School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Sociology and History

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

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code LV31
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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 University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

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.

Further information on History.
Further information on Sociology.


What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:


Year 1

4SL005 The Sociological Imagination (20 Credits)

4HS001 The Pursuit of History (20 Credits)

4SL009 Introduction to Classical Sociological Theory (20 Credits)

4HS003 The Making of Modern Britain, c1700 - c1819 (20 Credits)

4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4PO005 Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire from 1800 to 1950 or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or 4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language or 4SL010 The Media and the Manufacture of Deviance or 4WR004 The Holocaust (20 Credits)

Year 2

5SL005 Issues and Debates in Sociological Thought (20 Credits)

5SL007 Doing Quantitative Research (20 Credits)

5HS006 The Social History of Victorian Britain c1850-c1901 or 5HS008 Migrant Journeys, Migrant Stories, Itinerants, Migrants and Refugees c1800- 1950 or 5HS002 Revolutionary Ireland 1798-1940 or 5HS010 The Great War 1914-1918 (20 Credits)

5PO006 Contemporary Britain or 5SA014 Families, Children and the State or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5SL001 Racism, Diversity and difference in the British Context (20 Credits)

5HS003 Sex and the City: Sexuality in the Long Eighteenth Century or 5HS007 Preserving the Past: Heritage, History and Identity (20 Credits)

5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5SL002 Making Gender (20 Credits)

Year 3

6SL012 Qualitative Research Methods (20 Credits)

*Choose two of the following modules*6HS003 Consumption and the World of Goods: Drink, Drugs and Shopping in Britain, c. 1650-c.1830 or 6HS011 From Reich to Republic. German Society 1871-1924 or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community (40 Credits)

*Choose two of the following modules*6SL003 Independent Project in Sociology or 6SL004 Community Link in Sociology or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6HS004 Independent Study in History or 6SL002 Global Educational Issues or 6SL011 The Sociology of Migration or 6HS001 America: The Rise of a Superpower, 1890-1945 or 6HS006 Youth Culture and Popular Music in Twentieth Century Britain or 6HS010 Germany 1919-1945. From Weimar to Auschwitz. or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6HS014 The Family in Britain, 1830-1939 (60 Credits)


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/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

2019 Entry

  • ‘A’ levels at grades BBC - CCC
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

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.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

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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