Residential Child Care Course BA

BA Residential Child Care

1. Overview

The BA Residential Child Care course content is mapped to the Standard for Residential Child Care in Scotland (2013) and will be a recognized Level 9 qualification for all Residential Child Care workers in Scotland*

The course is designed for employment based students - See entry requirements section for further details.

2. What you will study

The course will focus on a number of themes including:

  • The centrality of relationships
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Adversity and Resilience
  • Group processes and practice

In addition, the development of new skills will be supported by the creative use of activities to demonstrate how bonds between the service user and worker might be strengthened.

The Course will:

  • Draw on models and theory from North American, European and Scottish traditions or Residential Child Care
  • Provide an holistic focus on the individual, family and community
  • Explore emotional, psychological, physical, spiritual and sexual development
  • Emphasise group care and community based practice with a critical and reflective approach to application

3. How you will learn

The Course Delivery will include:

  • Eight 3-day block periods of teaching
  • Workbooks and supporting material and information accessed via the University's Virtual Learning Environment ( Campus Moodle)
  • Two sixty day placements, one or both of which can take place in your own employing agency

Agencies supporting individuals to undertake this qualification will be expected to identify a Mentor

4. Entry requirements

Course entry is at Stage 2 (SCQF Level 8) and so applicants will be expected to have attained an HNC or SVQ3 or equivalent.

Eligibility for advanced entry by portfolio into SCQF Level 9 for those with a related degree or a SVQ4 or equivalent.

All students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by undertaking the IELTS English Academic Test, prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

English language requirements

5. Placements and accreditations

There are two sixty day placements in a residential child care service setting.

This course is approved by the SSSC (Scottish Social Services Council)

6. Student Funding

 This is a full cost course. SASS grants may be available.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

All Students

  • £2810 per academic year

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

  • £2730 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

  • £2634 per academic year


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. Students will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

Applicants should Apply Online.

For more information contact:

Patrick Walker
Course Leader
01224 263248

9. Prospects

Completion of the BA Residential Child Care confers eligibility for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as a Manager/Supervisor in Residential Child Care Services from October 2017 and for Residential Child Care Workers from October 2019.

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Course length

3 years

Mode of Attendance

Blended Learning

Academic school
School of Applied Social Studies
More information:
Patrick Walker Senior Lecturer
01224 263248

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