The Institute of Community and Society

Social Care and Criminology and Criminal Justice

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

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code LM59
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School The Institute of Community and Society

Why choose this course?


During this course you will learn the complexities of the social world in which we live and critically analyse key issues, concepts, theories and methods in social care. You will study the impact of social issues and inequalities on people’s lives, care management and practice. Legal and sociological issues including operation of the criminal courts through punishment, sentencing and policing of society, and social inequalities and law are addressed. You will explore the reality behind newspaper headlines on crime, examining real and practical relevant topics within contemporary society. You will also have the opportunity to take modules that involve volunteer work in the local community.


What happens on the course?

  • In year 1 you will benefit from introductory modules including criminal justice and thinking about crime. You will also have the opportunity to explore the relationship between the citizen and the state. Alongside this, you will study the social groups most likely to be in need of social care services and how social care services are organised. Other opportunities include enhancing your study skills and undertaking a period of supervised voluntary work in a voluntary or community-based organisation.
  • Year 2 looks at concepts of values and theories of assessment and communication. You will have the opportunity to study issues that affect different service user groups and enhance your understanding of the legal and policy context of social care. You will gain a deeper understanding of the theories of crime, punishment, sentencing and inequality. Through focusing upon the police and society you will explore the history of the modern police force in the criminal justice system. You will analyse principles of criminal liability through the examination of particular offences.
  • Year 3 explores the management of welfare and the joined up nature of policy implementation. This final year encourages the development of analytical skills to compare the provision and delivery of social care within European states. Opportunities are available to consider issues around quality care, especially with regard to issues such as staff management, health and safety, and financial management. You will explore contemporary issues in criminology and criminal justice, terrorism and state crime; looking at the UK and global perspectives. The submission of a Criminology and Criminal Justice Project or a project in Social Care will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge further or you may opt to undertake a work placement and carry out a related research project for an organisation.

Below you will see an example of the structure and modules you may study whilst at this university.

Social Care and Criminology and Criminal Justice

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Social Care and criminology and criminal justice graduates continue to be attracted to a wide range of careers, mostly in the public and not for profit sector. Careers in care management, social research, policy writing and community work are all accessible for graduates as are working in a variety of Criminal Justice Agencies including the police service and the National Probation Service, others are employed in related fields such as trading standards and customs and excise.

Post-graduate courses in Social Work or a wide variety of social policy areas are also available to social care and social policy graduates.


Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • The course provides a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary approach.

  • During the course you will have an opportunity to gain academic credits through learning while volunteering in a local agency or social care setting.

  • Our academic and support staff provide excellent pastoral care and support. 

The Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing series of seminars and lectures spans education, sport, care, psychology health and wellbeing, bringing you a variety of engaging speakers and experts from the University of Wolverhampton and many other UK universities, visit

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

1.      Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the range and type of formal and informal social care and the legal and policy context of social care in Britain and other European countries
2.      Critically appraise theories about society, welfare states and social care in particular those relating to the impact of inequality and discrimination on social care services and service users.
3.      Demonstrate an effective level of awareness of the contribution of professional/social care practice, use of information technology and the management and organisation of care environments, to the quality of social care provision.
4.      Make evident an understanding of the key concepts and theoretical approaches that have developed and are developing in relation to crime, responses to crime and the practices of the criminal justice system.
5.      Demonstrate the ability to undertake research using relevant research methodologies and communicate findings appropriately.
6.      Demonstrate critical awareness of social, political and cultural diversity in the context of criminological theories and the criminal justice system.

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

GCSE English grade C/4+ (or equivalence)


  • CCD from A Levels 
  • BTEC National Diploma at a MMM grade
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma at grade MMM /BTEC QCF Diploma at grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma Full award (60 credits)
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Education, Health and Wellbeing 
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

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.

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 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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