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

Innovation and Skills for Social Change

International Scholarships available

Overview

Do you want to change the world? This is a unique course aimed at students who want to develop high-level skills and capabilities to undertake important roles to help transform society. If you are interested in leading and creating projects, innovations and approaches that make a difference to communities locally or around the world, then this course is for you.

It will introduce you to a wide range of social issues affecting people globally, such as poverty, inequality, mental health and sustainable development, and you will explore how they affect society, the planet 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 communities 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.

There are only 30 places available on this course.

You can find more information about the course at: www.socialchangedegree.com

This course has been uniquely designed with communities, social change practitioners and leaders, to help provide the most relevant, significant student experiences and content which can improve your career prospects across a wider social change spectrum.

By collaborating with others to build capabilities and progress ideas for social change you will directly help to tackle real social issues. 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 and strengthen and empower communities, improving the opportunities for them to lead social change efforts effectively, opening up new possibilities which can improve life chances.

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 access to social change opportunities, giving you easy access to industry expertise and lived experiences, through a series of masterclasses, guest lectures and live community projects.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

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

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 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
GCSE English Language 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 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.
GCSEs:
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Selection Criteria:
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. 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.

International Baccalaureate

24 points
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 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
GCSE English Language 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 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.
GCSEs:
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Selection Criteria:
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. 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.

International Baccalaureate

24 points
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

Teaching and learning

Develop a deeper awareness, understanding and appreciation of the nature, language, discourse and challenges relating to social need and social change. The tabs below detail what you will study in each year of your course.
An introduction to social change values, concepts and local and global contexts and landscapes relating to social issues, social needs, innovation and interventions, collaboration, sustainability, and historical and contemporary perspectives. You will begin to understand the strategic influences on social change efforts and how the strategic environment can affect social mobility, life chances and wellbeing.
Core Modules

This module provides a comprehensive introduction to both historic and current models, ideologies and approaches, to tackling social need and creating social change globally.

Examine the definitions of social innovation and develop an understanding of the discourse and terminology used within the meta-language of social innovation.

Learn about the factors that motivate communities around the world to participate in social action and to innovate and explore how this helps to improve livelihoods and well-being. You will also have the chance to learn directly from people with lived experiences and from case studies of grassroots movements.

An opportunity to undertake fieldwork to explore, discover and learn from the hidden ingenuity in communities relating to grassroots action, innovation and resilience. You will identify a community you wish to study and work in teams to learn about, and to map its strengths and needs.

Define, manage and reflect on your personal, professional and academic objectives during the course, to begin to explore your own values, journey and development in the social change space, and potentially discover your own purpose in the process.

Become more immersed in social change practice and processes and be able to reflect more critically. You will deepen your theoretical and practical understanding of concepts and of approaches and methods, such as capacity building, co-creation, design thinking, frugal innovation and inclusive innovation.
Core Modules

Learn about the approaches and processes to designing and creating innovations and interventions which help to solve social needs, using collaborative, inclusive approaches, based on sustainable design principles.

Research and review theories, methods and approaches to community learning and development, or "capacity building", for developing capabilities and agency, as well as for raising community aspirations.

Understand how to develop the capabilities of organisations or projects led by a social purpose (mission-led), to help them strengthen community or social outcomes, and organisational sustainability.

Learn about the relevance of frugal approaches for social change, sustainability and inclusion. You will collaborate with communities, stakeholders and partners locally and further afield, to deliver an intervention in Leeds for community learning, capacity building and showcasing hidden grassroots ingenuity.

Explore the role of research in building and analysing social theory and facilitating social change.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Strengthen and develop your skills to become a critical thinker and change maker. You will be increasingly knowledgeable and reflective about your own development, about the research environment of your chosen subject and about how to challenge, influence and change complex systems to tackle root causes of social issues.
Core Modules

Study the core elements of building a sustainable business model for a social/mission-driven organisation, or community business/project, and develop the associated skills, knowledge and reflective practice for implementing the model effectively.

Examine the big picture, "complexity" and "systems", to help identify and analyse the root causes of social problems. You will also explore the nuances of social change to gain an in-depth understanding of the context and strategic forces affecting social need and social change.

Develop a systems mind-set and learn to understand how to disrupt and transform systems and lead change in progressive and sustainable ways, against the backdrop of the changing strategic environment.

Choose your own research focus in an area relating to sustainable social change / innovation, linking it with your individual career aspirations. You will conclude with a Confirmation of Progression Interview, where you will evidence your progress towards the completion of your Major Independent Project and ePortfolio.

Produce a 9,000 word dissertation that demonstrates engagement with the research process, your analytical skills, and the ability to mobilise theory and evidence in synthesising new arguments. As part of the inquiry, you will undertake an external consultancy project or work on your own social innovation/business.

Dr Doug Martin
Dr Doug Martin
Course Director

Following a successful career as a practitioner, service manager and strategic leader in the care and education sectors, Dr Doug Martin became a policy writer and moved into higher education. Through his research, he investigates the complex issues impacting on vulnerable children, young people and families. He is a school governor and has been director, chair and advisor to a variety of voluntary sector organisations. He is also a member of the Leeds School Forum, taking an active role in helping to shape schooling in the city.

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.

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation. See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course. See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

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

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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