Staffordshire University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Action on Poverty and Hardship

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Course summary

Do you care about people and social injustice? Are you disheartened by the levels of poverty and inequality in society? Are you ready to take action to bring about change? Then this course is for you! At every level of this course, you will learn how you can take action to bring about real and lasting change. The course will enable you to understand the causes and drivers of poverty and hardship and seek to build sector-specific skills. The course will be action-based and at it's heart, will focus on the lived experience of those experiencing poverty and social inequalities, in recognition of the expertise they hold. Developed in consultation with both local and national voluntary and charity sector organisations, the course will offer opportunities for work-based learning, assisting in the development of the key skills necessary to create the change makers of tomorrow. This course is delivered in collaboration with voluntary sector partners and will develop the voluntary and community sector leaders, activists and change makers of the future. This course will develop students who will be set to respond to local and national anti-poverty agendas. The course is framed in participation and action and our aim as a Civic University is to offer a high quality, voluntary work and activism based degree that holds the expertise of those with lived experience of poverty as central to its values and critical to achieving lasting change and real impact. This course is unique in that it is framed around the knowledge held by lived experience of poverty and hardship. The degree is a collaboration between Staffordshire University and the Local Voluntary and Community Sector and is co-designed to offer integrated work based placements, reflective learning from activism and critical analysis of anti-poverty theory. Students are welcomed from all backgrounds, however students from backgrounds of lived experience of poverty and hardship will be especially welcome. Our aim is to work, as a Civic University, to offer a high quality, voluntary work and activism based degree that creates the change makers of the future.

Course details


Level 4: Values and anti-oppressive practice (20 credits), Communication Skills (20 Credits), What is poverty?, Employability & Careers Planning. Level 5: Community Organising & Activism  (20 Credits), Working with experts by experience (20 Credits), Lived experience of poverty and hardship (40 credits), Personal and Professional Development (40 credits)  Level 6: Comparative Politics and Policies of Poverty (20 credits), Human Rights & Activism (20 Credits), Governance, Leadership and Management (40 Credits), Action on Hardship & Poverty: A Collaborative Project (40 Credits)

Assessment method

A broad range of assessment methods are used on the degree including reports, policy analysis, presentations, workplace reflections and simulated skills exercises.

How to apply

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Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £14000 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Action on Poverty and Hardship at Staffordshire University - UCAS