Community and Social Care: Policy and Practice

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

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.

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:

    L590

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • We have strong links with employers and agencies, enabling you to link your classroom learning to real-world experiences accessible to you across a wide range of social care and community-based organisations.
  • You’ll be encouraged to secure your own structured work experience, providing relevant interview and ‘real-life’ job application experience.
  • You can choose from a wide range of modules to suit your interests and ambitions.

Course Overview

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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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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

Our typical offer is 104 - 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction - Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 106 - 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

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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.

Further Information

Learning and Assessment

The learning environment on the programme includes a 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.

You will also have the opportunity to engage in independent study and group work projects. In addition, all students will have a Year Lead and student coach who will support you with any academic and pastoral issues as well as promoting your personal development.

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

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

  • Study Skills – Year long and will enable you to begin a personal academic journey with strong foundations within academic writing, reading and organisational skills. These skills will support your written essays and group work undertaken in Understanding and Working with Individuals, Families and Communities
  • Information Management – Providing opportunities to  enhance your IT skills
  • Understanding Individuals, Families and Communities and Working with Individuals, Families and Communities – You will begin to 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. 
  • Asset-based Community Development -  Encouraging you to develop your interest in local diverse communities and introducing the concept of empowerment and other key concepts in community practice. This also includes the theory behind Participatory approaches with service-users, carers and local communities

Future Careers 

Upon successful completion of this Foundation Entry programme, you will have the opportunity to progress onto one of four UCLan courses to earn a full BA (Hons) degree:

  • BA (Hons) Applied Community and Social Care Studies
  • BA (Hons) Social Work (subject to successful interview)
  • BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families
  • Foundation Degree Community Leadership (followed by a 3rd year top up degree)

There are also opportunities to progress onto Pre-registration Nursing courses (Adult, or Children and Young People), subject to successful application and interview.

On completion of your chosen progression route, professional career and employment opportunities can be accessed.

Graduates have gone on to work for a wide variety of employers as social and community workers within welfare settings, the voluntary and charitable sectors, education, health, the police, probation and the national offender service, youth offending teams, homelessness agencies, and the advice and research agencies in the voluntary or statutory sectors.

The course also provides excellent preparation for professional training at postgraduate level in areas such as probation, social work, housing management, teaching or academic research.

Industry Links

We have strong links with employers and agencies, providing access to an excellent range of guest speakers which are embedded in the programme. This enables 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

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

 

Strong 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.

Exciting 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.

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/Year 3 if on Foundation 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.

Allied Subjects

  • Social Policy
  • Sociology
  • Children, Schools and Families
  • Community Development
  • Social Work
  • Health and Social Care
  • Politics

Course Enquiries

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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 | 2020 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.