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Social Welfare Law, Policy and Advice Practice

BA (Hons)

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UCAS code:
LL4M
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
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Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
16 September 2019
21 September 2020
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This degree is perfect for those interested in social justice and a desire to work in areas such as politics, the advice sector, voluntary and charity sectors, housing or education.

Developed alongside experienced professionals, this degree will equip you to join the expanding advice and voluntary sectors.

The on-campus course is delivered by blended learning and combines face-to-face and online learning to bring a flexible approach to study. 

Whichever route you choose, you will be taught by lecturers with extensive experience and strong links to the Social Welfare Law sector.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Social Welfare Law, Policy and Advice Practice

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Social Welfare Law, Policy and Advice Practice

Part-time study

When studied part-time, the duration of the course depends on the speed at which you wish to progress through it. This is called the ‘intensity of study’. For example, studying ‘half time’ would be equivalent to 50% intensity of study and would typically double the length of your course from three to six years. You may be able to change the intensity of study during your course.

Work placements

During the second year of the course you will have the opportunity to complete voluntary work experience and we will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work experience. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

Year 1 (Certificate level)

You will be introduced to a range of social welfare subjects from housing rights to consumer protection. This will give you the knowledge and skills you need to begin a career in the sector or to progress with your studies.

Year 2 (Diploma level)

You can start to specialise by selecting option modules in areas such as immigration, disability or money advice. You’ll also have the opportunity to volunteer in an advice-work setting. This will form the basis of reflective practice and help equip you to produce an e-portfolio.

Year 3 (Degree level)

You will develop your abilities in preparation for working in the social welfare sector. You’ll write a dissertation on your specific area of interest and take additional modules to further refine your skills.

Year 1 (Certificate level)

You will be introduced to a range of social welfare subjects from housing rights to consumer protection. This will give you the knowledge and skills you need to begin a career in the sector or to progress with your studies.

Year 2 (Diploma level)

You can start to specialise by selecting option modules in areas such as immigration, disability or money advice. You’ll also have the opportunity to volunteer in an advice-work setting. This will form the basis of reflective practice and help equip you to produce an e-portfolio.

Year 3 (Degree level)

You will develop your abilities in preparation for working in the social welfare sector. You’ll write a dissertation on your specific area of interest and take additional modules to further refine your skills.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Recognised by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for student membership of the CIH

Chartered Institute of Housing Recognised

Professional body accreditation

Validated by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for CH

Chartered Institute of Housing Recognised

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Consumer Protection 15 credits
Housing Rights 15 credits
Legal Theory And Practice 30 credits
The Context Of Advice 30 credits
Welfare Benefits And Money Advice 30 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 96 points
  • A levels: CCC BTEC Extended: MMM
  • Access awards (60 credits, with 45 at Level 3)

As part of our commitment to widen access to the degree, we will consider non-traditional qualifications and work experience, paid or unpaid, in the social welfare sector for mature students (over 21). 

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 96 points
  • A levels: CCC BTEC Extended: MMM
  • Access awards (60 credits, with 45 at Level 3)

As part of our commitment to widen access to the degree, we will consider non-traditional qualifications and work experience, paid or unpaid, in the social welfare sector for mature students (over 21). 

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Careers

Graduate Destinations

Our graduates work with a wide range of groups, such as children and young people, victims of domestic abuse, older people, people with disabilities and people with poverty-related problems. Some go on to postgraduate study. Social Welfare Law professionals work in the advice sector, local government, the voluntary/charity sector, advocacy, housing, education and for campaigning groups such as Child Poverty Action Group.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical sessions. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical sessions. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Your tutors are experienced practitioners who will bring real-life experiences to your learning using the most up-to-date skills and technologies.

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 21 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
To be confirmed

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£2,040 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

Our students

about
Rebecca Smith
Graduate

We made really good friendships. It was quite an intimate class, we shared each others’ experiences and stories and that strengthened the bond and it was a safe environment for us to do that.

These are life-long connections now and friendships.

about
Carley Oldcacre
Graduate

The support I’ve been given has enabled me to build myself.

I feel more confident in being able to challenge people when they’re saying things they have just heard on the grapevine. I’m also helping people to change their perceptions on things.

about
Amanda Payne
Student

This degree opens your eyes to understand housing, welfare benefits, employment law and what your rights are.

Not only does it help you personally, but you see how it can help other people. For me, it’s worth its weight in gold.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
16 September 2019
Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
21 September 2020

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