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Full time
1 year
September only

This course will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the roles within the social and community work sector, recognising the importance of collaboration at all levels. It will build on your existing knowledge and experience of culturally diverse organisations, cross-cultural issues, diversity and values whilst developing and expanding your skills and practice. You will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in evidence-based practice, personal research, self-study, directed study and a total of 225 hours of mandatory workplace learning and experience.

You will cover the following topics:

  • Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice
  • Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care
  • Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice (Pearson-set Project)
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Sociological Approaches in Social and Community Work
  • Social Work Principles
  • Introduction to Practice

Assignments are designed to allow you to achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade for the unit through the stated assessment tasks or activities. The Merit and Distinction grade descriptors need to be viewed as a qualitative extension of the assessment criteria for a Pass within each individual unit.

Bury College University Centre has an extensive network of health and social care contacts and can offer you access to a wide variety of hands-on real life experiences in the sector. You will have lots of opportunities to develop your research skills, reflection skills, problem solving skills and critical thinking in preparation for potential further learning.

Upon completion there will be opportunities to progress onto a degree course such as an Honours degree in Social Work, Youth and Community Work, Childhood Studies, Public Health, Social Policy or a related area or to continue onto a higher level apprenticeship. You may also gain employment in 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.

Please note there may be additional costs for DBS checks and educational trips associated with this course. Students should have independently secured a work placement before they start their course.

Students must complete a total of 225 hours over the duration of their course.

Positive Futures is a set of essential qualities, embedded throughout your study programme, that we seek to develop in all students: 

  • Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Resilience

You will also engage in the Positive Futures Careers Programme, developing key employability skills through a diverse range of activities including work placements, volunteering, employer talks, industry study visits and employment and university fairs.

CACHE or BTEC Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care (or related subject). A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades 9-4 (A*-C) or equivalent in subjects such as Maths and English. Other related Level 3 qualifications. An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution. Related work experience. An international equivalent of the above.

The majority of students will be able to access a Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England to pay their HE Course Fee.

Self-funding students may pay in 3 instalments in September (25%), January (25%) and April (50%).

Course Fee: £8,250.00 per year

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