The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Social Care and Sociology

Why choose this course?

Through this course you will analyse and understand the complexities of the social world in which we live. You will study key issues in social care and develop an understanding of theories of care management and practice. You will also study key concepts, methods and theories from sociology that will enhance your 'sociological imagination'. During your course of study, you will have the opportunity to do volunteer work in the local community.

What happens on the course?

Year 1 introduces you to sociological thought and research and introduces a variety of themes. You will be encouraged to think sociologically about issues such as education, the family, health, crime, women's campaigning and volunteering. You may consider the impact of industrialisation and urbanisation, and the emergence and development of capitalist industrial societies. Alongside this, you will study the social groups most likely to be in need of social care services, how social care services are organised. Other opportunities include enhancing your study skills and undertaking a period of supervised voluntary work in a voluntary or community-based organisation.

Year 2 looks at concepts of values and theories of assessment and communication. Students have the opportunity to study issues that affect different service user groups and enhance their understanding of the legal and policy context of social care. Students will continue their study of sociological methods, and investigate both classical and contemporary sociological theory. There is also an opportunity to undertake supervised voluntary work.

Year 3 explores the management of welfare and the joined up nature of policy implementation. This final year encourages the development of analytical skills to compare the provision and delivery of social care within European states. You may be able to undertake a placement where you carry out a practical piece of research usually for a voluntary or community organisation, or undertake an individually-supervised project on a sociological topic of your choice.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • It provides a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary approach.
  • Our staff have ‘hands on’ experience in social care and social work and are active researchers who are eager to share their ideas and practical experiences of ‘doing sociology’.
  • This course encourages community-based learning through opportunities to take modules in which you can volunteer in local agencies and organisations.

Career path

Graduates continue to be attracted to careers, mostly in the public and not for profit sector. Careers in care management, social research, policy writing and community work are all accessible for graduates. Post-graduate courses in Social Work or a wide variety of Social Policy areas are also available to social care and social policy graduates.

What skills will you gain?

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the range and type of formal and informal social care and the legal and policy context of social care in Britain and other European countries

2. Critically appraise theories about society, welfare states and social care in particular those relating to the impact of inequality and discrimination on social care services and service users.

3. Demonstrate an effective level of awareness of the contribution of professional/social care practice, use of information technology and the management and organisation of care environments to the quality of social care provision.

4. To demonstrate one’s knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in Sociology and comprehend the distinctive character of Sociological Thought.

5. To demonstrate one’s ability to critically review, analyse and evaluate a wide range of sociological evidence in relation to various disciplined-based theories, and to mobilise a reasoned sociological argument.

6. To conduct preliminary research and communicate findings to a range of audiences, using appropriate technologies in digitally literate ways.

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

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 for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,475
Part time # £2,835

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 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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