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FdA Social Policy, Health and Housing

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UCAS Code: L400 Institution Code: S51
Start Date/End Date: September 2017 - June 2019
September 2018 - June 2020
Duration: 2 years Campus: Town Centre Campus
Course Contact: Peter Gore Telephone:
01744 623253
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For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see the course specification

For detailed information about studying this course at University Centre St Helens, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: - 2017 Entry (Coming Soon)
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University of Chester
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The role of social policy, health and housing in society has rapidly changed over the past decade. The effects of welfare reform have resulted in massive pressures on services provided by central and local government, welfare agencies and housing associations.

This foundation degree will provide you with the opportunity to actively engage in the analysis of cutting edge social issues as a highly contemporary, dynamic and grounded academic subject. It helps us to address some of today's most pressing social challenges by providing an understanding of how and why societies change and how policies are put in place to respond to these changes.

Students will also benefit from the degree's validation by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), the professional body for the housing sector. A number of modules on this degree count towards membership.

Whilst studying your degree, you will have the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of welfare and to gain work experience relevant to your personal career goals.

Course in-depth

What will I study?

Year 1

The first year gives you a good introduction to theory and links with professional practice. You will study the historical development of the welfare state, develop your own professional and personal career plan, examine aspects of sociology and psychology, as well as developing a basic knowledge of healthcare issues and how housing policy has developed over time.

Year 2

In the second year you will develop your knowledge further. The Work-based learning project will allow you to link theory and practice through a work placement in an organisation that matches your career interests. You will study social policy research methods, look at factors that contribute to wellbeing and at the roles and responsibilities of individuals and professionals improving healthcare outcomes. You will also look at problems involved in delivering welfare services and developments in the management of social housing, given welfare reforms and changing government policies.

How will I study?

Learning will be theoretical and practical through lectures, workshops, seminars, self-directed study, written work, presentations, group work and guest lectures.

You will be supported by a range of resources including a Uni Hub, a dedicated learning environment for degree students. A work placement will enable you to build upon your experience and gain links within the industry.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is continuous throughout the duration of the course through both formative and summative assessments including written coursework assignments, essays, extended pieces of work, examinations, presentations, portfolios and reports.

Who will be teaching me?

Experienced lecturers with a wide range of interests reflecting all areas of social policy, health and housing will work with you. Our lecturers are active researchers in their field with industry experience.

Ref: Peter Gore