social policy and sociology birmingham

Last Updated on January 17, 2023

Social Policy and Sociology

University of Birmingham

UCAS Code: LL43 | Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) – BA (Hons)

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Entry requirements

SOURCE: UCASA-levelCambridge International Pre-U Certificate – PrincipalInternational Baccalaureate Diploma ProgrammePearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)UCAS TariffA,B,B

General Studies: Accepted

About this course


Course option


Full-time | 2021



Social policy

The BA Social Policy and Sociology Joint Honours degree at Birmingham, will give you a broad grounding in the major approaches to two disciplines and provide you with an excellent opportunity to explore the social changes reshaping the world today.

The degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills to critically engage with key issues facing contemporary societies including globalisation; the changing nature of work and the family; gender roles and sexuality; multiculturalism; the impact of the media and information technologies; and new forms of politics. In addition to these ‘big picture’ social theories we place a strong emphasis on developing social science research skills – so valued by employers – with research methods training in each year.

On the Social Policy and Sociology BA, you will get the chance to take part in a range of in-house activities that vary by year. Examples of activities include:

– An annual Student Conference

– The Research Assistance Scheme, where students are paired with a member of staff to help them in specific research tasks

– Simulation exercises using real case examples

– Simulation events and research visits to local and national places of interestRead full course summary


For a full list and detailed description of modules on offer, please visit the course page on our website.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you’ll pay:Channel IslandsEnglandNorthern IrelandScotlandWales£9,250per yearShortlist this courseMore course information from the university

The Uni


University of BirminghamDepartment:

School of Social PolicyRead full university profile

What students say


We’ve crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.77%LOWSociology66%LOWSocial policy

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

SociologySocial policy

Teaching and learning

80%Staff make the subject interesting88%Staff are good at explaining things83%Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth76%Opportunities to apply what I’ve learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timelyFeedback on work has been helpfulStaff are contactable when neededGood advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

70%Library resources80%IT resources81%Course specific equipment and facilities54%Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students’ opinionsFeel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

SOURCE: HESA89%UK students11%International students14%Male students86%Female students90%2:1 or above7%First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

SociologyAHistoryBReligious StudiesB

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

SociologySocial policy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We’ve crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.£20,000MEDAverage annual salary58%HIGHEmployed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%Welfare and housing associate professionals11%Sales assistants and retail cashiers9%Protective service occupations

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work – and we’re short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don’t find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.Read full employment prospects

What about your long term prospects?


Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.


Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they’ve taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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