Graduates of the B.A. in Applied Social Studies (Social Care) work in a wide variety of settings, such as community-based projects for young people, in residential care for children who cannot be cared for by their own families, or with adults or children who have disabilities. Social Care Practitioners are employed in statutory or voluntary settings. Many graduates continue their studies to Master’s degree level.
An important element of the course is the practice placement of twelve weeks which must be completed at Stages 2 and 3. The theory learned in the classroom is applied in the work setting and the students benefit from the expertise of professionals who demonstrate the necessary skills and techniques used by Social Care Practitioners. It is only when encountering real life situations that the relevance of material learned in the classroom becomes obvious to the student. Practice placement gives the student the opportunity to develop their interests, skills and enthusiasm; to experience effective team work, and to see the impact of social circumstances and policies on the lives of people.