Community and Social Care: Policy and Practice

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

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. 

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.

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

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

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

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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Entry Requirements

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

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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.

Course Overview

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


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.

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.

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Important Information

Contact Us

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

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 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 2018/19 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.