Health And Social Care (With A Foundation Year) BSc (Hons)

UCAS code L516
Location Ashton Sixth Form College
Duration 4 Years

2019/20 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £5,950 for your first year, subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate
Course start September
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Course outline

You will learn about:

  • Academic skills to prepare you for university study

  • The social, psychological and biological aspects of health through the lifespan

  • Cultural differences in relation to health and social care

  • Society’s influences on the healthy individual and the health impact on social care

  • How health and social care services relate to each other to provide care

  • Professional skills and knowledge required in all areas of health and social care

  • How research is carried out within health and social care settings

  • The transferrable skills needed for employment as a graduate in health and social care

Students will need to arrange a 50-hour negotiated work experience/placement in a health and social care setting.  which links directly to the Module: Communication Skills For Personal and Professional Skills Development

Course content

This four year honours degree incorporates key areas of health and social care to give you the opportunity to develop the core, transferrable skills and knowledge relevant to health care, social care and public health to enable you to gain employment in an area of your choice. The award at Staffordshire University is mapped to the Care Certificate Standards and, although you will not achieve this certificate as part of your degree pathway, you will be very prepared to meet the requirements of this qualification if you go on to work in the health or social care sector.

The first year of your study will be undertaken at your chosen college and you will then progress to the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care award at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent. You will look at many aspects of health and social care including life development from birth to older adult and will consider how external factors such as the environment and policy influence this development. You will develop core skills which are relevant to all health and social care areas, such as record keeping, safeguarding, and how you can affect the communication of others. There is an opportunity for you to study an option module in the penultimate year and you can go on to explore your area of interest further in the final year when you complete a mini project in an topic of your choice. All staff who teach on the award have been employed in the health or social care sectors giving you the opportunity to fully understand how these areas are integrated in today's healthcare environment.

Employability skills are embedded throughout the award, with a clear focus on how the modules you study and any experiences you have gained can be applied to the workplace. You will be expected to undertake work experience in a related area in your first (at College) and third year (at University) of study. This will help to provide a clear direction of your progress and career progression upon completion of the degree.

Level 3 Modules (core):
Skills for Higher Education (15 Credits)
Communication Skills for Personal and Professional Development (15 Credits)
Measuring Health and Wellness (15 Credits)
Introduction to Health and Social Care Policy (15 Credits)
Health, Choice and the Lifespan (30 Credits)
Introduction to Health and Social Sciences (30 Credits)

Level 4 Modules (core):
The Context of Health and Social Care (30 Credits)
Healthy Individuals Through the Lifespan (30 Credits)
Professional Issues in Health & Social Care (30 Credits)
Using Communication in Health & Social Care (30 Credits)

Level 5 Modules (core):
Introduction to Public Health (30 Credits)
Customer & Stakeholder Engagement in Health & Social Care (30 Credits)
Health Promotion (30 Credits)
Research Methods in Health & Social Care 1 (15 Credits)

Option Module (15 Credits) chose one from:
Understanding Disability
Understanding Community
Introduction to Counselling
Dementia Awareness

Level 6 Modules (core):
Extended Health and Social Care Study (45 Credits)
Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care (15 Credits)
Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care (30 Credits)
The Employable Graduate (30 Credits)

Entry requirements

UCAS 48 points
For overseas students the completion of pre-course Summer school and attainment of IELTS 6

Employment opportunities

With over 350 different career opportunities within different health and social care settings this degree provides the underpinning skills and knowledge required for a wide variety of work in these sectors, including management in the public or private sector, working for charities in the UK or abroad, working in research centres, public health, health promotion, NHS support services, social services, local authority and education support.

Graduate destinations

Students will either go on to study at Masters level or obtain
employment in a variety of settings including:

Charitable organisations (e.g. MIND, British Heart Foundation)

Non-clinical hospital departments (i.e. audit, medical records, education centres, research centres)


Public health

Health promotion

Housing associations

Private care homes

Offender services

Drug and alcohol services


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