Social Policy and History BA (Hons)
It is possible to study Social Policy as a joint honours degree with History (50% Social Policy, 50% History).
Social Policy is about the study of welfare in its widest sense. It studies the variety of ways in which welfare can be provided, paid for and regulated, and compares the different approaches nation states take to the welfare of their citizens and others.
History is one of the most inspiring, dynamic and relevant subjects that can be studied at degree level, and so it is no surprise that History remains one of the most popular degree subjects in the UK. It has an established range of concerns, but it is always expanding and changing as it responds to new themes or ideas raised by other disciplines. It is also a very practical subject, and during your degree you will develop various transferable skills that employers value highly. Surveys consistently indicate that History graduates obtain employment more rapidly than graduates in many apparently more 'vocational' subjects.
Social Policy may also be undertaken through the medium of Welsh as a joint honours course with Cymdeithaseg (Sociology): BA Cymdeithaseg a Pholisi Cymdeithasol.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- We aim to provide a friendly and informal learning environment.
- The degree structure is flexible enough to offer a range of specialisms and a breadth of choice.
- The introductory year’s work is designed to build your confidence, whatever your background.
- We use a variety of learning approaches and, as well as the development of personal skills, we emphasise the development of practical skills in observation, interpretation, information processing and presentation, all of which will be valued by employers.
Key Facts from UniStats
You will have a lecture each week for each module you undertake plus a seminar associated with each lecture which will be taken in small groups. You will also complete reading, library research, project work and preparation for presentations. Some modules will involve project and/or small group work. Your dissertation involves research in an area of your choice.
What will you study on this course?
The compulsory modules provide an introduction to the key concepts, historical background and contemporary issues relating to social policy, as well as an introduction to research skills.
- Doing Social Research
- Understanding Society
- Health and Welfare Issues
Plus 60 credis in the other Joint Honours subject.
Years 2 and 3
Core modules provide a thorough grounding in key theoretical perspectives, comparative studies in social policy and research methodologies. You will also work independently (with supervision) on an extended piece of written work to be submitted as a dissertation.
- Poverty and Social Exclusion
- Personal Social Services
The remaining credits will be made up between compulsory modules in your other subject and, in some cases, optional modules.
- Housing Policy
- Issues in Social Housing
- Mental Illness
The remaining credits will be made up between compulosry modules in your subject and, in some cases, optional modules.
Chartered Institute of Housing
The Year 3 Issues in Housing module (SXP-3210) is validated by the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Social Policy and History Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
Through studying Social Policy you will gain a good background for careers in areas such as health service management, research, social housing and social and community work.
With a good degree in History combining sound historical knowledge and a range of analytical and presentational skills, you will be able to tackle a variety of career options centring on administration and public leadership, for example, in personnel departments in privately owned industry, the civil service and local government as well as in a range of directly transferable vocations. Bangor History graduates have in recent years gained careers in commerce, law, teaching and the armed forces.
Employability and Social Sciences degrees
Employers today need analytical and lateral thinkers who can play a part in almost any working environment. As a result, the breadth and flexibility of a social science degree makes it attractive to almost any employer. Our graduates have followed a wide range of career paths.
Criminology and Criminal Justice
There are a wide range of options open to students following graduation and these include careers in social work, the police force, the probation service, the prison service and the legal profession.
Social Policy graduates enter a wide range of occupations within the policy field including public housing, social work, local government administration and the voluntary sector.
Sociology graduates enter a wide range of occupations including management, journalism, public relations, social work, personnel, teaching and research.
Most newly qualified social workers will be employed in local authority social services departments. These are increasing opportunities within the independent sector. The demand for professionally qualified social workers is a very high and employment prospects are extremely good following graduation.
Employability and History and Archaeology degrees
The strength of a History and Archaeology degree is its intellectual breadth and flexibility. This makes our graduates an attractive proposition for employers looking for analytical and lateral thinkers.
Studying History, Archaeology and Heritage prepares our students for the workplace by providing academic skills and honing personal ones:
- Research skills and the evaluation of data sets
- Critical thinking
- Writing and editorial skills
- Confidence and flexibility
- Independent and team working
- Communication and presentation skills
- IT and Time management
- Practical skills in archaeology (survey, excavation and the study of material evidence).
Work experience while you study
The School’s work placement module provides an insight into the type of employment to which a degree in History or Archaeology can lead.
Students gain work experience in:
- Heritage sites (National Trust, Cadw, English Heritage)
- Heritage railways
- Westminster Parliament and the Welsh Assembly
- Archaeological digs and units
- Trusts and charities
Read what our students say about the workplace experience (link to work placement page).
Directed personal and professional development while studying helps our students achieve a CV that catches the attention of prospective employers.
In addition to a degree, Bangor students can provide prospective employers with a record of academic and non-academic achievements through the Bangor Employability Award Scheme (BEA) and HEAR report.
History, Archaeology and Heritage students enter careers in many different fields:
- Archaeological units, archives and librarianship
- Museums and heritage management
- Research (Academic and the media – television, radio, film).
- Teaching in primary, secondary and higher education
- Business and finance professions
- Commercial, industrial and public service management
- Marketing, sales and public relations
- Civil service, charities and local and regional government
- Leisure and travel
Work experience opportunities at Bangor University
Level 5 and 6 students are provided with the opportunity to complete work-placement modules, which can be carried out in the university or through external organizations. These are assessed as part of the final degree. The programme enhances employability prospects and offers an insight into the type of employment opportunities a degree in history or archaeology offers. Students have undertaken placements in a wide range of workplaces, including archives, archaeological units, museums and heritage centres.
Examples of employment opportunities in history and archaeology can be found at the following sites:
- BAJR (British Archaeology Jobs and Resources)
- The BBC
- The British Museum
- Council for British Archaeology
- English Heritage
- Gwynedd Archaeological Trust
- Institute for Field Archaeologists
- Leicester University Museums Jobs Desk
- National Geographic
- National Museums
- The National Trust
- Archäeologie Forum
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.
The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.
The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.
Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.
Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.
Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.
The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.
TARGETconnect - Working while you StudyThe Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.
- Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
- Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
- Work experience / internships
- Voluntary opportunities
TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:
The entry requirements below are Social Sciences requirements. Please also check with History for any additional requirements.
For 2020 entry:
Typical offer is based on a minimum 96 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical/Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
- Access: Pass
- NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma: Grade C
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
For 2019 entry:
- 112-96 tariff points from a level 3* qualification - these include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
- We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements – IELTS 6.0).
General University entry requirements
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.
Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.
EU and International students' entry requirements
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants
E-mail for General Admissions: email@example.com or write to:
Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717
International students (non-UCAS applicants)
Email to International Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to
Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028
- Full time: £9,000 per year
- Part time: £750 per 10 credits
When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for guest tickets (£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
Students must submit one bound copy of the third year dissertation currently costing £10.
Welcome Week trips: maximum £20.
There are no mandatory costs, but if a student spends £50 on books per module then it would cost £300 pa.
Necessarily Incurred Costs:
Travel to placements: Some basic travel costs might be incurred depending on the location of the placement. An average example would be 2 weeks, public transport, £40.
Extra costs might be incurred if students decide to purchase more books, but this optional and entirely down to the individual.
How to apply through UCASApply online via UCAS
UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.
Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.
The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.
The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.
Your Personal Statement
Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.
To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.
Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.
After you’ve applied
You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.
You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.
If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.
As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can:
- apply via UCAS,
- or apply direct to Bangor through our online direct application system
- or apply with the help of one of our recruitment agents
We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.
The University’s International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.
Confused about your next steps?
Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.
Why study Social Sciences?
- Students from countries worldwide study Social Sciences degrees at Bangor - for undergraduate, masters and research training, creating a dynamic learning environment.
- Our staff undertake research of national and international reputation and have written major text books and articles published in top academic journals.
- We aim to provide a friendly, supportive and stimulating learning environment, supplemented by contributions from practitioners in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.
- Undergraduate degree structure is flexible enough to offer a range of specialisms and breadth of choice.
- We have a long history of high quality social work education and a long-standing, strong and effective partnership with social service agencies in north Wales.
- Under our personal tutor scheme, a member of lecturing staff will monitor the student’s academic progress and will offer help, advice and support on an individual basis.
Studying History with us
- We are a centre of academic excellence offering high-quality, research-led teaching
- History has been taught at Bangor since the foundation of the University in 1884 – we have a wealth of experience and a strong sense of tradition
- Our expertise spans medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary history as well as Welsh history, archaeology and heritage
- We are recognised for outstanding pastoral care and award-winning teaching
- Bangor is an inspiring location in which to study history, particularly Welsh History in which we have an unrivalled research record
- The School has an excellent teaching reputation with an emphasis on small group teaching and one-on-one support
- Our community of students, lecturers and researchers is a friendly and stimulating place to work and study
- The School has a proven record of research achievement, with the regular publication of books and articles by staff with international reputations in their fields
- Bangor is located in an area with an outstanding range of archaeology monuments: prehistoric tombs and stone circles, Roman forts, native farmsteads, and medieval castles including the World Heritage sites of Beaumaris, Caernarfon and Conwy
- Students are encouraged to take part in excavations and there are opportunities to work in the local Archaelogical unit, museums and archives
Studying at Bangor
Rated Gold for teaching
We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.
A top 10 university
The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.
Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK
Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.
Award-winning clubs and societies!
Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019.
Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.
Bangor is the most affordable place in the UK to be a student (TotalMoney 2019).
Investment in facilities
Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.
Guaranteed accommodation in award-winning halls of residence
We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.
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