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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:

  • 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 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 Health and Social Care Extended Degree.

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.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning
    • all year (January start)

    The module aims to help students to develop their understanding and application of key communication skills, recognising the importance of these core skills for effective working in contemporary health and social care settings, and also developing students’ reflective skills in relation to their own personal development.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module aims to:
    - Introuduce relevant legislation, professional frameworks, codes of practice and official guidance in all areas of social inequalities
    - Understand diverse identities and explore issues of stigmatisation, labelling, stereotyping and discrimination
    - Consider that experience will be mediated by class, race, gender, culture, language, sexual orientation, age and disability through reflecting on their own identities and experiences
    - Develop an understanding of the concepts of ethical & anti-oppresive practice and diversity in their sphere of work and to reflect on their own practice in seeking to address inequalities

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (January start)

    This module aims to introduce students to the historical and contemporary contexts of healthcare, public health and social care whilst investigating current health and social care policies and legislation and its application to the organisation and delivery of health and social care.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

    This module aims to:
    - Develop student’s academic study skills and digital literacy.
    - Introduce students to research within the health and social care context
    - Make connections between work based and academic knowledge and develop skills in all aspects of academic discourse
    - Consider the professional skills required within health and social care including communication, teamwork, partnership working and an anti-bias approach
    - Develop an awareness and understanding of the cultures, principles and values that underpin practice within health and social care

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

    This module aims to enable students to:
    - Develop an understanding of contemporary issues in relation to health and social care
    - Discuss the global, cultural, economic and political context of health and social care issues
    - Examine developing perspectives on contemporary issues in health and social care, such as professional and service-user/lay perspectives
    - Explore the role of social factors in relation to contemporary issues in health and social care
    - Develop critical thinking and analysis on contemporary issues

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module aims to enable students to:
    - Undertake a work-based placement
    - Apply prior knowledge and relate specific knowledge and skills to real-life situations in a work environment
    - Develop new capabilities and skills relating to employment
    - Engage in personal and professional development planning

    The module is structured in two distinct stages in order to enhance student employability. During the first semester, students will engage with a number of activities, both in seminars and individually, designed to help clarify career goals and identify personal and professional developmental needs associated with these goals. The second semester will be devoted to students working in placement during which time they will be able to focus on specific identified learning needs.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module aims to:
    • Introduce students to professional codes of ethics and underlying ethical concepts and methods of ethical decision-making
    • Provide students with a critical understanding of different ethical approaches to moral dilemmas in a range of practice-based professional contexts
    • Provide opportunities for students to critically engage with current debates about ethical decision-making in professional practice
    • Enable the development of skills in moral reasoning that can be applied in practical contexts
    • Provide a foundation for understanding approaches to social research and evidence based practice
    • Facilitate the development of research skills and knowledge for professional and academic development in a range of practice-based professional contexts

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    Provide students with an understanding of the principles of health promotion
    Enable students engage with the design and delivery of health promotion initiatives
    Provide students with and understanding of how health promotion initiatives and health outcomes are shaped by health policy
    Enable students to explore health policy and health promotion in challenging settings
    Enable students to investigate a range of health promotion approaches in a range of social, cultural and economic contexts

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday morning

    The aim of the module is to develop students’ awareness of current contemporary issues in health and social care and to facilitate an ability to critically evaluate the impact and importance of these issues for providers and service users, as well as service provision, professional development and wider health and social care environment.

    The module aims are to:
    Provide students with a foundation for understanding and analysing contemporary health and wellbeing topics related to health and social care in the context of current policies and practices.
    Enable students to identify public health policy issues arising out of political, economic, historical, cultural, social and technological changes.
    Provide an understanding of the policy frameworks within which the cultural needs in relation to health and wellbeing are recognised and responded to.
    Enable students to engage with the principles, organisation and the delivery of contemporary issues, sensitive services and meeting the unmet needs of diverse population.
    Enable students to examine the usefulness and limits of different approaches, frameworks and practical solutions to tackle health inequalities in relation to the particular contemporary health and wellbeing topic related to health and social care.
    Enable students to examine the role of service providers, service users, policy makers, community groups, voluntary and statutory agencies in ensuring inclusive health and wellbeing of population.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    - To provide students with an understanding of approaches to research and evaluation
    - To enable students to engage with research methods and findings related to their profession
    - To enable students to integrate and apply the skills and knowledge base underpinning their professional education in a sustained piece of independent academic work (Project)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    The Module explores key concepts, approaches, skills and styles relevant to leadership and management practices and examine how these are affected by changing trends in professional settings. Explore issues of leadership and management in the context of recent changes in organisational structures, management styles and service priorities. Analyse the pursuit of quality and efficiency in service provision and examine how it can best be managed and contrast managerial, professional and stakeholders’ perspectives. Examine ethical issues arising from different leadership and management approaches across professional sectors.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday morning

    This module focuses upon the main research methodologies used in the study of health, preparing students for their own research projects as well as enabling them to read and critique the research of others. This module builds on a level 5 module (SH5000) and aims to further develop and enhance the research knowledge and skills addressed at level 5. Key issues related to user involvement within research will be considered within contemporary policy and political contexts.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

    The module examines the history of housing policy in the UK, focussing in particular on the shift to neo-liberal housing policies from the 1980s. Key contemporary housing issues and the key causes of the current ‘housing crisis’ in London and the UK are examined.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    The module aims to:
    1. Place changes in housing management in the context of wider social, economic and organisational changes;
    2. Introduce the key practical issues facing housing professionals, and good practice in addressing these issues;
    3. Identify ways in which housing service users and community workers can challenge poor performance and get involved in service improvement;
    4. Examine the benefits and challenges of partnership working in dealing with housing issues;
    5. Explain current discussions on the balance of rights and responsibilities for social housing tenants and other local residents.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    The module aims are:
    • To introduce the notion of urban health crisis and the controversy of health and healthcare in urban settings
    • To identify key trends in the patterns of health and healthcare in urban settings
    • To consider the impact of urban conditions (wider determinants of health) on the health of Londoners and other urban dwellers elsewhere
    • To examine key challenges to the organisation and delivery of healthcare services in London and other global cities in the backdrop of globalisation
    • To understand relevant policy developments in relation to health and healthcare in London and other urban settings

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Modules for this course are to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or call our course enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7133 4200 for details.

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.

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

Apply to us for September 2018

It's not too late to start this course in September.

Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy - simply call our Clearing hotline on .

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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