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Applied Social Care (Joint Honours) BA/BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    3 years full-time
    4-6 years part-time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 (per 20 credit module)

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000

  • Location:


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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 894503


Our Applied Social Care Joint Honours course focuses on the context within which social problems arise and includes an in-depth examination of social issues and the ways in which these issues are addressed.

You can combine your studies with complementary subjects such as Health Studies, Education Studies, Sport Studies, History, English, Creative Film, Television and Digital Media Production, Film & Screen Studies and Popular Music.

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Course Content

  • This course recognises the current climate particularly on service delivery, examining how individuals, organisations and communities seek solutions to social problems and effectively respond to social issues. You will be equipped with the key skills for working in the social care sector.

    This course will develop your understanding of social welfare and social care provision in areas such as social development, mental health and substance misuse. The course aims to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and empathy to empower those considered to be disadvantaged in society to improve their lives and maximise their choices.

    Stage 1

    This stage provides foundation knowledge in social care where you consider ways to help, support and enable people to lead independent lives. This includes core modules in understanding social development, contemporary social issues and developing professional skills for employment.

    You will benefit from a short shadow placement in your first year followed by an extended work-based placement and reflective experience in the second year of the course.

    Stage 2

    This stage provides you with more specific and detailed knowledge exploring in greater depth the social issues that affect society which prevent people achieving independence and having choices. Social issues explored include law and policy in relation to achieving social change, living with disabilities and effective partnership working.

    Stage 3

    This stage consolidates your knowledge and learning. The Enhancing Leadership and Employability Skills module explores the role of leadership in contemporary social care and community practice and assists you to develop an awareness of your values and style of leadership. The final year dissertation acts as a gateway to future employment.


    Module information can be found on the Award Map.

  • Our Applied Social Care Joint Honours has some great combinations so you can tailor your degree to your ambitions. Here are the following course combinations available to you:

    Applied Social Care / Health Studies

    Applied Social Care / Education Studies

    Applied Social Care / English

    Applied Social Care / History

    Applied Social Care / Sports Studies

    Applied Social Care / Creative Film, Television and Digital Media Production

    Applied Social Care / Film & Screen Studies

    Applied Social Care / Popular Music

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be:

    • BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC.
    • We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    Applicants are expected to have:

    • GCSE English Language.
    • Functional/Key Skills are accepted.
    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2021/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • International:£13,000
    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2020/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • International: £12,900
    Additional costs

    Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associated with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.

    Scholarships and Bursaries

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • Successful completion of this course could lead on to one of our postgraduate programmes.

    Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • Who do I contact for more information?

    If you’d like further information about this joint honours, come along to our next Open Day to explore the course or contact our Study team

    What does a schedule looks like?

    Taught study on the Applied Social Care Joint Honours course will be a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops of usually 12-16 hours per week. We recommend that you spend a total of 40 hours each week in taught study and self-directed study as this is a full time course.

    How will I be assessed?

    You are assessed through coursework, essays, report, critical reviews, portfolios, online tests, oral presentations, individual and group work.

    Are there any additional entry requirements?

    Please note that all students who enrol on the course may be required to complete a successful Occupational Health Screening and Disclosure and Barring Service Check prior to their first placement.

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Careers and Employability

Students will have opportunities during each year of their course to work with service users, in settings which have a social impact and enhancing the wellbeing for individuals or communities.  As a practical programme, the BSc in Applied Social Care enables students to apply theory to real life situations. Employability is a significant part of the programme.

There are a wide range of career paths open to graduates for example: Care and support management, Volunteering Scheme Leader, Working in education (teaching or educational psychologist), Advice worker, Adult guidance worker, Equality and diversity officer, Family mediator, Housing allocations officer.

Is this course for you?