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Applied Social Policy - BSc (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

UCAS Code: L400

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy

Course Length:
Three years full-time.

Meet the Staff
Meet Helen Taylor, Applied Social Policy Programme Director.


Course Overview

This BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Social Policy enables you to critically engage with the world and make a difference. The degree will equip you with the skills to question, understand, and address key issues in society such as food poverty, homelessness, injustice, and access to healthcare. You will focus on both theoretical frameworks and the values that underpin our contemporary society, as well as mechanisms to shape and change it. 

This degree is 'applied' meaning that it combines academic investigation with practical application of social policy issues. This means you will explore ideas such as equality, social justice and fairness - the core values underpinning social policy. You will also learn about how we can scrutinise change, and campaign for change. 

You will train in media skills, as well as undertaking a placement within a social policy environment. With these skills, you will develop a critical approach to social policy and the world around you, as well as an understanding of how campaign can create change.

This programme is subject to validation for September 2020 entry. This is due to take place in December 2019 and as such, the information provided may be subject to change. All new programmes at the University must undergo validation, the purpose of which is to ensure that the proposed programme is aligned to the University's Mission and its content reflects appropriate levels of academic standards and quality.

Course Content

Year One/Level 4  

  • What is the welfare state? 
  • What is politics?
  • Working with Service Users and Communities
  • Constructing Social Issues
  • Professional Practice Skills 
  • Global Context 


Year Two/Level 5 

  • Campaigning and Community Engagement 
  • Understanding Inequalities 
  • Regeneration and Sustainability 
  • Social Policy across the Lifecourse 
  • Building the Evidence Base 
  • International Approaches to Welfare 

Year Three/Level 6 

  • Social Enterprise and Project Management 
  • Homelessness: An interdisciplinary approach 
  • Global Justice and Human Rights 
  • Dissertation 
  • Placement

Learning & Teaching

Course delivery 
The Applied Social Policy team place great emphasis on the quality of teaching and the importance of a student-centred learning experience. This team are also involved in undertaking research which influences policy and legislation, and this is used to enhance teaching. Over the period of their course students are encouraged to develop the confidence and skills to be increasingly independent learners and discover their passion for particular policy areas or activities. 

The course is delivered by a course team, which consists of academics who all come from policy and practice backgrounds who ensure that the teaching is relevant to current and future sector needs. Those working in politics and policy contribute as guest lecturers to many of the modules and ensure that the teaching reflects contemporary political issues.

All full time undergraduate Applied Social Policy students have an opportunity to undertake a placement module enabling them to gain policy, political, or campaign experience. Opportunities are also given to students to attend study visits and access international mobilities, as well as professional conferences and seminars. 

The course has been created in partnership with a range of individuals and organisations working in social policy across the UK. This enables the course to keep up to date and reflect the needs of future employers. 

We use a range of teaching approaches, best suited to meeting your needs and those of employers. Delivery includes workshops, seminars, research seminars, lectures, virtual learning environments, away days, field trips and visits. 

Contact hours
Each 20 credit module has an average of 24 hours of taught hours. Every module also contains directed study tasks that will need to be completed outside of the taught hours. There are a range of support structures available to students both within the teaching teams and within the university as a whole. These include personal tutors who are available to help students with any aspect of university life that they need assistance with, module tutors who can advise on assessment requirements and disability services who provide bespoke packages to enable access to learning for students with additional needs. 

Students will be supported in their students through the Cardiff Metropolitan Personal Tutor system as well as through the Applied Social Policy team’s ‘open door’ policy. Student Services support is available, and well signposted by the course team. Links with the policy sector in Wales is a key element of this degree, therefore students will be able to make contacts within the sector to support them in their professional development.

Technology and Facilities
Our Virtual Learning Environment – Moodle – is used to facilitate independent learning and provide support materials for lectures. This is also used to engage with other students outside the classroom setting through the use of blogs and forums. Twitter is a key tool within the policy sector, and the team run an active Applied Social Policy account which engages with both students and professionals in the sector. 

Staff Expertise 
Staff on this module have a broad range of experience from working in politics, frontline housing services, social work, and for policy organisations. They have contacts with bodies including local government, the National Assembly for Wales, healthcare services, campaign organisations, and environmental networks. These relationships enable a broad range of guest lecturers to assist the delivery of the course, as well as providing a variety of placement opportunities for students dependent on their area of interest.


Assessment for this course is interesting and varied. It will focus on skills that will be useful for students’ careers in the policy sector. This will include writing policy briefs, delivering presentations, and writing reports. Students also undertake professional skills development which enhances their employability and enables them to evidence their competence as policy professionals. 

A wide range of innovative, exciting and authentic assessment methods are used. These include coursework, seminar presentations, community engagement events, blogs, patchwork texts amongst others. These assessments are designed to ensure that our students are reaching their potential and can demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Students will be equipped with specific skills that will help them develop as a social policy professional and assessments will reflect this. 

Employability & Careers

Graduates have the opportunity to work across a range of sectors and organisations to apply their knowledge and skills and make a difference to the lives of people, places and communities.

We pride ourselves on our record with employment and further opportunities for our students. A placement is a compulsory part of this degree, meaning that when you graduate you will already have had experience of working in a social policy environment. The length of this and the skills needed to complete these have been developed in partnership with employers in the sector. Our Campaigning and Community Engagement module will help you prepare for your placement and this will involve holding a community event which will act as the assessment for this module.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

 Applicants should have 104 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).

Typical offers may include:

  • 104 points from at least 2 A levels to include an A level grade C; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM

  • 104 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4

  • 104 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades D. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers

  • 102 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma     


If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels or equivalent, this will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff. 

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website. 

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview. 

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3
If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL. 

Mature students
A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme director Helen Taylor:
Tel: 02920 205806

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting