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University of Wolverhampton

Social Care and Sociology

UCAS Code: LL35

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D

Access to HE Diploma Full award (60 credits)

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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UCAS Tariff

88
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Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Social care

Sociology

Through this course you will analyse and understand the complexities of the social world in which we live. You will study key issues in social care and develop an understanding of theories of care management and practice. You will also study key concepts, methods and theories from sociology that will enhance your 'sociological imagination'. During your course of study, you will have the opportunity to do volunteer work in the local community.

Year 1 introduces you to sociological thought and research and introduces a variety of themes. You will be encouraged to think sociologically about issues such as education, the family, health, crime, women's campaigning and volunteering. You may consider the impact of industrialisation and urbanisation, and the emergence and development of capitalist industrial societies. Alongside this, you will study the social groups most likely to be in need of social care services, how social care services are organised. Other opportunities include enhancing your study skills and undertaking a period of supervised voluntary work in a voluntary or community-based organisation.

Year 2 looks at concepts of values and theories of assessment and communication. Students have the opportunity to study issues that affect different service user groups and enhance their understanding of the legal and policy context of social care. Students will continue their study of sociological methods, and investigate both classical and contemporary sociological theory. There is also an opportunity to undertake supervised voluntary work.

Year 3 explores the management of welfare and the joined up nature of policy implementation. This final year encourages the development of analytical skills to compare the provision and delivery of social care within European states. You may be able to undertake a placement where you carry out a practical piece of research usually for a voluntary or community organisation, or undertake an individually-supervised project on a sociological topic of your choice.

Graduates continue to be attracted to careers, mostly in the public and not for profit sector. Careers in care management, social research, policy writing and community work are all accessible for graduates. Post-graduate courses in Social Work or a wide variety of Social Policy areas are also available to social care and social policy graduates.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Wolverhampton

Department:

Institute of Community and Society

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

71%
low
Social care
80%
med
Sociology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
46%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
13%
Male students
87%
Female students
55%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
C

Sociology

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
97%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
15%
Male students
85%
Female students
54%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
84%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
20%
Welfare professionals
13%
Childcare and related personal services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We're short of social workers - so if you want a degree that is in demand, then this could be the one for you! There's a shortage of social workers all over the UK, and graduates can specialise in specific fields such as mental health or children's social work. If you decide social work is not for you, then social work graduates also often go into management, education, youth and community work and even nursing. Starting salaries for this degree can reflect the high proportion of graduates who choose a social work career - social work graduates get paid, on average, more than graduates overall, but not all options pay as well as social work. This is also an unusual subject in that London isn't one of the more common places to find jobs - so if you want to get a job near to your home or your university this might be worth thinking about.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
94%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
8%
Customer service occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

Sociology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£21k

£21k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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