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Social work and sociology at Solent

If you’re looking for a truly meaningful career helping, understanding or protecting people, you can study human behaviour to work with people and solve their problems. Within sociology, you can gain a wider understanding of human society that can be applied to work in government agencies, education, journalism and politics.

The first two years of a social work degree at Solent focus on learning the basis of social work theory and interpersonal skills, as well as looking at subjects such as law and sociology. For the final year, students can choose to specialise in adults or children and families, in order to help focus their career path upon graduation.

You’ll complete two significant periods of work experience in either local authorities or voluntary, private and independent organisations in the region. We have partnership arrangements for practice learning placements with four local authorities (Southampton City, Hampshire, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight), as well as many other social care organisations.

Studying sociology means you’ll develop an understanding of cultural and political issues that shape individual and collective experiences, by covering issues of power, politics and identity, education, media, social inequalities, and race and ethnicity.

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Our social work and sociology courses are available through Clearing


BA (Hons) Education

Explore the fascinating area of child development practices, how children and young people learn while gaining practical experience in school placements, and prepare for your future in education.

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology

Explore the fascinating behaviours of individuals, as well as the cultural and political issues that shape collective experiences, on this BPS accredited degree.
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Social Sciences Foundation Year

Explore the theories and concepts used in the social sciences during this foundation year, before delving deeper into the subject of your chosen undergraduate degree.

BA (Hons) Social Work

Make a positive change and pursue a fulfilling career in social work: on this degree you will gain the knowledge and practical experience key to making a difference to the lives of vulnerable people.

PGDip/MA Social Work

Looking for a career change to social worker? You’ll work with some of the most marginalised groups in society, helping them to overcome barriers in order to lead a fulfilled life.

Social Worker (Integrated Degree) Apprenticeship

Are you looking to pursue a career in a rewarding profession? Solent’s social work apprenticeship degree will help you develop a thorough grounding of the standards required to become a professional social worker.

BA (Hons) Sociology

An exciting subject, sociology challenges the world in which we live, including politics, media and social inequality. Get practical experience to work in public and private sectors.


Our vibrant campus provides state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience.

Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark, is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces.

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