The BA Social Policy and Sociology Joint Honours degree at Newcastle, will give you a broad grounding in the major approaches to two disciplines and provide you with an excellent opportunity to explore the social changes reshaping the world today.

The BA Social Policy and Sociology Joint Honours degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills to critically engage with key issues facing contemporary societies including globalisation; the changing nature of work and the family; gender roles and sexuality; multiculturalism; the impact of the media and information technologies; and new forms of politics. In addition to these ‘big picture’ social theories we place a strong emphasis on developing social science research skills – so valued by employers – with research methods training in each year.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

BA Social Policy and Sociology

Course Level:

Undergraduate, Joint Honours combined





How long it takes:

Undergraduate (3 Years)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

Modules in the first year

Core modules are:

  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Social Problems and Social Policy: Social Science in Action Part 1
  • Social Problems and Social Policy: Social Science in Action Part 2
  • Introduction to Social Divisions
  • The Sociological Imagination
  • Social Research I Part 1
  • Social Research I Part 2
  • Crime and Society

Modules in the second year

Core modules are:

  • Policy Analysis
  • Social Research 2
  • Modern Sociological Theory

You must choose one of the following modules

  • ‘Sociology of Race’ and Ethnicity – A Global Perspective
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Poverty, Class and Inequality

Chose a further 40 credits from the following:

  • Comparative Social Politics
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • ‘Sociology of Race’ and Ethnicity – A Global Perspective
  • Managing Health and Social Care
  • Punishment in Global Context
  • Changing Behaviours: a history
  • Terror, Threat and Security
  • Contemporary Issues in Housing
  • Self and Society
  • Media and Society
  • Global Societies

Modules in the final year

  • Dissertation (Social Policy and Sociology)
  • Contemporary Social Theory 

Social Policy

You can choose from the following optional modules:

  • Quantitative Data Analysis I
  • Quantitative Data Analysis I
  • From Beveridge to May: The Political History of the Welfare State From the Second World War to the Present Day
  • Harmful Societies: Crime, Social Harm and Social Justice
  • New Migration and Super-Diversity
  • Divided Publics?
  • Sociology of Personal Life
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Crime and the City
  • Drugs: Society, Politics and Policy
  • Technology & Society
  • Sociology of Film
  • `Freedom?, Control and Critique
  • Political Sociology
  • Sociology of Success and Fame

Entry requirements


Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a US university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements,. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. 


USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (per year)




You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Your Newcastle degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Newcastle students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.


Career opportunities

There are a number of job paths for you to take after graduating. There are graduate schemes in managing welfare services in health care, the third sector and local government which can be popular choices with our graduates. Since a degree in Social Policy is based upon how policy is made it is a great degree for working in the civil service, local government or for think tanks. Our graduate also gain students many transferable skills such as critical thinking, written and verbal communication and team work which give them the flexibility to go into a wide range of employment opportunities:

  • NHS management trainee scheme
  • Planning Officer
  • Charity co-ordinator
  • Marketing project manager
  • Social enterprise co-ordinator
  • Campaign manager for an MP
  • Youth worker
  • Researcher
  • Communications officer
  • Graduate land buyer
  • Benefits Officer