BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care

Get ready to make a real difference to the daily lives of vulnerable people by studying our Health and Social Care degree. Offering excellent facilities and an extensive range of work placements, we’re dedicated to helping you gain the skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need for a rewarding career in this essential sector.

BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care

Course details

Health and social care is a vast service sector providing support to people who are vulnerable, such as children, older people and adults with disabilities or mental health issues. Our BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care offers you the opportunity to develop the values, skills and knowledge essential to good health and social care practice, opening the door to a huge range of rewarding employment opportunities.

Balancing policy, practice and academic training, our course is strongly linked to the UK government’s agendas for health and social care. Our highly experienced and dedicated team will lead you in an exploration of the principles of care, care planning and delivery, the ethical aspects of care, and areas such health promotion, safeguarding, and more. We’ll support you as you learn how to collaborate across professional boundaries, use evidence to inform your decisions, and gain understanding of critical issues in health and social care and ways of dealing with them.

Practical experience, including a work experience placement in a health and social care setting, is key to your development. Our focus is on helping you become a knowledgeable, compassionate, and person-centred care professional.

  • UCAS points: 96
  • Start date: 23/09/2019 or 24/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: L511
  • Duration: 3 years

Course highlights:

  • Guest lectures and talks by both health and social care service providers and service users give alternative perspectives, aimed at enhancing your understanding.
  • We offer access to purpose-built health and research facilities in the flagship £31 million Bolton One centre on campus.
  • Our Clinical Simulation Suite in Bolton One mimic the clinical environment, including simulated patients, giving you the opportunity to gain clinical experience in a realistic and dynamic way.
  • Professional experience is an essential element of the course that gives valuable, hands-on, real-life experience in a health and social care setting. Our extensive network of health and social care contacts means we can offer a wide variety of placements.
  • Alongside specialist health and social care knowledge, you’ll have the chance to develop your skills in research, data evaluation, critical reasoning and analysis, as well as in areas such as communication, team working, problem solving and self-reflection.
  • Our emphasis on supporting you to develop study and critical thinking skills will help you to engage with further learning and prepare you for postgraduate study.

Key features:

  • We want to work with you as an individual, giving you access to the help and support you need to succeed.
  • Our highly qualified and research active team offers a vast range of professional experience in health and social care, as well as close links with the sector, the NHS, and voluntary and charitable organisations.
  • The programme is connected with local and national employers through the School of Health and Social Science’s Industrial Advisory Board. This helps to ensure that you have excellent placement opportunities and that the course content is kept up-to-date.
  • Getting out of the classroom and into the workplace is a key part of your learning, so you’ll undertake a placement in a health and social care setting at Level HE5 of the course.
  • We’ll encourage you to engage in voluntary work in health and social care environments throughout the course. These activities contribute towards your portfolio of evidence, ready to impress employers when you enter the jobs market.
  • By studying alongside students who are already health and social care professionals, you’ll be able to share in the knowledge and experience they have developed in their working environments, helping you to provide the highest standard of care for your own patients in the future.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 96
  • Start date: 23/09/2019 or 24/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: L511
  • Duration: 3 years

Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) in any subjects.

Not sure if this is the correct Health and Social Care qualification for you? If you meet the entry requirements for this course, and are new to the health and social care sector, then this course should be a good choice for you. If you have extensive appropriate work experience within the health and social care sector, but don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, please consider our FdA Health & Social Care. If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course and are new to the health and social care sector, please consider our HND Health & Social Care or BSc (Hons) Health & Social Care with Foundation. If you already have a foundation degree or HND in Health & Social Care (or equivalent) you may wish to apply to Level HE6 of this course to top-up your existing qualification to a full BSc Honours degree by a further 12 months of full-time study or 18 months of part-time study.

You’ll be required to attend an interview as part of the application process (this may be a telephone interview).

Every application will be considered on its individual merits.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Some work placements (taken during Level HE5 of the course) involve regular unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. If you'll be undertaking a placement that involves regulated activity you'll have to get an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) beforehand. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service. You don't need to apply for DBS Enhanced Disclosure before starting the course. Find out more

Career opportunities

A degree in health and social care looks at health in its broad context and investigates contemporary health issues. There’s a growing demand for health and social care workers who are not restricted by boundaries and can work flexibly to accommodate the increasingly complex health and social care needs of individuals, families and communities.

This degree will also enable you to develop a range of key transferable employability skills, including written and verbal communication skills, IT skills, the ability to work independently and in a team, research and data analysis skills, the ability to provide support and guidance, and work in complex and demanding situations.

What can I do with this qualification?

This degree will give you a good foundation, allowing you to work in a wide range of statutory, voluntary and independent settings, including local authority or multi-agency teams, health promotion projects, refugee and asylum services, hospitals, sheltered accommodation, hospices and day centres, and residential care units.

In addition, graduates with a health and social care background are also in a good position to be considered for careers in health education and promotion, welfare, health research, community mental health and commissioning and care management services. Graduates may seek roles as service managers and coordinators, in advocacy, education and training, or as technicians and support workers helping children and families, older and disabled people, drug and alcohol abusers, and people with mental health problems.

Further study is a popular option for health and social care graduates. For some career areas, such as social work, nursing, research and teaching, additional study is required to achieve professional recognition.

Alternative career options

  • Probation work
  • Substance misuse
  • Victim support
  • Youth work
  • Social housing
  • Learning support
  • Counselling
  • Mental health
  • Occupational therapy
  • Community education
  • Teaching and training
  • Journalism
  • Dietitian

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/23
2019/20 £9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
2020/21 -nullnullnullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/23
2019/20 £12,450£12,450£12,450-£37,350
2020/21 -nullnullnullnull

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply

Home/EU

September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

International

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Communication and Information Technology
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Using Research Evidence
  • Principles of Care
  • Anatomy & Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Group Dynamics and Working in Teams
  • Work-based Experience
  • Planning Care Delivery
  • Health Promotion - Challenges and Opportunities
  • Employability Skills
  • Social Inclusion, Empowerment and Health
  • Research Proposal/Methods
  • Compassionate Health and Social Care
  • Dissertation/Research Project
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Developing Child and Family Health and Wellbeing
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Contemporary Mental Health

Teaching, learning and assessment

We use a rich variety of learning, teaching and assessment methods. These aim to help you develop the skills, knowledge and competencies you need to achieve the learning outcomes of this course, and more importantly, the values and attitudes essential to good health and social care practice that will support you to succeed in your future career.

Lectures introduce the core course content, while seminars and group-based activities allow you to explore subjects in greater detail and to consider the policies and practices involved. In tutorials, you can ask any questions you have to ensure you understand the topics covered in lectures and seminars. We use case studies, practical scenarios and role play to help you learn to apply academic theory to real-life problems, allowing you to gain insights into health and social care practice in the working environment. You’ll also have the chance to gain practical skills in our clinical skills laboratory with simulated patients and we’ll encourage you to make use of online learning resources to enhance your studies.

In addition, we offer masterclasses with practitioners from the health and social care sector, sessions with guest speakers who use health and social care services, and applied work experience. These seek to enhance employability and bridge the gap between theory and professional practice.

Our assessment methods aim to replicate activities that are required in the workplace. For example, you’ll be expected to write reports, give presentations, create leaflets, develop your portfolio of practice, analyse care plans, review relevant literature, analyse complex cases and discuss how to manage change. You’ll also be required to write essays and reflective accounts, take practical and written tests and get involved in group discussions. Some assessments will contribute to your final module mark and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes, while others are designed to help you identify areas that need extra attention on your part, or where you need extra support from your tutors.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (95%), Practical exams (5%)
Level Two Coursework (100%)
Level Three Coursework (100%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (70%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (30%)
Level Two Guided independent study (70%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (30%)
Level Three Guided independent study (78%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (22%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
    L511
  • Course type:
    Full-time
  • Start date:
    23/09/2019 or 24/09/2019
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
    96
  • Duration:
    3 years

Contact us

Tracy Corbett
Programme Leader
Email: T.Corbett@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903768

Katie Bannister
Admissions Tutor
Email: K.Bannister@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903865

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903