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Adult Social Care

BA (Hons) Level 6 Top-up Degree

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Availability & Details

Health and Social Care - Foundation Degree BA Top Up SF-HESCL6-C(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Adult Learning, Full Time, Higher Education

Academic Year 2023-24 (1 year)

Examination board
University of Chichester

How to apply

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The University of Chichester is the awarding institution for this qualification. 

This one day a week programme is characterised by its vocational focus and provides an important grounding in social science perspectives to inform your practice as a social care professional. 

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.

Cost: £4,795 per year.

You will require:
– A Foundation degree in Health and Social Care or other Level 5 qualification in a relevant subject, for example an HND in Health and Social Care
– Be employed or doing voluntary work in a health and social care setting for a minimum of 12 hours per week is essential
– Have the support of your employer or voluntary setting (unless self-employed)
– A satisfactory enhanced DBS check

The top-up year 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 undertake research supported by a supervisor.

Core modules:

  • Dissertation
  • The Resilient Reflective Practitioner
  • Working with Complex Situations.

Optional modules:

  • International Perspectives and Human Rights
  • Advocacy and Social Justice
  • Management and Social Enterprise Skills
  • Mentoring.

Your course will include psychological, historical, cultural, sociological, sociopolitical and philosophical viewpoints, which will be delivered through a combination of taught sessions and employer-supported work-based learning, giving you an ideal combination of learning methods. 

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, including essays, reports, case studies, an open-book exam, individual and group presentations and a dissertation.

The BA (Hons) in Adult Social Care will enable you to work at a higher/management level within the social care sector, or progress on to studying a relevant Post-graduate/Masters level degree. Depending on the degree classification achieved, graduates may also apply to the Government’s Step Up to Social Work programme (a 14-month full time programme of study for trainee social workers) to qualify with a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work.

We have links with a variety of health and social care providers, giving you access to real-life best practice and current policy and legislative requirements.

I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student

My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student