East Coast College (Lowestoft)
One year full-time.
Two years part-time.
FdA or FdSc
This innovative course has been specifically designed to meet the needs of all those from different backgrounds to develop the skills and understanding of working inclusively so they can work really effectively to achieve these improvements.
As the course integrates classroom and work-based learning, it is essential that students have access to a work base. There are various different forms of assessment including essays, case studies, reports, presentations and project work. Throughout the course, students will be given regular opportunities to discuss their ideas and gain constructive feedback from staff so they can make good progress. The course will provide students with greater opportunities within their current workplace and enable them to progress into further professional training if they so wish. There are a range of job roles that this course prepares students for such as working as a lead professional, as a family support worker or as a learning mentor.
How much independent study will I need to do? That is difficult to equate as each student is different. As a rule, we tend to suggest that for each module, you will need to allow 150 hours of self-directed study. You need to consider this carefully as busy practitioners often find it hard to find individual study time within their busy lives.
I am worried about the dissertation what does this involve? This will involve you carrying out your own independent piece of research which is often inspired by your practice (though it does not have to be). This piece of work will involve significant amounts of personal research and self-directed study but you will receive an assigned supervisor who will provide guidance and support for your along the way.
What sort of support should I expect? All students are allocated a personal tutor who will offer pastoral support and will visit students where appropriate. In addition, academic tutorials are an integral part of each module during which students can clarify and review the teaching and learning with their tutors.
What kind of staff can I expect to see? You will find staff members with a range of knowledge and experience relative to the course subject matter. Staff members are experienced practitioners both within education as well as other learning based practices. As an example, staff members have particular expertise in psychology, social sciences and working across different social services.
When can I start? We have an annual intake of students and lectures start in late September.
The individual modules are as follows and can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over three semesters.
Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.
Effective, holistic work with children, young people and vulnerable adults is recognised as being underpinned by family-centric collaborative working. For all those working with these clients, practice is shaped by continually changing legislation and social policy and as well as by professional bodies. This Module will provide students with opportunities to further develop their general knowledge of the relevant legislative, statutory and professional frameworks as well as more specific, specialist knowledge of a particular area. Consideration of local, national and international practice will enable students to analyse and critically appraise approaches to working with these service users and assess to what extent successful integrated working is achievable.
This module is designed to provide students with an in depth understanding of the role that principles and values play in the working environment. It will equip them with a broader view of the origins of such values and encourage them to explore a range of value-based issues. Consideration of local, national and international approaches, with particular reference to holistic and inclusive approaches, will enable students to reflect on values within their own context from service provider as well as service user perspectives.
This module develops an in-depth understanding of the key roles of assessment and intervention and their implications for the potential or existing service user. Through examining a range of assessments and interventions used with children, young people and vulnerable adults, students will develop a critical appreciation of the complexities of assessment and intervention as well as the impact of both. Throughout this module, students will be required to consider both assessment and intervention in an increasingly inclusive and culturally diverse society and from the perspective and changing role of the service user and their family/carers.
The dissertation/research project requires students to investigate a topic of their own choice and enables them to apply and further develop the knowledge and skills gained through the study of other Modules such as Research Methods (and Negotiated Project) at level 5. It also enables students to draw upon the research base that underpins other Modules in their degree. Students will have the opportunity to develop project management skills such as planning, design, analysis and critical evaluation. The outcome is a report of 10,000 words. The Module involves independent study under the guidance of a research supervisor.
Students are expected to engage in a wide literature search to support either a library – based primary or secondary research study. Prior approval from the UCS Ethics Committee is needed before primary research is undertaken. Research skills are seen as important to self-development and employability as well as offering colleagues/fellow students’ insights into a particular topic. The dissertation offers the student considerable autonomy and the opportunity to take responsibility for a very individual and stretching piece of work at final honours degree level.
It is expected that students will have worked on their Dissertation during the three months prior to the start of their course with support from appropriate member/s of the course team, Module Leader or from the HE Study Skills.
Fees and finance
- UK full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a
- UK part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information)
- International full-time tuition fee: £14,598 p.a
At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.
FdA or FdSc
All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.
If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.
Students are required to be in suitable paid or voluntary employment with children for a minimum of 10 (PT)/20(FT) hours per week and hold a satisfactory Enhanced CRB or Disclosure & Barring Service check.
IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.
If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.