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BA (Hons)

Applied Community & Social Care Studies

3 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught

Want to make a difference? Our BA (Hons) Applied Community and Social Care Studies course will provide you with a strong knowledge base and develop the key skills required for community and social care leadership roles.

A vast range of specialist modules and topics are available to suit your areas of interest: politics and policy; race, racism and society; researching social inequality; relational practice; safeguarding children and young people; mental health and social care; working with domestic abuse; drugs and society; poverty, exclusion and social justice; crime and society; and many more. The second year of the programme provides an opportunity for you to link your academic learning to real-world practice through a practical ‘Structured Work Experience’ requirement.

Course team members are experienced academics whose specialist research and scholarly activity is in areas associated with community or social care practice. In addition to academic experience, many staff on the course team have worked as qualified social workers, whilst most others have direct experience of practice in the social care and community development sectors.

In addition to enhancing your employment opportunities, the programme provides essential educational underpinnings for learners to progress onto further postgraduate study and research in, for example, social work, social policy, education and community leadership.

Why study with us

  • Excellent teaching and student support from the course team and University’s wider support services.
  • Our social work division is ranked 4th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide, 2021
  • You'll have the opportunity to hear about the experiences of service users, carers, patients and public members via our community engagement and service user support (Comensus) groups.

What you'll do

  • Interactive, inclusive and engaging lectures/ seminars incorporating a blended learning approach both in class and online for flexibility of learning and study.
  • Our strong links with employers and agencies enable you to link classroom learning to live experiences across a wide range of social care and community-based organisations.
  • You’ll be encouraged to enrich your experience by engaging with the School’s research culture through attending guest speaker seminars and conferences.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Future careers

BA (Hons) Applied Community and Social Care Studies graduates are well placed to work for a wide variety of employers in welfare settings: education, the police, probation and the national offender service, youth offending teams, housing management, substance misuse agencies and many more.

This programme seeks to prepare participants for graduate level employment in management and leadership roles across a range of settings within the community and social care sector, including schools, drugs agencies, youth offending services, probation, housing organisations and charities.

Examples of the roles graduates from this programme undertake include: family support workers, learning mentors, youth workers, community development workers, social workers (following additional training), drugs workers, agency managers and project co-ordinators.

Many of our students choose to stay with us and progress onto further study at master’s and doctoral level.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Social Work, Care and Community located in the Faculty of Allied Health and Wellbeing

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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