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School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Social Policy

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

Social Policy impacts on our lives every day, whether that is through education, health, housing, social care, welfare provision or employment.

Social Policy impacts on our lives every day, whether that is through education, health, housing, social care, welfare provision or employment.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code L400
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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 Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Why choose this course?

Social Policy impacts on our lives every day, whether that is through education, health, housing, social care, welfare provision or employment. Social policy, and the role it plays in redistributing resources, is therefore central to issues of social justice, equality and citizenship.

Since 2008 we have seen a period of austerity, with public spending cuts affecting nearly every aspect of social policy. As a consequence the UK has seen increases in homelessness, foodbanks and child poverty. What is more, these cuts in public spending have been accompanied by renewed debate about rights and entitlement, and whether the voluntary and private sectors would play a more prominent role in providing welfare services.  

If you care about challenging disadvantage and inequality; if you want all citizens to have the opportunity to fully participate in society; if you are motivated to find solutions to contemporary social problems, this Social Policy undergraduate programme at Wolverhampton is for you.

Watch course leader Jane Booth talk about the course.

What happens on the course?

You will not only be able to choose from the range of Social Policy modules but you can also choose modules from across the social sciences, including Sociology, Politics, Criminology and Criminal Justice, in order to tailor your degree to your personal interests and career aspirations.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Studying Social Policy at University of Wolverhampton offers:

  • Learner-centred teaching, where we build on your knowledge and experience of public services and equip you with the theoretical understanding and research skills you need to progress in your studies and your future career.
  • Innovative teaching which supports you to develop the skills you need to work more effectively with “real” people and to address “real” world problems, such as critical thinking, reflective practice and effective communication skills.
  • Wolverhampton is a unique environment to study social policy: with its diverse social, economic and cultural landscape, not to mention its unique history, the locality provides students with a rich backdrop to embed their learning experience. 
  • Your learning will be supported by research active staff, as well as drawing on the expertise of visiting speakers from relevant organisations.
  • You design your degree programme, selecting from a range of modules looking at topics such as poverty, racism, unemployment, crime, children and families, gender and disability.
  • You will be a name, not a number!
  • The Faculty of Social Science has strong links with local community & voluntary organisations, and local public sector organisations, such as schools. As a result we have many collaborative research projects which aim to benefit the community, and we are able to provide students with the option to take up placements and voluntary opportunities with organisations, such as Citizen’s Advice, Hope Community and Refugee Action. This will allow you to apply your learning to real life situations and to enhance your employability. This is what Emily Foskitt, Manager of Citizens Advice Wolverhampton says.

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

  1. Reflect on and understand social, political and cultural diversity.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of Social Policy studied, including familiarity with its institutions and procedures and an understanding of how law fits together and operates in comparable jurisdictions.
  3. Be able to apply a critical approach to methods of enquiry and evaluation in a social policy context.
  4. Be able to evaluate social policies both independently and in relation to social policy taught specifically in other modules. 
  5. Be able to act independently in planning and managing tasks with limited guidance in areas which they have studied and will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of ICT and engage with blended and technology supported learning.
  6. Be able to apply social policy theories to analyse social needs and policy outcomes.

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

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.

"Immediately I started the course I felt engaged. Social policy is about ‘real life’; it impacts us all.  The module choice is wide but relevant and gives plenty of opportunity to explore areas of interest.

"From a personal point of view, as a mature (very mature 58!) it has made me think very differently about life and especially politics. I am no longer happy to accept that things are ‘just how they are’, I question the motives of policy and realise that with political will things could change. Social policy tackles the important current issues such as foodbanks, healthcare, housing, education and welfare. The course gives you an understanding of how we got here, how things could change and the importance of good policy.

"Upon entry to university my hope was to maximize my employment opportunities and hopefully enjoy the challenges along the way, however, it has surpassed my expectations. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I have found it challenging but extremely satisfying.  Doing this course has inspired in me a wish not just to find employment but also to do something that might make a difference to others. In short, it has completely changed my outlook on life, widened my views and challenged perceptions I held prior to studying social policy. I would thoroughly recommend it.” 

Tracy Minton, 3rd Year Social Policy

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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