BA(Hons) Advocacy

This course is available to Home applicants.

Advocacy courses have been developed at UWTSD to ensure that the capacity of individuals to act independently and make their own free choices, empowerment and the voice of the individual and/or community is promoted in all aspects of society.

The debate around social policy and service provision 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 Care Act 2014, there is a statutory requirement to hear the voice of services uses through the use of advocates, both instructed and non-instructed.

This programme has been designed as sound preparation for students who wish to enter professions working in diverse fields, for example:

  • Community education
  • Educational settings
  • Health and/or social care
  • Police services
  • Probation service
  • Social enterprise
  • Teaching
  • Union representation
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Youth support

Learn more about our Advocacy (BA) Graduates

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All applications to study for a full-time undergraduate CertHE and degrees are made directly to the University.

Visit the UWTSD Birmingham's apply section to find out more.  You can also apply via UCAS using the link below.

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Tuition Fees 2021/22:

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Why choose this course?

  • This is the first Advocacy (BA) qualification in Wales and the UK.
  • All content is co-constructed with professional advocates in the UK from a wide practitioner base.
  • Research-active staff, who also engage in theory and practice in the sector, alongside visiting speakers from a wide set of organisations.
  • Guest lecturers embedded in practice.
  • Opportunities to explore theory and policy in practice via placement and volunteering opportunities.

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What you will learn

Course Overview

Advocacy (BA) is a three-year programme that enables students to exit either with a CertHE at Level 4, DipHE at Level 5, or full BA Honours degree at Level 6. 

The first year explores advocacy, sociology, social policy and social studies. In the second year, students undertake a placement, with a clear focus on advocacy in practice. The final year of study incorporates a dissertation with links to professional advocacy practice.

Module Topics

Typical modules include:

Advocacy (CertHE):

  • Academic Study Skills
  • Advocacy Services in the 21st Century
  • Agency and Empowerment: Giving Individuals a Voice
  • Understanding Society: An Introduction to Sociological Theory
  • Policy in Practice and Multi-Agency Working
  • Who are We? Culture and Identity

Advocacy (DipHE):

  • Advocacy: The Impact and Access to Advocacy
  • Placement: Methods, Theory and Policy into Practice
  • Work, Poverty and Welfare in the Modern World
  • Disability, Health and Social Care
  • Employability

Advocacy (BA):

  • Professional Practice in Advocacy
  • Advocacy: Maintaining Independency in Advocacy Provision
  • Relationships, Communication and Families in Contemporary Society
  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Dissertation

*Modules subject to change.


No exams in this programme.

Assessment is by written assignments, seminar presentations, reports, reflective diaries, leaflets and video documentaries; these assessment methods link with the development of employability skills.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

This course is available to Home applicants.

  • All applicants will be required (at Level 5) to provide a satisfactory enhanced disclosure document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • 80 UCAS points.
  • Non-traditional students will be considered for their experience and individual merit.
  • Applicants with FE/Access qualifications welcomed.
Career Opportunities

Graduates go on to careers in a variety of fields including:

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

Graduates may also choose to continue studying and complete postgraduate and postgraduate research qualifications through progression on to, either, the MA Equity and Diversity in Society, or a PhD in Social Justice and Inclusion, that allow students to utilise postgraduate funding.

Additional Costs
  • DBS: All applicants will be required to provide (at Level 5) a satisfactory enhanced disclosure document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks which they may need to produce essays, assignments and dissertations in fulfilment of the academic requirements of each programme of study.
  • There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
    • Books
    • Clothing
    • Fieldwork
    • Printing and copying
    • Stationery
Bursary / Scholarship Information

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 Scholarships and Bursaries section.