The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Social Care and Criminology and Criminal Justice

Why choose this course?

During this course you will learn the complexities of the social world in which we live and critically analyse key issues, concepts, theories and methods in social care. You will study the impact of social issues and inequalities on people’s lives, care management and practice. Legal and sociological issues including operation of the criminal courts through punishment, sentencing and policing of society, and social inequalities and law are addressed. You will explore the reality behind newspaper headlines on crime, examining real and practical relevant topics within contemporary society. You will also have the opportunity to take modules that involve volunteer work in the local community.

What happens on the course?

  • In year 1 you will benefit from introductory modules including criminal justice and thinking about crime. You will also have the opportunity to explore the relationship between the citizen and the state. Alongside this, you will study the social groups most likely to be in need of social care services and 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. You will have the opportunity to study issues that affect different service user groups and enhance your understanding of the legal and policy context of social care. You will gain a deeper understanding of the theories of crime, punishment, sentencing and inequality. Through focusing upon the police and society you will explore the history of the modern police force in the criminal justice system. You will analyse principles of criminal liability through the examination of particular offences.
  • 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. Opportunities are available to consider issues around quality care, especially with regard to issues such as staff management, health and safety, and financial management. You will explore contemporary issues in criminology and criminal justice, terrorism and state crime; looking at the UK and global perspectives. The submission of a Criminology and Criminal Justice Project or a project in Social Care will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge further or you may opt to undertake a work placement and carry out a related research project for an organisation.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • The course provides a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary approach.

  • During the course you will have an opportunity to gain academic credits through learning while volunteering in a local agency or social care setting.

  • Our academic and support staff provide excellent pastoral care and support.

Career path

Social Care and criminology and criminal justice graduates continue to be attracted to a wide range of 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 as are working in a variety of Criminal Justice Agencies including the police service and the National Probation Service, others are employed in related fields such as trading standards and customs and excise.

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. Make evident an understanding of the key concepts and theoretical approaches that have developed and are developing in relation to crime, responses to crime and the practices of the criminal justice system.

5. Demonstrate the ability to undertake research using relevant research methodologies and communicate findings appropriately.

6. Demonstrate critical awareness of social, political and cultural diversity in the context of criminological theories and the criminal justice system.

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

  • Gain CDD with a minimum of DDE from at least 2 'A' Levels.
  • BTEC National Diploma at a MMP grade
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma at grade MMP /BTEC QCF Diploma at grade DM
  • CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education at a C grade
  • Access to HE Diploma Full award (60 credits)
  • Successful completion of the Foundation Year of Learning Education and Progression guarantees interview opportunity
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Education, Health and Wellbeing guarantees interview opportunity
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

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

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time - * £11,475
Part time - *
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 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.

* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

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

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