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The Institute of Community and Society

Social Care and Sociology

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

 Through this course you will analyse and understand the complexities of the social world in which we live.

 Through this course you will analyse and understand the complexities of the social world in which we live.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code LL35
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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?

 Through this course you will analyse and understand the complexities of the social world in which we live. You will study key issues in social care and develop an understanding of theories of care management and practice. You will also study key concepts, methods and theories from sociology that will enhance your 'sociological imagination'. During your course of study, you will have the opportunity to do volunteer work in the local community.  


What happens on the course?

Year 1 introduces you to sociological thought and research and introduces a variety of themes. You will be encouraged to think sociologically about issues such as education, the family, health, crime, women's campaigning and volunteering. You may consider the impact of industrialisation and urbanisation, and the emergence and development of capitalist industrial societies. Alongside this, you will study the social groups most likely to be in need of social care services, 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. Students have the opportunity to study issues that affect different service user groups and enhance their understanding of the legal and policy context of social care. Students will continue their study of sociological methods, and investigate both classical and contemporary sociological theory. There is also an opportunity to undertake supervised voluntary work.

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. You may be able to undertake a placement where you carry out a practical piece of research usually for a voluntary or community organisation, or undertake an individually-supervised project on a sociological topic of your choice.


Potential Career Paths

Graduates continue to be attracted to 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. 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!

  • It provides a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary approach.
  • Our staff have ‘hands on’ experience in social care and social work and are  active researchers who are eager to share their ideas and practical experiences of ‘doing sociology’.
  • This course encourages community-based learning through opportunities to take modules in which you can volunteer in local agencies and organisations.


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.      To demonstrate one’s knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in Sociology and comprehend the distinctive character of Sociological Thought.
5.      To demonstrate one’s ability to critically review, analyse and evaluate a wide range of sociological evidence in relation to various disciplined-based theories, and to mobilise a reasoned sociological argument.
6.      To conduct preliminary research and communicate findings to a range of audiences, using appropriate technologies in digitally literate ways.

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

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.

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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