The BA (Hons) Economics & Social Policy course aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of economic principles, issues around policy formation and how these factors influence the development of social policy. Through the use of a wide range of concepts, approaches, research techniques and learning forums the course will equip students with a range of personal and intellectual skills in preparation for a career in economics, public policy and general management fields.
What happens on the course?
You will have the opportunity to undertake a 40 credit placement at Level 5 of study.
5BU005 Supervised Work Experience (40 Credits)
This degree course will develop much needed skills and abilities in successful students. Specifically the course will create graduates who have an in depth knowledge of economic principles and of the social policy environment which should be valuable in general management in both the private and public sectors.
The graduates from this programme would have a range of skills that are in demand from employers, as demonstrated by the survey carried out by the Economics Network in 2012. Another survey of economics employers in the public sector identified the two dominant of areas of work as producing briefing material and preparation of policy advice. The proposed course would provide its graduates with the skills to effectively address these tasks.
This course would provide access to a range of career opportunities, as demonstrated by the following recent job advertisements:
·Policy Analyst – charity
·Graduate Policy Advisor – central government
·Policy Assurance Officer – housing association
·European Advisor – policy organisation
A range of career opportunities will be available, covering regional, national and international organisations. This will include by public sector and not for profit sector organisations as demonstrated by the examples provided above. There would also be opportunities in the business sector in terms of market research, trade associations and lobbying organisations.
What skills will you gain?
At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:
Demonstrate a good knowledge of economic and social policy concepts, principles and tools and be competent in the application of the knowledge to a wide range of situations in a national or international context.
Use appropriate research methods, quantitative techniques and software packages to analyse data and evidence from a range of sources and to critically interpret the outcomes of this analysis.
Apply economic reasoning to a range of policy issues and appreciate that a number of alternative explanations and prescriptions may exist.
Apply social policy theories to analyse social needs and assess policy intervention.
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).
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 seehttp://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
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.