Health and Social Policy - BSc (Hons)
Why study this course?
You’ll study contemporary issues in planning and providing health and social care and will be taught by lecturers who are world-leading researchers. The course will prepare you for a career in the health and social care fields within the National Health Service (NHS) or in other health sector bodies. The course is 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.
The Health and Social Policy degree course will examine public health, health promotion, policy and ethical aspects of care. You’ll develop an understanding of the relationship between the process of policy making and implementation, and the impact it has on health promotion and social problems.
You’ll be supported by our research active teaching staff and taught in an interactive way, helping you to develop your confidence, knowledge and skills required for your a career in health and social policy. A clear focus of this programme is developing your ability to use evidence to inform your decisions and understanding critical issues in health and social care and ways of dealing with them.
Our teaching and research links with the City University of New York in the USA and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa enable you to get involved with active projects and online discussions with other students on similar programmes. You can also apply your learning to real world scenarios with exciting opportunities for work placements.
You'll be assessed via project work, essays, individual and group practice and final artefacts/reports.
This course is fully validated by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- 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)
If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Social Sciences and Humanities Extended Degree.
Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.
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.
If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.
Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:
- Introducing Health and Social Care
- Social Policy and Society
- Social Problems and Social Issues
- Action Learning and Professional Practice
Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:
- Social Policy In Theory and Practice
- Health Illness and Society
- Ethics and Research in Professional Contexts
- Health Promotion and Policy
- Human Rights, Justice and Diversity
- Racism and Ethnicity
- Extension of Knowledge module
- Partnership Working
- Self-Directed Development Project
- Unequal Cities
- Work-based Learning Placement
Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:
- Comparative and Global Social Policy
- Research and Evaluation Skills for Professional Contexts
- Urban Health
- Development and Social Enterprise
- Homelessness and Housing Policy
- Experiences of Later Life
- Understanding Mental Health
- Housing Issues and Housing Solutions
- Political Sociology
- Extension of Knowledge Module
- Work-based Learning Placement
"I have learned an enormous amount since embarking on the degree programme in terms of how policies are implemented and the practicalities of whether such policies are effective or not."
Monica (Final year student)
Successful completion of this course offers improved career opportunities in the fields of health and social care fields. This may be within the NHS, voluntary and independent sectors.
The programme is also excellent preparation for further research or postgraduate study.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations 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 2018. 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
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.
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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