High-quality facilities at your doorstep
Being part of Social Policy and Social Work means that most of your learning journey will take place in Campus West. You will have access to an impressive selection of printed, electronic, and audio-visual material that will guide and assist your study and research practice. Moreover, a lot of this content is available online, giving you the freedom to choose when and where to complete your work. Even if an academic space such as the library might motivate you to keep going, or a more relaxed environment such as a café or your own bedroom is your preference as a workspace, it is you who are in charge to make this decision!
The variety of activities that you can engage in
Would you like to get involved in the battle for human rights with the Anti-Trafficking Society? Is your main priority to learn a new language in order to develop your employability skills? Or are you keen to tackle homelessness by volunteering with Shelter Support? No matter what type of extracurricular program you might be interested in, at York, we have got you covered. Additionally, if you cannot catch sight of something that you particularly enjoy, this is the time to shine. As inclusion, diversity, and equity are fundamental goals in the student community, the university’s
representatives will definitely encourage and support any innovative and creative project.
Teaching at the next level
Social Policy is often seen as a course that ‘buries’ students in hundred of pages to read and complex statistics to analyse. However, before falling into the trap of believing that this is all you are expected to do, hear me out. The interesting way modules are structured at York allows students to develop a better understanding of the core topics studied through practical tasks, but also enables them to apply different theories to the real world. Thus, for your assignments you may find yourself at the back of a Crown Court to witness a trial, watching a BBC documentary on a Friday night, or going into the field to observe people’s behaviour.
Future career opportunities
Trying to discover what might be your purpose in life is a challenging decision in any field. Even so, a degree in Social Policy has the potential to bring forward a diverse range of options that you could choose from. Imagining yourself while shaping and enacting policy as a local government officer, or taking witness statements as a paralegal, or even ensuring a high level of well-being for children and young people as a youth worker. The possibilities are endless and the best part is that due to the
joined-up working approach, it is likely to get an insight into more than one area of expertise.
The empowering feeling of gratitude
Last, but not least, studying modules related to Social Policy will provide the required knowledge and understanding to influence major decisions that could improve the societal context both at a local and national level. Thus, being part of a movement that aims to help citizens, deliver justice, and tackle the issues that the society is dealing with, is one of the most rewarding jobs that one could be part of.