Health & Social Care BA (Hons) (with Foundation Year)UCAS Code: L511|Duration: 4 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
Work placement opportunities|International students can apply|Study Abroad opportunities
About the course
This degree offers you the chance to explore a wide range of Health and Social Care issues and debates from a range of different perspectives. It enables you to explore the many factors that impact upon Health and Social Care with a particular focus on social issues and experiences. The degree is ideal for those with an interest in health and social care and a desire to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.
Throughout the degree students consider a range of key questions such as: What factors influence health and wellbeing? Why do different social groups experience health and wellbeing differently? How do we address inequalities in health and social care? How does policy affect health and social care? How can we work with individuals, families and communities to promote health and wellbeing? How can we safeguard vulnerable and marginalised groups?
By studying this degree, you will develop a thorough understanding of health and social care policy, theory and practice. There is an emphasis on developing practical skills alongside academic knowledge. The degree has input from a wide range of frontline workers in the statutory, private and voluntary sectors and you are able to develop the practical skills necessary for careers in Health and Social Care through work-based learning, work on case studies and projects within the local community. Working with you, we aim to develop reflective, autonomous and responsible health and social care practitioners who are able to work with a range of service user groups.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 20-25 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 15 students. You also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week, and in your second year, you will undertake a work placement.
In your first year, there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours each week studying independently, as well as group study to prepare for any group assessments you may have.
Assessment and feedback
Throughout your degree, you will have a number of assessments including portfolios, essays, community projects, and written exams. In your second year, you complete a work-based learning placement and in your final year, you will complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice, with guidance from your supervisor.
You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.
The Foundation Year is a great opportunity if you have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualifications required to enter directly onto our degree programmes. A significant part of the Foundation Year focuses upon core skills such as academic writing at HE level, becoming an independent learner, structuring academic work, critical thinking, time management and note taking.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year will enable you to progress into the first year (Level C) of your chosen honours degree. Further details can be found here.
In your first year, you will study models and theories of health and wellbeing, and health and wellbeing policy. You explore the social and psychological approaches to health and to social care and investigate the different causes of health, wellbeing and illness and outcomes across social groups.
You will also learn about key health and wellbeing issues in the UK such as disability, mental health, obesity, cancer and addiction. Throughout the year, you develop your communications skills such as active listening and understanding empathy. You will also learn about values and ethics such as personal and professional values, social justice, rights and diversity, as well as looking at social issues from a service users perspective, for example an asylum seeker or adult who has experienced homelessness.
Your second year deepens your knowledge of public health in England and responses to public health challenges. You will learn about different types of health promotion and working with communities to improve health and wellbeing, including fieldwork and practical work.
You explore research methods used in health and wellbeing, as well as learning about safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and social policy in social care.
You will develop your understanding of working with and safeguarding a range of
service user groups. Your second year also includes a work based learning placement, where you spend a minimum of 50 hours getting work experience and then produce a reflective portfolio.
In your final year, you explore adult social care in a contemporary context. You will gain an understanding of working with children and young people in need, as well as learn skills in management and leadership in health and social care. Topics discussed with your tutors include global health and wellbeing issues such as infectious and non-infectious diseases, global mental health, the Global Health Policy, and the role of The World Health Organisation.
Your final year also includes a research project on a topic of your choice.
There may be some flexibility for mature students offering non-tariff qualifications and students meeting particular widening participation criteria.
Health and Social Care provides students with important subject knowledge and develops core personal and general skills. The broad nature of the degree will support you to gain employment in a number of areas such as health promotion; housing; community based projects; occupational health; services for the older population and services for young people.
The health and social care sector is undergoing rapid and radical change. As part of this, we are seeing an increasing number of employers in the sector. Developments in the frontline mean there is great demand for well-trained and multi-skilled graduates. Some graduates choose to go on to further study. Postgraduate courses offered by the University include MA Social Policy, MA Social Work, MA Youth and Community Work.
The School has strong links with a range of organisations actively involved in the field of health and social care and the programme provides you with opportunities to engage with a range of employers through work experience, guest speakers and applied community research projects.
Work Placement Opportunities
In your second year, you complete a work-based learning project, where you spend a minimum of 50 hours getting work experience and then produce a reflective portfolio. This project enables you to gain vital practical skills and knowledge necessary for a career in the field of health and social care.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
International tuition fees
The International Tuition fees for 2022/23 are £12,500.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
With Foundation year, this degree is only available to study as a Single Honours course.