Nottingham College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

Social and Community Work (Social and Community Work Practice) top-up

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Course summary

This new Level 5 Higher National Diploma top-up course is designed to meet the needs and expectations of students aspiring to work in social work, community work and community development. It aims to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the social and community work sector and to be adaptable in a constantly changing world. Applicants for this course should already have passed (or expect to achieve) a full Level 4 qualification in a related field. About the course The Level 5 HND in Social and Community Work top-up course allows a varied approach to assessments and delivery that supports progression to NVQ Level 6 (such as a BA/BSc Honours top-up degree), with assessment relevant to the local economy and local needs. Students on this course are required to undertake a placement in two different individual settings to develop social and community work skills, as well as the knowledge and understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global health and social care environment. This qualification supports progression into a range of careers in social and community work, including: family support work roles, resource officer and personal assistant roles, community development work, public health and community support work, care planning roles, advocacy, social services supervisory or lower management roles, counselling and rehabilitation support roles. Modules may include -Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care -Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care practice -Mental Health and Wellbeing: A Whole Person Approach -Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice -Social Work Principles and Introduction to Practice -Applied Understanding of Human Development and Behaviour -Inspiring Young People Compulsory work placement It is a requirement that students on this course must complete at least 375 hours' of work experience, covering both social care and community care settings. Assessments Assessment will be a combination of coursework, controlled assessments and case studies. There are no examinations. Bursaries We want our courses to be accessible to students from any background, so we’ve put together a cash support package in the form of non-repayable bursaries to provide financial help where it’s really needed. Details for 2022-23 will be advertised once approved by the university regulator – the Office for Students (OfS). Please check our website - www.nottinghamcollege.ac.uk - for more information. Your progression and careers The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised as meeting admission requirements to many relevant social and community work-related courses, for example: BA/BSc (Hons) in Social Work, BA (Hons) in Social and Community Work, BA (Hons) in Youth Work, BA (Hons) in Community Development, BA (Hons) in Working with Children, Young People and Families, BA (Hons) in Social Policy, BA/BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care or similar; subject to the institution's own entry requirements. Possible career options include: family support work roles, resource officer and personal assistant roles, community development work, public health and community support work, care planning roles, advocacy, social services supervisory or lower management roles, counselling and rehabilitation support roles.

Course details

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
SCW2
Institution code:
N30
Campus name:
Basford
Campus code:
B

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Applicants from outside the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) are advised to contact our International Office for advice and information before submitting their UCAS application. Please call +44 (0) 115 838 0527 or email: [email protected]

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5An overall band score of 5.5; with no individual component less than 5.0.

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students

There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8250 Year 1
England £8250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8250 Year 1
Scotland £8250 Year 1
Wales £8250 Year 1
Channel Islands £8250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are advised to contact their own national student finance service for up-to-date information concerning potential financial support. Applicants who are permanently resident outside the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or Republic of Ireland are advised to contact the College's International Office before submitting an application at: [email protected] Any additional costs or fees are shown on the UCAS page for each individual course.
Social and Community Work (Social and Community Work Practice) top-up at Nottingham College - UCAS