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Community and Social Care: Policy and Practice BA (Hons)

Community and Social Care: Policy and Practice BA (Hons)

School of Social Work, Care and Community

UCAS Code

L590

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years.

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    L590; Short form: BA/CSC

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

If you want to make a difference in your community, this applied degree will help you develop a wider understanding of social welfare, social exclusion and disadvantage. You’ll get to grips with the policy and systems of service delivery, issues of power and oppression and social justice, as well as community development and human and social needs, all with an emphasis on delivering strength based practice. In your second and third years you can choose from a wide range of modules to suit your interests and ambitions, including social enterprise, homelessness, race and ethnicity, mental health, people with learning disabilities, disability studies, youth studies, social pedagogy, safeguarding and substance misuse.  

 

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma:
 Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P
IELTS: 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent 

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

There is still time to apply

Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory Modules:

  • Introduction to Community Practice: Research and Development
  • Society in Focus: A Sociological Understanding
  • Communication and Social Media Skills in Social Care
  • Contextualising Welfare 1: The Development of British Social Policy
  • Contextualising Welfare 2: Theories, Concepts and Issues

Optional Modules (choose one):

  • Development Across the Life Span
  • Asset Based Integrated Learning
  • Free Choice Elective

Year 2

Compulsory Modules:

  • Working in Community Practice: Research and Development
  • Social Care: Theory and Practice
  • Power, Oppression and Society
  • Management, Markets and Delivering Welfare
  • Comparative Social Welfare

Optional Modules (choose one):

  • Health, Ageing and Social Care
  • Drugs and Society
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Difference, Diversity and Inclusive Practice
  • 'Race', Racism and Ethnicity
  • Student Initiated Module
  • Social Pedagogy (taught in 3rd Semester with residential)
  • International Social Policy: Studying Abroad

Year 3

Compulsory Modules:

  • Single or Double Dissertation or
  • Community Research Project
  • Applied Community Practice: Research and Development
  • Critical Social Policy

Optional Modules (choose two or three):

  • Disability Studies
  • Crime and Society
  • Social Enterprise and Community Management
  • Poverty, Homelessness and Supported Housing
  • Working with People with Learning Disabilities
  • Youth Matters
  • Gender Issues
  • Mental Health and Social Care
  • Racism and Social Welfare
  • Social Theory: textual Analysis
  • Student Initiated Module
  • Allied Subjects
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology
  • Children, Schools and Families
  • Community Development
  • Social Work
  • Health and Social Care
  • Politics

Further Information

The course aims to ensure all our students are knowledgeable, skilled and prepared to work in the changing environment of community and social care. Fundamental to our approach to learning and teaching on the BA (Hons) Community and Social Care: Policy and Practice, is that students understand the importance of promoting and working inclusively with people in the broad context of social care and community work. This includes understanding the policy and systems of service delivery, issues of power and oppression and social justice and human and social needs. 

Level 1

The first year provides a broad-based foundation to understand:

- The contemporary structure, activities and organisations in the provision of welfare and community services
- Key concepts in understanding human and social needs
- Values of working inclusively with people and communities
- Interpersonal and communication skills for working with people

There are 5 compulsory modules, which are interlinked to cover this broad foundation and students are required to undertake 60 hours of work experience. Work experience options could also include working with the informal and formal community care resources

Students can expand their understanding of strength based approaches completing their work experience in community development projects, with the optional module, Asset Based Community Development module or students can expand their understanding of working with people through the optional module Development Across the Life Span.

Level 2

In Year 2 students deepen their understanding of the welfare and social care provision and develop skills and values for work in community and social care setting with five compulsory subjects and 120 hours work experience. Key areas explored in the second year are:

- Empowerment and other key concepts in community practice to address human and social need
- Participatory approaches with users, carers and local communities
- Welfare management and social policy in relation to community service delivery in the UK and internationally
- Diversity and key concepts to understand issues of power, oppression and social justice
- Research methods and their application in the operation of welfare service provision including fundraising and bid writing for project design and development

Students are encourage to continue work on project development/ community engagement as part of the work experience and the course has a number of projects which students have steered and managed with the support of the lecturing staff.

In additional to the compulsory modules student choose one optional module that looks in more depth at a particular area of practice such as working with substance misuse or safeguarding children.

Level 3

In Year 3 there is a consolidation of learning and the opportunity to do independent study or research choosing either a literature based Dissertation; either single or double OR Community Research Project.

The community research project provides an opportunity for students to undertake:

- Evaluation research of a project or agency; OR
- Community project design and implementation involving provision of service and/ or community engagement; OR
- The creation of a Social Enterprise, developing a business plan

There are two compulsory modules focusing on:

- Critical analysis of the policy context of community and social care
- Action and Participatory Research - working with users, carers and local communities in research
- Practice based experience, concentrating on strength based and person centred approaches
- Developing and supporting community work

In the final year there are 200 hours of work experience. Students are encouraged to engage in work experience over the summer and the community research project work can meet the work experience hours

Students choose 2 or 3 more optional modules from a wide range of modules focusing on specific areas of social care and community delivery such as youth; mental health; learning disabilities; working with offenders – see list below.

One of the optional modules, Social Enterprise enables students to develop a business plan in in conjunction with the Community Research option students can start their own Social Enterprise and apply for funding from UCLan Futures for the continuation of the Social Enterprise on graduation.

There is a wide range of optional modules on offer including social enterprise, homelessness, ‘race’ and ethnicity, mental health, people with learning disabilities, disability studies, youth studies, health issues and substance misuse, which allows students to specialise in their areas of interest.

 

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Industry Links

We have strong links with employers and agencies - structured work experience is embedded in the programme enabling you to gain the experience of social care and community-based services and project development and to link the classroom learning with real world delivery.

Learning Environment and Assessment

With full and part-time study available, the learning environment on the programme includes interactive classes, workshops, group work, personal tutorials, seminars and structured work experience in a community and/or social care setting. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in independent study and group work projects. In addition, all students will have a personal tutor who will support students with any academic and pastoral issues as well as promoting student’s personal development.

A variety of approaches are used in assessing work. Each subject has its own assessment requirements which take the form of essay, group and individual presentations, workbooks, portfolios, conference presentations, debates and exams.

The teaching has lots of features that apply to work settings.

Opportunities

Graduates have gone onto work for a wide variety of employers in welfare settings, the voluntary and charitable sectors, education, the police, probation and the national offender service, youth offending teams, homelessness agencies, substance misuse agencies and the advice and research agencies in the voluntary or statutory sectors. The course also provides a good preparation for professional training at postgraduate level in areas such as probation, social work, housing management, teaching or academic research.

You’ll be encouraged to secure your own structured work experience – encouraging engagement and ownership – providing relevant interview and ‘real-life’ job application experience.

The course has really prepared me for studying the MA in Social Work.

International Opportunities

Through the Erasmus Educational Exchange Programme, you’ll have the opportunity to study international approaches to community and social care in a variety of countries, including Poland, Germany, Spain, Denmark and Sweden or through ISEP you can study in America, Canada and Australia.

Students from our partners join our programme in Year 2 and in the second year of the programme students partake in an international conference, with teaching from our ERASMUS partners.

For those students not able to partake in the international exchange programme there are opportunities for study tours abroad. We have had study tours to Portugal, Poland, and Sweden.