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a NEW Social Care Degree
Ruskin College Oxford
Currently you can become a care worker with basic qualifications at Diploma and Apprenticeship level. What the Ruskin programme will add to this is a more extensive and substantial programme of study and qualification. The Ruskin programme will broaden your employment horizons, giving
you a much more thorough­going grounding in care work, enabling you to apply for care roles right across the sector from working with older people, to people with learning disabilities to care leavers and many others. The qualification will also prepare you to apply for some of the higher positions in care work – like senior care worker, community outreach and registered manager roles.
And of course, studying at Ruskin brings its own rewards. Set in beautiful and historic grounds in Old Headington, with residential accommodation available for those who need it, the famous college prides itself on providing the best study and pastoral support for students anywhere in the country.
You will be able to join the Ruskin Social Care programme at a range of levels and follow it through to exit where you want to exit. You will be able to join at Access study level and progress from Access to full degree in three years. You can join the programme at Foundation Degree level and use your credits to continue your study at Ruskin – completing your full degree in two years – or take the credits to another university. Teaching on the programme will take place across a range of learning environments including classroom study, work­placed learning and through on­ line teaching and support.
Our extensive consultation process has shown that students – and potential employers – need a Social Care degree that is flexible and suited to students drawn from a wide range of personal and educational backgrounds. Our research has also shown that the programme needs to provide an in­depth knowledge base to support care practitioners in the increasingly complex day to day work of social care. This is what the Ruskin Social Care programme uniquely provides.
   Ruskin College Oxford will be launching its new Social Care Degree in September 2017. The new programme will provide a variety of study pathways to gain qualifications in this fast growing and increasingly important employment sector. The programme is flexibly designed to enable students from all sorts of background to access it in all sorts of ways and to Foundation and Full Honours Degree level. If you are already working in the care sector the programme can provide you with the knowledge and skills to boost your care careers; if you are new to the sector it will give you a firm grounding in core care values and approaches to equip you for working in this challenging and utterly rewarding field of work; if you are from a care background yourself the programme gives you the opportunity to use your care experiences in a positive way to provide care for and support others.
At a national level social care is one of the fastest growing employment areas there is. There are estimated to be over 17,000 care organisations nationally employing 1.45
million workers. Since 2009 the number of care workers has grown by around 15 percent, adding around 200,000 jobs over the last six years. This trend is set to continue. At a local level, in Oxfordshire alone the care workforce will need to grow by between 35 and 55 percent, adding an extra 5,000 to 7,500 jobs over the next ten years. Given this background, opportunities for skilled care workers will be plentiful which is exactly where this unique course comes in.
As anyone from a care background will tell you, the work is highly rewarding. Just a few quotes from people who’ve chosen a career in care show this: ‘Previously, I worked in a solicitor’s for years. I’d never worked with people with learning disabilities before but it’s fantastic! Supporting people to live full and proper lives just makes you feel good. And it tests my own ability every day!’
‘I work with an older lady and help her about the house. Really, she needs someone to chat with, a bit of a friend who also helps out. She doesn’t completely rely on me – she’s got lots of energy and I have learnt a huge amount just being with her. Sometimes she gets a bit confused and so then I can help her make sense of things.’
‘I’m from a care background myself so working in social care means I can use my own experiences in a positive way. Helping others out is a great focus for me. It means I can reflect on my previous life and help others learn the lessons.’

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