BA (Hons) Community and Social Care (Policy & Practice) (Foundation Entry)

This course is validated by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). This Foundation Entry course aims to explore the contribution made by a range of disciplines to the study of social work, social welfare, social care, early years provision and other forms of community based practice. Ideas are explored from the fields of Sociology, Social Policy, Politics, Human Growth and Development and Social Welfare. No prior knowledge of these areas is expected.

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • Awarded By
    • Learner Aim Reference
    • Price
      £5500 Foundation Entry Year 0 (full-time at Runshaw College). Subsequent years subject to Runshaw College and UCLan tuition fees.
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 3
    • Study Mode
      Full Time
    • Course Location
      Chorley Campus *
    • Age Group
      Adults (19+)
    • Course Duration
      4** years
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  • Overview

    In partnership with UCLAN

    The Foundation Entry Degree is the first year of an integrated 4 year degree programme.  It is ideal if you don’t have the formal qualifications to apply directly to the degree of your choice, or feel you have studied the wrong A levels or vocational qualifications for the career path you wish to pursue.
    The course aims to explore the contribution made by a range of disciplines to the study of social work, social welfare, social care, early years provision and other forms of community based practice.  The Foundation Entry year will be studied at Runshaw College.
    Modules are:

    • Understanding Individuals, Families & Communities
    • Working with Individuals, Families & Communities
    • Asset-based Community Development
    • Information Management
    • Study Skills
    • Student Initiated Module

    You will also complete 50 hours of structured work experience.  This is completed within the Asset-based Community Development module, however additional volunteer work in the sectors is strong encouraged.
    Although you will study the first year of your integrated 4 year degree programme at Runshaw, you will need to apply for this course through UCAS by choosing one of the following University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Foundation Entry degree routes.  Please remember to choose Campus Code: R (Runshaw College) when applying.

    • BA (Hons) Community & Social Care: Policy & Practice (Foundation Entry)
    • BA (Hons) Social Policy & Sociology (Foundation Entry)

    Please see the ‘Apply Today’ section for further details.
    Teaching and learning
    Teaching and learning on the programme combines a range of student centred learning methods which includes group work, presentations, projects, and creative methods such as making short films. You are encouraged to engage in appropriate reading throughout the course and to reflect on the process of your own learning, and to identify your own learning needs. Subject specific skills are developed through working together with other learners to present arguments, bring together ideas and evaluate material relating to course themes. ‘Thinking outside the box’ and creative thinking is encouraged through group discussions and debates, tutorial discussion and planning for assessed work. A system of one to one tutorials, group tutorials and PDP workshops also provides support and regular feedback to you throughout the course. To enhance employability and personal development, project- and placement-based learning and student initiated group work in the community are also undertaken.

    * Foundation Entry and Year 1 will be studied at Runshaw College (Chorley Campus). Subsequent years will be studied at UCLan.

    ** The course duration is 4 years. The Foundation Entry will last for 1 year.

  • Entry Requirements

    Ideally all applicants should have GCSE English at Grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent.

    Applicants who do not hold a L2 English qualification will be required to attend an informal interview and undertake a short written task to assess their suitability.

    Although not a requirement for this course, GCSE English and maths at Grade A*-C/ 9-4 may be a requirement for progression to social work training and some other career paths.

    You will also need to undergo a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check at a cost of £44*. Evidence of a criminal prosecution does not necessarily exclude you from our programme but it must be disclosed. *Price correct at Jan 2020.

  • How will I be assessed?

    The assessments are designed to recognise differing skills and capabilities and include case studies, projects and written assignments. You are assessed on your ability to work individually and together in groups, through a portfolio in which you are assessed by yourself, your peers, participants and supervisor.

  • Progression Pathway

    On successful completion of the Foundation Entry Year at Runshaw College, you may then progress to complete one of the following 3 year degrees:

    • BA (Hons) Community & Social Care: Policy & Practice (Year 1 may be studied at Runshaw College with Years 2 & 3 studied at UCLan in Preston).
  • Programme Specification

    The Programme Specification is the formal document that is Approved by the University of Central Lancashire. It sets out the key elements of the course on which Approval is based. Click below to view the Programme Specification.
    BA (hons) Community & Social Care: Policy & Practice (Foundation Entry) programme specification

  • DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service)

    You must be prepared to comply with the vetting procedures for those working with children and young people as required by current legislation (ie undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check). A charge of £44* for processing DBS applications will be made; this fee must be paid in addition to all other course related fees. If you are eligible for fee remission, there will be no DBS charge. If you are an Apprentice, this will be organised by your employer.   *Price correct at January 2020.

  • National Careers Service

    For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.