Community and Social Care (Integrated)

Community and Social Care (Integrated) MComSC

This new course is ideal if you wish to undertake higher level research activity, increase your employability and pursue a career in community development, social care and/or third sector managerial posts managing issues of social inequality and social justice. The integrated Master’s in Community and Social Care is an innovative and varied four year course which will help you to develop your awareness of, and skills for, working within the community. While studying social care, social policy and community development, you’ll be supported to gain valuable structured work experience to promote employability and develop skills in undertaking research. The final year builds upon this foundation of knowledge and experience of community practice and offers opportunity to undertake higher level research and develop skills intended to prepare you for community-based managerial positions.

Please note that this programme leads to a postgraduate qualification and may therefore impact on your eligibility for student finance at postgraduate level. Successful completion of this integrated programme will lead to a Level 7 qualification. 

Course Aims

  • To enable students to critically analyse the contribution of a range of social, behavioural and political concepts, and apply these to community and social care policy and practice.
  • To encourage and facilitate students to develop knowledge, personal skills, resilience, networks and interests in areas relevant to community and social care policy and practice.
  • To enhance students capacity for taking personal responsibility for the direction and management of their learning and career development, through the sharing of knowledge and skills in the learning process.
  • To enhance students’ capacity for the critical evaluation of key theoretical perspectives.
  • To facilitate the active development of students action research skills; and inculcate the ability to reflexively apply these skills to community practice settings.
  • To equip students with the necessary practical skills to carry out community based research which is informed by contemporary debates on methodology, epistemology, ethics and politics
  • To provide students with a conceptual understanding that enables them to critically evaluate past and current research or equivalent advanced scholarship in the subject.
  • To enable and encourage students to align praxis and theory, in order to take on leadership and management roles in community practice settings.
  • To enable students to critically analyse the contribution of a range of social, behavioural and political concepts, and apply these to community and social care policy and practice.

Learning Outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Identify, outline and critically evaluate the interests and forces that have shaped and developed welfare provision and social policy in the UK.
  • Identify, discern and explain the contemporary structures, activities and organisations in the provision of welfare and community services, within a mixed economy of service delivery.
  • Interpret, synthesise and compare welfare management and social policy in relation to community service delivery in the UK and internationally.
  • Critically identify key concepts in understanding human and social needs in the UK and internationally.
  • Recognise diversity, identify key concepts in understanding issues of power, oppression and social justice, and critically apply these concepts to working in applied community practice
  • Identify and explain the theoretically contested nature of empowerment and other key concepts in community practice to address human and social need.
  • Recognise, outline and critically apply advanced research methods to working with disadvantaged groups and individuals in the community
  • Gain a theoretically informed, comprehensive and enhanced understanding of the theory, principles and values that underpin participatory community practice through practical experience.

Why study Social Work, Care and Community?

Key Information

  • Duration:

    4 Year Integrated Masters course

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  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

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  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

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  • Fees 2019/20

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

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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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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

Candidates with a professional qualification in social care, health or a related area who do not have a first degree will be asked to demonstrate their suitability for postgraduate study on the basis of an essay of 2000/2500 words on a relevant topic.

Candidates may be asked to attend an interview.

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 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

Core Modules

  • Action research and Community Project Supervision
  • Principals, Methods and Processes of Community Research

Optional Modules

  • International Perspectives on Poverty, Exclusion and Globalisation
  • Arts and Asset-based International Community Practice
  • Communities as Co-producers of Policies and Services
  • Social Theory and Social Policy
  • Childhood in Law and Welfare
  • Theorising Childhood and Adolescence
  • Safeguarding Children

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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.

Throughout the programme there is a combination of formative and summative assessments. Summative assessment is through a combination of ‘standard’ essays, extended essays and short pieces of assessed coursework; individual and group presentations; group reports; research projects and community presentations; exams (seen and unseen) are also integrated into various modules. Reflective coursework is an integral part of the structured work experience and the broader programme curriculum. This is used to assess the links students’ make between social theory and the course programme, practice, enhanced professional development and employability.


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Great Opportunities

You’ll undertake higher level research activity, increasing your employability, enabling you to pursue a career in community development, social care and/or third sector managerial posts managing issues of social inequality and social justice.

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.