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Health and Social Care

BSc (Hons)

Industry-standard Facilities

Work with professional facilities and get work-ready

Expert teaching staff

Our academic team have a wealth of industry experience

Work placement

Work experience will complement your classroom-based studies

UCAS code:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
3 Years
Start date:
16 September 2019
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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.

We also offer Health and Social Care BSc (Hons) with a foundation year, delivered at two partner colleges; Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College and Ashton Sixth Form College in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester.

The first year of your study is undertaken at your chosen college and, once successfully completed, you’re then able to progress onto the three-year BSc (Hons) course delivered at the University.

This offers you the opportunity to develop core transferable skills and knowledge relevant to health care, social care and public health.

To find out more, and to apply, click on the links below:

Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College

Ashton Sixth Form College

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

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.

Academic year

Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September. The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September. 


This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
The Context of Health Care
Professional Issues
Healthy Individuals through the Lifespan
Using Communication Skills
Year 2 compulsory modules
Health Promotion
Research Methods for Health and Social Care
Introduction to Public Health
Understanding Health and Social Care Organisations (and work experience)
Year 3 compulsory modules
Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care
The Employable Graduate
Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care
Extended Health and Social Care Study

Typical UCAS Offer: 96 points / 112 points

  • A levels: CCC, this equates to 96 points
  • BTEC Extended: MMM, this equates to 96 points BTEC 90 credit: D*D*, this equates to 112 points Access awards (60 credits, with 45 at Level 3)

Succesful completion of the Foundation Year in Health and Social Care at a partner college, or the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care at a partner college, enables students to progress directly onto the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care course.



Successful completion of this course will place you in a position to take full advantage of a diverse range of graduate-level health and social care positions, not only within the public sector, such as the Local Authority, National Health Service( NHS), Public Health England but also the not-for-profit (voluntary) and private/independent health and social care sectors.

Some examples of these roles include:

  • The provision of health and social care, such as working with vulnerable adults, children and the elderly
  • Management and administration positions within health and social care organisations
  • Public health and community development-related roles, such as health promotion, public information and health training
  • Personnel and resource management posts in the private sector, local authorities and voluntary organisations
  • Policy-oriented work (including lobbying and advocacy) in the NHS, local government or voluntary sector
  • Research and evaluation of health and social care services

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

Teaching and assessment


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 8-10 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


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.

Maqsoodah Ashraf
Maqsoodah AshrafHealth and Social Care Course Leader

I was employed by Lancashire County Council as a Qualified Social Worker for many years. I have worked with all service user groups and many health and social care organisations.

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For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).


Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
16 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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