Social Care (Adult) (BSc Hons)

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Study mode

Full-Time or Placement


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


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Take control of your future in adult social care, a career that sees 80% of students in a professional or managerial job six months after finishing study

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Spend 300 hours on placement each year

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sport malawi

This creative and exciting programme is designed to move you beyond traditional ideas about social care and open your eyes to the range of possibilities in a local, national and international context. It will equip you to become a social care leader, creating new services and responding to the challenges we face today. You will develop skills during your placements, providing practical learning while acquiring skills that are designed to secure you employment in the area of your choice.

In your first year, you will get to grips with approaches to social care and social policy, explore your values and ethics, and develop your professional 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 and the career you might wish to follow upon graduation. Taking the driving seat in what you need to learn, 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. We want our graduates to succeed, and we are here to make that happen!

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 opportunity to visit Malawi to gain understanding and experience about social care needs in a developing country. The four year sandwich course option 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 company working with older people. 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 grow as a future leader. 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. And if you achieve a 2:1 or higher when you graduate, you're guaranteed an interview for our MA Social Work postgraduate course.

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.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course. Some modules are compulsory, but in some cases you can also choose modules which interest you from outside your core area of study.

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


See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeB203
BSc (Hons) - 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

Placement information

Andrew Shelton, Graduate.

"The vast number of placements was simply outstanding." Andrew Shelton, Graduate

Placement type:

Short-term for 3 Years (Full-Time) option, or full-time for 4 Years (Placement) option


240 hours, part-time for 3 Years (Full-Time) option OR 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours per week) for 4 Years (Placement) option


Short-term placements are generally carried out in the UK. Popular overseas 12 month placement destinations include the USA, China and Europe. You may even wish to source your own placement in other countries.

Visa requirements:

If carrying out a placement abroad, there may be a visa requirement.

Financial arrangements:

On your placement year you will pay a reduced tuition fee and are still eligible to apply for a maintenance loan. Financial support is also available from the Student Finance Team by contacting

Placement support:

You will have access to guidance from the Placements Team throughout your placement search, and for the duration of your placement year. You can contact the Placements Team on

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.

Contact us

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