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Social Care and Community Practice BA (Hons)

Overview

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

Our Social Care and Community Practice degree is offered as a three year course leading to the award of BA (Hons). The degree is designed using real-world material that equips you for employment either within Social Care or working with specific communities.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 17/07/2020

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    L540

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years Full-time
    4-6 years Part-time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250 Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £12,900

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

Highlights

  • Strong focus on evidence-based practice.
  • Wide range of teaching and support staff
  • Preparation for a broad range of postgraduate opportunities
  • Strong focus on well-being, social justice and human rights
  • Develops your knowledge and understanding of social issues, professional interventions and the role of social care and third sector organisations in social welfare services.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

Course Content

  • You will be taught by academics from a range of backgrounds and work-based experiences. The core concepts that are covered in the degree are Human Rights and Social Justice, respecting diversity and the key skills required to work with a range of Service Users. 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.

    In your third year of study you will have a short shadow placement as part of the housing module.

    By the final year you will be equipped with the skills to work in a variety of Social Care and Community settings, enabling you to be an effective Changemaker, having a truly positive social impact on individuals and communities. You will have explored, understood and analysed specific service user groups and you will have an assured grasp of the link between theory and practice.

    The degree has a strong focus on evidence-based practice, setting a solid foundation and excellent academic and professional skills for employment or postgraduate study.

    • Module code: SWK1062
      Status: Compulsory
      This module is designed to enable students to explore all communities in which social care and support takes place. In order to work within communities students need to be resilient this requires self-awareness and knowledge of how culture and diversity impact on life chances and challenges. Students will develop an understanding of cultural norms levels of inclusion and exclusion and how to challenge barriers in relation to discrimination. The module will also outline the legal context in which diversity is grounded overlapping with ethical issues in this area.
    • Module code: SWK1063
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to enable students to gain and develop academic skills necessary to succeed with academic tasks at University. Regardless of previous experience all students will have the opportunity to develop the ability to write argue reflect and evaluate using activities and examples which will ensure that students have the confidence and ability to become lifelong learners. Students will also be introduced to the Harvard referencing system which will be used throughout. The foundations of research methods will also be incorporated into this module. Research terminology and basic research theory will be introduced so that this can built upon in level 5 and 6.
    • Module code: SWK1064
      Status: Compulsory
      To enable students to learn about different types of service user groups and how to communicate professionally and effectively with service users with a diverse range of needs.The students will explore the importance of the service user voice and how services should be designed around and led by this voice. The module will be delivered using service users as part of the teaching team.
    • Module code: SWK1065
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to faciliate student?s understanding of underpinning principles values and professional skills for employment in the social care and community practice sector. Students will take responsibility for their own personal/professional development plans by identifying their current skills and setting targets and objectives for their work based learning experience. There will be a short work based learning experience within the module.
    • Module code: SWK1066
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to provide students with a psychosocial understanding of human behaviour across the lifespan. Students will examine psychological and sociological theories and how they have account for human behaviour and identity and the impact this has on the inclusion of the individual in society. Practical examples will be used to explore the influences on our behaviour and lifestyle students are encouraged to think about current issues and debates that relate to life course experiences and formation of identity.
    • Module code: SWK1061
      Status: Compulsory
      This module is designed to introduce students to the wide range of contemporary social issues which have an impact on individuals and the wider community. Students will explore causes the extent of the issues and possible solutions drawing on aspects of self help advocacy local and national policy and the work of community based groups.
  • Please note that all student 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.

  • In your third year of study you will have a short shadow placement as part of the housing module.

  • How will I be taught?

    The course will use a range of teaching methods and assessments across the years. Active blended learning with be used across all modules, with group seminars to support this. As you progress through the course you will become more independent in your studies to prepare you for your final project or dissertation.

    How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed through coursework, essays, reports, critical reviews, portfolios, online tests, oral presentations, individual and group work.

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

    • BCC at A Level
    • DMM at BTEC
    • an Access Course must include 30 level 3 credits at Merit.

    We also ask that applicants hold a GCSE (or an equivalent qualification) in English Language at grade C or above.

    We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    Please note that all student 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.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    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.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

    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.

    The course has an optional Placement Year which is negotiated between you and the teaching team. This may extend the duration of your course, however, if you have a specific area of interest this can provide useful additional experience.

    International

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500

    Additional Costs

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

    The course has an optional Placement Year which is negotiated between you and the teaching team. This may extend the duration of your course, however, if you have a specific area of interest this can provide useful additional experience.

Staff

Careers and Employability

The degree will prepare you for employment in the field of social care and working with diverse communities. These opportunities are in a wide range of voluntary, statutory and private sector organisations. You will experience two short shadow placements and an extended placement whilst on the course which will give you relevant practice experience to take to employers.

Is this course for you?