Social Welfare Law, Policy and Advice Practice

BA (Hons)

Key facts


Stoke-on-Trent campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: LL4M
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 14 June 2019
September 2019 – June 2020 (dates to be confirmed)


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. The entire degree can also be studied by distance learning.

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

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for Chartered Membership with that body.

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.

Distance learning

Students who choose to study via distance learning will access their learning materials via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

You will also do a variety of online exercises as well as taking part in seminars and tutorials via Skype and telephone.

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. 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.


This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Legal Theory and Practice Compulsory
Welfare Benefits and Money Advice Compulsory
The Context of Advice Services Compulsory
Housing Rights Compulsory
Consumer Protection Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Social Welfare and Community Care Compulsory
Reflection on Experience Compulsory
Communication Skills Compulsory
Understanding Communities Optional
Understanding Disability Optional
Immigration and Asylum Optional
Family Advice Optional
Housing Rights 2 Optional
Money Advice 2 Optional

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Dissertation and Research Compulsory
Equality and Diversity Compulsory
Modern Social Policy Compulsory
Understanding Communities Optional
Understanding Disability Optional
Immigration and Asylum Optional
Family Advice Optional
Management of Advice Services Optional

Teaching 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.