Residential Child Care
The course draws on concepts from North American, European and Scottish traditions of residential child care and emphasises group care and community-based practice with a critical and reflective approach to application.
It is mapped to the Standard for Residential Child Care in Scotland (2013) and is designed for those who are currently in employment in the sector. Completion of this course will allow you to advance in your chosen career in Residential Child Care Services.
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
- Part Time
Start MonthJanuary 2020
Course Length3 years
The course supports the development of new skills by the creative use of activities to demonstrate how bonds between the service user and worker might be strengthened. It provides a holistic focus on the individual, family and community and explores emotional, psychological, physical, spiritual and sexual development.
You’ll 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’ll have opportunities to develop your oral and written communication skills through team and individual tasks.
You’ll undertake a 60-day work-based placement enabling you to apply and critique the theory learned in 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 for best practice in the sector.
Your final year will prepare you for work 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.Detailed module information
You will study two modules each semester, and each module requires around 40 hours of private study per module using the online materials provided and additional directed reading.
Typically each module consists of:
- Lectures - 27 students per group, 15 hours per module
- Tutorial - 2 hours per module
- Workshops - 3 day blocks per module
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 on This Course
Teaching and tutoring is conducted by staff with professional experience of working within residential child care environments in local authority and third sector organisations. You will also receive lectures from staff with expertise in psychology, sociology, working with people with substance problems, mental health and disabilities. Our teaching team will provide you with a stimulating and enjoyable education as you gain a range of skills required to add value to society within a residential child care context.
Assessment methods vary by module, including:
- Observational case study
- Project Reports
- Reflective Blog
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
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.
ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT
All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.
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
The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.
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.
Completion of the BA RCC is recognised for registration purposes with the SSSC.
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 Requirements
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:
Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
For Academic Year 2018/2019
All Students Distance Learning (3 years)
- £4,410 per stage
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
All Students Distance Learning (3 years)
- £4,485 per stage
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and living costs
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. For further information see:
If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.
Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
This course is approved by the Scottish Social Services Council.
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