Social Care Practice BA/BSc (Hons)

About this course

This specialist social care award offers a flexible, part time mode of learning, gives employed people the opportunity to extend their skills, capability and individual effectiveness at work.

It places the social care sector at the centre of learning, focussing on prioritising care provision, improving quality and promoting trust and professionalism.

Learning is built around the employers own provision and is designed to prepare learners to operate effectively in the ever changing field of social care practice.

An agent for change within the workplace

  • Critical reflection promotes awareness of the workplace as a learning environment
  • Keep up to date with current evidence, knowledge and developments in the social care sector
  • Work with people, families and carers to raise standards to improve the quality of the care provided
  • Personal, professional and organisational benefits

How we facilitate learning needs

  • Study Skills Support provided
  • Adaptable, flexible, part time route
  • Support from academic staff experienced in supporting work based learners
  • Recognition of existing skills and knowledge
  • A number of taught modules exploring contemporary issues in social care

What learners do

  • Identify learning needs and work with the employer and academic staff to manage the learning process
  • Draw upon and develop prior work experience and professional knowledge
  • Develop and utilise appropriate learning, enquiry methods and service improvement skills
  • Investigate the relationship between academic theory and workplace practice
  • Critically reflect, interpret, analyse and challenge current thinking and practice
  • Work with integrity and with professionalism to provide the highest standard of care possible

Curriculum components

  • Single modules
  • 60 Credit awards
  • 120 credit award
  • Honours Degree

Higher Education qualification offered as part of the Social Care Award




1 credit = 10 hours study (This includes the work you do in the workplace)


Certificate 60 credits

University Certificate 120 credits


Diploma 60 credits

University Diploma 120 credits


Advanced Diploma 60 credits

BA/BSc Hons 120 credits

Course overview

Mode of study

Part time, on campus

Employment status

Learners must be in paid or voluntary employment within the social care sector


Part-time flexible


Direct applications

Mode of delivery

Start date January

Normal entry requirements

Level 3 for undergraduate study


Formative and summative varied assessments including case studies, reports and presentations

Contact Details

For online applications and expressions of interest or for programme queries contact

Dr Richelle Duffy
T: +44 (0)191 215 6548

Course info

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus

City Newcastle

Fee Information

Study at Northumbria

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