An understanding of the multidimensional nature of Communities, Families and Individuals in the modern work through exploring how disability, sexual orientation, age, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex and poverty impact upon future aspirations and attainment. In accordance with Government targets a key aim of the programme is to provide a common grounding for professionals dealing with issues relating to education, employment through considering equality, diversity, social inclusion and exclusion so that all agencies (e.g. social services, health, education, police, and voluntary organisations) are able to understand the contexts and frameworks in which others work; as agencies collaborate far more effectively through shared knowledge and understanding. Thus the programme offers a broad range of disciplines in response to the Government agenda on issues surrounding equality, diversity and social exclusion and its related policy framework. The main focus of the programme is embedded in a grounding of Sociology and Social Policy, the study of which ‘requires the rigorous linking of theoretical analysis with empirical enquiry’. Beyond this the programme aims to develop reflective and reflexive practitioners as ‘sociology is a reflexive discipline that aims to develop a critical awareness of the social world’. The programme draws on Sociology to make sense of current Social Policy which frames the way society responds to equality and social exclusion. This programme also engages with ‘the intellectual traditions and perspectives of social science disciplines’ through exploring ‘a wide range of intellectual resources, theoretical perspectives and academic disciplines to illuminate understanding’. The programme encourages enquiry from the students about social processes and links between theory, policy and practice; through developing ‘sociological knowledge’ this programme ‘provides a basis for examining and evaluating social, public, and civic policy’ It allows the students to engage in debate about societal issues, and promotes engagement with ‘new ideas; ‘globalisation...social justice, sustainable development, social inclusion... It allows students to engage with the concept of ‘difference’ in society today.