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School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Sociology and Politics with Foundation Year

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

 The Sociology and Politics degree gives students the opportunity to analyse and understand the major political and sociological traditions through which we can make sense of the modern world.

 The Sociology and Politics degree gives students the opportunity to analyse and understand the major political and sociological traditions through which we can make sense of the modern world.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code L306
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (8 years), Full-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Why choose this course?

 The Sociology and Politics degree gives students the opportunity to analyse and understand the major political and sociological traditions through which we can make sense of the modern world. This degree also focuses upon the debates concerning developments around economic, political and cultural globalisation.

Students are encouraged to apply their sociological and political knowledge to a range of key contemporary issues and to understand the impact such issues have upon citizenship, popular culture, education and employment in a national and international context.

Students have the opportunity to undertake community placements as part of the course. Such experiences broaden your academic knowledge, deepen your appreciation of civic responsibility and enhance opportunities for employment.

Teaching and learning is designed to support digital literacy. Students will acquire the skills necessary to gather evidence and apply theories to a range of social and political issues. Students are encouraged to share knowledge and be enterprising with their ideas. Global comparative perspectives are incorporated in the degree providing students with the opportunity to learn about society and politics in other countries.

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.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

  • Graduates from this degree course are likely to be attracted to a wide range of careers in the public and voluntary sectors, particularly local government.
  • You may go into teaching, lecturing or research in the fields of Sociology or Politics. If you want to become a teacher you will need to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
  • You could also choose to apply for Postgraduate courses in Sociology, Politics, Social Work, Masters degrees in the Voluntary and Public Sectors.

 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The combination of Sociology and Politics provides students with essential theoretical and methodological tools required to analyse and understand aspects of contemporary social and political life and to comprehend the impact of political decision-making upon our lives.

This course involves work and community placements at every level of study, allowing students to put their knowledge into practice thereby deepening appreciation of these two disciplines and enhancing employment opportunities.

Students will be taught by skilled staff who are committed to high qualityteaching and whoare research-active. Our research-led teaching ensures that you will be learning about the latest developments in the disciplines of Sociology and Politics.

 A successful graduate from this course is expected to be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. Demonstrate a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in the disciplines of Sociology and to comprehend the distinctive character of Sociological thought;
  2. Critically review, analyse and evaluate a wide range of appropriate evidence in relation to a variety of social theories or theories used in sociology and politics, and to mobilise a reasoned, informed argument;
  3. Conduct research in a preliminary way, and communicate findings to a range of audiences using appropriate technologies in digitally literate ways;
  4. Demonstrate their knowledge of the political history, institutions and ideological traditions of the UK and/or one other area;
  5. Demonstrate understanding of  key issues in relation to rights, diversity and equality, and inclusion in the modern world;
  6. Demonstrate a range of conceptual and practical skills commensurate with graduate employment, and personal and social development.

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: 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 http://wlv.ac.uk/mature 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 gov.uk 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 (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/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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