Community, Public Health and Social Care BA (Hons) top-up

This course will challenge and encourage you to ask questions of yourself and ​of your role in public health and community engagement UCAS Code: L5L1

1 Year
2 days per week
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: HND in Social and Community Work or a HND or Foundation Degree in a related subject

Course Info

The BA top-up in Community, Public Health & Social Care is designed to develop the skills necessary to work in the wider field of health, education, social care and community support and engagement.

The modules you will study are:

  • Community Engagement
  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Contemporary Social Issues
  • Leadership and Management
  • Dissertation

The need for effective research skills applicable to the sector are included in the programme. The aim is to provide you with the wide range of skills you need to obtain employment or enhance your career development. Successfully completing the qualification will also enable you to apply for further study at Master’s level (Level 7 – either MA or MSc).

This course is designed to challenge and encourage you to ask questions of yourself and ​of your role in the broad field of public health and community engagement to deepen your understanding. You will have the opportunity to explore a topic in-depth through the final Dissertation module in which you will be carefully supervised in a research project of your choosing.

The course is aimed at attracting a wide cross-section of individuals of all ages into higher education who have previously completed a Level 5 qualification in a related subject area – usually Health and Social Care. Individuals who have relevant work experience, either paid or within a voluntary capacity are ​encouraged to apply, although this is not a requisite for the course.

Informed by the commitment of the College to widening access to courses whilst ensuring appropriate academic standards, the guiding principle underpinning the admission process is that the individuals are selected on the basis of their capability to benefit from, make a positive contribution to, and successfully complete their programme of study.

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Your teaching will include tutor- and student-led sessions, with discussions, activities, group-work, seminars, and one-to-one tutorial opportunities. You will be in an enriching and immersive learning environment, which will enhance your development as a critical thinker. 

One of the key strengths of our teaching at the University Centre is the amount of time we dedicate to supporting you as an individual student to help you get the best out of your programme. One-to-one tutorials with your tutor are important as they allow you to raise any particular issues you may be facing. Your tutor will be as supportive as possible in helping you work through these issues. 

Lecturer Profiles

Course Leader: Linda Lawrence-Wilkes, MA, FCIPD, FHEA, MCMI, has worked in Higher Education for over 20 years. She has an MA in Professional Development, is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) and of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a Member of Chartered Management Institute (MCMI). She is co-author of The Reflective Practitioner in Professional Education (2014) with Dr Lyn Ashmore, published by Palgrave Macmillan. She enjoys Tai Chi for mindfulness and reading for pleasure.

Lecturer: Steve Richardson, MSc, has worked in FE and Higher Education for over 10 years. Prior to this he was a Children’s Home Registered Manager with the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), then a Senior Operations Manager responsible for service management of children’s homes in the North of England specialising in meeting the needs of children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. He is also training as a Community Ambassador for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to raise awareness and support for Type 1 Diabetes. 

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

This is a level 6 entry programme and you will normally be expected to have achieved 240 academic credits, of which 120 must be at level 5.

These are usually from the HND Social and Community Work – also delivered at the University Centre – or to be from either an appropriate qualification such as Foundation Degree in Community, Health and Wellbeing, Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care, or a HND in a relevant subject. Previous study must include a range of modules in-line with the subjects covered in this BA top-up programme.

In addition, we will be looking for evidence of your personal skills and qualities.

The University Centre actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Learning. You must show how the learning you have already completed matches the learning that is required on the programme you are applying for. Applicants with other qualifications and backgrounds are also encouraged to apply. Qualifications and experiences not specifically named in this document will be carefully considered.

Offers will be made on the basis of both academic qualifications and a satisfactory interview.

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