Social Policy with Management, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #61 (ARWU) ,
This degree offers the opportunity to study how societies conceptualise and respond to 'need' as well as equipping you with the knowledge to succeed in management roles, particularly with organisations engaged in responding to issues such as poverty and inequality,health, drug use, crime and education. We will help you to cultivate strength in critical thinking, workload management, IT skills, and research skills.


The degree offers a rich and varied menu of topics for you to study, with both Social Policy and Management interdisciplinary subjects. You will have the opportunity to examine the role of international governmental and non-governmental organisations in making, challenging and implementing policy in a way which draws on the insights of areas such as philosophy, politics and psychology.

Why study Social Policy at Bristol?

Our highly rated school has been praised by various good university guides and receives excellent feedback from students. You will be taught by academics who are leaders in their fields. Their research informs their teaching, ensuring that you acquire relevant and up-to-date knowledge.

We take a global and comparative perspective in many of our units to ensure that you receive a broad appreciation of the international dimensions to social policy. We offer opportunities to spend time in your second year abroad, in Hong Kong or Sweden, on exchange schemes.

Our two new programmes offer the opportunity to combine Social Policy with the development of knowledge and skills in two related areas. Social Policy with Management has been launched to prepare our many graduates who go into leadership and management roles. Social Policy with Quantitative Methods is part of a national initiative to enhance the quantitative skills of social science graduates and can be taken as a three year BSc, or as a four year integrated masters.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Social Policy and the Welfare State: Theoretical Perspectives
  • Social Policy and the Welfare State: Key Concepts and Contemporary Issues
  • Social Policy and the Welfare State: Historical Perspectives
  • Social Policy and the Welfare State: Comparative and International Social Policy
  • Management
  • Introduction to accounting
Second year
  • Social Research Methods
  • Understanding Public Policy
  • Markets, Governments and Public Policy
  • Organisational Theory
  • Two optional units from a wide choice, one in social policy and one in management
Third year
  • Dissertation
  • Four optional units from a wide choice, two in social policy and two in management.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): ABB
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): BBB
  • IB Diploma: 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher level
  • IB Diploma: 31 overall to include 15 points at Higher level
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit
  • SQA: SH: AABBB and AH: AB
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core
  • EB: 77% overall
  • International qualifications: Qualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: Mathematics at grade A and English at grade C.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    19400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19400 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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