BSc (Hons) Health & Social Care

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

This course is only available to our progressing students who have completed their CertHE Skills for the Workplace (Health & Social Care).

To apply for this course, the student must complete an RPCL form provided by the admissions team. Please contact LondonAdmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk for more details.

Course Overview

This programme is only available to Home applicants.

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

Level 5

  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of innovation, creativity and enterprising mindset, recognising the values and the contribution creativity makes to the common good;
    • conceive, articulate and apply creative thinking within a work-based or academic context to develop novel solutions and/or value creation.
  • Changemakers: Build Your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • evaluate personal employability skills and their congruence with the skills required for professional practice in a real or simulated environment;
    • build a personal brand and promote a professional identity for a specific opportunity.
  • Principles of Health and Care Practice (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • critically examine the theory, implementation and evaluation of legislation, policy and guidelines in health and social care;
    • critically examine the theory, implementation and evaluation of partnership working in health and social care.
  • Introduction to Research (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this 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 analyzing and justifying methods and choices throughout;
    • evaluate and present and evaluate research outcomes.
  • Introduction to Physiology (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this 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;
    • analyse how routine data collected in health and social care informs the planning of care for individuals.
  • Children, Young People and Families (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
    • critically examine and offer a critique of policy responses with regard to the multi-disciplinary nature of health services in relation to children and families;
    • analyse the historical emergence of concept of childhood including the social construction of the family.

Level 6

  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • demonstrate intellectual skills in the identification of an appropriate topic, problem or challenge for investigation pertinent to their field of study and formulate a suitable plan for further research utilising relevant investigative methods in order to produce a response;
    • evidence in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of principles necessary to underpin their education within their chosen field of study and problem solving techniques applicable to this;
    • evidence independence of thought and critical evaluation in the production of an independent piece of work, demonstrating transferable skills through exercising initiative and personal responsibility in planning own learning and self-management;
    • organise their knowledge and learning through use of a range of media, and present their work appropriately in a manner that can be understood by specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Development (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • critically examine the ubiquitous nature of health, wellbeing and sustainable development within present health and care sectors;
    • analyse secondary data and provide recommendations for improvement to current Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Development policies and initiatives on a local, and national level.
  • Community Care and Development (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:
    • critically examine health, education or wellbeing initiatives that have helped to develop a community;
    • investigate and critically evaluate innovative digital technologies that could be used to develop communities now and in the future.
  • Living with Care: The Older Person (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this 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;
    • examine the prospective future of the care of the older person in line with current initiatives and policy.
  • Mental Disorders and Psychopathology (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Upon the successful completion of this 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;
    • critically examine the classification and diagnosis of mental disorders as specified in the ICD (2010) from the World Health Organisation.

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

This programme is only available to Home applicants.

Successful completion of Level 4 CertHE Skills for the Workplace: Health and Social Care (120 credits).

 

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

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


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

With a BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care degree, our graduates can gain entry into roles within the public sector (e.g. care, human resources, housing and environment, education-based or training roles, or advocacy), the private sector (e.g. agencies, support worker roles, admin or management), or the third sector (e.g. fundraising, coordination or support roles).

Graduates could also use this course as a platform for further study in order to qualify as social workers, psychologists, or educators, or to advance onto a Master's course.

Questions?

For any questions related to the academic content of the course, please contact Dr Eleni Koutsogeorgou.

For all other enquiries, please call us on 0207 127 7453 or email the London Admissions team at londonadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk.