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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 your 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.

    Complete University Guide League Table 2022

    Ranked 4th in the UK for student satisfaction in Sociology

      All about the course

      Our Sociology and Social Policy course is built around a number of core modules focusing on key sociological themes and questions, as well as historical and conceptual developments in social policy.

      In the foundation year, you will study core concepts, theories and issues in the social sciences including subjects such as gender, race and class. These modules are studied alongside a study skills programme which will prepare you for studying at degree level.

      In Year 1, you'll gain a grounding in sociological theory and methods which together foster both knowledge and understanding of the social world. You'll also explore a number of contemporary questions such as deviance, inequality, social change and identity, in their cultural, political and policy context.

      During Year 2 and Year 3, you'll take core modules which focus on the sociologies of families, social exclusion, gender and sexuality, and race and ethnicity; and consider how these issues intersect with policy developments in the UK and internationally. You will also be able to explore your particular interests, through selecting optional modules.

      For many students, a significant part of Year 3 is the Individual Study module, which allows you to consolidate and deepen your knowledge and understanding through autonomous work.

      Throughout the course, you'll gain valuable skills and experience for your future career or postgraduate study.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      UCAS Points

      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 can find out more about the current teaching on our Meet the Team web page. You should note that 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

      National Student Survey 2020

      of our Sociology students were satisfied with their course.

      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.

      Before studying Social Policy, I studied Sociology. Combining the two has made me aware of how sociological theory and research has a massive impact on British welfare policy. I have thoroughly the interactive side of the course; there is a constant dialogue within the class which makes it very enjoyable and eye-opening.

      GraceSociology and Social Policy graduate


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500
      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 / £14,500 / £1,850 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      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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      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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