EDUCATION MATTERS; MATTERS with Elizabeth Day, Lecturer in Public & Social Policy

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EDUCATION MATTERS; MATTERS with Elizabeth Day, Lecturer in Public & Social Policy


FEW subjects relate as closely to our daily lives as public and social policy. It involves the study of major contemporary social issues such as the provision of healthcare, fairness in the education system, poverty and inequality and the persistence and discrimination of different groups. Government social policy-related expenditure accounts for around two thirds of all public expenditure.

Students who are studying on the Public & Social Policy degree course at Coleg Llandrillo also gain the vital skills required for employment.

The breadth of study has enabled students to progress into a wide range of job fields, including working with offenders, the probation service and community care.

As one of the current students commented: "the degree enables you to tailor your education towards a specific career and also gives key employability skills to enter many sectors if you haven't made up your mind yet."

A previous student, who is now in full-time employment with a local authority, noted that "gaining the degree meant that I could apply for positions that were unavailable to me previously."

They added: "It showed potential employers that I was able to learn and apply a range of new skills."

The college degree course covers a wide range of subject areas including understanding and responding to youth offending, addictive and problematic behaviours, child abuse and child protection, as well as more general topics such as social housing and the health and welfare systems. …

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