The BSc Health and Social Care has been designed for students who wish to develop a greater understanding of the health and social care sector and how it operates and is managed within a constantly evolving landscape. You will gain an understanding of different approaches to the organisation and financing of health and social care services and how they relate to wider social and political structures.
Drawing on a wide range of insights and research from medicine, sociology, psychology, economics, philosophy and other disciplines, the course adopts a multidisciplinary and evidence-based approach to encourage you to think critically about how factors such as society, the environment and geography affect our experience of health and illness, and of health and social care services. The course combines academic rigour with the development of practical and transferable skills to prepare you for a career within health and social care.
As a student on the course you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the history and development of health and social care, both within the UK and internationally. The course will look at key concepts such as health, illness, need, inequality, poverty, identity and diversity, and their relation to health and social care.
In addition to the listed entry requirements, if your first language is not English you will also need IELTS: 7.0 with at least 6:5 in all components.
Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:
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* The tuition fee for UK and EU students is £9,250 for the first year of study (2017/18). Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government’s Office for Budget Responsibility. This index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study.
** The tuition fee for Non-EU students is £14,500 for the first year of study (2017/18). Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students.
School of Health Sciences - Excellence
Staff and students at City's School of Health Sciences showcase the School's new interdisciplinary Clinical Skills Centre designed to mirror 'real' health care environments and provide an adaptable, modern and appropriate space for both teaching and research.
City's Exchange and Study Abroad programmes are a way for students to broaden their education at an overseas university as part of their degree. For example, the School of Health Sciences has Erasmus Exchange Programme agreements with a number of universities within the EU, and you will be able to study abroad for a term should you wish to (find out more).
Moodle is an enhanced Virtual Learning Environment that will provide you with access to online course materials, resources, interactive activities, assessment and communication tools and is a key element of our blended learning approach, combining face-to-face teaching with online activity.
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.
The course uses a blended approach, which encompasses both face-to-face and online learning. We make full use of available learning technologies, whilst recognising the value of face-to-face interaction. The variety of methods used will develop your strengths and preferred learning styles, and will help you to acquire the knowledge and skills you need to successfully complete the programme.
A typical 15-credit module involves a total of around 25 hours of contact time (i.e. lecturers, seminars, class activities and external visits). In addition, you will be expected to undertake around 125 hours of independent study. Some of these hours will include use of online learning tools, such as Moodle.
A range of assessment strategies will be used throughout the programme to test the knowledge, skills and attitudes that you have acquired on the programme. These will include written assignments (such as essays), examinations and a final research project or dissertation.
The programme is three years in duration. Its structure is described below.
Year 1 involves a strong sociological and psychological component. It introduces you to the key underlying concepts and principles underpinning the delivery of health and social care across the life course (from infancy through to childhood, adulthood and old age), and the ability to evaluate and interpret these; the ability to present, evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative data, in order to develop lines of argument and make sound judgements in accordance with the basic theories and concepts of health and social care.
The modules (all core) you will take in Year 1 are:
In Year 2, you will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the concepts and principles introduced in Year 1, and of the way in which these have developed over time. You will be able to apply these concepts and principles outside the context in which they were first studied. You will also acquire knowledge of the main methods of enquiry in health and social care, and the ability to evaluate critically the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems that arise in these fields. You will also develop an understanding of the limits of your knowledge, and how this influences analyses and interpretations based on that knowledge.
The core (compulsory) modules you will take in Year 2 are:
You will also choose two of the following optional (elective) modules:
In Year 3, your final year, you will develop a systematic understanding of key aspects of health and social care, including acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge, at least some of which is informed by research at the forefront of the subject. You will acquire the ability to deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within health and social care. You will sharpen your conceptual understanding, enabling you to devise and sustain arguments and/or to solve problems, and to describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in health and social care. You will develop your appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge. You will also have opportunities for work-based learning experiences. Finally, you will be able to manage your own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources, such as refereed research articles and/or original materials relevant to health and social care-related topics.
The core modules you will take in Year 3 are:
You will also choose two of the following optional modules:
The BSc Health and Social Care places a high value on career planning, with your career development emphasised throughout the course. The course is specifically designed to reflect the current, and rapidly changing, health and social care landscape, and to provide you with the knowledge and transferrable skills you need to pursue a career within these sectors.
As a graduate of the course, you will be in a position to take full advantage of a diverse range of graduate-level health and social care positions, not only within the public sector, such as the NHS, but also the not-for-profit (voluntary) and private/independent care sectors.
Some examples of these roles include:
Health and Social Care
UCAS code: L510
1st September 2017