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Health and Social Care - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Develop the confidence, knowledge and skills required for a career in the health and social care sector. The programme is aligned to the standards specified by Skills for Health (the Skills Council for the NHS). Once you've successfully completed the course you'll be able to demonstrate to employers how your advanced skills conform to the National Occupational Standards. The course is also fully validated by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and if you choose to specialise in housing you'll receive free student membership of the CIH.

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The Health and Social Care BSc degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills to analyse important public health and social care issues. The course is informed by current and expected changes in the UK healthcare sector, and given the UK's ageing population, advances in healthcare technology, quality concerns and the rising cost of providing healthcare.

As a fully validated course by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), we provide a comprehensive and comparative approach to health and social care. The course is delivered using a blended learning approach through online seminars, case studies and video content, helping you to develop confidence, knowledge and skills required for your career.

Our teaching is underpinned by current research and you’ll be taught by research-active teaching staff and experts in the health and social care sector,  acquiring skills in observation, enquiry and critical analysis under their guidance. You'll cover public health, health promotion, policy and ethical aspects of care, and develop your ability to use evidence to inform your decisions and deal with the critical issues in health and social care.

Employability is at the heart of this course and there are opportunities for personal and professional development, including our Open Language Programme which offers the chance to learn a language, and our work placements which give you practical experience in the industry.

Assessment

You'll be assessed via seen examinations, short answer papers, practical reports and reviews, case studies, group assessment projects, presentations, essays and health profiles.

Professional accreditation

This course is fully validated by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • for entry in the 2016-17 academic year: at least 280 UCAS points from three or more A levels (eg BBC) or 320 UCAS points from a BTEC National (eg DDM), a Level 3 Advanced Diploma (or equivalent)
  • for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National or Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

We also welcome mature students without formal qualifications who are able to demonstrate enthusiasm, commitment and the ability to benefit from higher education.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits)

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Introducing Health and Social Care
  • Communicating with Different Client Groups
  • Social Contexts for Professional Practice
  • Action Learning and Professional Practice

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Health Promotion and Policy
  • Ethics and Research in Professional Contexts
  • Health Illness and Society
  • Partnership Working
  • Self-Directed Development Project

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Leadership and Management in Professional Contexts
  • Research and Evaluation Skills for Professional Contexts
  • Urban Health
  • Development and Social Enterprise (optional)
  • Homelessness and Housing Policy (optional)
  • Experiences of Later Life (optional)
  • Understanding Mental Health (optional)
  • Housing Issues and Housing Solutions (optional)
  • Extension of Knowledge Module (optional)
  • Work-based Learning Placement (optional)

This programme is aligned to Skills for Health competences, the skills sector council for the healthcare sector where you'll be able to map your competences by the end of the programme enhancing your employment opportunities.

Successful completion of this course offers improved career opportunities in the fields of health and social care. This may be within the NHS, voluntary and independent sectors. Our graduates have found careers in mental health and medical rehabilitation, and as support workers in the NHS, housing associations and charity organisations.

This degree programme is also excellent preparation for research or postgraduate study.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

UK/EU students wishing to begin this course studying full-time in September 2016 should apply by calling the Clearing hotline on .

Applicants from outside the EU should refer to our guidance for international students during Clearing.

Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University online.

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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