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.
Below you will see an example of the structure and modules you may study whilst at this university.
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.
The Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing series of seminars and lectures spans education, sport, care, psychology health and wellbeing, bringing you a variety of engaging speakers and experts from the University of Wolverhampton and many other UK universities, visit www.wlv.ac.uk/fehw/lectures
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.
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.
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.
2015/6 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact for further information.
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.