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This course is validated by: Lancaster University

Wellbeing and Social Care Practices BA (Hons) (Top Up)

Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: L500
Code: EH3541A15
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time
Start Dates: september 2020
Term Dates: View term dates

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:

Modules include:

  • Dissertation
  • 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 *

Optional Modules

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, presentations/papers, essays, assignments or briefs, seminar presentations, videos/papers, self-assessments (formative) and a dissertation.

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.


On this course, students generally spend up to 2 days a week in College, if you choose to study the course full-time. As all course timetables are subject to change you should not make definite plans based on this information; this information is intended as a guide only. Please remember that you will be expected to carry out work in your own time in addition to the time you spend in College.

Overall Workload

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.

Academic Support

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.

Career Options

Registered Care Home Manager

Care home managers are responsible for the day-to-day running of residential care homes. They oversee all activities within the home and make sure the quality of the service and care provided meets the National Minimum Standards for their type of home. If you've got strong people skills, and would like a management role in social care, this job could suit you.

In this job you would need to be a good communicator. You would need experience of assessing people's care and support needs. You would also need to be able to manage a budget and keep records.

There are different entry requirements for this job depending on whether you want to work in a home that looks after children or offers nursing care. See the entry requirements section below for more details. You would need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service to get into this job.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Care Assistant

If you enjoy helping people and want to make a difference to their lives, this job could be just what you are looking for.

As a care assistant you would help people who have difficulties with their daily activities. You could work with children, people with physical or learning disabilities, older people or families.

It would be useful if you had experience in a caring role. When you apply for a job you will need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

A good care assistant has a friendly and caring approach and the ability to relate to people from a variety of backgrounds. Patience and a sense of humour are also important.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Health Service Manager

Health service managers are responsible for managing the cost, delivery and quality of local healthcare services. As a health service manager you could be responsible for local healthcare in a hospital, GP service or community health service.

If you've got leadership and financial management skills, and you can motivate others, this job could be ideal for you. You will also need to be a good problem solver, and be able to explain complex things in a clear way.

To get into this career, you could join a graduate training scheme if you have a relevant degree. If you are working in a clinical role, such as a nurse or physiotherapist, you could take a postgraduate management training course. You could also work your way up from an administrative job, with experience and training.???

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Healthcare Assistant

Healthcare assistants help with the day-to-day care of patients, either in hospitals or in patients’ own homes.

If you would like to care for people and make a positive difference to their lives, this could be the ideal job for you.

Employers will be keen to see that you have a friendly and caring attitude, and understand and respect people who need healthcare support.

Previous experience and/or qualifications in care will be helpful although you may be able to start as a trainee assistant without formal qualifications. You may also be able to get in to this career through an Apprenticeship scheme.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Social Work Assistant

If you want to help and support people in the community, this could be a great job for you. Social work assistants help qualified social workers. The clients you work with could be in the community, in hospitals and in other settings such as residential care homes.

Employers will usually consider experience to be more important than your qualifications. They may ask for a good standard of general secondary education. To be a social worker’s assistant you will need a practical and flexible approach to work. You will also need to be patient and understanding.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Palliative Care Assistant

Palliative care assistants help to provide specialist end of life care and support to patients and their families in hospitals, hospices or patients’ homes. They support patients who have terminal illnesses such as cancer or other life-limiting conditions.

To do this job you will need to have a friendly and caring personality, and good communication skills. You also need to be able to deal with potentially upsetting situations. If you want to be a comforting and supportive presence to people, making a difference to their lives, then this could be the career for you.

To get in to this type of work, you need to have some work experience in healthcare. Some employers will also want you to have a specific understanding of what it means to work in end of life care.??

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Residential Support Worker

Residential support workers look after the physical and mental wellbeing of children or vulnerable adults in care.

If you enjoy helping people and want to make a difference to their lives, this job could be perfect for you.

In this job, it will be important to get on with people of all ages and backgrounds and gain their trust. You'll need to have understanding and a non-judging attitude.

Some social care employers will be more interested in your work and life experience than formal qualifications, and you can gain these whilst working. You’ll need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

There are some age restrictions on working in children’s homes.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire