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BA (Hons)

Applied Community & Social Care Studies (Foundation Entry)

4 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught

If you want to study community and social care studies at university level but don’t have the formal qualifications, this foundation entry degree is for you. Successfully complete it and you’ll be guaranteed a place on the BA (Hons) Applied Community and Social Care Studies degree.

You’ll also have the opportunity to progress onto one of three other degree programmes: BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families; Foundation Degree Community Leadership (followed by a third year top-up degree); or BA (Hons) Social Work (subject to successful interview).

You’ll gain the communication, study and information management skills you need to study at degree level while exploring a broad range of social science and welfare-related subjects, including understanding individuals, families and community.

We have strong links with employers and agencies, providing access to an excellent range of guest speakers which are embedded in the programme. This enables 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.

Why study with us

  • Excellent student support from the foundation entry course team and the University’s wider support services.
  • Outstanding student satisfaction, and part of a social work division that's ranked 4th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide, 2021.
  • Guided opportunities to access structured work experience via our own Central for Volunteering in Community Leadership (CVCL).

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What you'll do

  • Interactive, inclusive and engaging lectures and seminars which incorporate a blended approach to learning. These are delivered both in class and online over two set days, for flexibility of learning and study.
  • Opportunities to study international approaches to community and social care in a variety of countries, including Poland and Greece.
  • You will work in partnership with our on-campus Comensus team, who provide engaging service-user participation.

Module Overview

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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Come and discover why our campus is the perfect place for you. You can ask current students about their experiences and immerse yourself in campus and accommodation tours.

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Future careers

On completion of your chosen progression route, professional career and employment opportunities can be accessed.

On completion of your chosen progression route, professional career and employment opportunities can be accessed.

Graduates have gone on to work for a wide variety of employers as social and community workers within welfare settings, the voluntary and charitable sectors, education, health, the police, probation and the national offender service, youth offending teams, homelessness agencies, and the advice and research agencies in the voluntary or statutory sectors.

The course also provides excellent preparation for professional training at postgraduate level in areas such as probation, social work, housing management, teaching or academic research.

Fees and Funding

First year£5,500 for the first year
Full-time£9,250 per year
First year£7,800 for the first year
Full-time£13,000 per year
First year£7,800 for the first year
Full-time£13,000 per year
First year£6,000 for the first year
Full-time£9,250 per year
First year£10,000 for the first year
Full-time£14,250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


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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