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BSc Social Policy and Sociology


UCAS code: LL34

Programme requirement: A level Sociology is not a requirement

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A B

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 37 points including 6 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

For further details, see lse.ac.uk/ug/apply/spo

Applications 2015:
First year students 2015:

First year:

Second year:

Third year:

  • Dissertation on an Approved Topic
  • One social policy option
  • One sociology option
  • Either one option from social policy or sociology or one outside option 

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to exceptional circumstances or events outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses or programmes of study and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the lse.ac.uk/cal/ug/updates page.

Programme details

First year

Foundations of Social Policy gives you a framework for understanding how and why societies have developed a variety of institutional arrangements to provide for their social welfare needs, focusing on key developments in different areas of social policy, such as social security, education, housing, health and social care. Sociology and Social Policy introduces students to sociological ideas and thinking and seeks to link these to some key illustrative areas of social policy. You then choose either Key Issues in Contemporary Societies: An Introduction to Contemporary Sociology, which provides an introduction to different substantive areas of work in contemporary sociology or Key Concepts in Sociology: An Introduction to Sociological Theory which introduces sociological theory by examining the work and ideas of six key thinkers in social thought. Social Economics, Politics and Policy provides an introduction to theories and concepts of social economics; it considers how the market economy affects people’s lives and looks at the arguments for and against government intervention in different social policy areas.

Second and third years

In the second year Comparative and International Social Policy examines the distinct challenges of welfare provision faced by mature welfare states and the developing world. Research Methods for Social Policy offers a comprehensive introduction to methods of social research in social policy. Sociological Analysis engages key sociological issues through the critical reading of empirical research studies. You also can also choose one sociology option.

In the third year a dissertation on a relevant topic gives you the opportunity to explore an area which interests you in some depth. You also choose one social policy option, one sociology option and a further sociology option or social policy option or an outside option from a choice of LSE departments.