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Certificate of Higher Education Social Studies

The Social Studies Certificate in Higher Education allows students to explore both Sociology and Advocacy in practice and prepares students academically for the needs of the two-degree courses.

Students considering this programme are also guided to explore the associated degree progression points:

This initial year of study allow students to explore issues such as culture, media, health and social care, wellbeing, and a range of social factors will be explored including ideas about forms of disability, gender, the role of media, crime, multi-agency working, the role of social care and welfare, social justice and inclusion.

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PATHWAY OPTIONS & HOW TO APPLY

Pathway Options

BA Sociology
UCAS Code: 
SOC1
Apply via UCAS

DipHE Sociology
UCAS Code:
 SOC5
Apply via UCAS

BA Advocacy
UCAS Code:
 6X7S
Apply via UCAS

DipHE Advocacy
UCAS Code: ADV2
Apply via UCAS

MA Equity and Diversity in Society 
Apply via UWTSD

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


How to apply

  • All applications to study for a full-time undergraduate degree programme are made through UCAS 
    - (Yr Athrofa is part of University of Wales Trinity Saint David)
  • All our course come under the institution code T80
  • Visit the University's apply section to find out more

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Tuition Fees 2019/20:
£9000 (Home/EU)
£11500 (Overseas)

Why choose Social Studies at UWTSD?

  1. This certificate focuses on exploring sociology and advocacy in practice to deliver equity and equality in society.
  2. The lecturing team consider that empowering learners is central to the ideology of the award.
  3. Opportunities for developing Higher Education Skills for progression on BA Advocacy or BA Sociology.
  4. Supportive lecturing team who have a wide range of experience in practice.
  5. Research active staff who also engage in theory and practice in the sector alongside visiting speakers from a wide set of organisations.

What you will learn

Course Overview

A one-year programme. This qualification is an initial foundation year that includes modules, which explore sociology, advocacy, social policy and social studies.

This can either be a standalone exit award or a foundation year, after completion, to join either the BA Advocacy or BA Sociology degrees.

Modules

Typical modules include:

  • Academic Study Skills
  • Advocacy Services in the 21st Century
  • Agency and Empowerment: Giving Individuals a Voice
  • Understanding Society: An Introduction to Sociological Theory
  • Policy in Practice and Multi-Agency Working
  • Who are We? Culture and Identity
Assessment

No Exams in this programme

Written Assignments, Seminar Presentations, Reports, Reflective Diaries, Leaflets and Video Documentaries; these assessment methods link with the development of employability skills.

Yr Athrofa

Carmarthen campus video

Key Information

Entry Criteria
  • A Cert HE normally has a 32 point requirement or previous experience as they are deigned to be an entry qualification
  • Non-traditional students will be considered on their experience and individual merit
  • Applicants with FE/Access qualifications welcomed
  • There are no specific academic requirements however applicants should be able to demonstrate good language skills and have the potential to develop them further.
  • Work, voluntary or life experience where advocacy skills have been necessary will be taken into account. You will be asked about your access to relevant work or voluntary experiences before starting the course or indicate what kind of support you would need to organise this, as it essential for undertaking the course that all students have a base of ‘practice’.
  • Personal qualities are of particular significance. Potential students must show evidence of appropriate values and ethics (such as a commitment to equality, social justice and inclusion, honesty, integrity and transparency) and demonstrate qualities that would enable them to engage effectively in the role of advocate (e.g. the ability to listen and attend to others, to handle competing agendas, to communicate clearly, to recognise different points of view and interests, to protect confidentiality, and to make effective notes and observations).
  • All students will need to have a DBS check.
Career Opportunities

A range of employment with the Social Care and Voluntary sector

  • Communities First
  • Families First
  • Family Support
  • Working in the voluntary sector

Progress to either:

  • BA Advocacy
  • BA Sociology

After completion of the degree programmes above potential employment option widens to include:

  • Advocate
  • Criminal Justice Sector
  • Education Officer
  • Emerging roles within sport and film industry (responding to current events)
  • HE/FE Lecturer
  • Local Authority Management and care
  • Local Health Authority Management and care
  • Media
  • Nursing and Mental health Nursing (Further Study Required)
  • Police
  • Probation Officer (Further Study Required)
  • Project Management
  • Project Manager
  • Research
  • Research Assistant
  • Social Worker (Further Study Required)
  • Student Support Services
  • Supporting Vulnerable Groups
  • Youth Offending

Graduates of the BA Advocacy and BA Sociology degrees may also choose to continue studying and complete postgraduate and postgraduate research qualifications through progression onto, either, the MA Equity and Diversity in Society or a PhD in Social Justice and Inclusion that allow students to utilise post-graduate funding.

Additional Costs
  • DBS
  • Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for 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

BA Advocacy (6X7S)
A three-year programme. This qualification is underpinned by an initial foundation year that includes modules, which explore advocacy, sociology, social policy and social studies. In the second year of study, students will undertake a placement. There will be a clear focus on advocacy in practice. The final year of study incorporates a dissertation with links to professional Advocacy practice and the student’s own interests.

DipHE Advocacy (ADV2)
A two-year programme. This qualification is underpinned by an initial foundation year that includes modules, which explore advocacy, sociology, social policy and social studies. In the second year of study, students will undertake a placement. There will be a clear focus on advocacy in practice.

BA Sociology (SOC1)
A three-year programme. This qualification is underpinned by an initial foundation year that includes modules, which explore sociology, advocacy, social policy and social studies. In the second year of study, students will undertake a placement whilst 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.

DipHE Sociology (SOC5)
A two-year programme. This qualification is underpinned by an initial foundation year that includes modules, which explore sociology, advocacy, social policy and social studies. In the second year of study, students will undertake a placement whilst the modules develop a wider understanding of sociological issues and solutions.

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

There are no study abroad opportunities for this course