The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Social Care and Social Policy

Why choose this course?

During this course you will engage with and learn about social care work and the wider social policy that underpins it. This is achieved through the study and critical analysis of key social issues in contemporary society, the impact these social issues have on people’s lives and the social policy responses to deal with these issues.

You will learn how social care is provided in England and the core values and ethics that underpin this provision and develop knowledge and skills appropriate to a range of graduate skills in the statutory, voluntary and commercial sector.

What happens on the course?

Year 1 introduces the disciplines of social policy and social care. The development of the post war welfare state and related social changes provide the basis for many of the social policy modules. The social care modules examine the impact of these developments on the social groups most likely to use social care services and changes in the organisation of those services. There are also modules that offer opportunities to enhance academic skills and employability through supervised voluntary work.

Year 2 develops the broad understandings of year 1 into more focused reviews. The social care modules examine issues related to social care practice. These include values, assessment, policies, communication and the law, as well as the experiences of different social care service user groups. The social policy modules focus on contemporary welfare provision, including the provision of housing, health and long-term care and how such services are financed. Across both subjects, there is a focus on developing the research skills essential to future employability and year 3 study.

Year 3 explores the organisation and management of welfare and 'joined up' policy implementation. The social care modules examine the provision and delivery of social care across European states and focus on issues around quality care, especially with regard to issues such as staff management, health and safety, and financial management. In social policy the key themes are poverty and social exclusion, children and families and governance.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • The combination of social care and social policy provides a wide ranging interdisciplinary approach.
  • Our teaching staff have hands on experience in a range of related fields.
  • During the course you will have an opportunity to gain academic credits through learning while volunteering in a local agency or social care setting.

What our students think

“I really enjoyed this course and have recommended it to friends. The teaching staff are really helpful and easy to get on with. I am sure it will help me to find work working with people”.

Career path

Graduates gain careers, mostly in the public and not for profit sector including care management, social research, policy writing and community work. Postgraduate courses in Social Work or Social Policy areas are also available.

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 provision and its legal and policy context in Britain and other European countries.

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

3. Demonstrate an understanding of professional/social care practice and the management and organisation of care environments, including the use of information technology and quality systems.

4. Reflect on, evaluate and implement policies around social, political and cultural diversity.

5. Apply a critical approaches to various methods of enquiry and evaluation in social care and social policy.

6. Apply social policy theories to the analysis social needs and policy outcomes.

Who accredits this course?

This course is not accredited by a professional body

Entry requirements

2016 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

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 321150

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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