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BSc Social Policy, Sociology and Crime

Year 2

(Award available for year: Diploma of Higher Education)

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features in a range of aspects of the discipline;
2. Apply generic and subject specific intellectual qualities to standard situations outside the context in which they were originally studied;
3. Appreciate and employ the main methods of enquiry in the subject and critically evaluate the appropriateness of different methods of enquiry;
4. Use a range of techniques to initiate and undertake the analysis of data and information;
5. Adjust to professional and disciplinary boundaries;
6. Effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms.

Transferable (key) skills

In addition to those gained in year one, students should gain the following skills (as well as developing those gained in year one):

Critical Reading and Writing

Effective Communication

Quantitative and Qualitative research skills

Time Management

In level 2, you will develop, practice, and be assessed on your academic literacy through skills such as critical thinking (with an emphasis on critical reading and writing) and quantitative and qualitative skills. You will also have opportunities to develop effective communication through seminars/workshops further underpinning and practicing the skills developed in the first year. In addition, you will be building on the academic competency, started in the first year, in relevant theories, concepts and studies in both social policy and sociology, and how to apply these to the study of crime.

You will have opportunities to further develop your professional literacy, refining through your own reflections the skills of teamwork (prompting negotiation and influencing skills), in addition to creativity, innovation and problem solving through seminars/workshops and assessments. These learning opportunities will enable you to confidently plan for additional extra-curricular opportunities and to consider your aspirations post-graduation.

You will make more deliberate choices about the most appropriate digital tools to use in your work and will be using these to work collaboratively with your fellow students but also with the aim of developing the skill of self-management and protecting your online presence.


1. Demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects/competencies of the discipline/profession to complex, albeit standard, situations and simple, albeit novel or atypical, instances;
2. Work that is often descriptive in nature but drawing on a wide variety of material;
3. Demonstrating basic professional competencies relevant to the discipline;
4. The ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion.


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