The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Sociology and Politics

Why choose this course?

The Sociology and Politics degree gives students the opportunity to analyse and understand the major political and sociological traditions through which we can make sense of the modern world. This degree also focuses upon the debates concerning developments around economic, political and cultural globalisation.

Students are encouraged to apply their sociological and political knowledge to a range of key contemporary issues and to understand the impact such issues have upon citizenship, popular culture, education and employment in a national and international context.

Students have the opportunity to undertake community placements as part of the course. Such experiences broaden your academic knowledge, deepen your appreciation of civic responsibility and enhance opportunities for employment.

Teaching and learning is designed to support digital literacy. Students will acquire the skills necessary to gather evidence and apply theories to a range of social and political issues. Students are encouraged to share knowledge and be enterprising with their ideas. Global comparative perspectives are incorporated in the degree providing students with the opportunity to learn about society and politics in other countries.

What happens on the course?

In Year 1 you are introduced to key concepts and methods that allow you to develop a 'sociological imagination' and understand the diverse interpretations of 'the political'. You can then apply these to the study of British and international politics, contemporary capitalism, popular culture and women's political campaigning.

Year 2 deepens your understanding of Sociological theories and research methods, political ideologies and international political structures. Students also have the opportunity to explore social and political aspects of contemporary Britain, issues of human security, gender and sexuality.

The final year enables you to specialise in area case studies around conflict, nationality and identity and develop further an understanding of the major theoretical perspectives in Politics.

Students are encouraged to develop Sociological understandings of contemporary geopolitics in modules such as Gender and Development in the 'Third World', Globalisation: Struggles and Resistance, Work and Society, and Global Education Issues.

You will work with an academic supervisor on a research project tailored to your own personal interest, or on a research project based in a community organisation.

Why Wolverhampton?

The combination of Sociology and Politics provides students with essential theoretical and methodological tools required to analyse and understand aspects of contemporary social and political life and to comprehend the impact of political decision-making upon our lives.

This course involves work and community placements at every level of study, allowing students to put their knowledge into practice thereby deepening appreciation of these two disciplines and enhancing employment opportunities.

Students will be taught by skilled staff who are committed to high qualityteaching and whoare research-active. Our research-led teaching ensures that you will be learning about the latest developments in the disciplines of Sociology and Politics.

What our students think

The following comments are from Sociology and Politics students:

  • “The Sociology staff are so supportive. My educational journey in Sociology has made me feel I can do anything I want to and do it well. Upon graduating with my degree in Sociology, I decided to do my postgraduate studies at Wolverhampton University too, as the experience of the Sociology staff meant I didn't want to go anywhere else.”
  • “My time at Wolverhampton University as a student of Politics was a most constructive and enjoyable one from an academic point of view, but also from a social and cultural perspective. Academically the modules offered me a first-class education delivered by very competent and dedicated lecturers.”

Career path

  • Graduates from this degree course are likely to be attracted to a wide range of careers in the public and voluntary sectors, particularly local government.
  • You may go into teaching, lecturing or research in the fields of Sociology or Politics. If you want to become a teacher you will need to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
  • You could also choose to apply for Postgraduate courses in Sociology, Politics, Social Work, Masters degrees in the Voluntary and Public Sectors.

What skills will you gain?

A successful graduate from this course is expected to be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in the disciplines of Sociology and Politics and to comprehend the distinctive character of Sociological thought;
  • the political history, institutions and ideological traditions of the UK and one other area;
  • issues in relation to rights, diversity and equality and inclusion in the modern world.

You are also expected to:

  • demonstrate an ability critically to review, analyse and evaluate a wide range of sociological evidence in relation to various disciplined-based theories, and to mobilise a reasoned sociological argument;
  • conduct preliminary research and communicate findings to a range of audiences using appropriate technologies in digitally literate ways.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • 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
  • 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 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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