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Wolverhampton School of Art

Media and Sociology with Foundation Year

BA (Hons) Full-time 4 years, Part-time 8 years

This course offers you the chance to analyse and understand the complexities of society and culture, in their historical and contemporary context.

This course offers you the chance to analyse and understand the complexities of society and culture, in their historical and contemporary context.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code P30L
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (4 years), Part-time (8 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art

Why choose this course?

This course offers you the chance to analyse and understand the complexities of society and culture, in their historical and contemporary context. During your studies, you will learn about those concepts, theories and methods essential to what we call a 'sociological imagination', and enable your understanding of the inter-relationships between media and culture.

Using traditional and enhanced electronic forms of learning, you will develop your skills for gathering evidence and applying theories to a range of cultural and sociological issues. In the process, you will be encouraged to share ideas and be intellectually enterprising. You will also have the opportunity to do volunteer work in the local community an experience that allows you to apply the skills you have acquired in the classroom to a range of social, cultural and media-based settings, deepens your appreciation of civic responsibility and enhances your opportunities for employment.

What happens on the course?

Your first year provides an introduction to the study and practice of Sociology, Media and Cultural Studies. You will learn key concepts used in these disciplines and apply them to the study of current institutional arrangements, media forms and cultural practices. You will study, for example, the nature of the 'Sociological Imagination', and 'Media, Culture and Society'. Culture is understood in its widest sense as anything that produces or reproduces meaning. Consequently, you will study a wide range of media and cultural phenomena from soap operas and social network sites to fashion and food. You will also have the opportunity to study an interdisciplinary module, such as 'Popular culture' or the 'Holocaust'. You may also study a language, or volunteer in the community.

In Year 2, your programme explores key theoretical debates and methodological approaches within each of the disciplines, In Sociology, you will also have the opportunity to study, for example, theoretical debates within the discipline, the processes of 'Making Gender', and 'Family Diversity'. From Media and Cultural Studies, you can take modules on 'Contemporary British Culture' and 'Investigating Culture'. You can also study an interdisciplinary module on 'Human Security' or 'Body, Sexuality and Identity' and may continue your interest in a language, or volunteer work.

Year 3 allows you to tailor you studies around topics that interest you. In Sociology, you can select modules on, for example, 'Gender and Development in Non-Western societies', 'Global Education', and 'Work'. In Media and Cultural Studies, you can select modules on, for example 'Gender Issues' and 'Consumer Culture'. Students will also undertake either an individually designed research project with your own academic supervisor - or engage in a community-based work placement.

Why not check out what our students got up to for their final projects at our annual Degree Show 2019

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

BA (Hons) Media and Sociology Studies provide students with useful knowledge and a wide range of subject-specific and general transferable skills which are relevant to a variety of careers. Sociology graduates are often employed in the public sector doing, for example, social research in the civil service, local government or with think tanks; working as public sector management; as professional practitioners or working on projects in areas concerning social inequalities and social exclusion. Media and Cultural Studies graduates can develop careers in, for example, radio, television, print journalism and public relations. Graduates also find employment in a range of retail and business enterprises. Increasing numbers of graduates also continue their studies in post-graduate study.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • You will be able to study key theories and methods of each discipline, and apply them to particular sociological and media-related themes and issues.
  • You will have the opportunity to combine your classroom experience with work in the community and with visiting professionals from the media.
  • You will be taught by skilled tutors and active researchers who are eager to share their scholarship and practical experiences.
  • You will also engage with the University's in house online learning environment, enabling innovative forms of assessment and effective communication amongst staff and students.

Comments from our External Examiner on provision:

For Media and Cultural Studies:

"The degree remains an excellent, exciting and inspiring course informed by current developments in the field and taught by an extremely dedicated and scholarly team. (…) I remain impressed with the Television Studies modules at both levels, informed by timely research, a varied lecture programme and inspiring assessment tasks".

The member of academic staff who leads this course for Media is Dr. William Pawlett, and for Sociology, Dr. Shirin Housee 



As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in the disciplines of Sociology and Media/Cultural Studies.
  • Critically engage with, and analyse, contemporary media texts, industry practices and specific media audiences.
  • Survey and analyse aspects of contemporary social life and cultural practices.
  • Conduct sociological and media-oriented research and communicate your findings to a range of audiences, using appropriate technologies in digitally literate ways.
  • Demonstrate a range of conceptual and practical skills commensurate with graduate employment, and personal and social development.
  • Develop an understanding of the value of civic responsibility in your outlook toward and relationships with others.

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

Additional Materials - £50 per semester

Additional Field trips - £50 - Trips to Media City Southwater

Additional Events/Performances - £300 - All Students participate in the final year Degree Show. Costs will vary according to the medium and mode of your practice but considerations will be around materials, installation and presentation

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: 48 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades DD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades PPP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • 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

 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 see for further information.

"There were opportunities to freely debate issues such as cultural diversity and multiculturalism."

"I enjoyed identifying skills required for employment in the Media." 

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 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 ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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