Online course details

UK/EU fee

£840 (2020/21)

International fee

£840 (2020/21)

Course level

Level 6

Course credits

20 credits

Start date

25 January 2021

Course length

10 weeks

Mode of study

Tutored online learning



Online course description

This course will provide a sociological framework in understanding key contemporary issues within the health and social care context. Sociological health and social care will provide a basis for understanding and making sense of broader developments which have impacted on global and local influences within politics and the welfare state of society. In this context, you will draw on other interrelated interdisciplinary approaches of social science, social policy, sociopolitical and economic values on which health and social care is founded.

The course will focus on a range of perspectives from sociology of health and social care in offering an understanding of the family, homelessness, migration, social policy, social stratification and inequalities, contemporary debates in health and social care health within an international context. The course will also provide a framework for practitioners to analyse events within their working environment, drawing on the historical development of health and social care, nationally and globally within a broad base sociological context.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion and assessment of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the social forces that impact on health and social care services in your context
  2. Critically evaluate how key sociology and social care perspectives influence our understanding of inequality in health

Course content

This course will involve the study of the sociological approaches to health policy at local, national and internal levels, in the context of the wide health and social care arena. It will focus on current political debates and interventions to reduce inequalities. 

Course content will include: 


Offset course credits towards another qualification

Once you’ve completed this course you may be able to offset the 20 credits towards our online Integrative Health and Social Care BSc (Hons) Top-Up. This would reduce the number of modules you would need to study and the total cost of the course.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2020 14.00 - 15.00

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

UK/EU fee: £840

International fee: £840

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

UK/EU fee: £840

International fee: £840

About your fees

Prices are correct for the year of entry shown. These are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.

Course requirements

You will:

English language qualifications

IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) if you have not completed a programme at an English-speaking institution.

When applying, it is essential that you submit the following:

  1. Qualification evidence awarded in your country
  2. Transcripts of all relevant education/training
  3. NARIC evidence
  4. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 6.0* in all areas or equivalent qualification

If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5 you can study our English for academic purposes Certificate of Credit which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Who will teach you

Pauline Green

Dr Pauline Green
Programme leader

Dr Pauline Green is a registered Social Worker and a member of the British Association of Social Workers. She has worked at the University of Derby since 1999 and is presently Academic Lead of Social Work/Social Care at the University of Derby Online Learning Department. She has published in the British Journal of Social Work and delivers resilience training for Derby Social Services.

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