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.
During this course, you will undertake University-based learning at Wolverhampton and Walsall Campuses. Modules in the first year (level 4) focus on the following topics-
Power, Inclusion and Diversity
Contemporary Capitalism OR Media and the Manufacture of Deviance
Introduction to Social Policy
Contemporary Social Policy
Child and Young Person Development
Safeguarding and Promoting Well-being
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
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.
Who will teach you on this course? Staff members who teach you on this course are from a range of professional backgrounds including education, local authorities, social work, adult education, working with young people and social policy and now work in Higher Education. You will benefit from the team’s expertise, as they all actively engage in research and writing.
The Institute of Education at the University of Wolverhampton has a strong focus on research and the part it plays in your study experience. All our lecturers are research active (see our profiles on the University web pages) and working on latest developments.
We are committed to student support, from enrolment to graduation. You will have a personal tutor to support your progression through your award.
98.2% Employability Rate across our courses (2016)
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.
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.
These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
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 £44.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee.
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.
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
# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study
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.