BA/Diploma Higher Education: Education and Social Services is a full-time course which will give you the opportunity, if you have a relevant HNC, to continue your studies at Degree level and/or progress into employment within a social care, health care or educational services environment.
The course has been developed to meet the requirements for employment, particularly in relation to understanding the need for Integrated Service delivery in this sector.
This is a partnership course with the University of Strathclyde, and upon successful completion of the Diploma year students can progress to the University of Strathclyde Honours programme.
What will I learn?
Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.
The first year of the course offers a Diploma in Higher Education qualification as a second-year undergraduate, and is delivered at our Langside campus. You will be introduced to the University of Strathclyde and will participate in partnerships, teaching and learning at the university campus.
If you successfully complete the Diploma, you can move directly to the third year, and upon successful completion, progress to the fouth year, of the BA programme at the University of Strathclyde, where you will continue to study the modules outlined below to complete the BA Education and Social Services Honours programme.
- Professional and personal development
- Societal context and policy
- Integration of services
- Understanding and meeting needs
- Understanding and developing practice
- Work practice placement.
Employer and industry links
This course has very strong links with a wide variety of employers, who contribute to lectures by visiting the college to discuss their work, role and integrated service partnerships. We also arrange field trips to visit community services, which help our students understand the needs of local communities and meet the staff and people who use the service.
In addition, students have a 4 week placement to a new workplace environment to help develop their range of knowledge and skills, and to introduce them to the importance of leadership skills and collaborative work in this sector.
- BA (Honours) Education and Social Services, University of Strathclyde
Jobs and further study
Upon successful completion of this Diploma year, you will progress to the University of Strathclyde. Following this you may choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level. Examples of courses in which past students have been successful are:
- Drug and alcohol studies
- Criminology studies
- Social work
- Mental health studies
- Primary teaching
- Autism studies
- Counselling studies.
A diverse range of job options are available to you, and former students have secured employment in supporting service users in mental health, addictions, homelessness, social prescribing, chidlren's services, learning disability, crisis services, police, family and education settings.
The BA programme is an Honours level course, and you will have a recognised academic degree at SCQF Level 10.
Entry requirements (minimum)
- HNC Social Care/ Social Services
- HNC Health Care/ Care and Administrative Practice
- HNC Early Education and Childcare
- HNC Additional Support Needs
- HNC Occupational Therapy
- HNC Working with Communities/Community Education
- Relevant equivalent SCQF Level 7 qualifications may be considered
- Relevant 120 credits acquired from university study may be considered
- All qualifications should have been achieved in the previous five years, unless you have a noted qualification AND significant relevant workplace experience
- You must achieve preferably an A, and a B may be considered, in your HNC Graded Unit
- You will additionally require relevant experience of the workplace
- You are also required to write a reflective personal learning statement demonstrating your experience and interest in the course
- Academic reference
- Individual interview
- Group interview.
- If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.
Making an application
For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.
Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.
When you apply
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and we will be in contact as per the following stages:
- Assessment of the information provided on your application form, which must be completed fully and accurately. Application forms will then be checked for current and/or pending qualifications and relevant experience and interest as outlined in your personal statement section
- Demand for this course is very high and if you meet the criteria, you will be invited to attend an *Information Session, so please do not call or email as you will have a full opportunity to ask questions at this session
- Prior to the Information Session you will be sent a University Personal Learning Statement, which you will be required to complete and bring along to the Information Session. During the Information Session, you will also have the opportunity to ask any questions about the course, the college and the university
- You must be able to demonstrate preferably an A grade, but at least a B or equivalent in your SQA Graded unit
- Information Sessions will begin in February and will continue until June
- Once the University Personal Learning Statement has been reviewed and if it meets the criteria, successful applicants will be invited for Group and Individual interviews
- You will be issued with a reference template, and asked to bring an agreed Academic Reference to your interview
- Selection outcomes are based upon careful consideration of interview
performance, qualifications, relevant workplace experience, reference and the content of the written reflective personal and learning statement for each applicant
- You will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by email once we have received confirmation that you can meet all of the admission requirements/criteria and this may not be until the end of June as we need to wait until Graded Units are awarded.
*Interview arrangements may be subject to change in accordance with available public health guidance and in order to facilitate a COVID-secure interview experience.
- unconditional place: you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed
- conditional place: your place is secured, pending you meeting the entry requirements.
- unsuccessful: you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.
Once you receive an offer of a place on this course, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place, as the demand for this course is very high.
Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information, for example, student funding, joining instructions and induction date.