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BSc Social Policy, Sociology and Crime

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

1. Demonstrate a familiarity with the basic concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features of social policy, sociology and crime;

2. Use basic generic and subject specific intellectual qualities i.e.

- be able to communicate the results of their work;

- present a structured and coherent simple argument;

- be able to interpret and evaluate the underlying concepts and principles of the discipline;

- evaluate qualitative and/or quantitative data such as case studies and crime statistics;

3. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate the appropriateness of the design, execution and utilization of appropriate tools when solving problems associated with the discipline;

4. Reflexively evaluate areas of strength and areas for improvement as learners;

5. Demonstrate an awareness of professional and disciplinary boundaries.

Transferable (key) skills

Critical Reading


Information, Data and Media Literacies

Digital Learning and Development


Active Learning

Academic integrity

Information Searching

In level 1, you will have opportunities to develop your academic literacy through practising underpinning skills such as critical thinking (with an emphasis upon critical reading), time management, active learning, reflection, and communication. You will also develop skills and behaviours relating to academic integrity and referencing through class activities and module assessments. This will support you in understanding and applying the main theories, concepts and studies in the fields of social policy, sociology and the study of crime.

Your professional literacy will be developed through exposure to teamwork/collaboration opportunities, information searching and problem-solving skills with regular opportunities to reflect on/practice/assess your developing skills so that you are a successful student and can confidently transition into your second year.

You will learn new ways of developing your digital literacy in order to support your studies and future life. You will access a range of digital tools to support your work, enabling you to confidently develop appropriate skills and behaviours such as assessing, accessing and communicating information and data. You will also practise how to safely engage in digital learning and development through both workshop/seminars and module assessment activities.


1. Demonstrating the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline;

2. Work that covers a restricted area of the disciplines;

3. Demonstrating emerging abilities, skills and competencies especially with regards to critical reading.


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