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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 12.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    This programme focuses on health and social care policy and offers both a stimulating course of study and a route into a large and growing number of careers.

    Health and social care policy presents numerous challenges within society today: should ‘cloning’ or ‘assisted suicide’ be permitted? Should fertility treatment be available as a right on the NHS? Should older people pay for their own care? Are services delivered fairly to all sections of the community? You will have the opportunity to consider these and many other questions relating to these important topics.

    The Tizard Centre: UK centre of excellence

    The Tizard Centre is at the forefront of learning and research in autism, intellectual disability and community care and in 2013 received a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of its outstanding work in these areas.

    Independent rankings

    In the National Student Survey 2013 Social Policy was ranked 4th for student satisfaction.

    Social Policy was ranked 4th in The Guardian University Guide 2014 .

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline You are advised to apply as early as possible Tuition fee
    • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 12450 Year (Non-EEA)
    Part-time:EU: £4500;Non-EU £6240 Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
    Credits Total Kent credits: 360
    Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Part-time, Full-time Intensity Flexible More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

    Stage 1

    Possible modules may include:

    • SA300 - Social Problems and Social Policy I: Youth,The family and the State
    • SA301 - Social Problems and Social Policy II: The Market, The Family and the St
    • SO336 - Sociology of Everyday Life
    • SO337 - Fundamentals of Sociology
    • SO305 - Introduction to Criminology
    • SO334 - Modern Culture

    You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage

    Stage 2

    Possible modules may include:

    • SO509 - Health, Illness and Medicine
    • SO601 - Welfare in Modern Britain
    • SO602 - Social Research Methods
    • SO678 - Caring for Vulnerable Adults: Understanding Social Care

    You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage

    Stage 3

    Possible modules may include:

    • SO603 - Health and Health Policy
    • SA503 - A Future for the Welfare State? Social Change, Challenge and Crisis
    • SA531 - The Care and Protection of Children and Families
    • SO595 - Reproductive Health Policy in Britain
    • SO532 - Mental Health
    • SO538 - Childhood, Society and Children's Rights
    • SO539 - Environmental Policy and Practice
    • SO575 - Poverty, Inequality and Social Security
    • SO525 - Environmental Politics
    • SA519 - The Social Politics of Food
    • SA525 - Education,Training and Social Policy
    • SO679 - Research Dissertation
    • SO702 - Sociology and Social Politics of the Family
    • SO712 - Urban Sociology
    • SO645 - The Third Sector: Charities and Social Enterprises in Modern Societies
    • SO668 - The Sociology of Work
    • SO670 - Kent Student Certificate for Volunteering, Platinum Award

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test.


    The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

    • A level: BBC
    • Access to HE Diploma: The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
    • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma): Distinction Merit Merit
    • International Baccalaureate: 34 points overall or 14 at HL

    International students

    The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.


    Kent offers generous financial support schemes to support eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our 2013 financial support package includes a fee waiver and cash bursary, as well as additional funds on your Kent account to help with accommodation, food, books and other living costs. Find out more on our fees and funding page.

    General scholarships

    Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

    The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

    At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created a new scholarship, The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence, which will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our funding pages.

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