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Education and Social Policy - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This unique course allows you to study both education and social policy as a single honours degree. You'll be equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding to take on the challenges of promoting social justice in education and welfare.

As a graduate from this course, you could pursue a career within youth and community, or continue your studies to qualify as a teacher.

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We live in a diverse society with people from a variety of backgrounds. Whilst diversity is a good thing, it can also highlight the persistent inequalities experienced by different sections of society.

During this course you’ll examine the current considerations of social and education policies, the issues affecting both the policies and the people affected by them, and, most critically, understand what’s needed in order to drive positive social change.

You’ll examine the societal issues of class, gender, race, sexuality, age and disability, with emphasis on the inclusion and special needs agenda that dominates education and social policy. Areas of study are specialised, and you can expect to learn about educational needs, multilingualism, gender, racism, religion and housing.

This course is designed to help you become a confident and effective communicator with strong analytical and theoretical skills. You’ll develop the capacity to appreciate the increasing diversity of cultural, social and religious backgrounds at play within the UK’s education and welfare system.

There are opportunities for you to develop mentoring and coaching skills, as well having the chance to undertake a work placement, enhancing your understanding of social justice and boosting your career prospects in related fields.


You’ll be assessed in a range of ways to help you build a portfolio of transferrable skills. Types of assessment include seen examinations, essays, reflections, evaluations, reports, reviews, case studies, presentations, blended learning exercises and a final dissertation.

You’ll be given feedback at key stages of each module to help you progress. Written commentary is provided as well as oral feedback, which is given in groups and one-to-one sessions.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • for entry in the 2016-17 academic year: 260 UCAS points from three or more A levels (eg BBC) or 320 UCAS points from a BTEC National (eg DDM)
  • for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • English language GSCE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

The course welcomes applicants who through experience and/or personal qualities, expressed through interview or personal statement, demonstrate that they will be able to undertake the programme with a strong likelihood of success and thus, be able to meet the requirements for employment in a professional role.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Social Policy and Society
  • Social Problems and Social Issues
  • Becoming an Educationalist: Reading, Writing and Enquiry
  • Making Sense of Education

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Social Policy in Theory and Practice
  • Knowledge, Ideologies and Curriculum
  • Education Policy in Historical and Contemporary Contexts
  • Peer Mentoring in Practice (option)
  • Education: Experiential Learning (option)
  • Gender and Education (option)
  • Youth, Resistance and Social Control (option)
  • Racism and Ethnicity (option)
  • Multilingualism and Learning Languages (option)
  • Religion and Education in Contemporary Society (option)

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Comparative and Global Social Policy
  • Inclusion and Special Educational Needs
  • Social Policy Dissertation
  • Social Policy Placement (option)
  • Political Sociology (option)
  • Homelessness and Housing (option)
  • Race, Empire and Education (option)
  • Science Education and Public Understanding (option)
  • Sport, Education and Society (option)
  • Philosophy, Enlightenment and Education (option)

"The course has been amazing! It's so much information to take in but I'm loving every minute - in particular the Becoming an Educationalist module. One word to describe that module: WOW!"

Selina, former student

"I am finding the course very enjoyable and thought-provoking. The resources and support available to students are fantastic."

Janine, former student

An Education and Social Policy degree equips you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to take on a rewarding careers such as youth and community work, mentoring, coaching and local authority administration and development.

Typical roles for a graduate might be as a special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) or within a pupil referral units (PRUs).

Some graduates may wish to pursue teaching as a career and endeavour to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Support from our staff and careful selection of modules can facilitate moving in this direction.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things such as equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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