Community and Social Care: Policy and Practice BA (Hons) - Top-up

Community and Social Care: Policy and Practice BA (Hons) - Top-up

School of Social Work, Care and Community




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Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    C586; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons) - Top-up

Why study this course?

If you have completed a foundation degree and are interested in making a difference in your community, this applied degree will help you develop a wider understanding of social welfare, social exclusion and disadvantage. In this top up year you will look at  human and social needs, social justice and the policy and systems of service delivery. With a strength based practice ethos the course explores applied research and practice in community development are and social care.  You can choose from a wide range of modules to suit your interests and ambitions, including social enterprise, homelessness, race and ethnicity, mental health,  social construction of gender, working with people with learning disabilities, disability studies, youth studies, social pedagogy, safeguarding and crime and society. 

National Student Survey 2017
Social Work at UCLan - 91.9% satisfaction for providing opportunities for students to apply what they have learnt.



Entry Requirements

Pass Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care, Children, Young People and their Services, with 40%

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.

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Course at a Glance

Compulsory Modules

  • Dissertation (Double or Single) or
  • Community Research Project
  • Critical Social Policy
  • Applied Community Practice

Optional Modules

  • Youth Matters
  • Race and Racism
  • Gender Issues
  • Working with People with Learning Disabilities
  • Disability Studies
  • Crime in Society
  • Mental Health
  • Safeguarding Young People

Further Information

Completing of the top up degree leads to the BA (Hons) Community and Social Care: Policy and Practice and can be taken 1 year full time or part-time. For those taking the Foundation Degree Health and Social Care at our partner colleges, you can also choose to complete two years, on the integrated masters MComSC which includes a fourth year of study at M level- see link above. Both the one year BA (Hons) and two year top up to MComSC will enhanced your employment prospects as you undertake a higher level of study and work experience.


Past students have gone on to gain employment as graduates in a range of settings including the voluntary sector, youth offending teams, family support work, adult social care services and the NHS, homelessness projects. In addition, they have progressed onto postgraduate courses in social work and teaching. There is a high level of employability for students who have completed this degree.


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Apply Now

You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

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.

Further information:

For 2017/18 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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course is ideal if you have family responsibilities or otherwise, as classes run between 10am – 3pm. Cohorts are small and friendly and we provide a mutually supportive environment in which the perspectives of all students are valued.

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 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, debates and exams.

I learnt a great deal about social welfare and politics and now pay a keen interest in these issues.