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BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care

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This innovative degree is designed to help students respond to the many current and future challenges facing the health and social care system.

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Key information

Start date

September 2019

Academic year dates

Duration

3 years full-time

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,250 *

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,090 **

UCAS code

L510

Application period

From September 2018

Until We are currently accepting late applications via UCAS***

Campus

Northampton Square

Who is it for?

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.

Objectives

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, of the current health and social care system, and of the challenges it faces, both within the UK and internationally. The course will also look at key concepts such as health, illness, need, inequality, poverty, identity and diversity, and their relation to health and social care

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

We may demonstrate some flexibility of entry requirements in Clearing. This will depend on the results we receive and the number of spaces we have available.

Applications through Clearing are likely to be considered on a case by case basis, but an indication of the level at which offers may be considered for International Baccalaureate students is as follows:

  • 28 points and above

If you are an applicant who has completed qualifications outside of the UK then we encourage you to visit our country pages ahead of calling our Clearing hotline. On these pages you will find information on equivalent grades City will be applying during the Clearing process for students applying from Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain and the USA.

Entry requirements in Clearing for A-Level students will be published on 15th August. Details of the standard entry requirements for 2019 are shown below.

Standard requirements

  • A-level: BBB
  • A/AS-level: 120 UCAS tariff points
  • GCSE: grade C or equivalent in English language and Maths or Statistics.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: Pass in a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma with full award (60 credits), of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 3, including 24 credits at Distinction and 21 at Merit.

Alternative entry requirements

  • BTEC: DDM (Health and Social Care or Science-related subject only)
  • European Baccalaureate: 77-80%
  • Scottish: ABBBB

INTO City, University of London

Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation in Humanities and Law. and the International Foundation in Business and Economics eith Society and Culture.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you may be interested in our Introduction to Health Sciences course. This is completed over one year and provides an introduction to clinical and professional healthcare, enabling you to progress on to this course on successful completion (subject to meeting progression criteria, please visit the Introduction to Health Sciences course page for more details).

English requirements

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.

English language programmes

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.

Visa requirements

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:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Limited places on this course for September 2019 may be available through Clearing and Adjustment this summer.

If you have already received your results, call our Clearing hotline +44 (0)20 7040 8877. If you've yet to receive your results, you can register your interest in Clearing and we will update you on the Clearing process this summer.

Applying through UCAS

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

  • The UCAS institution code for City, University of London is C60.
  • The UCAS course code for this programme is L510.

You can contact UCAS for further information using the following details:

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

During your course

More about fees

* The fee for this course will be £9,250 for each year of study for the duration of your studies.
** The fee for your first year of study will be £15,090. The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

Find out more funding information for studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in England from the official Council of Deans of Health website.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship

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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.

Academic facilities

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.

Accommodation

We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.

Read more about our undergraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

Find out how to apply

Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

View academic timetables

Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

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.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

Teaching and learning

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.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:

  • Written assignments, including essays: these may take the form of care studies in which you will be expected to relate your essay to a particular service user or as support another assessment such as a poster presentation
  • Written examinations: including short answer questions, multiple choice questions, calculations, scenario based
  • Research Project/Dissertation: this final project will enable you to choose a relevant topic of interest to you and demonstrate an in depth knowledge of this.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Written examination: 49% Coursework: 51%

Year 2

Written examination: 33% Coursework: 67%

Year 3

Coursework: 100%

Modules

The programme is three years in duration. Its structure is described below.

Year 1

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 you will take in Year 1 are:

  • SC1001 Introduction to Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • SC1006 Human Development Across the Life Course (15 credits)
  • SC1002 Poverty, Housing and Welfare (15 credits)
  • SC1003 Contemporary Issues in Mental Health (15 credits)
  • SC1005 Health, Illness and Society (30 credits)
  • SC1004 Academic Skills for Higher Education (15 credits).

Year 2

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:

  • HS2446 Communities and Health (15 credits)
  • SC2001 Integrated and Personalised Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • SC2002 Introduction to Public Health and Epidemiology (30 credits)
  • HS2003 Engaging Technology in Health and Social Care (15 credits).

You will also choose either one or two of the following elective (optional) modules, for a total of 30 credits:

  • SC2003 Introduction to Psychology (30 credits)
  • SG2030 Sociology of Race and Racism (15 credits)
  • PS2006 Social Psychology (15 credits)
  • SG2021 Understanding Social Change (15 credits).

The availability of elective modules PS2006 (Social Psychology), SG2030 (Sociology of Race and Racism) and SG2021 (Understanding Social Change) is subject to module capacity.

Year 3

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 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 original materials relevant to health and social care-related topics.

The core modules you will take in Year 3 are:

  • CH3044 Leadership (15 credits)
  • NM3270 Using Research Knowledge (15 credits)
  • HC3001 Research Project (Dissertation; 60 credits).

You will also choose two of the following elective modules:

  • CH3001 Work-based project (15 credits)
  • CH3002 Personal and People Development (15 credits)
  • CH3045 Managing Change (15 credits)
  • PS3012 Health Psychology (15 credits)
  • SG3067 Food, Culture and Society (15 credits)
  • UA2000 Microplacement (0 credit).

You will need to be employed within a health or social care setting in order to take the elective module CH3001 (Work-based project). In order to take elective module PS3012 (Health Psychology), you must have successfully completed elective PS2006 (Social Psychology) in Year 2. The availability of elective modules PS3012 (Health Psychology) and SG3067 (Food, Culture and Society) is subject to module capacity.

You will also have the opportunity to apply to undertake professional work experience in the form of a Microplacement, which consists of completing a project within a health or social care-related organisation during the Summer before your final year. Microplacements aim to develop your professional experience in a role relevant to the skills you have gained during your degree, your job application skills, and your ability to reflect upon the relevance of your Microplacement experience for your future career goals.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

Overall workload

  • A typical 15-credit module involves a total of around 25 hours of contact time (i.e. lecturers, seminars and class activities).
  • In addition, you will be expected to undertake roughly 125 independent study hours for the module (for 30-credit modules, the hours will be roughly double).
  • Some of these hours will include use of online learning tools, such as Moodle.
  • The following percentages are indicative, based on the 2018/19 academic year.

Year 1

Scheduled learning: 15% Independent learning: 85%

Year 2

Scheduled learning: 13% Independent learning: 87%

Year 3

Scheduled learning: 24% Independent learning: 76%
After you graduate

Career prospects

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:

  • The provision of health and social care, such as working with vulnerable adults, children and the elderly
  • Management and administration positions within health and social care organisations
  • Public health and community development-related roles, such as health promotion, public information and health training
  • Personnel and resource management posts in the private sector, local authorities and voluntary organisations
  • Policy-oriented work (including lobbying and advocacy) in the NHS, local government or voluntary sector
  • Teaching roles within health and social care
  • Research and evaluation of health and social care services
  • Further study at postgraduate level or research.

Health and Social Care

UCAS code: L510

Application Deadline

We are currently accepting late applications via UCAS***


Limited places on this course for September 2019 may be available through Clearing and Adjustment this summer.

If you have already received your results, call our Clearing hotline +44 (0)20 7040 8877. If you've yet to receive your results, you can register your interest in Clearing and we will update you on the Clearing process this summer.

Applying through UCAS

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

  • The UCAS institution code for City, University of London is C60.
  • The UCAS course code for this programme is L510.

You can contact UCAS for further information using the following details:

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

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