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:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • 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

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Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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

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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

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

Level 1 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

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 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

At level 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.

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

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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.