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Health and Social Care (BSc, DipHE,CertHE)

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This programme has responded to the change in the sector by incorporating new elements of policy and skills and increasing options for students in the rapidly evolving environment of health and social care, and children and young people’s services. The aim is to develop a health and social care workforce that is capable of meeting strategic governmental goals and is prepared for an employment environment of multiple and diverse opportunities.

This programme is a recognised higher education qualification related to the health, digital health, and social care sector. It aims to provide you with progressive studies that have relevance to careers in the primary functions of care within the health and social care sector.

You will exercise investigative, reflective analytical and reasoning powers in context and be provided with the knowledge and skills to extend your study and training post-graduation.

Studying this programme will allow you to upskill if you are already working as a health and social care professional (thereby helping to alleviate the shortage of health and care professionals with level 4 and 5 qualifications) or prepare you to be part of the next generation ready for suitable and successful employment in the sector.

We also offer all modules through the medium of Welsh.


Health and Social Care (BSc; 3 years)
UCAS code: L510
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Health and Social Care (Dip HE; 2 years) 
UCAS code: HSC5
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Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. We offer a flexible learning approach so you can work, care for your loved ones and fit university into your life
  2. We are committed to supporting you into the job and career you want
  3. We provide additional support to help you develop and progress, including study skills clubs and studying in the medium of Welsh.
  4. We have working relationships with organisations who can offer paid and volunteer job roles
  5. We value the skills and experience you already hold when making your offer

What you will learn

Course Overview

The course provides an overview of the merged health and care sector and offers opportunities for you to enter the workforce in a range of roles. A range of ages, experiences and current job roles utilise this course to upskill and progress in health and care.

Previous students have used this degree to gain entry into roles within the public sector (for example care, human resources, housing and environment, education based or training roles, or advocacy), the private sector (agencies, support worker roles, admin and management) or the third sector (fundraising, coordination or support roles). Previous students have also used this course as a platform for further study in order to qualify as social workers, psychologists and lecturers, or to advance onto a Masters course.

We offer access to current key organisations and people within the health sector. We also provide a high level of academic support across the whole university to help strengthen your academic skills. 

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BSc)

  • Contemporary Challenges: Making a Difference (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Counselling, Communication, and the Therapeutic Relationship (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Public Health and Wellbeing (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Management, Organisational Behaviour and Digital Change (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Psychology in Health and Social Care (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two – Level 5 (Dip HE & BSc)

  • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Introduction to Independent Research Skills (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Physiology (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Principles of Health and Social Care Practice (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Protecting and Supporting Families in Health and Care (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three – Level 6 (BSc)

  • Digital Transformation in the Health and Care Professions (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Empowering the Older Person (20 credits; compulsory).
  • Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Development (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Psychopathological Classifications and Provisions (20 credits; compulsory).

Assessments include: essays, exams, reports, presentations, reflective accounts, debates, policy critiques and professional portfolios. You will be asked to utilise information technology communication and organisational skills for your assignments.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Entry Criteria

Please note that every applicant is considered individually. We may also make offers based solely upon your life or work experience.

For applicants wishing to study Cert HE (one year) or Diploma HE (two year) qualifications, an offer will be made based upon your educational and employment experience.

For those wishing to study the BSc (three years) you will need to have obtained a minimum of 88 UCAS points.

Career Opportunities

We have a very strong employment support and work experience system within the Health Portfolio.

We link and work closely with public, private and third sector organisations and groups to provide opportunities for both paid and unpaid work for students.

Additional Costs

You are encouraged to continue or enter employment in the health, care or support sectors in order to enhance your studies. We recommend that you pay for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) update option if you do not already have one in place.