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Innovation and Skills for Social Change
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Innovation and Skills for Social Change

This is a new course and is subject to academic validation. The course may be subject to change and confirmed details of the course will be published on our Online Prospectus from December 2017, subject to the course having been validated for delivery.

Overview

Develop the ability to create and lead collaborative projects, innovations and approaches which improve skills and strengthen communities, organisations and societies, making a difference to people's lives locally and around the world.

This course will introduce you to a wide range of social issues affecting people globally, such as poverty, inequality and mental health and sustainable development, and you will explore how they affect society and people's chances in life. You will develop the skills to identify unmet needs and you will learn how to tackle the root causes of social issues, whilst helping others to develop their capacity to contribute effectively to social change.

You will investigate the hidden strengths, opportunities and challenges within communities and you will work alongside experienced practitioners and people with lived experiences, experimenting with different ways to help transform society for the better.

In your final year, you will examine how to change the systems that can prevent people from progressing in life. Using approaches such as co-creation, systems change, frugal innovation and inclusive innovation, you will work with fellow students and collaborate with communities and organisations to design or strengthen ideas that can lead to sustainable social change.

You will learn how to develop viable social business models, and you will gain the skills to measure and improve the outcomes and impact of social projects and innovations, and to articulate the difference they make to society and to people's lives.
This course has been uniquely designed with communities, social change practitioners and organisations to offer you the most relevant, significant student experiences and content which can improve your career prospects across the wider social change spectrum.

By collaborating with others to build capabilities and progress ideas for social change you will help to tackle real social issues directly. Through practical experiences and developing an understanding of the root causes of social issues and how to influence systems, you can become an effective social change practitioner, innovator and leader.

This course also benefits the communities and organisations you will work with. It aims to raise aspirations, strengthen and empower communities, improving the opportunities for them to lead social change efforts effectively and opening up new possibilities for their own lives.

The course is run in partnership with Doing Social, an organisation that designs powerful experiences, resources and spaces to enable inclusive innovation, meaningful co-creation and better opportunities to build careers in social change, giving you easy access to industry expertise and lived experiences, through a series of masterclasses, guest lectures and live community projects.

Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
  • Expert careers service

Entry Requirements

104
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 104 points required. (Minimum 64).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
Due to the popularity of this course, we may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:104 points required. (Minimum 64).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
Due to the popularity of this course, we may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Innovation and Skills for Social Change

Careers

Modules & learning

Social Need & Social Change

Social Innovation Theory & Practice

Grassroots Action & Innovation

Mapping Journeys to Social Change

Personal, Professional & Academic Development

Co-design for Social Change

Community Capacity Building

Organisational Capacity Building

Frugal Innovation & Learning Events

Research for Social Change

Business Models for Social Change

Social Change Dynamics & Systems

Major Independent Project

Dr Doug Martin
Dr Doug Martin
Course Director
Following a successful career as a practitioner, service manager and strategic leader in the social care and education sectors, Dr Doug Martin became a policy writer and moved into higher education. He has been director, chair and advisor to a variety of voluntary sector organisations and previously helped to establish a social enterprise that now offers training and information to young people. As a trustee of the charity BARCA-Leeds, he supported the transfer of Bramley Baths (a health and fitness facility), to community ownership.
I am delighted to be part of the multidisciplinary team of people who will contribute to the delivery of this exciting innovative award. The programme of study was co-created with communities and a range of practitioners, and is designed to develop skills and innovative practices to foster social change. Students will work closely with diverse communities and organisations to design and strengthen ideas to tackle social challenges. By the end of the course, students will be able to evaluate the impact of their own endeavours, and the projects they are associated with.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

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    Library

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  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

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Headingley Campus

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