Care and Community

We’re proud of our national reputation for delivering high quality education for social care, the children and young people’s workforce, and community leadership and engagement.

Working closely with a wide range of stakeholders, the University of Central Lancashire is premised upon supporting and embedding the principles of social justice across all activities and making a significant contribution to ‘Creating Better Futures’. 

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Why study with us

  • Our strong industry links help you gain practical experience through undertaking placements, work experience and volunteering.

  • You can travel and study abroad to learn about care and community in other countries.

  • We have five research centres focusing on Social Work, Care and Community which means our teaching is research informed.
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What our students say

I’m at the beginning of my degree apprenticeship but already feel like I’m living my dream. I’m building a career, gaining practical experience and it’s fully funded.
UCLan Degree Apprenticeship Youth Worker Maryam Ali
Maryam Ali
Youth Worker Degree Apprentices
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Careers in care and community

We have long standing relationships with a wide range of agencies across the North West. They provide and support work-based opportunities and placements for you during your studies. These include: community mental health and learning disability services; services working with offenders; domestic violence centres; homeless services; housing projects; women’s centres; youth centres and services; and older person services. The placements provide the springboard for your career to develop in these areas after graduation.

After studying a degree in care and community, you could have one of the following careers:

  • Youth worker
  • Advice worker
  • Teaching assistant
  • Charity officer
  • Social worker
  • Probation officer
  • Family support worker
  • Housing manager/officer
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Interested in studying a degree with us? From exploring accommodation to visiting us at an Open Day, find out everything you need to know about life at UCLan.

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Meet the team

Mike Blackmon
Senior Lecturer
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Mike joined UCLan in October 2006 and within his remit provides regular contributions to teaching across several programmes within the School. Mike’s particular teaching areas include substance misuse, youth justice, social policy and sociology. Mike is currently the academic cou…

Dr Jonathan Pratt
Senior Lecturer in Social Policy
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Jonathan teaches across a range of subjects and courses within our School, with specialist expertise in the history, politics and theory of social welfare development, comparative social welfare, and the impact of ideology on the organisation and delivery of welfare services. He…