Social Policy

Social Policy is offered as a single or joint honours degree. A joint honours degree is where you study it in combination with another subject.

Follow the links below for a brief summary of each available Social Policy award, including information on the aims of various courses and their entry requirements:

You may also be interested in studying Social Policy jointly with Social Care or Childhood and Families Studies. These courses are offered by the Institute of Community and Society and the Institute of Education in the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing.

We also offer exciting postgraduate opportunities for full or part-time study with our Master's and PhD programmes.

Why study Social Policy at Wolverhampton?

Social Policy is the study of the distribution of welfare and well-being in society, it is concerned with the way a society meets the needs of its people and specifically about the way that Governments decide who's needs are met and in what way.  

Studying Social Policy will allow you to look beyond the headlines of 'welfare dependency', 'NHS crisis', 'failing education' and 'homelessness' and look at the causes and possible solutions to some of society's most pressing problems.  

Social Policy at Wolverhampton takes a contemporary approach which means that alongside studying what has happened in the past we focus very firmly on what is happening now and what is likely to happen in the future.

What will I study?

We focus on five areas of welfare: Health, Education, Social Security, Housing and Social Care. 

Level 4 - covers the development of British social policy; the creation and development of the welfare state and also covers the contemporary system in place today.

Level 5 - starts to address some of the practicalities of social policy; how do we pay for welfare services and how are decisions made about what should and should not be funded.   Alongside this we look at the theory and practice of  research in the area.

Level 6 - looks at the issue of poverty which is at the heart of many social policy debates; how do Governments address the problems of poverty and inequality?  The changes in the way welfare is administered and managed and the practical elements of policy in the world of work are also covered at this final level.


The School of Social, Historical and Political Studies is one of the leading pioneers in the UK in the delivery of accredited community- based volunteering. Volunteering modules are available at levels 4 and 5 of the curriculum, ensuring all students can access these opportunities, should they wish to. Accredited volunteering offers students a unique learning experience, enabling them to combine academic learning with practical work-related experience and engage in activities which benefit community groups and organisations.

By taking these options, students are able to gain valuable employability skills and enhance their CV. Volunteering in the Curriculum, however, enables students to develop an understanding of employability as more than the acquisition of skills, but rather as a complex set of achievements which enrich academic learning and understanding about themselves, their values and vocation, and the communities in which they live.

Students who successfully complete volunteering modules are eligible for the University of Wolverhampton Volunteering Certificate. There are 5 levels of certification which are awarded in recognition of students' volunteering achievements and the employability skills they develop. For more information see the Volunteer Central website.