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Applied Community and Social Care Studies (Foundation Entry)

Entry requirements


64 UCAS points at A2

64 UCAS points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

64 UCAS points at Higher Level subjects

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

MM

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MPP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MM

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP

64 UCAS points

64 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

64

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Community work

Social theory

Childhood and youth studies

Applied social science

**Course Overview**

-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 3rd 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 which promotes individual aims, aspirations and success rates in degree progression.

- Guided opportunities to access structured work experience via our own Central for Volunteering in Community Leadership (CVCL).

- Upon successful completion of this Foundation Entry programme, you will have the opportunity to progress onto one of four of our courses to earn a full BA (Hons) degree:

- BA (Hons) Applied Community and Social Care Studies

- BA (Hons) Social Work (subject to successful interview)

- BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families

- Foundation Degree Community Leadership (followed by a 3rd year top up degree)

- There are also opportunities to progress onto Pre-registration Nursing courses (Adult, or Children and Young People), subject to successful application and interview.

Modules

Year 1: Study Skills, Information Management, Understanding Individuals, Families and Communities, Working with Individuals, Families and Communities, Asset-based Community Development, Student Initiated Module (SIM) (Can be taken in place of SWC035 for students who may not be able to undertake that module)

Year 2: Compulsory Modules: Introduction to Community Practice: Research and Development, Society in Focus: A Sociological Understanding, Communication and Social Media Skills in Social Care, Contextualising Welfare 1: The Development of British Social Policy, Contextualising Welfare 2: Theories, Concepts and Issues. Optional Modules (choose one): Development Across the Life Span, Asset Based Integrated Learning, Free Choice Elective

Year 3: Compulsory Modules: Working in Community Practice: Research and Development, Social Care: Theory and Practice, Power, Oppression and Society, Management, Markets and Delivering Welfare, Comparative Social Welfare. Optional Modules (choose one): Health, Ageing and Social Care, Drugs and Society, Safeguarding Children and Young People, Difference, Diversity and Inclusive Practice, 'Race', Racism and Ethnicity, Student Initiated Module, Social Pedagogy (taught in 3rd Semester with residential), International Social Policy: Studying Abroad

Year 4: Compulsory Modules; Single or Double Dissertation or Community Research Project, Applied Community Practice: Research and Development, Critical Social Policy. Optional Modules (choose two or three): Disability Studies, Crime and Society, Social Enterprise and Community Management, Poverty, Homelessness and Supported Housing, Working with People with Learning Disabilities, Youth Matters, Gender Issues, Mental Health and Social Care, Racism and Social Welfare, Social Theory: textual Analysis, Student Initiated Module, Allied Subjects, Social Policy, Sociology, Children, Schools and Families, Community Development, Social Work, Health and Social Care, Politics

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£5,500
per year
England
£5,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£5,500
per year
Scotland
£5,500
per year
Wales
£5,500
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

University of Central Lancashire

Runshaw College

Department:

School of Social Work, Care and Community

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Community work
82%
med
Social theory
90%
med
Childhood and youth studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
8%
Male students
92%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
19%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A*
C

Sociology

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
21%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

Childhood and youth studies

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

90%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
2%
Male students
98%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
22%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
D

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
24%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,600
med
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
70%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

39%
Welfare professionals
22%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
9%
Caring personal services

We're short of social workers - so if you want a degree that is in demand, then this could be the one for you! There's a shortage of social workers all over the UK, and graduates can specialise in specific fields such as mental health or children's social work. If you decide social work is not for you, then social work graduates also often go into management, education, youth and community work and even nursing. Starting salaries for this degree can reflect the high proportion of graduates who choose a social work career - social work graduates get paid, on average, more than graduates overall, but not all options pay as well as social work. This is also an unusual subject in that London isn't one of the more common places to find jobs - so if you want to get a job near to your home or your university this might be worth thinking about.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,680
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
41%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Protective service occupations

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

Health and social care

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,600
med
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
70%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

39%
Welfare professionals
22%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
9%
Caring personal services

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
45%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
15%
Caring personal services
12%
Protective service occupations

This section covers a range of subjects that are often very different, so if you have a particular course in mind, the data here might not fully reflect the possible outcomes from your particular choice. Graduates from these subjects tend to do similar sorts of things to graduates from other social studies courses, so welfare and community roles are common, as are education, whilst graduates also often go into management, marketing and HR jobs and jobs in the police, and employment rates are good in general — but talk to course tutors and attend open days and try to get stats for the course you’re interested in.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Health and social care

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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