If you have an interest in childhood, families and sociology then this course will develop your knowledge and understanding 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.
Whether you are new to this area or you have experience and you are looking for career development then this course will suit you. The course aims to provide 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.
This course is studied across two campuses. Childhood and Family modules are studied at Walsall Campus and Sociology modules are studied at Wolverhampton City Campus.
This degree sits within an exciting range of Childhood and Family Studies courses we offer within the Institute of Education.
During this course, you will undertake University-based learning at Wolverhampton and Walsall Campuses. Modules in the first year (level 4) focus on the following topics-
Power, Inclusion and Diversity
The Media and the Manufacture of Deviance
The Sociological Imagination
Safeguarding and Promoting Well-being
Child and Young Person Development
Introduction to Classical Sociological Theory
Students will actively engage in investigating the cultural, sociological, psychological, political and linguistic dimensions of working to support children, young people and their families.
You are expected to actively seek volunteering opportunities throughout your course in a variety of settings such as schools, nurseries, community care centres, hospitals, social services, libraries and other relevant settings.
During the 2nd year of study students are invited to a ‘transition’ event designed to aid and smooth their progression from level 5 to level 6. Participants were given advice about how to prepare for their level 6 studies and module leaders were able to provide reading and other summer work to those eager to make a start. Examples of this included:
We are proud of our long-standing tradition of research and study in Childhood, Families and Communities and Sociology.
You will be taught in our state-of-the-art teaching buildings at Wolverhampton andWalsall Campuses, both just a short walk from the heart of the town. Our provision includes: buildings which are fitted with interactive whiteboards, lecture theatres, science classrooms, as well as social learning areas and a Starbucks coffee shop.
Who will teach you on this course?
Staff members who teach you on this course are from a range of professional backgrounds including education, local authorities, social work, working with young people and sociology and now work in Higher Education. You will benefit from the team’s expertise, as they all actively engage in research and writing.
The Institute of Education at the University of Wolverhampton has a strong focus on research and the part it plays in your study experience. All our lecturers are research active (see our profiles on the University web pages) and working on latest developments.
We are committed to student support, from enrolment to graduation. You will have a personal tutor to support your progression through your award.
‘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’.
Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Childhood and Family Studies and Sociology degree can allow you to:
You will develop knowledge, be able to critically analyse, make judgments and evaluate key concepts, theories and principles in the area of childhood, family and sociology and research in those areas. You will also develop and consolidate a range of employability skills, including sharing information, working with and in groups, presenting information, digital literacy and critical thinking skills.
Entry to this course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.“
If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £44.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee.
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 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.