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Institute of Education

Childhood and Family Studies and Social Policy

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years

If you have an interest in childhood, families and social policy then this course will develop your skills and knowledge required for a range of careers in the statutory and voluntary sectors; working with children, their families and the services that support them in both educational and social contexts.

If you have an interest in childhood, families and social policy then this course will develop your skills and knowledge required for a range of careers in the statutory and voluntary sectors; working with children, their families and the services that support them in both educational and social contexts.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code LL5K
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School Institute of Education

Why choose this course?

If you have an interest in childhood, families and social policy then this course will develop your skills and knowledge required for a range of careers in the statutory and voluntary sectors; working with children, their families and the services that support them in both educational and social contexts.

Whether you are new to this area or you have experience and you are looking for career development then this course will suit you.

This course is studied across two campuses. Childhood and Family modules are studied at Walsall Campus and Social Policy modules are studied at Wolverhampton City Campus.

This degree sits within an exciting range of Childhood and Family Studies courses we offer within the Institute of Education.

What happens on the course?

You are expected to actively seek volunteering opportunities throughout your course in a variety of settings such as schools, nurseries, community care centres, hospitals, social services, libraries and other relevant settings.

During the 2nd year of study students are invited to a ‘transition’ event designed to aid and smooth their progression from level 5 to level 6. Participants were given advice about how to prepare for their level 6 studies and module leaders were able to provide reading and other summer work to those eager to make a start.  Examples of this included:

  • Academic staff offering support on refining your research title and questions
  • Literature review searching
  • Where can I get help over the summer?

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Childhood and Family Studies and Social Policy degree can allow you to:

  • Work in public and voluntary sectors including social and community care, family support, play work, working with young people, nursery management, inclusion management, advocacy posts, charities social research and policy writing.
  • Gain further qualifications to become a play therapist or youth counsellor.
  • Choose to apply for a Masters in Education
  • Apply to undertake a professional Masters to become a Social Worker.
  • Apply to train to become a teacher of Early Years, Primary or Post Compulsory Education.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • We're proud to confirm our £300 travel fund helping eligible new UK full-time undergraduate entrants* with the costs of travel continues for students starting in 2019/20 and 2020/21! For further information please click here. 


  • We are proud of our long-standing tradition of research and study in Childhood, Families and Communities and Social Policy.
  • You will be taught in our state-of-the-art teaching buildings at Wolverhampton and Walsall Campuses, both just a short walk from the heart of the town. Our provision includes: buildings which are fitted with interactive whiteboards, lecture theatres, science classrooms, as well as social learning areas and a Starbucks coffee shop.

You will develop knowledge, be able to critically analyse, make judgments and evaluate key concepts, theories and principles in the area of childhood, family and sociall policy and research in those areas. You will also develop and consolidate a range of employability skills, including sharing information, working with and in groups, presenting information, digital literacy and critical thinking skills.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

DBS required at a minimum cost of £40

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2020 Entry

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Entry to this course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.

If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £40.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee.

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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