University of Northampton

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Northampton

Social Care and Community Practice

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Course summary

The Social Care and Community Practice Degree is offered as a three year degree leading to the award of a BA. The degree is designed using real world material that equips students for employment either within Social Care or working with specific communities. Students are 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 key skills required to work with a range of Service Users. Students benefit from a short shadow placement in year one followed by an extended Work based placement and reflective experience in year two. In year three they have a short shadow placement as part of the housing module which will enable students to gain an additional professional certificate from the CIH upon completion. By the final year students are equipped with the skills to work in a variety of Social Care and Community settings, enabling them to be effective Change makers having a truly positive social impact on individuals and communities. Students will have explored, understood and analysed specific service user groups. They 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 post graduate study. By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

  • You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.
  • Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (
  • Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.
  • 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.
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  • In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that if you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still 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.
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STAGE 1: • Contemporary Social Issues (compulsory) • Understanding Diverse Communities (compulsory) • Academic Skills (compulsory) • Introduction to Service User Groups (compulsory) • Developing Professional Skills for Employment (compulsory) • Understanding Social Development (compulsory) • Skills for Working in Mental Health (compulsory) STAGE 2: • Developing Research Skills (compulsory) • Applying Law and Policy to Social Change (compulsory) • Work Based Learning and Reflective Working (compulsory) • Social Development and Collaborative Change (compulsory) • Models and Experiences of Disabilities (compulsory) • Effective Partnership Working (compulsory) • Working with Addiction (compulsory) STAGE 3: • Professional Report/Dissertation (compulsory) • Housing and Community Living (Designated) • Enhancing Leadership and Employability Skills (compulsory) • Advocating for and with Children and Young People (Designated) • Working with an Ageing Population (compulsory) • Global Crime and Social Justice (compulsory) *Students must take all compulsory modules plus two designated modules. Students who do not complete the Honours Degree will be eligible for an Ordinary Degree in the named subject upon successful completion of a minimum of 60 Level 6 credits. These can be from any Level 6 modules, whether identified as compulsory or designated. **Module information is quoted for 2022/23 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment method

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

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE English Language at grade 4 (or C) or equivalent qualifications required. Functional Skills level 2 Communication is accepted in place of English Language.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Social Care and Community Practice at University of Northampton - UCAS