BA Social Studies: Advocacy

BA Social Studies|: Advocacy

96% of UWTSD students at the School of Social Justice & Inclusion in Carmarthen were satisfied with their course – NSS 2017.

This unique programme embodies the increasing importance of advocacy and ‘giving a voice’ to those who are disempowered within society; this programme also requires students to engage with advocacy practice through placement opportunities.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 6X7S
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 Years - Full Time 5 Years - Part Time

School of Social Justice and Inclusion
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Language Choice
English   Welsh

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The debate around Social Policy and the provision of services has highlighted the need for professionals who are able ‘to appreciate how social policies are continuously reconstructed and changed' and 'the contribution to these processes from those who come from different value positions and different social, cultural and economic backgrounds'.

With the introduction of the ‘Social Services and Wellbeing Act (Wales) 2014’ there is a statutorily requirement to hear the voice of services uses through the use of advocates, both instructed and non-instructed. This programme has been designed as a sound preparation for students who wish to enter professions working in a diverse range of fields within society for example: teaching, health and/or social care, educational settings, probation service, voluntary organisations, social enterprise, youth support, community education, police services. 

Level 4

  • Academic Study Skills
  • The Caring Society
  • The Landscape of Social Inclusion
  • Key Concepts in Social Policy
  • Understanding Additional Needs
  • Hard to Reach Groups
  • Mental Health and Well-being

Level 5

  • The Changing World
  • Lifelong Learning: Individual and Community
  • Hot Topics: Contemporary Issues in Social Inclusion
  • The Reflective Practitioner
  • Contemporary Issues in Social Studies
  • Equality and Disability in Education
  • Individuals and Groups in Society
  • Advocacy in Partnership: Multiagency Working, Theory and Practice

Level 6

  • Advocacy and Person-Centred Planning
  • Individuals and Families: Living in the Contemporary World
  • Contemporary Issues: Old Age
  • Professional Development for Research and Practice
  • Sustainability and Equality

Students on this course will benefit from:

  • The opportunity to undertake placements in year 2 and 3
  • A range of transferable and highly valued skills useful for employment and further study 

Students will engage in debate on contemporary issues, such as:

  • Why is advocacy important?
  • How do we ensure that groups at risk of exclusion get their voice heard?
  • What is empowerment and how can professional develop agency and choice?
  • Which groups are most at risk of exclusion and why?

(Course content under development in conjunction with the West Wales Advocacy Forum members and UWTSD academic staff.)

No Exams in this programme

Assessments, Seminar Presentations, Reports, Reflective Diaries, Leaflets and video documentaries

BA Social Studies requires 80 UCAS points however all prospective students will be interviewed and offers made based on experience and evidence of commitment to the area of study. 

This programme has been designed for students who wish to work with groups and individuals in a variety of settings, to challenge social exclusion and to enhance equality of opportunity. 

Therefore we are looking for students with a strong motivation to make a difference to the lives of potentially disadvantaged people, or to meet the range of needs of people as they experience difficulties through the course of their lives. This motivation may be reflected in subject choice, or it may be reflected in interests outside of school or college, such as volunteering or an activity they have completed through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

We particularly welcome applications from mature students, and students who come from potentially disadvantaged backgrounds themselves. We have found that non-traditional students can offer life experience as carers and users of services, and frequently flourish on this programme. Mature students (over 21 years old) are not required to fulfil the UCAS requirements. 

  • Pupil Support Worker for Pupils with Additional Learning Needs
  • Advocate
  • Youth Worker
  • Family Liaison Officer
  • Supervised Contact Worker – Social Services
  • Administration in voluntary organisations
  • Support Worker – Children with learning difficulties
  • Support Worker – Residential Care for Adults
  • Basic Skills Officer
  • Community Engagement Officer
  • Pupil Support Worker
  • Business Support Officer
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Nursery Assistant

Graduates may also choose to go on to complete postgraduate study by moving on to the MSocStud which allows students to draw down student loans for a fourth year. Beyond this there is also the MA Equality and Diversity in Society and MA Youth and Community Work.

  • MPhil/ PhD
  • PGCE Primary with QTS | PGCE Secondary with QTS
  • MA Youth and Community Work

 SJI Info

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:

  • Stationery
  • Books
  • Fieldwork
  • Clothing
  • Printing and copying
  • DBS Check

3.2 Programme Aims

The programmes have the following general educational and specific programme aims: 

Levels 4, 5 and 6:

The main educational aims of the programme are to enable students to: 

  • Draw on a wide range of intellectual resources, theoretical perspectives and academic disciplines to illuminate understanding of the issues of Social Inclusion and the contexts in which these take place.
  • Engage with a broad and balanced knowledge and understanding of the principal features of Social Inclusion within organisations in national, regional and global contexts.
  • Explore issues of social inclusion, rights and responsibilities in relation to additional needs, health and social care, and communities, families and individuals.
  • Recognise that tensions exist between the reality and the ideal of inclusion
  • Recognise the impact of different theoretical positions and political discourses on the provision of Social Policy.
  • Recognise the increasing importance of sustainability to social justice and inclusion.
  • Acknowledge, accept and understand the values and interests of others, by taking account of their normative and moral positions.
  • Engage with seminal research concerning the aims and values of Inclusion in society.
  • Appreciate the complex relationship between social theory, policy and practice.
  • Interrogate and explore a diverse range of contexts of Social Exclusion.
  • Adopt appropriate problem solving skills which enables them to assess outcomes of interventions used to tackle social exclusion.
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