School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Sociology and History with Foundation Year

BA (Hons) Full-time 4 years, Part-time 8 years

This programme of study offers you the chance to analyse and understand the complexities of the social world in its historical and contemporary context.

This programme of study offers you the chance to analyse and understand the complexities of the social world in its historical and contemporary context.

Why choose this course?

This programme of study offers you the chance to analyse and understand the complexities of the social world in its historical and contemporary context. During your studies, you will learn about those concepts, theories and methods essential to what we call an historical and sociological imagination - those special ways of identifying, describing and evaluating the past and the present.

Using traditional and enhanced electronic forms of learning, you will develop your skills for gathering evidence and applying theories to a range of historical and sociological issues. In the process, you will be encouraged to share ideas and be intellectually enterprising. You will also have the opportunity to do volunteer work in the local community – an experience that allows you to apply the skills you have acquired in the classroom to a range of social settings, deepens your appreciation of civic responsibility and enhances your opportunities for employment.

The foundation year of this course is designed to offer applicants who do not have the required qualifications, a programme which will equip them with a robust toolkit of academic, digital and personal skills required for successful study in higher education. It also provides an understanding of, and insight into, a range of disciplines that underpin their chosen programme of study. In the foundation year students will develop their ability to gain the most out of structured in-class study, and also to manage and evaluate their own independent learning. This wide range of transferable skills is of immense value in both undergraduate study and graduate employment. Upon successful completion of the foundation year, students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of their subject area to degree level.

Further information on history.
Further infromation on sociology.


What happens on the course?

The study of Sociology and History at the University of Wolverhampton offers a research-engaged and skillsled way to learn about the complexities of the social world in its historical and contemporary contexts.

The Foundation Year will develop the skills and knowledge that you need to study at undergraduate level. Building on your strengths and working on your weaknesses will support you to feel confident by the end of the first year that you are ready to undertake the directed and independent learning which will help you to achieve your potential on a degree course.

This course will develop your knowledge and skills through theoretical and evidence-based practice, and through application of these important sociological and historical tools to a range of contemporary topics.

The teaching team are all active researchers who bring their research expertise into the classroom to share their practical experiences of ‘doing’ Sociology and History.

You will learn about the histories of, and connections between, different parts of the world, and have the choice to focus on your own interests. This course encourages community-based learning through placements in not-for-profit agencies and organisations across the Midlands region.

The University of Wolverhampton are pioneers of accredited volunteering in the UK and these modules are embedded in the course as  part of the student learning experience.

Graduate employability is embedded throughout the degree programme at The University of Wolverhampton, developing students’ expertise in a range of key employer-identified skills and attributes that prepare our students for the workforce of the future

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The skills, competencies and knowledge you learn through sociological and historical study are directly relevant to a variety of careers. Sociology graduates are often employed in the public sector: doing social research in the civil service, local government or with think tanks; public sector management; as professional practitioners or working on projects in areas concerning social inequalities and social exclusion. History graduates are often employed in libraries and information work, archive management, museum administration and heritage management. Local government, the civil service, the media, teaching and a range of business and commercial enterprises actively seek graduates with sociology and history degrees. Many of our students also continue their studies taking a range of post-graduate courses.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

You will be able to study key theories and methods of each discipline, and apply them to particular sociological and historical themes and issues.

You will have the opportunity to engage in community-based learning through placement in local voluntary agencies, organisations and work environments.

You will be taught by skilled tutors and active researchers who are eager to share their scholarships and practical experiences of ‘doing history and sociology.’


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

  1. To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in the disciplines of sociology and history;
  2. To demonstrate a critical understanding of the problematic nature of sociological and historical evidence in your efforts to interpret the past and make sense of the present;
  3. To demonstrate your ability to analyse the processes of continuity and change, and the connections between society and identity, particularly in relation to place, ethnicity, gender and social class;
  4. To conduct sociological and historical research and communicate your findings to a range of audiences, using appropriate technologies in digitally literate ways;
  5. To demonstrate a range of conceptual and practical skills commensurate with graduate employment, and personal and social development;
  6. To develop an understanding of the value of civic responsibility in your outlook toward and relationships with others.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

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: 48 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades DD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades PPP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

 Other Requirements

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.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


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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