gain an appreciation of the impact of social factors on people’s lives and the dynamics involved in the making of social policies. The foundation year will develop your skills in critical thought and analysis, working as part of a team, networking, and the ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and concisely.

Why study Sociology and Social Policy with Foundation Year?

Combining the study of sociology and social policy enables you to build an understanding of how societies attempt to meet the needs of their populations at different points in time.

If you want to stretch you sociological imagination then this is the course for you. From early on, you'll gain a broad understanding of key issues, theories and developments in sociology and social policy. This will help you later on in the course when you'll combine your knowledge of social policy with practical skills in order to critically assess the ways that societies provide for the needs of their members.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

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All about the course

During the foundation year, you'll develop the self-confidence and study skills needed to progress to the degree. You'll learn about contemporary issues in sociology and the social sciences.

Throughout the degree, you'll study core modules and will be able to select optional modules where you'll focus on topics that most interest you.

You'll start by studying core modules that cover essential sociological and social policy material. They will enable you to gain a thorough, systematic knowledge and understanding of human social life, and the skills to think as a sociologist.

As you progress through the degree, you'll continue studying core modules where you'll explore sociology and social policy in more depth and you'll choose from optional modules in areas such as citizenship and protest, crime, deviance and law, globalisation and the environment.

A significant part of Year 3 is the Individual Study module where you'll consolidate and deepen your sociological knowledge and understanding through autonomous work.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, supervisions and directed studies. The precise mode of delivery, and the number of contact hours you will have per week, will vary depending on the modules you take in each semester.

You will be expected to attend the taught sessions and contribute to group activities. Discussions in smaller groups will enable you to develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor.

You will be expected to undertake independent reading and research throughout your course. You will have access to a wide range of library resources (books, journal articles, and media resources), and you will be supported in making good use of these.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class. For some assignments, you might undertake independent research. For this, you will work under the supervision of a member of the course team, and you will meet with your supervisor regularly.

In addition to formal contact hours and directed studies, you will need to devote time to independent reading and preparation. For each 20 credit module, your overall study time will be around eight hours per week. This will vary according to the timing of assessments: some weeks may require more hours of study, for example when an assignment is due, and other weeks may require fewer.

The teaching team consists of highly qualified academics, with a range of expertise and experience.

Almost all the teaching on the course is undertaken by experienced members of staff who are either Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards Fellowship. They are research-active and have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You should note members of the teaching team might change.

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

How do we understand the causes of social problems – and what can we, as a society, do about them? Studying Sociology and Social Policy encourages you to think about these questions, and consider potential solutions to widely-debated policy issues, from healthcare and education to employment and ageing.

Dr Jennie BristowProgramme Director, BSc Sociology and Social Policy

How you’ll be assessed

The Sociology and Social Policy team views assessment as part of the overall learning experience and so places an emphasis on providing frequent, detailed and personalised feedback. The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Ongoing assessment and verbal feedback of your performance in group work, seminar discussions, tutorial sessions when requested, and written feedback on coursework will be used as a means of formative assessment.

All modules include formal, or 'summative', assessments. A range of assessment methods is used, and these vary according to the particular modules. The assessment methods include: essays, workbooks, annotated bibliographies, reflective logs, group presentations, reports, portfolios, dissertations, and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. For each year, approximately 10 per cent of the sociology course will be assessed by written exams.

Your future career

Many students aim to follow professional pathways into teaching, social work, the police, local government, non-­governmental organisations, or postgraduate study, and our course is designed to support you across all these areas of interest. The comparative study of policy trends and organisations will be helpful for you if you wish to pursue careers in the international arena. With a degree in Sociology and Social Policy you will also develop the skills, knowledge and attributes that can be applied in a wide range of other areas of employment, and we support you in considering these various career and personal development opportunities.

Studying Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University has not only enhanced my learning and outlook on society, but it has also changed me as a person through adopting a ‘sociological imagination’. It has given me the opportunity to think critically about every aspect of society in the past, present and future, and the confidence to pursue a career in teaching.

LauraSociology and Social Policy graduate


The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000
Full-time - placement year * £1,850 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 / £1,850 relate to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Industry links

The Sociology team has links with various local community groups and voluntary agencies, and with Thanet District Council, through both curriculum-related contexts, and ongoing research by members of the team. 

Our local third sector and community contacts will afford you the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge to practical contexts – through, for example, our second-year Research Skills module, and our third-year Citizenship and Community module. The course also houses ‘Engaging Sociology’, a vibrant series of public lectures and debates, which you can get involved in.

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