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

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The course is designed for those who are currently in employment in the Residential Child Care Sector. Completion of this course will allow you to advance in your chosen career in Residential Child Care Services.



Course Dates


Course Length

3 years

Mode of Attendance

Blended Learning


Year 1

You will develop an understanding of Social Policy, Legislation and the history of Residential Child Care Services. Your skills as a residential child care worker will be enhanced through studying theories of development, citizenship and adversity. You will have opportunities to develop your oral and written communication skills through team and individual tasks.

Year 2

You will undertake a 60 day work-based placement enabling you to apply and critique the theory base from year 1. Your placement will also encourage the development of reflective practice skills. Further academic learning supports your development as an analytical practitioner – skills that are essential to best practice in the sector.

Year 3

Your final year will prepare you for working as an autonomous practitioner who understands the importance of self leadership within an inter professional context. You will undertake a second work-based placement which will develop your knowledge and practice according to professional standards.


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Blended Learning

Year 1 -- Semester 1
No Modules are Assigned to this Semester
Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Human Growth And Relationships
  • Contextual Studies
    Semester 2
  • Adversity and Resilience 1
  • Citizenship and Community Development
    Semester 3
  • Learning in Practice 1: Creative Action
  • Learning in Practice 1: Theoretical Understanding
  • Learning In Practice 1: Reflexivity In and On Practice
    Year 3 -- Semester 1
  • Group Processes and Practice
  • Adversity and Resilience 2 (Residential Child Care)
    Semester 2
  • Interdisciplinary Practice - Working with Vulnerable Groups
  • Ethical Leadership and Influence
    Semester 3
  • Learning In Practice 2: Creative Action (Residential Child Care)
  • Learning In Practice 2: Theoretical Understanding (Residential Child Care)
  • Learning in Practice 2: Reflexivity In and On Practice (Residential Child Care)
  • You will study two modules each semester, with each module involving around 40 hours of private study per module using the online materials provided and additional directed reading.  Although differing from module to module, a class of up to 27 students will embark on 15 hours of lectures, plus a further 2 hour online tutorial will be taught to a small group of students.  Face to face workshops will be used to deliver skills training over consolidated three day blocks.

    Independent study summary

    In addition to lectures and tutorials you will spend approximately 8-10 hours per week outside of class working on your own doing prescribed reading, preparing answers to tutorial assignments or researching and writing course reports.

    Staff delivering this course

    Teaching and tutoring is conducted by a core university staff group all of whom have professional experience of working within residential child care environments in local authority and third sector organisations.  Students also receive teaching from staff with expertise in psychology, sociology, working with people with substance problems, mental health and disabilities.


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    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed each semester:

    • Written Assignment including essay       
    • Project Output
    • Report
    • Practical skills assessment
    • Portfolio


    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic Writing
    • Study Skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths And Statistics
    • English Language
    • Information Technology Support

    More on Study Support

    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.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    You will undertake two 60-day work-based learning placements enabling you to demonstrate residential child care skills. Mentor support is provided within the work place and university staff provide support and training to mentors.

    You will undertake at least one placement within your own agency.  The second placement is negotiated via your organisation and between mentors with support, where necessary, to ensure that appropriate learning opportunities are offered, from university staff.  


    This course is approved by the Scottish Social Services Council.

    Scottish students with income under £25,000 per annum can apply to SAAS for a part time fee grant. More information from SAAS:

    SAAS Undergraduate Part-time Funding

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    All Students

    • £4,410 per stage

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    All Students

    • £2,810 per stage

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    All Students

    • £2730 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    All Students

    • £2634 per academic year


    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages


    Applicants should Apply Online.

    For more information contact:

    Debbie Banner
    Course Administrator
    01224 263225

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    Completion of the BA RCC is recognised for registration purposes with the SSSC.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

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