This well established Joint Honours programme focuses on the context within which social problems arise and includes an in-depth examination of social issues and the way in which they are addressed. It also looks at how education systems develop how children and adults learn and addresses the key issues of the day by examining policies and debates in education and social care. Students therefore benefit from acquiring knowledge that allows them to analyse and understand issues from many perspectives.
This course is relevant to those who wish to enter a wide variety of careers as well as those who seek to go on to qualify as teachers. It also prepares students with the key skills for working in the social care sector. There are opportunities for volunteering and research projects throughout the course of the programme, opening several avenues for specific student development.
Undertaking Joint Honours allows for a high level of flexibility in deciding your degree and career pathway. It is good for students who are still exploring their career options.
The programme is taught by an enthusiastic and experienced team who have substantial research and training experience in higher education.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
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Students develop an understanding of social welfare and care provision in areas of community development, child protection, safeguarding vulnerable adults, health promotion, mental health, substance misuse and school exclusion. This is coupled with understanding the ways in which knowledge, skills and attitudes are passed on and developed in individuals. Students will explore the theoretical underpinning of education by examining the psychology, philosophy, history and sociology of education.
This programme encourages students to consider the current climate and focus particularly on service delivery looking at how individuals, organisations and communities try to find solutions to social problems and effectively respond to social issues. This works effectively for students aspiring to be Sociology Teachers at Secondary Schools, in which case, majoring in Social Care and gaining practical experience is vital.
Students will be introduced to the core disciplines of both academic areas and will explore the six key disciplines that constitute Education Studies (history, philosophy, psychology and sociology of education and curriculum studies and comparative education). This is tied together with an understanding of Social Care and its legal, ethical and policy context, the theory of human development and behaviour systems.
Students are required to take Volunteering as a module at stage one granting them qualities and experience beyond a degree or higher education qualification, which employers increasingly demand from students. Students will have the opportunity to volunteer in a hospital to develop transferable skills and enhance sector awareness.
Students will complete three modules from each subject to build a foundation of knowledge in both areas of study that will provide a platform in which to advance to stage two of your studies.
Modules consider in-depth issues in education, the philosophical and theoretical bases for teaching and learning, the psychology of education, the nature of gender and cultural inequalities, the role of developmental work and the relevance of literacy skills.
Students considering the option to be Sociology Teachers at Secondary School should major in Social Care to show relevant specialist subject knowledge. In this case they are required to take modules in Agency Approaches to Social Issues and Cultural and Gender Perspectives in Social Care and then select two modules from the following:
- Community Involvement
- Research for Social and Community Development
- Organisational Behaviour
- Marketing Planning for Services
- Civil Liberties and Human Rights in the UK
- Globalisation & Development in the 21st Century
Students also select two modules from Education Studies from a range of choices including:
- Debates in Education
- History of Childhood
- International and Comparative Education
- Transitions, and The Psychology of Learning
- Teaching in Education Settings
Students will have the opportunity to develop specialised and intensive study in areas and aspects of Social Care and Education Studies that interest them.
Students, who have an even split on their courses, can choose to write a dissertation on any topic related to Education or Social Care and are able to customise their final year to suit their interests and career choices.
The dissertation builds on and expands students’ prior knowledge of both subjects and research methodology acquired at stage one and two. It aims to foster the development of expertise in methodology and skills in the planning, conduct and write-up of research reports. This form of independent, experiential learning will require students to define their own area of study and in doing so they will learn to ask logical questions to diagnose and define problems, generate and implement solutions and evaluate the effectiveness of their action-outcomes. It therefore develops in the students, the ability to work independently, and to reflect on the research process and communicate findings; all skills which are transferable to employment.
This stage consolidates the students’ knowledge and learning, whilst they study for their dissertations. All major and joint students have the opportunity to pursue other modules that are of personal or career interest from a range of the following:
- European and International Human Rights Law
- Development and Change in Global South
- Organisational Change
- The Great Educators
- Youth Offending
- Deviance and disaffection
- Mental Health and Psychology
- Education, Culture and Society
Module information is quoted for 16/17 currently. The course modules for 17/18 will be confirmed in Spring, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Many students have benefited from study opportunities with international charities and NGO’s based in India, Ghana and East Africa.
Optional study trips to European Universities are offered by way of curriculum enrichment for Education Studies.
Three years full-time or flexible part-time.
Students are assessed through written examinations and essays, portfolios, presentations, analysis and reflection. Timed examinations form part of the Social Care assessment however, there are no examinations in Education Studies.
Facilities and Special Features
There are several features within both subject areas of this Joint Honours course which can put theory into practice to cement theoretical learning from lecture and seminar settings. Students can derive benefits from the following:
- Strong focus on developing practical skills
- Optional placement opportunities
- Opportunities for educational visits
- Flexible learning pathway
- Study trips to Europe
Students wanting to become Sociology Teachers at Secondary Schools should major in Social Care to show evidence of specialist subject knowledge. Students wanting to gain entry to Initial Teacher Training after graduating should gain as much experience in schools as possible. Opportunities exist within the University volunteering programme to assist students to do this.
This course provides students with a range of academic and applied skills that can be used as a basis for postgraduate study or employment in social welfare, education, overseas international charities and non-governmental organisations (NGO’s).
Students can take advantage of work experience/volunteering opportunities in a range of community settings based in a variety of local settings.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
General entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. International applications and applications from students from a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications are welcome.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,300 per 20 credit module|