School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Politics and Social Policy with Foundation Year

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

This wide-ranging and work-focused course provides an interdisciplinary study of Politics and Social Policy.

This wide-ranging and work-focused course provides an interdisciplinary study of Politics and Social Policy.

Why choose this course?

This wide-ranging and work-focused course provides an interdisciplinary study of Politics and Social Policy. Students will engage in debates around what we mean by a socially fair and just society, and the policies a government should pursue to achieve one. The degree will also help to explain important global phenomenon including recent events like the war on terror and the impact of the international economic crisis

The degree will allow students to develop an understanding of contemporary social problems, such as poverty, inequalities in health, and underachievement in schools and the policies in place to address these issues. Alongside this students will investigate the institutions, processes and procedures through which interests are expressed, the theories we use in understanding political activity, and the factors motivating and legitimising it.

Teaching and learning is designed to support digital literacy. Students will acquire the skills necessary to gather evidence and apply theories to a range of social and political issues. Students are encouraged to share knowledge and be enterprising with their ideas. Global comparative perspectives are incorporated in the degree providing students with the opportunity to learn about society and politics in other countries.

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.

 

 

Further information on Politics
Further information on Social Policy

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:

UNDERGRADUATE

Year 1 (Foundation)

3GK003 Academic Skills (20 Credits)

3GK005 Critical Thinking (20 Credits)

3GK007 Wolverhampton and its People (20 Credits)

3GK004 The World at Work: Careers and Personal Development (20 Credits)

3GK006 Extended Project (20 Credits)

3GK008 Culture and Nationality in Conflict (20 Credits)

Year 2

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

4PO003 Introduction to British Politics (20 Credits)

4SA008 Contemporary Social Policy (20 Credits)

4PO002 Introduction to International Relations (20 Credits)

4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4PO005 Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire from 1800 to 1950 or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or 4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism or 4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

Year 3

5PO003 Contemporary Political Ideologies (20 Credits)

5PO004 World Politics (20 Credits)

5SA009 Communities in Social Policy (20 Credits)

5PO006 Contemporary Britain or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5PO005 Europe United? European Politics, Societies, Cultures or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5SC002 Evaluating and Using Research in Applied social Studies (20 Credits)

5SA007 Paying for Welfare or 5SA014 Families, Children and the State (20 Credits)

Year 4

6PO003 Political Theory (20 Credits)

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

6CJ006 Controlling Crime or 6PO005 Security and Integration in the New Europe or 6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland or 6SA005 Policy-Making in Britain or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6CJ006 Controlling Crime or 6PO005 Security and Integration in the New Europe or 6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland or 6SA005 Policy-Making in Britain or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6SA001 Participation and Policy or 6PO002 The Politics of the Middle East or 6SA008 Social Policy of Work and Labour Markets or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6SA004 Independent Project Social Policy or 6PO004 Project (Politics) or 6SA007 Community Link Social Policy or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community (20 Credits)

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Politics and Social Policy students are attracted to a wide range of jobs mostly in the public or not for profit sector.   Careers in local and central Government, community projects, and policy writing and analysis are all open to graduates. All courses provide the academic background and scholarship necessary for postgraduate study at both Master's and Doctoral level.

 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Practical Experience: An opportunity at each level of the course to undertake a placement module which will provide invaluable practical experience. 

Pastoral support: We pride ourselves in our supportive culture with a large team of academic and student support staff to provide excellent pastoral care and support together with a welcoming academic environment in which to undertake your degree.
 

Research-led: Our research-led teaching ensures that you will be learning about the very latest debates in policy and practice.

 

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

  1. Apply social policy theories to analyse social needs and policy intervention.
  2. Be able to identify and critically compare different concepts and methodologies used in Politics and Social Policy.
  3. Have a knowledge of the political history and institutions of the UK and one other area.
  4. Be familiar with the major ideological traditions in Politics.
  5. Have developed critical and analytic skills in the study of Politics and Social Policy which contribute to graduate employability.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

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

Typical entry requirement: 48 UCAS points

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

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  • 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 http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


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.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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