The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Social Policy and Law

Why choose this course?

The BA (Hons) Law and Social Policy course aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of legal aspects and implications of social policy affecting today’s society, the theories and their strategic applications operating within a changing global environment. Through the use of a wide range of concepts, approaches and learning techniques the course intends to equip students with a range of personal and intellectual skills and an awareness in preparation for a career within this sphere with the added legal knowledge to enhance their abilities within this chosen area of employment.

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:


Year 1

4SA007 The Development of the Welfare State: 1945-2010 (20 Credits)

4LW003 Contract Law (20 Credits)

4LW022 English Legal System and Principles of Professional Conduct (20 Credits)

4SA008 Contemporary Social Policy (20 Credits)

4LW005 Law of Torts 20 (20 Credits)

4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or 4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism (20 Credits)

Year 2

5LW008 Alternative Dispute Resolution Law and Skills (20 Credits)

5SA007 Paying for Welfare (20 Credits)

5SA014 Families, Children and the or 5CJ006 Punishment and Society or 5PO006 Contemporary Britain or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5LW002 Criminal Law 20 or 5LW011 Medical Law (20 Credits)

5LW016 Housing and Welfare Law (20 Credits)

5SA009 Communities in Social Policy (20 Credits)

5PH001 Law, Morality and Society or 5SL007 Doing Quantitative Research or 5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5LW004 Advanced Criminal Law (20 Credits)

Year 3

6SA003 Approaches to Poverty and Social Exclusion (20 Credits)

6LW001 Family and Child Law or 6SA005 Policy-Making in Britain or 6LW004 Law of the European Union or 6CJ004 Counter-Terrorism: Law, Policy and Practice or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6LW002 Research Methods and Project or 6LW011 Business and Community Link in Law or 6SA004 Independent Project in Social Policy or 6SA007 Community Link in Social Policy (20 Credits)

6SA001 Participation and Policy (20 Credits)

6SA008 Social Policy of Work and Labour Markets or 6CJ002 Prisons and Prisoners or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6LW043 Nationality, Immigration and Asylum (20 Credits)

6LW002 Research Methods and Project or 6LW011 Business and Community Link in Law or 6SA004 Independent Project in Social Policy or 6SA007 Community Link in Social Policy (20 Credits)

Why Wolverhampton?

Studying Law and Social Policy gives students an excellent opportunity to gain an indepth knowledge of the legal system alongside a clear understanding of a range of social issues and problems that shape wider society.

Mooting and other legal skills competitions provide the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a lawyer. Also, a purpose built courtroom gives you a taste of life in a real court. with purpose-built legal equipment and special acoustics.

There are also regular visits to The Inns of Court, Houses of Parliament as well as career talks from local firms, police, and other relevant organisations.

Career path

The diverse nature of the degree means that graduates enter a range of occupations including: Legal Executive, Police, Trading Standards, Welfare Advice, Health & Safety, Personnel, Accountant, Local Authority, Civil Service etc.,

Many of our graduates have gone on to become lawyers, although as well as the list above, you could also consider careers in banking, finance, insurance or work in public and private sector management.

It is possible to continue your studies through post-graduate courses related to Law or Social Policy.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Be able to reflect on and understand social, political and cultural diversity.
  2. Gain knowledge of the legal system studied, including familiarity with its institutions and procedures and an understanding of how law fits together and operates in comparable jurisdictions.
  3. Be able to apply a critical approach to methods, enquiry and evaluation in a social policy context.
  4. Be able to evaluate law both independently in terms of doctrinal coherence and in relation to other policy perspectives which have been taught specifically
  5. Be able to act independently in planning and managing tasks with limited guidance in areas which they have studied and will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of ICT and engage with blended and technology supported learning.
  6. Be able to apply social policy theories to analyse social needs and policy outcomes

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

  • ‘A’ levels at grades BBC - CCC
  • 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.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
  • 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

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £12,000
Part time # £2,975

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 2019/0. 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.

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

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