Burnley College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Central Lancashire

Applied Community and Social Studies (Foundation Entry)

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Course summary

This course is designed to enable students to develop a critical understanding of theoretical frameworks within the community and social sector. The provision delivers a range of challenging modules and learning experiences, relevant to the future needs of students considering employment or further study. This degree programme will:

  • Enable students to critically analyse the contribution of a range of social, behavioural and political concepts and apply to community and social care policy and practice
  • Enable students to develop knowledge, personal skills and personal interests in areas relevant to community and social care policy and practice
  • Enable students to develop a critical understanding of policy and practice, through the provision of a range of challenging modules and learning experiences, relevant to the future needs of students considering employment or further study in the areas of community and social care practice
  • Develop skills of academic writing, research analysis, reflection and evaluation, applying these skills in social and community settings.
  • Foster through teaching and learning opportunities and assessment, the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in written work
The course aims to ensure students are knowledgeable, skilled and prepared to work in varied and changing world of community and social care. subject areas include working with individuals, families and communities, community development, study skills and information management. Modules Information Management, Understanding Individuals Families and Communities, Working with Individuals Families and Communities, Introduction to Asset Based Community Development and Study Skills. Assessment The learning environment on the programme includes a blended interactive online and in class delivery, workshops, and group work. Personal tutorials with your Year Lead, seminars and opportunities to access structured work experience in a community and/or social care setting. You will also have the opportunity to engage in independent study and group work projects. In addition, all students will have a Year Lead and student coach who will support you with any academic and pastoral issues as well as promoting your personal development. A variety of approaches are used in assessing work. Each subject has its own assessment requirements which take the form of essays, group and individual presentations, online portfolios, conference presentations and debates. Careers & Progression You’ll also have the opportunity to progress onto one of three other degree programmes: BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families; Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (mental Health) or the Foundation Degree in Children Young People and their Services at Burnley College. upon successful interview.


Year 0 FDE (Burnley) - Understanding individuals, Families and communities; Working with Individuals, Families and communities; Asset based community development; Information Management; Study Skills. Year 1 (Burnley) - 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. Year 2 (Preston) - 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 1) - 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; International Social Policy: Studying Abroad Year 3 (Preston) - Compulsory Modules - Single or Double Dissertation or Community Research Project; Applied Community Practice: Research and Development; Critical Social Policy. Optional Modules - 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

Assessment method

Assessment strategies are varied and include poster presentations, essays, case studies, community studies and work based learning portfolios.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted. Because the course requires students to undertake a work placement, which may involve work with children or vulnerable adults, applicants who are not already in relevant employment will be required to obtain a Statement of Disclosure (DBS), for which a processing fee will be payable. Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies, are welcome and these applicants will be interviewed.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note fees for the foundation year will be £6,000, and then £9,000 per year for the remainder of the course. *subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate. Further years at Preston will cost £9,250 per year.
Applied Community and Social Studies (Foundation Entry) at Burnley College - UCAS