Studying health and social care at university is ideal for individuals who are interested in careers in either health or social care environments, including the NHS, Social Services, independent health and social care, voluntary and charitable sectors. The aim of the health and social care degree is to enable students to develop a critical understanding of policy, theory and practice in health and social care.
To study health and social care at university, candidates need to demonstrate a strong educational profile.
GCSE profiles need to include a minimum of 5 passes including Welsh/English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science or Double Award Science at Grade A-C.
Candidates also require a minimum of: BBC at A2 level
Alternative entry requirements
Access: A distinction and merit profile. Contact us for further details.
Welsh Baccalaureate: Pass and either CC at A2 level or DD at BTEC
Irish leaving certificate: 345
International students also require
International English Language Requirements: 6.0
Year 1 (Level 4)
HE Level 4 Degree / HECert
The Sociology of Social Policy
The Politics of Social Policy
Foundations in Human Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
Origins and Theory of Health & Social Care Research
Sociology of Health and Illness
Health Service Practice
Careers and Employability
Introduction to Psychology, Health, Illness and Medicine
Year 2 (Level 5)
HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip
Students choose 120 credits from the following:
Safeguarding Children and Young People
Sociology of Health and Illness 2
Health Promotion and Health Education
Qualitative Research & Critical Appraisal for Health & Social Care
Quantitative Research & Critical Appraisal For Health & Social Care
Psychology, Health, Illness and Medicine
Year 2 Optional Modules
Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:
NOTE : Students should select 20 credits from the following list of optional modules.
Enhancing Employability Through Work Experience
Health Law and Practice
Difference and Equity
Health and Economics
Year 3 (Level 6)
HE Level 6 Degree / Honours
Social Policy in an Ageing World
Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care
Ethics in Health and Social Care
Applied Psychology, Health, Illness and Medicine
Public Health and Epidemiology
Studying health and social care at university is ideal for individuals who see health and social care as an attractive career pathway but do not wish to pursue professional careers in medicine, nursing or social work.
The degree is excellent preparation for students seeking administrative, managerial type roles within health and social care. It would also be highly relevant in the voluntary and independent sectors and to major charitable organisations with either a health or social care focus.
Within health and social care services there are recognised career pathways and the NHS has a national pay structure linked to a framework of knowledge and skills to support professional, personal and career development.
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