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Foundation Degree Applied Social Policy - Level 5


This course is designed to allow students from the disciplines of sociology, social history and humanities to progress to a Foundation Degree. The Foundation Degree in Applied Social Policy will enable students to apply theoretical concepts to practical environments, focusing on problem solving and solution-based approaches to contemporary issues and concerns. Students will gain a firm grounding in sociology, politics, economics and social policy as well as studying the history and models of welfare states. Students will develop a knowledge and understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of the social policy environment and will be able to apply knowledge to address contemporary social issues and problems and will be able to provide workable solutions to issues and problems within the field.

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This programme is run in partnership with the University of Derby.

As a University of Derby partner student, you will have access to the university’s virtual learning environment, including UDo and on-line journals and texts, as well as to their library facilities.

Entry requirements

To start this course you will be expected to have successfully completed a minimum of one of the following:

  • At least 80 UCAS points (200 points as per 2016 tariff) at A Level in appropriate subjects.
  • Appropriate BTEC National Extended Diploma with MMD profile or above.
  • Other relevant Level 3 qualification (normally at merit grade).
  • Alternatively, we will consider substantive experience in a relevant field.
  • We normally also require GCSE English and maths at grade C/grade 4 or above: English and maths at Level 2 are essential requirements.

You may also be required to undertake a self-funded Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to undertaking this course.

Start dates and fees

Course fees are payable for each year of all university-level courses. To identify your course fees and the financial support that may be available to you, please visit the finance and funding page, or contact a member of the HE team at the college.

Provisional timetables will be discussed at interview, and confirmed in the final joining instructions which all students will receive in July.

Additional costs: Every student is different, but as a rough guide you should allow for the following costs of study, on top of basic stationery and IT costs, per year:

Essential: Between £100-£300 on books. Up to £100 on visits, events, etc.              

Where applicable: £44 on DBS check.

How to apply

All full-time course applications are made through UCAS, ''clicking'' on apply below will take you to the UCAS website.

All Part-time course applications are through the college website.

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20182 yr(s)4728D1386£6750.00Apply

How long is the course?

This is a two-year full-time course. Participation in occasional events outside normal class time is necessary. You will also need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to research and study outside of the classroom.


How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are used; however, they are all coursework-based. You will undertake coursework not just for assessment purposes, but to consolidate and apply learning as part of the learning strategy for the modules. 

What does the course lead to?

Applied social policy graduates are qualified for a range of careers in areas of social work, government and local councils, or the charity and health sectors. This list is not exhaustive. Recruitment into some areas may require substantial hands-on experience, therefore, graduates will be encouraged to continue on a period of voluntary activity after graduation.

What will I study?

The following modules are planned:

  • Introduction to social policy
  • Protest and change
  • State and society
  • Social policy and the welfare state in contemporary society
  • Global responses to social issues
  • Social research methods
  • Policy, economics and society
  • Diversity and difference
  • Managing and applying policy
  • Social theory – models and concepts
  • Community initiatives and social exclusion 
  • Independent project proposal

Module titles may change.

What can I go on to study?

Upon successful completion of the award, you may wish to progress onto the BA Hons Top Up in Applied Social Policy here at the college (subject to meeting minimum entry requirements) or you may top-up your award to gain a full honours degree at a university, subject to their entry requirements. Our careers team will be able to support you with the application process. 

How do I apply?

This course starts in September 2018. To register your interest please contact the

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