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Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Social Care - 3 years
Department of Health & Applied Sciences

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Award   Bachelor of Arts degree BA(Hons) Course Title   Health and Social Care - 3 years
UCAS Code   L500 Award Level   6
Start Dates   September 2017 Study Mode  Full-Time [3 years]
Awarding Body  University of Derby
  1. Entry Requirements
  2. Course Overview
  3. Course Structure
  4. Course Content
  5. Progression
  6. Fees
  7. Apply Online

Course Overview

Health and social care is all about supporting people – working flexibly, creatively and confidently to address the needs of individuals, families and communities. This highly practical course equips you for a career in a sector which offers immense personal satisfaction.

Versatile, adaptable and skilled health and social care professionals are in demand like never before. At a time when people are living longer with increasingly complex needs and a growing number of services are provided in the community and at home, roles and practices within the sector are changing rapidly.

BA (Hons) Health and Social Care has been designed in partnership with key service providers, commissioning organisations, service users and other stakeholders to reflect the latest developments within the profession.

The focus is on how we can enable and support vulnerable people to live independent, active and healthy lives, and how we can respond effectively to the needs of their families and carers.

You will cover the profession from a holistic standpoint, exploring policies and trends, social and psychological approaches, and critical issues in adult and children’s care.

This degree prepares you to make a positive impact on the way services are delivered in a variety of statutory, voluntary and independent organisations, working in areas ranging from family support and community mental health to residential care, social housing and refugee support.

Because such services are increasingly managed by multi-professional teams, we offer opportunities at each stage of your course for you to learn with, and from, students from other disciplines. This is really important in preparing you to work in more flexible ways after graduation. By learning to work together, you can help achieve the best outcomes for service users.

Not only will you gain a thorough understanding of policy and practice, you’ll also have exciting opportunities to apply that knowledge to real work situations. Thanks to our links across the sector, you will undertake two work placements as an essential part of your course. These will give you crucial experience in a range of settings – from statutory agencies to community projects.

You will receive full support from our programme team to ensure you make the most of this experience. A dedicated work-based mentor will also provide you with on-site guidance during your placement.

Assessment                                                                          

There are no exams. Assessments are wide-ranging, flexible and innovative so you can align them to your own areas of interest. They could take the form of written assignments, reports, posters, presentations, observation of practice and portfolios. All the projects on which you are assessed will be topical and reflect current working practices.

Teaching & Learning                                                                                                                                                     

You will learn through a variety of methods including lectures, small group discussions, workshop, seminars, presentations, tutorials and placements.

We regard placements as critical to your future career success, enhancing your learning, building your confidence and broadening your perspectives. They enable you to apply theory to practice and give you a flavour of the different working environments in which you could pursue your career. 


General Entry Requirements

    Course specific entry requirements:

    • Specific requirements at GCSE: Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English
    • UCAS points: 104 (up to 16 from AS-levels)

    A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this programme. For more information see:  https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service

    Course Entry Requirements

    • UCAS points: 104 (up to 16 from AS levels)
    • Specific requirements at A-level: N/A
    • Specific requirements at GCSE: Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English
    • Interview: you will be invited for an interview, which is compulsory
    • A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this programme.

Progression

Our emphasis is on nurturing versatile and flexible health and social care professionals who are not restricted by boundaries and who can work in multi-professional teams. This degree equips you for rewarding roles in areas such as:

  • Local authority, NHS and multi-agency teams working with children, young people and adults
  • Homelessness and social housing services
  • Refugee and asylum-seeker support agencies
  • Appropriate adult and advocacy work
  • Health promotion services
  • Community mental health teams
  • Intensive family support teams
  • Residential and nursing care management
  • Commissioning and care management teams
  • Care co-ordinator management.

University of Derby graduates are now carving out successful careers in organisations across the independent, statutory and voluntary sectors. Some have chosen to move directly into working with vulnerable people within the NHS and adult and children’s care services, while others have progressed into strategic management and leadership positions to develop improved services for individuals, families and communities.

The course will also give you a firm foundation of knowledge if you would like to specialise in areas such as social work, nursing, teaching and therapies in future.

Course Structure

    You will study these modules:


Year 1
UNIT CODEUNIT NAMEUNIT LEVELUNIT CREDIT
UDHS FD 501Ways of Knowing420
UDHS FD 502Health Policy and Social Trends420
UDHS FD 503Understanding Physical Health Conditions420
UDHS FD 504Working with People 420
UDHS FD 505Psychological Approaches to Care 420
UDHS FD 506Social Approaches to Health and Wellbeing420


Year 2
UNIT CODEUNIT NAMEUNIT LEVELUNIT CREDIT
UDHS FD 601Critical Issues in Adult Care520
UDHS FD 602Safeguarding Children520
UDHS FD 603Practice-Based Learning 1 540
UDHS FD 604Researching Health and Social Care 520
UDHS FD 605Public Health and Health Promotion 520


Year 3
UNIT CODEUNIT NAMEUNIT LEVELUNIT CREDIT
UDHS FD 701Independent Study 640
UDHS FD 702Managing People, Services and Resources620
UDHS FD 703Practice Based Learning 2 640
UDHS FD 704Resourcing and Social Enterprise in Health and Social 620

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for Full-Time Programmes - 2017/2018

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
  Duration
Higher National Certificate £6,165.00   1 year
Higher National Diploma
£6,165.00   2 years
BA/BSc (Hons) £6,165.00   3 years
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up
£6,165.00   1 year

Important Notes

  • The above tuition fees do not include textbooks, study materials or accommodation fees.
  • The course fees includes the costs for any field visits and professional body accreditation. Students will not be charged any additional fees.

Home Students

To be classified as a home student for the purpose of tuition fee payment:
  • you must be a British or EU national
  • you must have resided in the European Union for three years prior to the start of your course
The three year residence rule also applies to you if you have:
  • an indefinite leave to remain in the UK visa
  • a spouse/partner/dependent visa
  • any other visa which permits you to remain and work in the UK without any restrictions

Tuition fees for Part-Time Programmes - 2017/2018

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
  Duration
Higher National Certificate
£4,500.00   2 years

Higher National Diploma

£4,500.00   3 years
BA/BSc (Hons) £4,500.00   5 years
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up

£4,500.00   2 years

Important Notes

  • The above tuition fees do not include textbooks, study materials or accommodation fees.
  • The course fees includes the costs for any field visits and professional body accreditation. Students will not be charged any additional fees.

Home Students

To be classified as a home student for the purpose of tuition fee payment:
  • you must be a British or EU national
  • you must have resided in the European Union for three years prior to the start of your course
The three year residence rule also applies to you if you have:
  • an indefinite leave to remain in the UK visa
  • a spouse/partner/dependent visa
  • any other visa which permits you to remain and work in the UK without any restrictions

Online Application

Note: Before you apply, please make sure you have access to your email, prepared document scans (picture, passport, other supporting documents)

Please click here to proceed with Online Application (opens in new window)


Ways of Knowing [UDHS FD 501]

Unit type:Core

    N/a


Health Policy and Social Trends [UDHS FD 502]

Unit type:Core

    N/a


Understanding Physical Health Conditions [UDHS FD 503]

Unit type:Core

    N/a


Working with People [UDHS FD 504]

Unit type:Core

    N/a


Psychological Approaches to Care [UDHS FD 505]

Unit type:Core

    N/a


Social Approaches to Health and Wellbeing [UDHS FD 506]

Unit type:Core

    N/a


Critical Issues in Adult Care [UDHS FD 601]

Unit type:Core


Safeguarding Children [UDHS FD 602]

Unit type:Core

    N/a


Practice-Based Learning 1 [UDHS FD 603]

Unit type:Core

    N/a


Researching Health and Social Care [UDHS FD 604]

Unit type:Core

    N/a


Public Health and Health Promotion [UDHS FD 605]

Unit type:Core

    N/a


Independent Study [UDHS FD 701]

Unit type:Core

    N/a


Managing People, Services and Resources [UDHS FD 702]

Unit type:Core

    N/a


Practice Based Learning 2 [UDHS FD 703]

Unit type:Core

    N/a


Resourcing and Social Enterprise in Health and Social [UDHS FD 704]

Unit type:Core

    N/a


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