Careers in Social Policy
When it comes to choosing a career, our students will often have the best of both worlds: the degree can be 'vocational' if you so wish; but it is also a 'non-vocational' degree, if you want to compete for the range of vacancies that still require a graduate with no specification as to subject.
Jake Barwood, BSc Social Policy with Quantitative Research Methods, 2017
'I would absolutely recommend doing Social Policy at Bristol. It’s got the right kind of balance between the theoretical perspective and up to date policy.'
Molly Sutcliffe, BSc Social Policy, 2015
'I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bristol, and would highly recommend it to anyone considering studying there.'
Matt Ford, BSc Social Policy, 2013
'The course provided me with an in-depth knowledge of the key concepts and theories that underpin social policies.'
Becky White, BSc Social Policy, 2012
'Studying Social Policy at Bristol as a mature student gave me the confidence to move my career forward.'
Joanna Harkrader, BSc Social Policy, 2012
'The course challenged my thinking about social issues and how society responds to them. The staff at the School for Policy Studies were clearly passionate about their research interests and this came across well in lectures and classes.'
Yasmin Greenfield-Metin, BSc Social Policy, 2011
'The department feels more like a family than an institution and I still keep in contact with some of my lecturers today. Now I organise high profile events for diplomats and a range of projects (such as conferences, seminars and lectures) on an international level, but mainly in London and Istanbul.'
Sophie Kendall, BSc Social Policy, 2011
'I loved my time at the School of Policy Studies. The course structure provided a broad overview as well as plenty of options units to match everyone's interests.'
There is a wide range of jobs for graduates in Social Policy - some 40 per cent of graduate jobs are open to those of any degree discipline. Many use the knowledge and skills acquired through their degree to enter the health and social care sector and gain employment, either as practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, or managers in the areas of social work, criminal justice, health, education, housing, urban renewal, and poverty and social inclusion.
Alternatively, some Social Policy graduates use their knowledge to gain entry into professions such as journalism and politics, while others are equally well-placed to enter jobs unrelated to their degree discipline such as advertising, accountancy, market research, public relations, recruitment and administration.