Our strong research environment informs our teaching. You will be encouraged and supported to develop an inquiring, analytical mind, and you will graduate with a broad range of transferable skills. Through the programme of study we offer, we will develop the qualities that employers value in today's university graduates - qualities that will set you apart in your future career.
How will I be taught?
We advocate an enquiry-based approach to learning, which means that we encourage you to become an independent and self-motivated learner.
During your time on our Social Policy degree, your learning will be facilitated through a blend of teaching, learning and assessment methods, and you will experience teaching through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, classes and tutorials.
Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer group learning (for example preparing and delivering presentations with your peers).
You will be assigned your own personal tutor who will get to know you as you progress through your studies. They will provide academic support and advice to enable you to make the most of your Social Policy degree, here at the University of Birmingham.
We have dedicated welfare tutors who provide professional support, advice and guidance on a range of issues. They can meet with you to discuss extensions, disabilities, reasonable adjustments, extenuating circumstances, or talk through any problems you might be experiencing, and help you access wider support on campus and beyond.
Our Academic Skills Centre also offers you support with your learning on this BA Social Policy degree. The centre is a place where you can develop your mathematical, writen and general academic skills. It is the centre's aim to help you to become a more effective and independent learner through the use of a range of high-quality and appropriate learning support services. These range from drop-in sessions to workshops on a range of topics including note taking, reading, writing and presentation skills.
Depending on the modules you select, you will have between 12 and 15 hours of lectures and classes per week, with lecturers on hand to answer additional questions outside of this timeframe.
Internships and work experience
We have developed a range of internships and funded work experience placements that will enhance both your professional and personal skills whilst giving you the practical experience that is required by almost all graduate employers. In addition to funding and support, we offer unique opportunities to help you to rise above the competition, with global internships and placements.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways across your degree. At the beginning of each module, you will be given information on how and when you will be assessed. Assessment methods will vary within each module and may include:
- written coursework, such as essays
- formal exams
- group work