The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Social Policy and Law

Why choose this course?

Studying Law and Social Policy gives students an excellent opportunity to gain an indepth knowledge of the legal system alongside a clear understanding of a range of social issues and problems that shape wider society.

In addition to the designated mandatory subjects for study there will be the opportunity to select ‘Options’ at Levels 2 and 3 as preparation for areas of future employment and/or specialism. The overall aim is that students will be able to act independently in planning and managing tasks with limited guidance in areas which they have studied and will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of ICT and engage with blended and technology supported learning. A strong focus will be placed on the 3 key attributes of digital literacy, knowledge and enterprise and a focus on international and global issues.

What happens on the course?

In Year 1 you will explore the fundamental areas of law including Legal Skills, English & European Legal Systems, Public Law and the Law of Torts. You will also cover the development of the welfare state and the main concepts and theories that impact on policy. There is also an opportunity to gain academic credits through a volunteering placement which can provide valuable links with the world of work.

In Year 2 there will be the opportunity to choose from a number of modules with a specific law focus; criminal law, housing law, immigration and asylum and the more general punishment and society module. You will also investigate the decisions that are made about the way that welfare is financed and the role that communities play in policy. You will have the opportunity to study Alternative Dispute Resolution which provides the chance to apply to become an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

During your final year you will again be able to choose modules that are linked to your future interests, module choices include: the Law of the European Union. Family and Child Law, Terrorism, or issues around Law Policy and Practice. In Social Policy you will focus on the application of theory and practice in policy, looking at the way that welfare is managed and the joined up nature of policy implementation.

There is also the opportunity to undertake work-based learning in Years 1 and 2.

Why Wolverhampton?

Studying Law and Social Policy gives students an excellent opportunity to gain an indepth knowledge of the legal system alongside a clear understanding of a range of social issues and problems that shape wider society.

In the recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) the School’s average ranking was the joint highest ranking of all new universities within the Region with 65% of law staff ranked at an international level or above.

Mooting and other legal skills competitions provide the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a lawyer. Also, a purpose built courtroom gives you a taste of life in a real court. with purpose-built legal equipment and special acoustics.

There are also regular visits to The Inns of Court, Houses of Parliament as well as career talks from local firms, police, and other relevant organisations.

Comments from our External Examiner for provision:

For Social Policy:

"These areas stand out. First, the enthusiasm and commitment of the course team is very impressive and one gets the feel of a student body that receives significant support. Second, the courses continue to have a strong contemporary orientation, with policy developments reflected quickly in course material. Third, the use of case study type assessment was particularly impressive".

What our students think

“Studying Social policy is an opportunity to understand and make more of the world around you. You get the opportunity to understand the difference that you can make within your community, the effect that you can have on policy and changes that you can influence on a larger scale.” Hayley Social Policy and Law graduate 2011.

“I chose to study law at Wolverhampton because I visited the School and was impressed by the helpfulness and enthusiasm of all the staff.”

“There are many good points about the courses including the excellent teaching, the support provided by staff and the international mix of students. The facilities are also very good especially the Learning Centres.”

Career path

The diverse nature of the degree means that graduates enter a range of occupations including: Legal Executive, Police, Trading Standards, Welfare Advice, Health & Safety, Personnel, Accountant, Local Authority, Civil Service etc.,

Many of our graduates have gone on to become lawyers, although as well as the list above, you could also consider careers in banking, finance, insurance or work in public and private sector management.

It is possible to continue your studies through post-graduate courses related to Law or Social Policy.

Comments from our External Examiner for employability:

For Social Policy:

"The assessment strategy and methods of assessment continue to be impressive and effectively address the learning outcomes of courses. Forms of assessment are suitably varied and in particular, I feel that the 'case study' type work is helpful - this allows students to explore an aspect of their own experience of work in the context of policy theory."

What skills will you gain?

  • Be able to reflect on and understand social, political and cultural diversity.
  • Gain knowledge of the legal system studied, including familiarity with its institutions and procedures and an understanding of how law fits together and operates in comparable jurisdictions.
  • Be able to apply a critical approach to methods, enquiry and evaluation in a social policy context.
  • Be able to evaluate law both independently in terms of doctrinal coherence and in relation to other policy perspectives which have been taught specifically
  • Be able to act independently in planning and managing tasks with limited guidance in areas which they have studied and will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of ICT and engage with blended and technology supported learning.
  • Be able to apply social policy theories to analyse social needs and policy outcomes

Throughout your time spent studying for your degree you will undertake lectures, seminars, workshops, use on-line learning facilities and other forms of technology-supported learning. You will gain an understanding of the principles and values in a range of topics extending beyond the core subject areas and have in-depth knowledge of chosen specialist areas. You should be able to apply knowledge to problem situations and demonstrate the ability to provide solutions; be able to evaluate law both independently and in relation to other perspectives. Through learned research techniques you will be able to identify and use primary legal sources and journals relevant to topics under study and be able to act independently in planning and managing tasks and demonstrate proficiency in the use of ICT and technology supported learning.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC National Diploma grade MMM
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

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

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

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 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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