The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Politics and Social Policy with Foundation Year

Why choose this course?

This wide-ranging and work-focused course provides an interdisciplinary study of Politics and Social Policy. Students will engage in debates around what we mean by a socially fair and just society, and the policies a government should pursue to achieve one. The degree will also help to explain important global phenomenon including recent events like the war on terror and the impact of the international economic crisis

The degree will allow students to develop an understanding of contemporary social problems, such as poverty, inequalities in health, and underachievement in schools and the policies in place to address these issues. Alongside this students will investigate the institutions, processes and procedures through which interests are expressed, the theories we use in understanding political activity, and the factors motivating and legitimising it.

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.

The foundation year of this course is designed to offer applicants who do not have the required qualifications, a programme which will equip them with a robust toolkit of academic, digital and personal skills required for successful study in higher education. It also provides an understanding of, and insight into, a range of disciplines that underpin their chosen programme of study. In the foundation year students will develop their ability to gain the most out of structured in-class study, and also to manage and evaluate their own independent learning. This wide range of transferable skills is of immense value in both undergraduate study and graduate employment. Upon successful completion of the foundation year, students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of their subject area to degree level.

Further information on Politics
Further information on Social Policy

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:

UNDERGRADUATE

Year 1 (Foundation)

3GK003 Academic Skills (20 Credits)

3GK005 Critical Thinking (20 Credits)

3GK007 Wolverhampton and its People (20 Credits)

3GK004 The World at Work: Careers and Personal Development (20 Credits)

3GK006 Extended Project (20 Credits)

3GK008 Culture and Nationality in Conflict (20 Credits)

Year 2

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

4PO003 Introduction to British Politics (20 Credits)

4SA008 Contemporary Social Policy (20 Credits)

4PO002 Introduction to International Relations (20 Credits)

4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4PO005 Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire from 1800 to 1950 or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or 4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism or 4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

Year 3

5PO003 Contemporary Political Ideologies (20 Credits)

5PO004 World Politics (20 Credits)

5SA009 Communities in Social Policy (20 Credits)

5PO006 Contemporary Britain or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5PO005 Europe United? European Politics, Societies, Cultures or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5SC002 Evaluating and Using Research in Applied social Studies (20 Credits)

5SA007 Paying for Welfare or 5SA014 Families, Children and the State (20 Credits)

Year 4

6PO003 Political Theory (20 Credits)

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

6CJ006 Controlling Crime or 6PO005 Security and Integration in the New Europe or 6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland or 6SA005 Policy-Making in Britain or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6CJ006 Controlling Crime or 6PO005 Security and Integration in the New Europe or 6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland or 6SA005 Policy-Making in Britain or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6SA001 Participation and Policy or 6PO002 The Politics of the Middle East or 6SA008 Social Policy of Work and Labour Markets or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6SA004 Independent Project Social Policy or 6PO004 Project (Politics) or 6SA007 Community Link Social Policy or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community (20 Credits)

Why Wolverhampton?

Practical Experience: An opportunity at each level of the course to undertake a placement module which will provide invaluable practical experience.

Pastoral support: We pride ourselves in our supportive culture with a large team of academic and student support staff to provide excellent pastoral care and support together with a welcoming academic environment in which to undertake your degree.

Research-led: Our research-led teaching ensures that you will be learning about the very latest debates in policy and practice.

What our students think

Career path

Politics and Social Policy students are attracted to a wide range of jobs mostly in the public or not for profit sector. Careers in local and central Government, community projects, and policy writing and analysis are all open to graduates. All courses provide the academic background and scholarship necessary for postgraduate study at both Master's and Doctoral level.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course, you, will be able to:

  1. Apply social policy theories to analyse social needs and policy intervention.
  2. Be able to identify and critically compare different concepts and methodologies used in Politics and Social Policy.
  3. Have a knowledge of the political history and institutions of the UK and one other area.
  4. Be familiar with the major ideological traditions in Politics.
  5. Have developed critical and analytic skills in the study of Politics and Social Policy which contribute to graduate employability.

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

  • DD from A level
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade PPP, BTEC QCF Diploma grade MP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)
  • 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

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 http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Applicants 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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Telephone

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