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BA (Hons) Adult Social Care

The BA (Hons) Adult Social Care has been developed to equip you with the knowledge and skills that are needed in today’s workforce. We have worked closely with local employers and key stakeholders to ensure the subjects covered within this degree align with the key priorities within the Adult Social Care sector. In addition to subject specific knowledge you will develop skills in critical thinking and analysis, problem solving, presentation skills and direct work with individuals and groups.

Course content

Year 1 will provide you with the theoretical framework which will give you the academic grounding for your degree. In year 2 there will be a range of core and optional modules which cover relevant contemporary issues.

During this year you will be asked to complete 60 placement hours in the voluntary sector, or within your workplace to assist you to make the links between theory and practice.

Year 3 also contains a range of core and optional modules focusing on more complex work with adults. In addition you will complete an independent research project on a topic of your choice, this will allow you to draw from your growing theoretical knowledge and complete empirical research supported by a supervisor and will have the opportunity to complete an additional placement.

The BA (Hons) Adult Social has been developed to equip you with the knowledge and skills that are needed in today’s workforce.

We have worked closely with local employers and key stakeholders to ensure the subjects covered within this degree align with the key priorities within the Adult Social Care sector. In addition to subject specific knowledge you will develop skills in critical thinking and analysis, problem solving, presentation skills and direct work with individuals and groups.

The programme is relevant for both experienced practitioners and those who are contemplating a career in Adult Social Care. It is not essential that you have prior experience in social care but for those who do, opportunities may exist for you to import and gain credit for your existing social care qualifications. (This course is subject to final approval).

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.



The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Indicative modules

The course will develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of relevant topics, including:

  • safeguarding
  • working with diversity
  • communication skills
  • dementia,
  • disability,
  • substance misuse
  • mental health
  • autism
  • working with groups

Teaching and assessment

Teaching strategies

The BA Adult Social Care has been designed to offer you a range of dynamic experiences where you will learn about Adult Social Care. Taught by experienced academics this programme will guide you through development of theoretical, practical and applied skills. Examples include individual tutorials, lectures, group exercises, directed reading, role play, observations, discussion and presentations. You will be allocated a personal tutor who will offer you pastoral support and over time you will gain the understanding and confidence asked for by a range of public, voluntary and private sector employers. You will undertake work placements to support your learning and develop your experiences in the field

Assessments

There are a variety of assessment tasks integrated with the learning and teaching which will ensure that you are given relevant and meaningful activities with specific outcomes. Many of your assessment will expect you to draw on your experience and work-based activity. Examples of assessment include:

  • Observations and analysis
  • Evaluation of given case studies
  • Critical review of literature on a specific topic
  • Group and individual presentations
  • An interrogation of theoretical and research-based evidence
  • Pod-casting, emails and discussion boards.

Additional Costs

Places still available

Codes

UCAS code: 
L520
College Code: 
C58

Course length

3 Years
Full Time