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Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Social Care - 3 years
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Awarding Body  University of Derby Course Title  BA(Hons) Health and Social Care - 3 years
Award  Bachelor of Arts degree  Award Level  6
UCAS Code L500 Study Mode 
Start Dates September 2019 Duration 3 years
  1. About this course
  2. What you will cover
  3. Entry Requirements
  4. How to apply
  5. Fees and Finance
  6. Careers and employability

About this course

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.


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. 

As a partner student you will be granted access to the University’s online learning environment ‘University of Derby Online (UDo)’. From within UDo you will be able to access the University’s Library (including an extensive range of eBooks, eJournals, audio and video resources), course resources related to your programme and your grades.

    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.

Careers and employability

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.

What you will cover

    You will study these modules:

Year 1
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
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
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

Online Application & Eligibility Assessment

Note: Please scan your supporting documents, such as a photo, passport, visa, qualifications, references etc before starting the application form. You will also need access to your e-mail.

Apply through UCAS [Prefered]

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Fees and Finance

Tuition Fees for Academic Programmes

Tuition fees for Full-Time Programmes - 2018/2019

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

Tuition fees for Part-Time Programmes - 2018/2019

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

Higher National Diploma

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

£4,500.00   2 years


Undergraduate funding (2018/19)

Student Finance England

Full-time study
The majority of undergraduate funding comes from the Student Loans Company and is assessed by your funding authority. Please visit Student Finance England (SFE) website pages for detailed information.



Eligible Undergraduate students can apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £6,165 to cover the full cost of their annual tuition fees. A maintenance loan (for living costs) of up to £11,354 is also available. This can be used to pay for general living costs, accommodation, travel and other course related costs.

The simple online calculator (https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator) will give you an accurate idea of what level of student funding you may be eligible for.

Part-time study
If you are a part-time student on a degree course you can apply for a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan. The maximum tuition fee loan you can get if you are a part-time student is £4,625 per year. The amount you get depends on the cost of your tuition fees. Your maintenance loan will be paid at pro-rata of full time study. The amount you get depends on your household income.

The tuition fee loan is paid directly to your university or college.

For more information and downloadable guides, visit the Direct Gov website

Repaying loans
You will not start repaying your student loans for fees and living costs until you have finished studying and you are earning over £25,000 a year. For more information visit the Direct Gov website https:// www.gov.uk/repaying-your-student-loan

Other Sources of Funding
You do not have to apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company to fund your studies. Some students use private funding or employer sponsorship to pay for their course.


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Ways of Knowing [UDHS FD 501]

Unit type:Core


Health Policy and Social Trends [UDHS FD 502]

Unit type:Core


Understanding Physical Health Conditions [UDHS FD 503]

Unit type:Core


Working with People [UDHS FD 504]

Unit type:Core


Psychological Approaches to Care [UDHS FD 505]

Unit type:Core


Social Approaches to Health and Wellbeing [UDHS FD 506]

Unit type:Core


Critical Issues in Adult Care [UDHS FD 601]

Unit type:Core

Safeguarding Children [UDHS FD 602]

Unit type:Core


Practice-Based Learning 1 [UDHS FD 603]

Unit type:Core


Researching Health and Social Care [UDHS FD 604]

Unit type:Core


Public Health and Health Promotion [UDHS FD 605]

Unit type:Core


Independent Study [UDHS FD 701]

Unit type:Core


Managing People, Services and Resources [UDHS FD 702]

Unit type:Core


Practice Based Learning 2 [UDHS FD 703]

Unit type:Core


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

Unit type:Core



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