The Sociology and Childhood and Family Studies (CAFS) degree will develop the skills and knowledge required for a range of careers in the statutory and voluntary sectors; particularly social and educational organisations working with children, their families and the services that support them.
The programme provides students with the opportunity to understand the complexities of the world we live in. Students are encouraged to apply their sociological knowledge to a range of key social issues and to understand the impact such issues have on children and families.
Work experience and community placements are an integral part of the course and can be negotiated in a variety of settings such as schools, nurseries, community care centres, hospitals, social services and other relevant settings. Such experiences broaden your sociological knowledge, deepen your appreciation of civic responsibility and enhance opportunities for employment.
Teaching and learning is designed to support digital literacy. Students will acquire the skills necessary to gather evidence and apply theories to a range of social issues. Students are encouraged to share knowledge and be enterprising with their ideas. Global perspectives are incorporated in the degree providing students with the opportunity to learn about other countries and, in particular, the variety of ways in which children and their families are supported internationally.
During the second half of your degree course you could also apply (subject to places) to register with Best Practice Network and work towards gaining Early Years Professional Status.
In Year 1 students are introduced to key concepts and methods that allow you to develop a 'sociological imagination'. You can then apply this to the study of social institutions such as the family, and social processes such as the development of children and young people. Consideration is given to issues around safeguarding and promoting well-being and you will explore key themes related to social inclusion.
Year 2 deepens your understanding of Sociological theories and research methods and explores theoretical approaches to learning. You will look at families and communities in context, issues of human security, gender and sexuality, 'race' and racism. You will also be challenged to think about the provision for disabled people in a variety of settings.
The final year enables you to specialise in subjects such as, Gender and 'Third World' Development, Globalisation, Work and Society, and Global Education Issues. You will analyse how inequalities can be tackled through inter-agency working and widen your perspective on children’s rights. Additionally you will analyse social and critical issues affecting the lives of disabled people, as well as having an opportunity to study specific learning difficulties.
You will have to opportunity to work with an academic supervisor on a research project tailored to your own personal or professional interest, or on a research project based in a community organisation.
At each level you will benefit from a work or community experience placement, giving you real-life experience in your chosen field.
The following comments are from Sociology and CAFS students:
‘Very friendly, approachable and helpful lecturers have helped to make the learning experience more enjoyable and accessible and this has helped to build my confidence’.
A successful graduate from this course is expected to be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
You are also expected to:
Entry to this course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323135
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.