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BA (Hons)

Community & Social Care: Policy & Practice (Year 3 Entry)

1 Year
September 2022
Campus Taught

Want to make a difference in your community? Our BA (Hons) Community and Social Care: Policy and Practice explores social welfare, social exclusion and disadvantage.

Please note this course is running for year 3 entry only. For the full degree page please see Applied Community & Social Care Studies, BA (Hons).

You’ll get to grips with the policy and systems of service delivery, issues of power and oppression and social justice, as well as community development and human and social needs.

Year 3 students choose from a wide range of modules to suit your interests and ambitions, including social enterprise, homelessness, race and ethnicity, mental health, people with learning disabilities, disability studies, youth studies, social pedagogy, crime and substance misuse.

Throughout your studies, there’s an emphasis on delivering strength-based practice, viewing clients as resourceful and resilient in the face of adversity.

Why study with us

  • Your classroom learning is combined with real-world experiences across a wide range of social care and community-based organisations.
  • You’ll be encouraged to secure your own structured work experience, providing relevant ‘real-life’ interview and job application experience.
  • There are international learning opportunities and allied courses to broaden your perspective and enhance your learning experience.

What you'll do

  • You can choose from a wide range of modules to suit your interests and ambitions.
  • A valuable element of work experience is embedded in your study - 120 hours in year 3.
  • An optional module enables you to develop a business plan and apply for funding to start up and then continue a Social Enterprise on graduation.

You must complete compulsory modules SW3800 and SW3802 you will then choose one of the following SW3803 Dissertation, SW3811 Community Research Project, SW3813 Double Dissertation. 

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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Future careers

This degree develops skills and knowledge for employment in leadership roles within the community and social care sector. Graduates of the BA (Hons) Community and Social Care: Policy and Practice course now work for a wide-range of organisations across the public and private sectors - in both practice and research roles. 

The course opens doors to both policy and practice roles in a wide range of welfare settings in the statutory, voluntary and charitable sectors, including education, the police, probation and criminal justice, housing and homelessness, mental health, substance misuse, learning and physical disability, equality, diversity and inclusion, advice, and research agencies.

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

Some graduates returned to the School to undertake post-qualifying courses for experienced practitioners and to continue their academic study.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year
Full-time£9250 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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