BA Advocacy

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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.

Why choose to study Advocacy at UWTSD?

  •  The first and only BA Advocacy qualification in Wales and the UK
  •  All content co-constructed by Advocacy Wales from a wide practitioner base
  •  Guest lecturers embedded in practice
  •  Opportunities to explore theories policies in practice via placement and volunteering opportunities

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Key Facts

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

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education
Contact Name:
Phillip Morgan
Contact Email:
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. 

Advocacy Info

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:

  • Student finance funding for all 4 years of the course. 
  • The opportunity to undertake placements in year 2 and 3
  • A range of transferable and highly valued skills useful for employment and further study

“this course has really changed my life and opened so many new opportunities, it is the best thing I could have done” 

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

80 UCAS Points

  • Independent Mental Health Advocate
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocate
  • Independent Professional Advocate
  • Independent Domestic Violence Advocate
  • Pupil Advocate/Support (Additional Learning Needs)
  • Independent Advocate
  • Healthcare Advocate NHS
  • Local Authority Childcare Advocate
  • Children’s School Advocate
  • Family Liaison Officer
  • Supervised Contact Worker – Social Services
  • Manager Third Sector Voluntary organisations
  • Volunteer manager Third Sector
  • Advocate Support Worker – Children with learning difficulties
  • Advocate Support Worker – Residential Care for Adults
  • Community Engagement Advocate
  • Pupil Support Advocate
  • Business Support Officer
  • Lecturer BA Advocacy (with further study)
  • Emerging roles within sport and film industry (responding to current events)

Graduates may also choose to continue studies and complete postgraduate study progressing on to the planned Master’s in Advocacy (*2019) or Master’s in Equality and Diversity in Society which allows students to utilise post graduate funding.

(*Subject to Validation)

UK/EU Tuition Fees

Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees

Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

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.

The chance to study in Europe and US for a semester in year 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.

Beyond these, the programmes also aim to:

  • develop curriculum-related delivery to ensure that our students are provided with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will equip them for their future contribution to the economy, community and environment;
  • contribute to our communities by giving particular regard to issues of sustainable rural communities and the development of south-west Wales as a low carbon region;
  • develop a research and innovation capacity focused on the core strengths of the University (UWTSD, INSPIRE, 2013).