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School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Sociology and Social Policy

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

The programme gives students the opportunity to analyse and understand the complexities of the world we live in.

The programme gives students the opportunity to analyse and understand the complexities of the world we live in.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code LL34
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020, 18 January 2021
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus, University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Why choose this course?

The programme gives students the opportunity to analyse and understand the complexities of the world we live in. Students can then apply their sociological knowledge in the study and critical analysis of key social issues in contemporary society, the impact these social issues have on people’s lives and the social policy responses to deal with these issues. The course equips students with knowledge and skills appropriate for a range of graduate roles in the statutory, voluntary and commercial sector.

Further information on Sociology and Social Policy.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Sociology and Social Policy graduates continue to be attracted to a wide range of careers, mostly in the public and voluntary sectors. Careers in public sector management, regeneration and social exclusion, social research, policy writing, social support, housing and community work are all accessible for graduates.

Postgraduate courses in Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work or a wide variety of related areas are also available to sociology and social policy graduates.


Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The combination of sociology and social policy provides students with essential theoretical and methodological tools required to describe and analyse aspects of social life, and to comprehend the nature, importance and impact of social policy on our quality of life.

Students will have the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice through community-based learning programmes. Community placements deepen your appreciation of these two disciplines and enhance your employment opportunities.

You will be taught by skilled staff who are committed to high quality teaching and who are research-active. We bring to the class room a wide range of experience in the fields of sociological research and social policy provision.


 A successful graduate from this course is expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in Sociology and comprehend the distinctive character of Sociological thought.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to critically review, analyse and evaluate a wide range of sociological evidence in relation to various disciplined-based theories, and  to mobilise a reasoned sociological argument.
  3. Conduct preliminary research, and  apply a critical approach to methods of inquiry and evaluation in Sociological and Social Policy contexts.
  4. Reflect on and understand social, political and cultural diversity.
  5. Apply social policy theories to analyse social needs and policy interventions.
  6. Demonstrate a range of conceptual and practical skills commensurate with graduate employment, and an understanding of the importance of equality and diversity in your outlook towards and relationships with others.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
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.



Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website to find out more.


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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