|Location:||University Centre at Blackburn College|
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|Validated by:||Lancaster University|
|Study Mode:||Full Time|
|Start Dates:||september 2019|
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This BA (Hons) Wellbeing and Social Care Practices (Top Up) degree can be completed when you have successfully achieved your foundation degree in Wellbeing and Social Care Practices at University Centre at Blackburn College and wish to leave with an Honours degree. You will study modules such as Management with Wellbeing and Social Care Practices, Principles and Practice of Contemporary Communication as well as two optional modules that will allow you to specialise in a particular area of interest. You will also complete a dissertation. All modules build on the skills that you have already acquired as part of the foundation degree.
Caring for others is a growing area of employment, recent publications such as Independence, choice and wellbeing, think family and the personalisation agenda, indicate the focus of society on the social care sector and the expanding workforce. As Government policies change, so too do the issues surrounding social care. The course is intended to recognise the growth in demand for individuals equipped with knowledge and skills to support the transformation of the Wellbeing Social Care sector and to meet the need for professionals in a variety of disciplines who can support service users to maintain their independence and have as much choice and control over their lives as they want to have.
- What will I study?
You will study 5 modules to ensure a planned sustained programme of independent and advanced academic learning, and on-going personal and practice development. These modules will examine theoretical perspectives and principles relating to professional practice within the social care sector.
All students take a total of 120 credits per level.
Level 6 Modules (there are 4 mandatory modules and 1 optional modules out of a choice of 2 as indicated by *) include:
- Management with Wellbeing and Social Care Practices
- Principles and Practice of Contemporary Communication
- Social Policy for the Wellbeing and Social Practices Sector
- Family Assessment and Interventions *
- Contemporary Debates within Wellbeing and Social Care Practices *
If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. If an optional module will not be run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
- Entry Requirements
In order to join the BA (Hons) Wellbeing and Social Care Practices (Top Up) programme you will need to have successfully completed Wellbeing and Social Care Practices Foundation Degree FdA with at least a pass grade.
- How will I be assessed?
A variety of teaching, learning and assessments will be used emphasising the relationship between theory and real life issues /experience in practice. Throughout the course you’ll be assessed by: examinations; practice; practice-focused essays; reports; group presentations; simulations and role plays; projects; group assessments and peer assessments.
Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.
Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
- Teaching and Learning
The learning environment and facilities could include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.
You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.
In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.
We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.
We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;
- Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
- Written English
- Academic Writing (including referencing)
- Research Skills
- What can I do next?
Upon successful completion of the BA (Hons) Wellbeing and Social Care Practices (Top Up) degree graduates are expected to progress into graduate level jobs.
The range of roles is great – from Care Home Managers, Care Coordinator roles and junior management roles within the NHS and hospice care.
Postgraduate study is also encouraged and past students have progressed onto MA Social Work degrees in order to become qualified Social Workers.
Past graduates have secured careers as: NHS Policy Analysts, Youth Workers and have also secured several promotions to management level within Social Care settings.
- Supplementary Information
Download the Programme Specification for BA (Hons) Wellbeing and Social Care Practices (Top Up). The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.