This 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.
The foundation year of this course is designed to offer applicants who do not have the required qualifications, a programme which will equip them with a robust toolkit of academic, digital and personal skills required for successful study in higher education. It also provides an understanding of, and insight into, a range of disciplines that underpin their chosen programme of study. In the foundation year students will develop their ability to gain the most out of structured in-class study, and also to manage and evaluate their own independent learning. This wide range of transferable skills is of immense value in both undergraduate study and graduate employment. Upon successful completion of the foundation year, students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of their subject area to degree level.
What happens on the course?
Semester 1 Starters:
Year 1 (Foundation)
3GK003 Academic Skills (20 Credits)
3GK006 Extended Project (20 Credits)
3MG001 Introduction to Management (20 Credits)
3GK004 The World at Work: Careers and Personal Development (20 Credits)
3GK003 Academic Skills (20 Credits)
3IM001 Business Decision Making (20 Credits)
4EC001 Microeconomic Principles (20 Credits)
4SL005 The Sociological Imagination (20 Credits)
4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism (20 Credits)
4EC002 Macroeconomic Principles (20 Credits)
4FC001 Quantitative Analysis for Economics and Finance (20 Credits)
4SL009 Introduction to Classical Sociological Theory (20 Credits)
5EC001 Economic Analysis and Methods (20 Credits)
5EC002 Microeconomic Theory and Policy (20 Credits)
5SL005 Issues and Debates in Sociological Thought (20 Credits)
5EC003 Macroeconomics and Policy (20 Credits)
5SA009 Communities in Social Policy (20 Credits)
5SL002 Making Gender 20 SEM2 Core (20 Credits)
6EC003 Public and Social Welfare Economics (20 Credits)
6SL013 The Global World (20 Credits)
6SL014 The Sociology of the Body (20 Credits)
6EC002 Critical Perspectives in Economics (20 Credits)
6EC004 Researching Topics in Economics (20 Credits)
6SL011 The Sociology of Migration (20 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 demonstrates 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:
Apply economic reasoning to a range of issues and appreciate that a number of alternative explanations and prescriptions may exist.
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.
Demonstrate a good knowledge of economic and sociology 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.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in Sociology and comprehend the distinctive character of Sociological thought.
Critically review, analyse and evaluate a wide range of appropriate evidence in relation to a variety of social theories, and to mobilise a reasoned, sociologically informed argument.
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).
Business Decision Making
Communities in Social Policy
Critical Perspectives in Economics
Economic Analysis and Methods
Introduction to Classical Sociological Theory
Introduction to Management
Issues and Debates in Sociological Thought
Macroeconomics and Policy
Microeconomic Theory and Policy
Public and Social Welfare Economics
Quantitative Analysis for Economics and Finance
Researching Topics in Economics
The Development of the Welfare State: 1945-2010
The Global World
The Sociological Imagination
The Sociology of Migration
The Sociology of the Body
The World at Work: Careers and Personal Development
If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
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.
Applicants 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.