BSc (Hons) Health & Social Care

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The Health and Social Care (BSc) (Hons) is designed both for progression from the Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education Skills for the Workplace (Health and Social Care).

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Course Overview

Successful completion of studies on the CertHE Skills for the Workplace (Health and Social Care) will enable learners to progress straight into Level 5 of this degree programme which follows a similar pattern of flexible delivery as the Certificate, being delivered with modules that are studied consecutively, with face-to-face tuition at a convenient community location.

After successful completion of this programme, students are welcome to continue to study with us onto one of our MBA pathways.

Modules

Year 1: Level 5

  • Children, Young People and Families

    Upon the successful completion of the Children, Young People and Family module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to: critically examine and offer a critique of policy responses with regard to the multidisciplinary nature of health services in relation to children and families; and analyse the historical emergence of concept of childhood including the social construction of the family.

  • Complementary Therapies

    Upon the successful completion of the Complementary Therapies module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to: critically understand the principles behind current use of complementary therapies; critically understand the role of complementary therapies in relation and comparison to orthodox treatments; analyse evidence for the efficacy of complementary therapies in sustaining health and wellbeing; and evaluate the systems for regulating the use of complementary therapies.

  • Introduction to Physiology

    Upon the successful completion of the Introduction to Physiology module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to: examine the structure and functioning of the human body; analyse the relationship between body functioning and relevant detailed anatomy and physiology; and analyse how routine data collected in health and social care informs the planning of care for individuals.

  • Introduction to Research

    Upon the successful completion of the Introduction to Research module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to: use academic research and examination of literature to formulate an area of study; undertake research project within agreed procedures and specifications while analysing and justifying methods and choices throughout; and evaluate and present and evaluate research outcomes.

  • Principles of Health and Social Care Practice

    Upon the successful completion of the Principles of Health and Social Care Practice module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to: examine how principles of support are implemented in health and social care practice; critically evaluate the impact of policy, legislation, regulation, codes of practice and standards on organisation policy and practice; and analyse the theories that underpin health and social care practice.

  • Public Health Policy

    Upon the successful completion of the Public Health Policy module, the student should be able to: analyse the origins of social policies and the impact of social policies on users of health and social care services; evaluate different approaches and strategies used to measure, monitor and control the incidence of disease in communities; and critically examine recent developments in health and social care policy and their impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals in health or social care settings.

Year 2: Level 6

  • Community Care and Development*

    Upon the successful completion of the Community Care and Development module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to: examine and analyse the historical, current and future role of the community in health and social care service delivery and support; Critically evaluate the health and social care roles within inter and multidisciplinary working and partnership within the local community; and provide evidence of skills in engaging with the local community to promote or support health or social care initiatives.

  • Continuing Professional Development

    Upon the successful completion of the Continuing Professional Development module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to: utilise own development of own skills, understanding and higher order thinking in order to help others working in health and social care practice; analyse and critically evaluate the role of reflexivity, continuing professional development, policy and procedure, and management structures within their own within health and/or care role; provide evidence of hours gained in volunteer or employment, as well as mentor skills within a relevant workplace.

  • Health Portfolio Dissertation*

    Upon the successful completion of the Health Portfolio Dissertation module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to: Develop a suitable and appropriate research proposal; evaluate, select and apply relevant research techniques in both primary and secondary fields; analyse rigorously the evidence gathered; generate and justify appropriate conclusions based on the previous analyses, demonstrating awareness of the limitations of the research; and produce an organised and structured document that adheres to academic convention.

  • Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Development

    Upon the successful completion of the Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Development module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to: critically examine the importance and ubiquitous nature of health, wellbeing and sustainable development within past and present health and social care services; critically analyse the impact of policy, legislation, regulation, codes of practice and standards on Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable policy and practice on a local and national level; and analyse data and provide recommendations for improvement to current Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Development concepts on local, national and global level.

  • Living with Care: The Older Person

    Upon the successful completion of the Living with Care: The Older Person module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to: critically evaluate and compare local, national and global provision of services for the older person; and examine the prospective future of the care of the older person in line with current initiatives and policy.

  • Mental Disorders and Psychopathology

    Upon the successful completion of the Mental Disorders and Psychopathology module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to: evaluate the historical and contemporary support and provision for those living with mental ill health or mental disorders;  and critically examine the classification and diagnosis of mental disorders as specified in the ICD (2010) from the World Health Organisation.

  • Research Project*

    Upon the successful completion of the Research Project module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to: initiate and carry out a project that is of strategic relevance to Health and Social Care/Health Management /Children and Young person sector; and undertake a systematic secondary analysis of information and produce a report that critically evaluates arguments and assumptions, draws realistic and appropriate conclusions and makes sound and informed judgments to achieve a solution.

*Denotes optional module pathways; students either select a 40 credit dissertation or the two 20 credit modules highlighted.

Key Features

The programme has the following general educational and specific aims:

  1. To provide learners with an opportunity to study for an award explicitly focused towards future employability and career progression;
  2. Develop student knowledge, critical understanding, intellectual and practical skills relating to established principles and practice in health and social care;
  3. Prepare students for the workplace by developing their transferable skills and providing opportunities for work-experience;
  4. Enable students to become independent and confident learners with a range of appropriate health and care based, academic and transferable skills which may facilitate lifelong learning;
  5. Develop ability to apply detailed knowledge and systematic understanding of the subject and service delivery needs in order to contribute to the enhancement, monitoring and analysis of the sector;
  6. Develop students’ intellectual skills to bachelor’s degree level, including critical evaluation, analysis, problem-solving and reflection;
  7. Prepare students for the workplace by building their transferable skills relating to, inter alia, communication, decision-making, research, interpretation, critical evaluation and their ability to turn theory into practice, including initiating and carrying out projects;
  8. Enhance students’ employability by preparing and entering them for a career or career development in the health and social care field by developing professional skills and providing the opportunity to apply them in vocationally relevant contexts;
  9. Prepare students for research or further study beyond level 6 in the field of health and social care;

Assessment

There are a variety of assessments such as presentations, projects, reports and blogs.

Entry Criteria

The vast majority of students following this programme will have progressed from an initial year of study on the Certificate of Higher Education in Skills for the Workplace (Health and Social Care). In addition, learners from other differing backgrounds tend to be attracted to this programme. It is recognised that many candidates for this programme could be returning to study after several years in the workplace. 

Mature applicants without formal qualifications are required to demonstrate their capacity to pursue and benefit from the programme and will be required to follow the University’s regulations for the Recognition of Prior Learning.

Currently, this course is open to UK and EU students.

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

Visit the Fees and Scholarships and Bursaries sections for more information.

Early bird offer

10 bursaries of £500 each per intake are available to applicants who have submitted complete applications and who have been issued with an unconditional offer letter at least two months before the registration week for their chosen programme. the £500 reduction only applies to the first year’s fee.

Additional Costs

There will be no mandatory additional costs to study beyond the payment of tuition. Students should be prepared to incur the basic costs associated with study such as transport and may wish to purchase coffees, snacks or other sundry items on campus.

Many students also choose to invest in study support tools such as laptops over the course of their study, though this is not a programme requirement. Any activities related to study or student life which bear a cost beyond tuition will be optional, and the expense shall be clearly communicated to students at the time of registration.

Career Opportunities and Employability

Due to the focus on employability, graduates from the BSc in Health and Social Care will be able to pursue careers in the widest possible range of Health and Social Care areas.

Questions?

For any questions related to the academic content of the course, please contact Barbara Chinyani.

For all other enquiries, please call us on 020 7566 7600 or email the London Admissions team at londonadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk.