Applied Community and Social Care Studies

Applied Community and Social Care Studies BA (Hons) - Top-up

Want to make a difference? The BA (Hons) Applied Community and Social Care Studies (Top-Up) will provide you with a strong knowledge base and develops key skills required for community and social care leadership roles.

A range of specialist modules/topics are offered to suit your areas of interest: management skills in community practice; racism, ethnicity and social welfare; critical social policy; social housing and homelessness; mental health and social care; drugs and society; poverty, exclusion and social justice; crime and society; and many more.

Course team members are experienced academics whose specialist research and scholarly activity is in areas associated with community or social care practice.  In addition to academic experience, many staff on the course team have worked as qualified social workers, whilst most others have direct experience of practice in the social care and community development sectors.

In addition to enhancing your employment opportunities the programme provides essential educational underpinnings for students to progress onto further postgraduate study and research in, for example, social work, social policy, education, community leadership etc.

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons) - Top-up

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Excellent teaching and student support from the course team and UCLan’s wider support services.
  • Outstanding student satisfaction which promotes individual aims, aspirations and success rates in degree progression
  • As part of the course you will have the opportunity to hear about the experiences of service users, carers, patients and public members via our community engagement and service user support (Comensus) groups

Course Overview

2 compulsory modules, 1 ‘pathway option’ module (either SW3813 or SW3811), and 2 optional modules (must be from different ‘cluster’ groups)

Compulsory Modules

  • SW3800 Management Skills in Community Practice
  • SW3802 Critical Social Policy

Then either:

  • SW3813 Dissertation (Policy pathway)


  • SW3811 Community Research Project (Practice pathway)


Optional Modules (choose from)

  • Cluster A: SW3812 Social Housing and Homelessness; SW3012 Racism, Ethnicity and Social Welfare; Level 6 UCLan Free Choice Elective
  • Cluster B: SW3807 Social Enterprise in Community Practice; SW3728 Sex and Power; SW3726 Youth Matters
  • Cluster C: SW3723 Social Theory: Textual Analysis; SW3017 Crime and Society; SW3100 Mental Health and Social Care
  • Cluster D: SW3814 Working with Vulnerable Adults; SW3009 Drugs and Society; SW3721 Poverty, Exclusion and Social Justice

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Fees 2020/21

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

Entry Requirements

Pass Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care; Foundation Degree Children, Young People and their Services; or similar Foundation Degree (subject to Accreditation of Prior Learning policy).

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DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

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Future Careers 

BA (Hons) Applied Community and Social Care Studies (Top-Up) graduates are well placed to work for a wide variety of employers in welfare settings: education, the police, probation and the national offender service, youth offending teams, housing management, substance misuse agencies and many more

This programme seeks to prepare participants for graduate level employment in management and leadership roles across a range of settings within the community and social care sector, including schools, drugs agencies, youth offending services, probation, housing organisations and charities.

Examples of the roles graduates from this programme undertake include: family support workers, learning mentors, youth workers, community development workers, social workers (following additional training), drugs workers, agency managers and project co-ordinators.

Many of our students choose to stay with us and progress onto further study at masters and doctoral level.

Overview and Opportunities

  • Interactive, inclusive and engaging lectures/seminars incorporating a blended learning approach both in class and online for flexibility of learning and study.
  • Our strong links with employers and agencies enable you to link classroom learning to real-world experiences across a wide range of social care and community-based organisations
  • Students are encouraged to enrich their experience by engaging with the School’s research culture, e.g. attending guest speaker seminars and conferences

Learning Environment

The learning environment includes blended interactive online and in-class delivery, workshops, and group work.  Personal tutorials with your year lead, seminars and opportunities to access structured work experience in a community and/or social care setting.

Students have the opportunity to engage in independent study and group work projects. In addition, all students will have a Year Lead and access to student coaches/study support who assist with any academic and pastoral issues as well as personal development.

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

Prompt feedback on your assessments is provided and presented within a positive and supportive framework.  This enables learners to develop as an individual and achieve personal aims and aspirations.

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Social Work, Care and Community

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.