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BA Political Science and Social Policy
Undergraduate,joint Honours combined
How long it takes:
Undergraduate (3 Years)
Distance learning/ Campus
Find out more about
Newcastle Law School
Modules in the first year
Most people have not studied social policy at advanced level, so the first year is designed to help you find your feet and get up to speed both with social policy and the other main discipline which you have elected to study.
- Understanding Politics
- Introduction to Political Theory
- Social Problems and Social Policy: Social Science and Action part 1 and 2
- Introduction to Social Policy
- Introduction to Social Divisions
- Pathways to Political Research 1 and 2
Modules in the second year
In the second year you will focus upon gaining research skills for your third-year dissertation, plus the core modules from the other main discipline which you have elected to study. You will also have opportunities to tailor your degree to reflect your developing skills and interests through a range of specialist module choices.
- Analysing Political Worlds
- You will also choose 5 optional modules from across departments.
Modules in the final year
In addition to choosing modules from a wide range of options, students undertake an independent research project on a topic of their own choosing.
A wide range of optional modules will be available across each discipline. Social Policy options include
- From Beveridge to May: The Political History of the Welfare State From the Second World War to the Present Day
- New migration and Super-Diversity
- Your Money and Your Life: From Welfare State to Personal Finance
- Harmful Societies: Crime, Social Harm and Social Justice
- Crime and the City
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
- A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
- A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
- An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level
If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.
If you intend to become a Solicitor
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.
See further details of our English Language requirement
USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)
International students starting 2019/20 (per year)
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
Throughout your time on the Political Science and Social Policy BA course, employability is a key area of focus. We help to make sure that you are employable through a range of department led and university wide initiatives which include:
Input from Professional Careers Advisers in your Curriculum
During the first year of your studies Careers Advisers from the University Careers Network team attend lectures in your course to support you with career planning from an early stage. The lectures will cover career planning, researching career and internship opportunities, developing the skills that graduate employers are looking for, and presenting yourself with impact to a potential employer.
Professional development module
You will have the unique opportunity to take advantage of a work placement as part of your final year by undertaking the Professional Development Module as part of your optional module choices.
Your Newcastle degree
Your Newcastle degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Newcastle students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.