Key facts


Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: L512
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 14 June 2019


This course has been designed to produce the professionals of the future, who can positively address the challenges that health and social care presents.

Meeting the health and social care needs of the population is one of the greatest challenges facing any society. It extends to almost every facet of social life, from the person who is unwell and seeking support for themselves, to political decisions about how to structure national systems of healthcare delivery.

Comprehensive in its content, this course has been designed to produce the professionals of the future, who can positively address the challenges that health and social care presents.

Throughout your studies you will be taught by friendly, knowledgeable lecturers,who have been employed in either health or social care and are well equipped to help you relate your study topics to current policy and practice.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care

Part-time study

When studied part-time, the duration of the course depends on the speed at which you wish to progress through it. This is called the ‘intensity of study’. For example, studying ‘half time’ would be equivalent to 50% intensity of study and would typically double the length of your course from three to six years. You may be able to change the intensity of study during your course.

Course content

Your learning will help you to develop the knowledge relevant to a productive future in the health and social care sectors. Employability skills are embedded throughout the course, with a clear focus on how studies can be applied within the workplace.

These skills, which include professionalism, effective communication and the evaluation of evidence, can be applied in a range of areas, such as management, education and public health.

Work experience will complement your classroom-based studies and an option module in Year 2 will allow you to select a topic in line with your goals. In short, we will help you to develop a clear direction, so that you will be ready to progress into employment or further study at the conclusion of your degree.

The scope of the programme will provide a breadth of opportunities in health and social care.


This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
The Context of Health Care Compulsory
Professional Issues Compulsory
Healthy Individuals through the Lifespan Compulsory
Using Communication Skills Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Basic Counselling Skills Compulsory
Introduction to Public Health Compulsory
Understanding Organisations Compulsory
Research Skills Compulsory
Health Promotion Compulsory
Dementia Awareness Optional
Understanding Community Optional
Understanding Disability Optional

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Extended Health and Social Care Project Compulsory
Contemporary Issues Compulsory
Leadership and Management Compulsory
The Employable Graduate Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.