The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Social Policy

Why choose this course?

Social Policy is the study of ways in which government, charities, and even businesses meet our welfare needs that we cannot meet ourselves. Including areas such as health, housing, education, benefits and much more, Social Policy at the University of Wolverhampton covers topics that are important in today’s society, economy and politics.

As well as learning about why Britain has a welfare state, studying Social Policy involves looking at contemporary policies, the way welfare and services are delivered and ask questions about how this is changing. Over the last twenty years, Social Policy has been a key focus for local and national governments as well as increasing welfare provision coming from charities and private business. It is clear that this focus is set to remain for the foreseeable future.

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:

UNDERGRADUATE

Year 1

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

4PO003 Introduction to British Politics (20 Credits)

4SA008 Contemporary Social Policy (20 Credits)

4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4SL005 The Sociological Imagination (20 Credits)

*Choose two of the following semester 2 modules* 4SL010 The Media and the Manufacture of Deviance or 4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or 4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism or 4EC002 Macroeconomic Principles or 4CJ002 Criminal Justice or 4WL003 Elementary Language (40 Credits)

Year 2

5SA007 Paying for Welfare (20 Credits)

5SA014 Families, Children and the State (20 Credits)

5SA009 Communities in Social Policy (20 Credits)

5SL007 Doing Quantitative Research (20 Credits)

5CJ006 Punishment and Society or 5PO006 Contemporary Britain or 5SL001 Racism, Diversity and difference in the British Context or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5LW016 Housing and Welfare Law or 5CJ009 Victims and Offenders (20 Credits)

Year 3

6SL012 Qualitative Research Methods (20 Credits)

6SA004 Independent Project in Social Policy (20 Credits)

6SA003 Approaches to Poverty and Social Exclusion or 6SA004 Independent Project in Social Policy (20 Credits)

6CJ006 Controlling Crime or 6SL013 The Global World (20 Credits)

6SL011 The Sociology of Migration or 6CJ002 Prisons and Prisoners or 6LW043 Nationality, Immigration and Asylum (20 Credits)

6SA001 Participation and Policy or 6SA008 Social Policy of Work and Labour Markets (20 Credits)

Why Wolverhampton?

Social Policy at the University of Wolverhampton is taught in a lively and engaging manner with plenty of opportunities for discussion, debate and questions. In addition to lectures and seminars, the course includes field trips and visiting speakers from a range of organisations. There is also a high level of staff support, with all teaching staff being available in their offices for students to visit every week and dedicated support for essay writing. Our teaching is informed by the extensive local research we carry out and is delivered through a diverse range of methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, guest speakers, tutorials and quizzes.

Graduating with a degree in Social Policy opens up a wide range of opportunities. For those looking for a job, our graduates are working in a diverse range of settings including housing, social care, immigration and numerous voluntary sector organisations. Employers are happy to take on Social Policy graduates as it shows you can understand policy development and the ways in which it works; these are valuable skills. To further enhance students’ employability, the course includes opportunities for students to formally volunteer as well as having yearlong placement modules at level five.

For those wanting to study in more depth after graduating, many of our graduates progress on to postgraduate courses, such as masters programmes. This includes occupational courses such as Social Work as well as other courses studying areas such housing, international development, health and much more.

Career path

Graduating with a degree in Social Policy opens up a wide range of opportunities. For those looking for a job, our graduates are working in a diverse range of settings including housing, social care, immigration and numerous voluntary sector organisations. Employers are happy to take on Social Policy graduates as it shows you can understand policy development and the ways in which it works; these are valuable skills.

For those wanting to study in more depth after graduating, many of our graduates progress on to postgraduate courses, such as masters programmes. This includes occupational courses such as Social Work as well as other courses studying areas such as housing, international development, health and much more.

What skills will you gain?

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

  1. Reflect on and understand social, political and cultural diversity.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of Social Policy 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 of enquiry and evaluation in a social policy context.
  4. Be able to evaluate social policies both independently and in relation to social policy taught specifically in other modules.
  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 student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • 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 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

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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