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BA (Hons) Psychosocial Community Work with foundation year

Course Overview

Start date

September 2020

Subject area

Social Work and Community

Attendance

Full-time, 4 years

Part-time

Learning

On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

*This course is subject to validation

Psychosocial Studies derived out of a desire to develop a programme in the Social Sciences that enables us to think about individuals' lived experiences not just from a psychological perspective or a sociological one but in a much more holistic way. Society shapes the way that individuals experience their worlds and, in turn, our inner worlds influence our thoughts, actions and relationships. The two facets are dynamically and intimately related to each other and to focus upon just one aspect severely limits our perspectives of human beings. To become a professional community practitioner, one needs not only a theoretical and ethical understanding of people's personal motivations, circumstances, beliefs, backgrounds, behaviours, cultures etc, but one also needs to critically consider the societal structures and systems that impact lives.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a BA, you can study this course as an ‘extended’ four-year programme. You'll begin with a Social Science Foundation year which will prepare you for a successful transition to the BA degree.

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

L307

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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First Psychosocial undergraduate degree

The course incorporates a rich and non-reductionist understanding of the inextricable relationships between individuals, societies and communities.

Working with professionals

Gain experience, skills and expertise by working with professionals in community and social work.

Links with community

We have strong and professionally credible links with community and social practitioners working in policy and practice with children, young people and in community services.

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Darren Ellis

UEL Psychosocial Community Work Programme Leader

I studied Psychosocial Studies at UEL as an undergraduate, which enabled me to train as a psychotherapist and then completed a PhD thesis concerning the processes of self-construction related to disclosure about emotional experiences. The degree is a unique programme that draws on relevant aspects of Psychology, Sociology and Community Studies. This new holistic approach will equip students with the specialist knowledge to work professionally in a variety of contexts, as well as enable students to grow in self-confidence so that they can positively make a difference to their lives and the lives of others. 

 

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parents' Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

-          All nursing and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance or contact Student Finance England.

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,700
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

What you'll learn

Are you interested in what makes people ‘tick’? Are you fascinated by how we develop a sense of self (I) and in relation to others (me)? and how culture and upbringing shapes a person’s thoughts, views, beliefs and actions in the world? Do you want to work with people to make a positive difference to you, to them and to communities?

This course is about the real world, engaging with a wide range of problems and issues including mental health, social care, racism, psychotherapies, class, families, gender, employment, youth, and ageing.

You’ll get to grips with the policies and systems of service user delivery, issues of power, oppression and social justice, as well as community development and human and social needs.  Students will develop their understanding of reflexive practice and professional standards of conduct, performance and ethics in relation to governance which regulates working with diverse service users and change-makers. You will be taught by cutting-edge academics who bring their research, critiques and experiences to their teaching-we have some very lively discussions!

What you'll study and when

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a bachelor’s degree, you can study this course as an ‘extended’ four-year programme. You’ll begin with a foundation year, which will prepare you for a successful transition to the degree course a year later.

  • Knowledge, Skills, Practice and the Self. Professional Life  (Core)
  • Exploring Communities as Social Scientists (Core)
  • Reading the Body Psychosocially (Core)
  • Reimagining Work As A Social Scientist (Core)
  • Introduction to Digital Sociology (Option)
  • Globalisation and Society (Option)

  • Knowledge, Skills, Practice and the Self (Mental Wealth 1) (core)
  • Psychology: Perspectives for Psychosocial Community Work (core)
  • Constructions of Identity (core)
  • Preparation For Working With Communities (core)
  • Psychosocial Work In Community Settings (core)
  • Communication For Psychosocial And Community Work Relationships (core)
  • Children, Young People & Families (core)
  • Knowledge, Skills, Practice & The Self (Mental Wealth 2) (core)
  • Mad, Bad or Sad? Understanding Mental Disorder (core)
  • Research Methods (core)
  • Professional Practice in Communities 1* (core)
  • Counselling: Therapeutic Skills & Practice (core)
  • Knowledge, skills, practice and the self (Mental Wealth 3) (core)
  • Professional Practice in Communities 2* (core)
  • Applied Project (Dissertation) ( **2 x core modules)
  • Managing And Leading In The Not For Profit Sector (option)
  • Leaders, Followers And Fanatics (option)
  • Health, Community And Activism (option)
  • Gender, Difference And Empowerment (option)

How you'll be assessed

There are various modes of assessment which include individual and group presentations, essay writing, report writing, blogs, observations, reflexive journals,  posters and role-play interviews.

How you'll learn

Throughout this unique degree programme you will deepen your understanding of human identity and the social world to formulate a basis for community work. The psychosocial approach to working with communities involves thinking about the way human beings influence their world, but also the way that the social and cultural realms make us who we are.  

We have specifically designed the degree programme to enable you to develop skills applicable in a variety of career paths for example in the health, social care, education and community work. It incorporates relevant components of psychology sociology and community studies to equip you with a competitive edge over your peers through developing complex insights into community dynamics. For example, you will be able to examine a range of key concepts including, and combining where relevant, psychological, psychoanalytical and sociological understandings of the self, communities and society.
  
Not only will you learn about the theories and concepts related to working psychosocially but the course will include work based learning, placements and experiential learning. These will equip you with the necessary skills to embark on your career or move on to further post-graduate education and training. 

Who will teach on this course

Darren Ellis

Georgie Wemyss

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the teaching team will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Your future career

Our graduates have gone on to further study and/or entered the following careers:

  • Researcher
  • Civil Service
  • Advice/Welfare Work
  • Voluntary Sector /NGO Officer
  • Community Development Worker
  • Housing Officer
  • Equality And Diversity Officer
  • Criminal Justice 
  • Social Worker
  • Mental Health/Counselling/Psychotherapy
  • Health Or Care Management
  • NGO Founder
  • Psychologist
  • Volunteer Co-Ordinator
  • Family Support
  • Teacher/Lecturer/Education Roles
  • Youth Worker
  • Mediator
  • Community Advocacy
Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Meet us in your country

Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.
 

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