Wolverhampton Business School

Economics and Social Policy

BA (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

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.

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.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code L102
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020, 20 January 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School Wolverhampton Business School

Why choose this course?

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?

Semester 1 Starters:


Year 1

4EC001 Microeconomic Principles (20 Credits)

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

4GK006 Success in Higher Education (20 Credits)

4EC002 Macroeconomic Principles (20 Credits)

4FC001 Quantitative Analysis for Economics and Finance (20 Credits)

4SA008 Contemporary Social Policy 20 SEM2 Core (20 Credits)

Year 2

5EC001 Economic Analysis and Methods (20 Credits)

5EC002 Microeconomic Theory and Policy (20 Credits)

5SA007 Paying for Welfare (20 Credits)

5EC003 Macroeconomics and Policy (20 Credits)

5SA009 Communities in Social Policy (20 Credits)

5SL007 Doing Quantitative Research (20 Credits)

Year 3

6EC003 Public and Social Welfare Economics (20 Credits)

6SA003 Approaches to Poverty and Social Exclusion (20 Credits)

6SA005 Policy-Making in Britain (20 Credits)

6EC004 Researching Topics in Economics (20 Credits)

6SA001 Participation and Policy

6EC002 Critical Perspectives in Economics (20 Credits)

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths


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.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Apply economic reasoning to a range of policy issues and appreciate that a number of alternative explanations and prescriptions may exist.
  4. Apply social policy theories to analyse social needs and assess policy intervention.

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

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

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).
  • AAT Level 3 Accounting
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year  guarantees entry on to this course
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
  • 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 seehttp://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.


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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