Newman University to offer Social Work and Sociology from September 2022

20/05/2021 by Charlotte Knowles

Newman University, Birmingham is excited to launch a number of new courses for September 2022*, as part of its newly restructured Social Studies subject area.

The University has a long tradition of delivering programmes within the field of Social Studies. The newly restructured Social Studies department brings together it’s well established BA (Hons) Working with Children Young People and Families degree with exciting new programmes in Social Work as well as Sociology.

Gill Ince has recently been appointed as the new Head of Social Studies at Newman University and will be overseeing the introduction of these new programmes. Gill joins Newman from the University of the West of England (UWE), and has extensive experience of designing and delivering social work education and other social science subjects, commenting on these exciting new developments Gill said “Newman University is the ideal place to study your social science degree.  Its commitment to principles of social justice and widening participation align clearly with social work and sociology subject areas.  These new courses will be innovative and exciting with work related learning opportunities throughout the programme to prepare you for your future careers. Newman University prides itself on the support that is available to its students to achieve their best work.”

The BA (Hons) Social Work programme will equip students with the core skills required to confidently embark on a career as a social worker working with the most vulnerable members of society, seeking to improve lives and protect from harm. Students will learn from ‘experts through experience’, academics from multi-disciplinary backgrounds and social work practitioners. They will undertake 200 days of practice placement and skills development in a range of statutory and voluntary, independent and private social care settings.

The BA (Hons) Sociology offers students the opportunity to develop skills and experience in independent critical thinking and the application of theoretical concepts to real world problems.  Students will gain employability experience through work-related learning in their second year and through the inclusion of employer led live briefs throughout the programme.  They will be encouraged to consider topical debates and discourses including, for example, climate change and sustainability, poverty and social justice.

Dr Mehreen Mirza, Associate Dean of the Department of Business, Sport and Social Studies, and an experienced Sociologist added “We are so very pleased to be able to offer Sociology at Newman as of September 2022.  Our Sociology programme combines the theoretical frameworks that are needed to understand the way that societies here and around the globe are organised and structured, with a real-world focus on examining contemporary issues such as COVID and its impact, for example, in cities like Birmingham.  Our programme aims to provide our students with the tools and the understanding needed to make positive changes to our communities and the wider world and to develop the skills needed to go into a wide range of Graduate-level roles.”

To coincidence with the launch of these new programmes next September Newman University will be hosting virtual information evenings this June for Social Work (16th June), and Sociology (23rd June). During these sessions students can find out more about our courses, what makes them distinctive, and discover the diverse range of careers that are available to Social Studies graduates. Students will also get to experience short interactive taster sessions – showcasing Newman University’s unique approach to teaching.

For more information about our new Social Studies degrees please visit

*Both courses will be delivered subject to successful validation.