SC5004: Social Care Placement (Adult)


Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

SC5004: Social Care Placement (Adult)

Module Title Social Care Placement (Adult)
Module Code SC5004
Module Tutor Mark Wagstaff
School School of Health and Social Care
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

This module builds on the student learning at level 4 by fostering a deeper and wider awareness of an Adult Social Care setting. This will be achieved through understanding of interpersonal aptitudes in line with the Skills Development in Social Care module (SC5002).

As well as emphasising an increase in quality of student relational abilities this module will promote a wider understanding of the placement in terms of relationships between the student  and significant others within the setting. As the module progresses the students will be expected to take a more expansive view by recognising and responding to the external influences on the service setting. This will include enquiry into the working relationships with other agencies and partners. By so doing the student should become accomplished collaborative worker with significant people within and outside the Adult Social Care setting. 

Indicative Syllabus

From the university perspective the syllabus focusses on the seminar sessions for up to three hours per week. This will provide the students with the opportunity to learn through various forms of group dialogue and presentations through which theory and practice are linked. The following themes will be of particular importance in this:


  • Ways of listening to and empowering service users to participate in decision making and become aware of their rights and responsibilities.
  • Ways of making ethical decisions at all levels of practice in ways that are theoretically informed.
  • Ways of addressing ethical dilemmas
  • Exploring ways of working in partnership with and advocating for service users using creativity and problem solving skills including
    • Assessment of Social Care needs
    • Enablement and re-enablement
    • Promotion of self-care  and health
    • Prevention agenda
    • Self-management of care
    • Positive  risk taking
  • Applying partnership working theory in the interactions within the service setting with the people significant to the service user.
  • Awareness of organisational culture, communication, financial factors ,staff deployment and how these relate to the vision and mission of the service.
  • Exploring the wider interactions between the placement and the wider context, this will include students comparative studies and discussions within the seminar sessions. Students will also be explore social issues and power dynamics using socio political perspectives to guide enquiry and practice.
  • Further deepening critical reflective practice individually and with others.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module student should be able to:


  1. To demonstrate understanding of the wide ranging influences,  including safeguarding, upon the Adult Social Care setting
  2. To develop critical reflection skills  that inform  learning and practice skills into deeper relational topics and wider contextual areas
  3. Work with employees and clients to enhance the partnership working within the service, by; showing initiative, working harmoniously and assertively with service users to empower and give due attention to rights, responsibilities, and ethical issues..
  4. Working collaboratively with partners with the Adult Care organisation and taking constructive action to promote these relationships, internally and with clients that support Adult Social care provision
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 48
Independent Learning Hours: 12
Scheduled Hours on Placement: 240
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2500 word
002: 0% Coursework: Individual, portfolio: 2500 word equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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