• Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code L300
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  • Course Specifications View
  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020, 20 January 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Why choose this course?

The Sociology degree offers you the chance to analyse and understand the complexities of the global world in which we live.  During your studies, you will learn about the concepts, theories and methods essential to what we call a ‘sociological imagination’ – that special way of identifying, describing and understanding the nature of social life.

Over the course of your studies, you will develop critical understanding of a range of institutional conditions, cultural processes and social relations, within and across societies.  In the course of learning selected ‘social facts’ of society, you will be able to apply those concepts, theories and methods that are unique to this exciting discipline.

Students are encouraged to share knowledge and be enterprising with their ideas in self-directed and cooperative learning activities. You will acquire the skills necessary to gather evidence and apply theories to a range of social issues, and to communicate your ideas through interpersonal and digitally literate ways.  At each level of study you are given the opportunity to undertake accredited voluntary work in the local community or a work placement – an experience that broadens your sociological knowledge, deepens your appreciation of civic responsibility and enhances your opportunities for graduate employment. 

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:


Year 1

4SA007 The Development of the Welfare State: 1945-2010 (20 Credits)

4PO003 Introduction to British Politics 20 SEM1 Core (20 Credits)

4SA008 Contemporary Social Policy (20 Credits)

4CJ003 Thinking about Crime or 4SL005 The Sociological Imagination (20 Credits)

4SL010 The Media and the Manufacture of Deviance or  4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or 4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism or 4EC002 Macroeconomic Principles or 4CJ002 Criminal Justice or 4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

4SL010 The Media and the Manufacture of Deviance or  4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or 4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism or 4EC002 Macroeconomic Principles or 4CJ002 Criminal Justice or 4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

Year 2

5SA007 Paying for Welfare (20 Credits)

5SA014 Families, Children and the State (20 Credits)

5SA009 Communities in Social Policy (20 Credits)

5SL007 Doing Quantitative Research (20 Credits)

5CJ006 Punishment and Society or 5PO006 Contemporary Britain or 5SL001 Racism, Diversity and difference in the British Context or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5LW016 Housing and Welfare Law or 5CJ009 Victims and Offenders (20 Credits)

Year 3

6SL012 Qualitative Research Methods (20 Credits)

6SA004 Independent Project Social Policy (20 Credits)

6SA003 Approaches to Poverty and Social Exclusion or 6SA004 Independent Project Social Policy (20 Credits)

6CJ006 Controlling Crime or 6SL008 Globalisation: Struggles and Resistance (20 Credits)

6SL011 The Sociology of Migration or 6CJ002 Prisons and Prisoners or 6LW043 Nationality, Immigration and Asylum (20 Credits)

6SA001 Participation and Policy or 6SA008 Social Policy of Work and Labour Markets (20 Credits)

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Sociology graduates are employed in a wide range of careers but with a definite inclination towards work in the public sector and voluntary sectors:  in teaching, social research in the civil service and local government, or with think tanks; public sector management; as professional practitioners or working on projects in areas concerning, for example social inequalities and social exclusion.  Recent graduates have been employed, for example, as neighbourhood development officers, volunteer management, family support workers, social care workers, housing officers, social inclusion workers and care managers. Graduates are also well equipped to continue their post-graduate studies in Sociology, Education, Teacher Training, Social Care, Social Work.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Taught by experts in their field, you will develop your knowledge and skills through the study of sociological theories and methods, and through application of these important sociological tools to a range of contemporary topics.  The teaching team are all active researchers who are eager to share their ideas and practical experiences of ‘doing Sociology,’ which means that you will benefit from a highly relevant and topical programme. To equip you with the practical skills needed for the workplace, you can also undertake community-based learning through placements in voluntary agencies and organisations. 

As a graduate of this course you will be able to demonstrate: 

  1. Critically understand a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in Sociology and comprehend the distinctive character of Sociological thought;
  2. Critically review, synthesise, analyse and evaluate a wide range of appropriate evidence in relation to a variety of social theories, and to mobilise a reasoned, sociologically informed argument;
  3. Conduct quantitative and qualitative research in a preliminary way, and communicate findings to a range of audiences using appropriate technologies in digitally literate ways;
  4. Demonstrate a wide range of conceptual and practical skills commensurate with graduate employment, and personal and social development;
  5. Work independently by directing, managing and reflecting upon your learning activities, and to engage cooperatively with others in the planning, preparation and execution of tasks;
  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 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

  • 96 UCAS points
  • CCC from ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM
  • 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 entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
  • 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 http://wlv.ac.uk/mature 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 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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