Social Care (Adult) (BSc Hons)

social care student on work placement

Study mode

Full-Time or Placement


3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Placement)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Develop specialist leadership skills in adult health care provision through practical learning and expert mentors

student charlotte cutler

Spend 300 hours on placement each year

student with client
sport malawi

This creative programme will equip you to become a specialist in adult health care provision. You will develop skills during social care placements, providing practical learning while developing leadership skills throughout the course.

In your first year, you will get to grips with approaches to social care, social policy, values and ethics, and you will develop your own professional development skills as you complete your first placement. In your second year you will choose from a range of modules which will enable you to tailor the course to your particular areas of interest. As well as your chosen pathway, you will focus on people, complexity and context with other services. In the final year you will explore your role as a potential leader of future services, with an emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurship and creating new types of services and new roles in social care.

There is an option to select to take an Elective module at the end of the second year, where you could arrange to experience either an aspect of Specialist Social Care provision in the UK, or an international visit looking at differing approaches to social care provision. Some students for example, will have the is an opportunity to visit Malawi to gain understanding and experience about Social care needs in a developing country. The four year course with a sandwich year allows you to spend a full year in a social care placement.

Our experienced team of lecturers come from a range of backgrounds in social care, nursing and social work, and include an active researcher and fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, and a former CEO of a Care Home. You will also be able to take advantage of our partnerships with local authorities, care providers and independent agencies as you complete placements throughout the course. You will be supported by your tutors and mentors in your host organisation as you put theory into practice. There is also an opportunity to spend a year on placement between your second and third year if you choose the four year sandwich course option.

For further information on the course content and module options please contact

Study style

Teaching is primarily through interactive seminars and small classes. Discussion and debate are used to develop your critical skills and confidence. Partnerships with local and national organisations offer students the opportunity to gain industry experience and spend 300 hours on placement each year.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry*

96 tariff points

Typical offers

CCC at A levels, MMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Subject to satisfactory DBS disclosure


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeB203
Single Honours - 4 years placementB20S


  • Specialised social care provider
  • Social Care management
  • Safeguarding
  • Charity Worker – International, national or local
  • Project Leaders
  • Entrepreneur providing bespoke Social Care Provision
  • This creative programme will equip you to become a specialist in adult or mental health care provision.
    Spend 25% of the degree on placement and achieve The Skills for Care recognised Care Certificate in your first year Spend the equivalent of 2 days a week on placement, gaining real experience helping people while you study.
    Learn from experienced lecturers and active researchers You will work alongside specialist mentors and experienced social care employees, who will complement the support you’ll receive from our experienced lecturers.

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