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The Institute of Community and Society

Social Care and Social Policy

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

During this course you will engage with and learn about social care work and the wider social policy that underpins it.

During this course you will engage with and learn about social care work and the wider social policy that underpins it.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code LL45
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School The Institute of Community and Society

Why choose this course?

During this course you will engage with and learn about social care work and the wider social policy that underpins it. This is achieved through the study and critical analysis of key social issues in contemporary society, the impact these social issues have on people’s lives and the social policy responses to deal with these issues.

You will learn how social care is provided in England and the core values and ethics that underpin this provision and develop knowledge and skills appropriate to a range of graduate skills in the statutory, voluntary and commercial sector.


What happens on the course?

Year 1 introduces the disciplines of social policy and social care. The development of the post war welfare state and related social changes provide the basis for many of the social policy modules. The social care modules examine the impact of these developments on the social groups most likely to use social care services and changes in the organisation of those services. There are also modules that offer opportunities to enhance academic skills and employability through supervised voluntary work.

Year 2 develops the broad understandings of year 1 into more focused reviews. The social care modules examine issues related to social care practice. These include values, assessment, policies, communication and the law, as well as the experiences of different social care service user groups. The social policy modules focus on contemporary welfare provision, including the provision of housing, health and long-term care and how such services are financed. Across both subjects, there is a focus on developing the research skills essential to future employability and year 3 study.

Year 3 explores the organisation and management of welfare and 'joined up' policy implementation. The social care modules examine the provision and delivery of social care across European states and focus on issues around quality care, especially with regard to issues such as staff management, health and safety, and financial management. In social policy the key themes are poverty and social exclusion, children and families and governance.

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

Social Care and Social Policy


Potential Career Paths


Graduates gain careers, mostly in the public and not for profit sector including care management, social research, policy writing and community work. Postgraduate courses in Social Work or Social Policy areas are also available. 



Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • The combination of social care and social policy provides a wide ranging interdisciplinary approach.
  • Our teaching staff have hands on experience in a range of related fields.
  • During the course you will have an opportunity to gain academic credits through learning while volunteering in a local agency or social care setting.

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 provision and its legal and policy context in Britain and other European countries.
2.     Critically appraise theories about society, welfare states and social care:in particular those related to the impact of inequality and discrimination on social care services and service users.
3.     Demonstrate an understanding of professional/social care practice and the management and organisation of care environments, including the use of information technology and quality systems.
4.     Reflect on, evaluate and implement policies around social, political and cultural diversity.
5.     Apply a critical approaches to various methods of enquiry and evaluation in social care and social policy.
6.     Apply social policy theories to the analysis social needs and policy outcomes.



Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
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

2020 Entry         

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see for further information.

“I really enjoyed this course and have recommended it to friends. The teaching staff are really helpful and easy to get on with. I am sure it will help me to find work working with people”.

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website to find out more.


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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