Education and Social Policy (BSc Econ)

Social Policy and Education BScEcon (Joint Honours) gives students the opportunity to study the educational institutions within wider society, combining with an element of social and governmental policy.

This degree programme is an opportunity to study both Education and Social Policy within an interdisciplinary social sciences context.

Our Education teaching is informed by our research in education and the latest developments in policy and practice, encompassing aspects of culture and identity, childhood and youth, gender and ethnicity, and social justice and inclusion.

Core modules are aimed at developing a deep understanding of the social, historical, political, economic and developmental contexts of education – in Wales, the UK and internationally.

Social Policy is the study of how societies respond to human need and seek to promote the wellbeing of their members. This includes debates about the goals of policy: how do we decide what human needs are, whose responsibility is it to meet human needs, and what we mean by ‘social justice.’

You will learn how to evaluate and interpret evidence, apply theories and examine policies in an objective fashion. Teaching draws upon a wide range of data and methods to investigate a range of policy challenges, from poverty to promoting social justice and environmental sustainability.

Distinctive features

  • Although this is not a teaching qualification, it is a chance to study education in ways that go beyond a focus on teaching practice. You will study the wider debates around education, laying the foundation for a wide variety of careers.       
  • Our close links with policy makers, as well as local schools, colleges and other education/training organisations, provide opportunities for you to actively engage with educators and practice.
  • The opportunity for you to learn in a School that was ranked 3rd in the UK for research quality in sociology and 5th for education in the 2014 Research Excellent Framework (REF).
  • A strong emphasis will be placed on introducing you to the research methods involved in gathering criminological data.
  • Modules on offer reflect staff research interests across a range of concerns and approaches, for example education, work and globalisation; urban and everyday life; social media, culture and consumption; health; migration and ethnic relations.
  • The involvement of research-active staff in teaching.
  • The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment.
  • The variety of modules on offer in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary School.
  • The opportunity to study abroad.

Key facts

UCAS CodeXL34
Next intakeSeptember 2016
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe School typically has 280 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives 1250 applications.
Typical A level offerBBB at A-Level, excluding General Studies.  
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade B in the core, plus grades BB at A-Level.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer32 points.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course
Admissions tutor(s)

This is a three-year, full-time course, consisting of 120 credits a year. You’ll study six 20-credit modules a year, with the option of completing a 40-credit dissertation in year three. The final degree classification that you are awarded is based on the grades you achieve in the modules that you take in years two and three.

Year one

In year one, you will study four core modules. You will then choose two more modules from a selection that provides an introduction to sociology, criminology and social analytics.

In the first year, you’ll have a more intensive personal tutor programme to help you to make the transition to higher education.

Year two

Your personal tutor will help you to choose modules to best suit a particular pathway with you future career choices in mind.

 

Year three

In year three, you will have the option of undertaking a dissertation project, designing, conducting and writing up a small scale research project under one-to-one supervision by a member of academic staff.

 

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

In the School of Social Sciences you will learn from scholars who are shaping the future of their fields. Our courses reflect both the core ideas of their disciplines and contemporary debates, theories and research.

In year one you will lay the foundations for later specialist study, taking a number of core modules and following a study skills programme designed to help you make the transition to higher education. In years two and three, you will be encouraged to study and learn more independently, giving you the opportunity to read more widely and to develop your own interests.

As social science develops in response to the social world, so our curriculum also changes.  Our students play an important role in these developments, with the Student-Staff Panel being consulted about major changes and all students completing module evaluations and an annual student survey.

How will I be supported?

A personal tutor will guide you for the duration of your studies.  The tutors are available to discuss progress and provide advice and guidance on your academic studies.

All modules within the course make use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information relating to assessment tasks. Additional module-specific support is provided by seminar tutors, lecturers and/or module convenors. Support for the dissertation is provided by a supervisor who will meet with students regularly.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across the degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.

You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake assessments that don’t count towards your final grade but give you an opportunity to assess your progress and to get feedback on your work.

What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of skills, including both discipline specific and generic employability skills. These include:

  • knowledge of contemporary theory and research in both Education and Social Policy;
  • communicating and presenting oral and written information, arguments and ideas (individually and as part of a team);
  • using ICT;
  • interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information – to support in the composition of research projects;
  • demonstrating interpersonal skills to enable team/group work;
  • recognising, recording and communicating skills and knowledge to achieve personal/career goals;
  • managinglearning and performance (including time management);
  • demonstrating a commitment to continuing learning and development.

In 2013/14, 95% of School of Social Science graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Turning theory into practical application and providing experience of the working world are important facets of preparing our graduates for life outside of education.

We encourage our students to think about life beyond University from day one, offering modules and support to give you a competitive advantage on graduating.

Many of our Education graduates follow up their time here with a one-year teacher training (PGCE) course that enables them to  enter the teaching professions, while others go into a range of professions from youth and community work to social policy and government, management and others.

UK and EU students 2016/17

EU students entering in 2016/17 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2017/18 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£9,000None

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our Funding and fees section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU 2016/17

Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes. Please check with us for full clarification.

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£14,500None

We have a dedicated Placements Manager who can offer advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons. Support with job applications and interview techniques is also available.


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