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Advocacy (BA)

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Studying this degree, you will apply theories of power, conflict and cohesion and the underpinnings of social order, including social action, social practices, social institutions, social structures and societies, to real-life contexts, through an advocacy lens, ensuring individuals have a voice and agency. You will critically reflect on the values, theories and professional practices that inform thinking and action in a variety of contexts.

You will research the interconnectedness between global and local social processes and problems, including crime and criminal justice, education, family and childhood, health and social care, housing and urban regeneration, income maintenance and social security, migration, poverty, inequality and social exclusion, work, employment, and labour markets.

You will engage with conceptual and theoretical frameworks, for example citizenship and human rights, needs and social justice, health and well-being, philosophies of welfare, political economy of welfare and welfare regimes, political and social theory, anti-oppressive practice, and advocacy.

Learning to critically reflect upon devolution and local governance, welfare, public services and service user engagement and advocacy, and engaging with your subject through exploring the diversity of human and social needs, while considering the policies and institutions which exist to meet them, will be part of your course.

Advocacy (BA) Graduates

*Selected modules subject to revalidation

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Pathway Options

Advocacy (BA)
UCAS Code: 6X7S
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How to apply

  • All applications to study for a full-time undergraduate degree are made via UCAS - (Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education is part of University of Wales Trinity Saint David)
  • Part-time applicants should apply through the University.
  • UCAS institution code: T80
  • Visit the University's apply section to find out more

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Contact Email: info-set@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Ken Dicks

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  • This is the first Advocacy (BA) qualification in Wales and the UK.
  • All content is co-constructed with professional advocates in Wales from a wide practitioner base, which aligns with Welsh Government directives.
  • Research-active staff, who also engage in theory and practice in the sector, alongside visiting speakers from a wide set of organisations.
  • Guest lecturers embedded in practice.
  • Opportunities to explore theory and policy in practice via placement and volunteering opportunities.

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What you will learn

Course Overview

Advocacy (BA) is a three-year programme. The qualification is underpinned by an initial foundation year that explores advocacy, sociology, social policy and social studies.

In the second year, students undertake a placement. There is a clear focus on advocacy in practice.

The final year of study incorporates a dissertation with links to professional advocacy practice.

Module Topics

Year One - Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BA)

  • Advocacy Services in the 21st Century (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Agency, Empowerment and Anti-Oppressive Practice (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Academic Study Skills (20 credits; compulsory)*
  • Multi-Agency Working: Policy in Practice (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Understanding Society: An Introduction to Sociological Theory (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Who are We: Culture and Identity (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two - Level 5 (Dip HE & BA)

  • The Reflective Practitioner (40 credits; compulsory)*
  • Health and Social Care, Disability and Wellbeing (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Research Methods for the Social Sciences (20 credits; compulsory)
  • The Evolving Landscape of Advocacy Provision (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Work, Poverty and Welfare in the Modern World (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three - Level 6 (BA)

  • Advocacy: Maintaining Independence in Service Provision (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Professional Practice in Advocacy (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Relationships, Communication and Families in Contemporary Society (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Skills for Life: Employability and Future Pathways (20 credits; compulsory).

No exams in this programme.

Assessment is by written assignments, seminar presentations, reports, reflective diaries, leaflets and video documentaries; these assessment methods link with the development of employability skills.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

Key Information

Entry Criteria
  • All applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced disclosure document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • 80 UCAS points.
  • Non-traditional students will be considered on their experience and individual merit.
  • Applicants with FE/Access qualifications welcomed.
Career Opportunities

Graduates go on to careers in a variety of fields including:

  • Advocate Support Worker – Children with learning difficulties
  • Advocate Support Worker – Residential Care for Adults
  • Business Support Officer
  • Children’s School Advocate
  • Community Engagement Advocate
  • Emerging roles within sport and film industry (responding to current events)
  • Family Liaison Officer
  • Healthcare Advocate NHS
  • Independent Advocate
  • Independent Domestic Violence Advocate
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocate
  • Independent Mental Health Advocate
  • Independent Professional Advocate
  • Lecturer BA Advocacy (with further study)
  • Local Authority Childcare Advocate
  • Manager Third Sector Voluntary Organisations
  • Pupil Advocate/Support (Additional Learning Needs)
  • Pupil Support Advocate
  • Supervised Contact Worker – Social Services
  • Volunteer Manager: Third Sector

Graduates may also choose to continue studying and complete postgraduate and postgraduate research qualifications through progression on to, either, the MA Equity and Diversity in Society, or a PhD in Social Justice and Inclusion, that allow students to utilise postgraduate funding.

Additional Costs
  • DBS: All applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced disclosure document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks which they may need to produce essays, assignments and dissertations in fulfilment of the academic requirements of each programme of study.
  • There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
    • Books
    • Clothing
    • Fieldwork
    • Printing and copying
    • Stationery
Related Courses

CertHE Social Studies (SLS1)A one-year programme which is designed to provide a foundation year for those students who may wish to move onto either the BA Advocacy or the BA Sociology degree; or as a standalone exit award/qualification. This programme is underpinned by modules that explore advocacy, sociology, social policy and social studies.

BA Sociology (SOC1)
A three-year programme. This qualification is underpinned by an initial foundation year which includes modules that explore sociology, advocacy, social policy and social studies. In the second year of study, students will undertake a placement while the modules develop a wider understanding of sociological issues and solutions. The final year of study incorporates a dissertation with links to aspects of sociology that the student wishes to pursue in more depth.

MA Equity and Diversity in Society
The MA in Equity and Diversity in Society is an exciting development in response to current legislation, social policy, local and global concerns regarding equity. Awareness of equity, equality and diversity is considered an integral requirement of many organisations, as well as an aspiration for society as a whole.

PhD/MPhil Social Justice and Inclusion
Contact: Nichola Welton – n.welton@uwtsd.ac.uk

Bursary / Scholarship Information
Study Abroad Opportunities

Opportunities to study in Europe and the USA for a semester in year 2.


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