School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Social Policy

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

Social Policy is the study of ways in which government, charities, and even businesses meet our welfare needs that we cannot meet ourselves.

Social Policy is the study of ways in which government, charities, and even businesses meet our welfare needs that we cannot meet ourselves.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code L400
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  • Start Date(s) 20 January 2020, 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 is the study of ways in which government, charities, and even businesses meet our welfare needs that we cannot meet ourselves.  Including areas such as health, housing, education, benefits and much more, Social Policy at the University of Wolverhampton covers topics that are important in today’s society, economy and politics. 

As well as learning about why Britain has a welfare state, studying Social Policy involves looking at contemporary policies, the way welfare and services are delivered and ask questions about how this is changing.  Over the last twenty years, Social Policy has been a key focus for local and national governments as well as increasing welfare provision coming from charities and private business.  It is clear that this focus is set to remain for the foreseeable future. 

What happens on the course?

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Potential Career Paths

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Everything you need to know about this course!

Social Policy at the University of Wolverhampton is taught in a lively and engaging manner with plenty of opportunities for discussion, debate and questions.  In addition to lectures and seminars, the course includes field trips and visiting speakers from a range of organisations.  There is also a high level of staff support, with all teaching staff being available in their offices for students to visit every week and dedicated support for essay writing.  Our teaching is informed by the extensive local research we carry out and is delivered through a diverse range of methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, guest speakers, tutorials and quizzes. 

Graduating with a degree in Social Policy opens up a wide range of opportunities.  For those looking for a job, our graduates are working in a diverse range of settings including housing, social care, immigration and numerous voluntary sector organisations.  Employers are happy to take on Social Policy graduates as it shows you can understand policy development and the ways in which it works; these are valuable skills.  To further enhance students’ employability, the course includes opportunities for students to formally volunteer as well as having yearlong placement modules at level five. 

For those wanting to study in more depth after graduating, many of our graduates progress on to postgraduate courses, such as masters programmes.  This includes occupational courses such as Social Work as well as other courses studying areas such housing, international development, health and much more. 

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

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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.

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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