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FdA Social Policy, Health and Housing

Reasons to study Social Policy, Health and Housing

  • This degree receives additional validation from the Chartered Institute of Housing, the professional body for the housing sector.
  • Undertake valuable work experience designed to enhance your employability for a whole host of careers, in public, private and charitable roles.
  • Progress and continue your studies by completing the BA (Hons) Social Policy, Health and Housing (Top-up).
UCAS Code: L400
Institution Code: S51
Start Date/End Date: September 2018 - June 2020
September 2019 - June 2021
Duration: 2 years full-time
Campus: Town Centre Campus
Course Contact: Ilaria Brancatelli
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COURSE SPECIFICATION AND HANDBOOK
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see the course specification for 2017

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)
Validated By: 
University of Chester
Additional validation by:
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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.

Our foundation degree in Social Policy, Health and Housing has received additional validation by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), the professional body for the housing sector.

It 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.

You will identify the links between social welfare, health and housing issues whilst focusing on multi-agency and community approaches to social problems. You will explore issues surrounding social citizenship rights, equality and fairness, basic human rights, and how these issues are dealt with. It also provides critical perspectives on crime, poverty, gender and ealth inequalities, and assesses the impact of each of these on individuals and society as a whole.

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.

Industry Recognised

The foundation degree in Social Policy, Health and Housing is validated by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). This is in recognition that the degree supports the housing profession. All students studying for the degree are entitled to apply for free student membership of the CIH. This allows students to access a range of CIH resources and services that are of great assistance to academic study and provide an introduction to this professional body. CIH student membership allows students to access up-to-date information and advice on policy issues and best practice and to boost professional skills.

How will I study?

You will study through lectures, workshops, seminars, selfdirected study, written work, presentations, group work and guest lectures. The second year work-based learning module will provide a professional setting in which you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired from the course. In addition to classroom-based study, you will also have the opportunity to observe social policies in practice by visiting local authorities, housing associations and social welfare agencies.

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 and enthusiastic lecturers with a wide range of interests reflecting all areas of social policy, health and housing will work with you. All of our staff are passionate about student learning and development. Lecturers are active researchers in their field with industry experience. In addition, visiting speakers assist in the delivery of the degree, often providing novel approaches to, or presenting unique aspects of, particular subjects.

Ref: Ilaria Brancatelli