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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

L590

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

Take your first steps towards a fulfilling future in health and social care. This degree will give you the skills, confidence and experience to make a positive difference to people’s lives and wellbeing.

Top 20Social Work subject area ranked**Guardian University Guide 2020
3rdSocial work subject area for student satisfaction**Guardian University Guide 2020
2nd Social work subject area satisfaction with teaching**Guardian University Guide 2020
Why you should study BA (Hons) Health and Social Care at the University of Derby

Health and social care is all about supporting people – working flexibly, creatively and confidently to address the needs of individuals, families and communities. This highly practical course equips you for a career in a sector which offers immense personal satisfaction.

Meeting the challenge of change

Versatile, adaptable and skilled health and social care professionals are in demand like never before. At a time when people are living longer with increasingly complex needs and a growing number of services are provided in the community and at home, roles and practices within the sector are changing rapidly.

Our BA (Hons) Health and Social Care is designed in partnership with key service providers, commissioning organisations, service users and other stakeholders to reflect the latest developments within the profession.

The focus is on how we can enable and support vulnerable people to live independent, active and healthy lives, and how we can respond effectively to the needs of their families and carers.

You’ll cover the profession from a holistic standpoint, exploring policies and trends, social and psychological approaches, and critical issues in adult and children’s care.

Making a difference

This degree prepares you to make a positive impact on the way services are delivered in a variety of statutory, voluntary and independent organisations, working in areas ranging from family support and community mental health to residential care, social housing and refugee support.

Because such services are increasingly managed by multi-professional teams, we offer opportunities at each stage of your course for you to learn with, and from, students from other disciplines. This is really important in preparing you to work in more flexible ways after graduation. By learning to work together, you can help achieve the best outcomes for service users.

If you are already employed within the sector, the part-time route to the BA (Hons) qualification is an excellent option because you can fit your studies around your current role and achieve the qualifications you need for promotion to more senior positions.

Gain vital skills on placement

Not only will you gain a thorough understanding of policy and practice, you’ll also have exciting opportunities to apply that knowledge to real work situations.

Thanks to our enviable links across the sector, you will undertake two work placements as an essential part of your course. These will give you crucial experience in a range of settings – from statutory agencies to community projects.

You’ll receive full support from our placements team and the senior lecturer for practice to ensure you make the most of this experience. A dedicated work-based mentor will also provide you with on-site guidance during your placement.

A rich learning experience

There is the chance to take part in a vibrant programme of agency visits, high-profile international conferences, guest lectures and workshops where local stakeholders share best practice. These will provide a unique context to your learning, broaden your networks and put you at the heart of health and social care developments in our region.

Our students have even organised their own public debates and have taken part in Dragons’ Den-style events to pitch ideas for new social enterprises to industry experts.

Tailor your studies to your professional interests

We offer ample opportunities for you to investigate issues which particularly interest you or which reflect your career aspirations.

The Independent Study module in stage three of the course has seen students undertake research into wide-ranging subjects such as teenage pregnancies, privacy in nursing homes, whistleblowing situations, sex and relationship education, integration for refugees, barriers to employment for ex-offenders, public perceptions of anorexia nervosa, male victims of domestic violence, the links between homelessness and mental illness, and services to ensure older people have a voice.

Outstanding learning facilities

You can take this course at our Derby Campus which offer outstanding learning environments including clinical skills suites built to professional standards, with replica wards, counselling rooms and treatment rooms fully equipped with the latest clinical resources.

What you will study

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4HC501

Social Approaches to Health and Wellbeing

The module considers how people’s life experiences, socially, politically and economically impacts on their health. The module will go beyond notions of eating healthily and taking exercise and examine the barriers some people may face in obtaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As well as examining key sociological concepts students will explore practical ideas and the skills needed to engage service users in what might constitute their own health and wellbeing. In addition there will be consideration of what might be done in practice to help service users bring about feelings of well-being within the limitations of their circumstances.
20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4HC502

Psychological Approaches to Care

This module is designed to provide a theoretical understanding of human growth and development. It enables the student to gain a range of perspectives from across psychology to understand the emotional and social behaviour of people. Theories will cover the human lifespan, focusing on the impact of change on individual behaviour and development. Crisis and ill health will be explored through the service user’s perspective and narratives to enable insight and empathy. It is expected that students will develop their understanding of and commitment to diversity and anti-oppressive values relevant to caring and supporting people in health and social care.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4HC503

Working with People

This module focuses on the development of the interpersonal and professional skills required to engage directly with people who use health and social care services, their families and carers. The module considers how the needs of individuals, families and groups can be responded to as part of students’ developing identity as professionals and will comprise personal, professional and organisational perspectives alongside service users experiences. Key components will include an awareness of how values, attitudes and beliefs may influence and impact on professional behaviour and work with people. Through exposure to and input from a range of professionals across health and social care the module provides opportunities for students to gain self-confidence and awareness of their own interaction and communication with others and to make links to broader concepts such as anti-oppressive practice and equality.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4HC505

Health Policy and Social Trends

This module provides students with an understanding of the major ideologies and influences, concepts and principles that underpin health and social policy. Key themes of particular relevance are the ‘experiences’ of health and well-being as this relates to the impact of health and social policies on a range of social groups and core issues relating to the nature of policy-making and implementation in the context of the changing shape and nature of social policies. The course will address the current challenges for UK health and social care including personalisation, integrated care, working across boundaries, public engagement, patient self-management, definitions of wellbeing, and the new commissioning landscape.

Perspectives on the historic and emerging trends, policies and structures of UK health and social care will be explored and students will have the option to study strategies for health improvement, approaches to strategic management of integrated services, the commissioning cycle or mental health and wellbeing.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4HC506

Understanding Physical Health Conditions

This module provides students with the opportunity to explore some of the major acute and chronic physical illnesses affecting people in society. Students will gain an understanding of the causes and symptoms of some of the most common medical conditions including the main features of cardiovascular (heart) disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes and dementia. The module is designed to give students an understanding of the biomedical causes of ill-health and disease and the role of medication will also be investigated. A major feature of the module is to examine the impact of physical ill-health on well-being.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4HC507

Ways Of Knowing

The module focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for learning and employability. The emphasis will be upon the development of core academic and vocational skills and knowledge which are required for those working in the ever changing health and social care field. Students are introduced to key learning concepts and ideas including personal development planning, reflection and knowledge.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5HC500

Safeguarding Children

The ability to identify and manage risks to children is a core requirement within the health and social care arena. An understanding of the concepts of abuse, risk and vulnerability, within an historical context is therefore a requirement. Understanding duties to assess and protect is necessary for safe and effective practice with vulnerable service users. Tragedies in the field of child protection highlight the consequences of professionals lacking skills and confidence in identifying and managing risk. Students will explore these issues reflecting critically on theories and methods relating to vulnerable children and considering the assessment and management of risk. Perspectives underpinning the behaviour and development of children, inter-professional roles and responsibilities and conflicts and dilemmas around risk, safety and control will therefore be explored.

This module builds on learning from level 4 modules and is designed to support students in the requirements for practice based learning.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5HC503

Public Health and Health Promotion

This module is designed to provide a critical perspective on the theories, concepts and ideas associated with promoting the health of the population. Key skills such as accessing, interpreting and critically appraising sources of health related information will be developed and the issues associated with implementing health promotion initiatives will be considered. Contemporary approaches to public health, focusing on neighbourhood resources (5th Wave of Public Health), will be considered and the issues associated with implementing this approach will be discussed.
20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5HC505

Critical Issues in Adult Care

The current challenges facing those working in adult social care, health care and community services are critically examined in this module. It provides a detailed overview of contemporary issues in adult care, including personalisation and self-directed support. New ways of delivering care and support are required in the context of meeting the changing demands of adults who require health and social care services. The adoption of social enterprise models, new technologies and building local capacity to deliver adult social care services are amongst the changing priorities.

Students will work with the range of policy and legislation aimed at supporting people to lead full and independent lives while also protecting adults who are at risk of harm. The module examines current and emerging issues related to working with adults. It considers assessment, ethics and decision making, along with issues such as rights and best interest, compulsory measures and choice. Students will critically evaluate the evidence that underpins the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of support and care to vulnerable adults in the context of increasing partnership working with service users, families, communities and a range of providers across the statutory, voluntary, community and independent sectors.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5HC506

Practice Based Learning 1 (Stage 2)

The module is the culmination of the student’s knowledge gained during her/his studies in Stage 1 and Stage 2 up to the commencement of the placement. Taught sessions will precede the placement which will help the student to build on the knowledge and skills gained via the programme modules. The module provides students with invaluable work experience, to enhance their theoretical understanding, in a practice situation. The provision of practice based learning gives the opportunity to relate theory to practice and to develop key skill areas such as inter-professional working, communication, problem solving and reflective practice. Importantly, it is also the opportunity to increase understanding of the needs of service users and carers.

Students will be expected to undertake preparation and negotiate a work programme with a placement agency. Whilst on placement the student will work as a part of a team within the agency and will be accountable to the organisation through the guidance of a mentor. It is expected that the student will work within an ethical framework by using anti-discriminatory practice.

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40 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5HC507

Researching Health and Social Care

This module allows the concept of evidence based practice to be developed, specifically focusing on an exploration of the research methods used in health and social care. This will include the critical understanding of different sources of evidence used to inform practice. The module will also examine some of the ethical issues associated with conducting research in health and social care. Students will evaluate evidence and consider how it influences practice.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6HC502

Practice-Based Learning 2 (Stage 3)

The placement is the culmination of the student’s knowledge gained during their period of study on the Programme and builds on the understanding, skills and experience gained during the placement in Stage 2. All of the modules undertaken to date will provide the knowledge and skills development to work with a placement agency at Stage 3. The module gives the students invaluable work experience before moving on to the next stage of their career. The main features of the placement are the development of a wider understanding of the needs of service users and carers, project development, relating theory to practice, interprofessional working, communication and problem-solving. Students will be expected to negotiate a project with the agency, with support from their tutor.

Whilst on placement the student will work as a part of a team within the agency and will be expected to be accountable to the organisation through the guidance of a mentor and to work within an ethical framework by using anti-discriminatory practice.

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40 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6HC998

Independent Study

This module aims to allow students to demonstrate critical analysis, reasoning and the development of an argument, objective evaluation and reflection on an area of the student’s choice related to health and social care. The module will be assessed through the submission of a dissertation that reflects an in-depth study on a chosen topic area of health and social care practice. Key considerations of this individual study will include the application of theory to practice and the critical analysis of sources of evidence.
40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6CL501

Issues and Debates on Diagnostics and Medication in Mental Health

Practitioners such as nurses, counsellor’s psychotherapists need to be able to communicate with psychiatrists, other members of mental health teams and medical staff in primary care and other medical settings. In addition practitioners are often required to give opinions in a legal context. Furthermore the psychological literature uses diagnostic classification as the basis for empirical research. It is therefore imperative that practitioners are able to make use of diagnostic classifications in order to communicate accurately and use the literature to inform practice. Practitioners will also regularly come into contact with clients who are taking or may require a joint medication and psychological psycho-therapeutic approach. It is therefore important that a working knowledge of prescribed medications and psychopharmacology is acquired.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6HC501

Counselling Perspectives

Health and Social Care Workers need to be able to draw on a range of counselling skills to support and assist people in distress. This module intends to explore the role of counselling, critically consider relevant counselling theories and to provide the opportunity to experience some of the practical skills and techniques used in counselling approaches. A critical and reflective approach will be adopted and anti-oppressive perspectives incorporated throughout the module. The module will significantly reflect on issues involved in counselling work with people of different ages, ethnicities, sexualities and genders.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6HC505

Substance Misuse

The misuse/use of illegal and legal drugs is of growing concern across many areas of health and social care provision. The trade of illicit drugs is a global issue, crossing international boundaries, and creating threats to public health and political stability in many countries. The use of legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco has been recognised as contributing toward a significant expenditure in the NHS. In addition to the impact of substance use/misuse to the UK as a whole, it is also important to consider the potential impact on the individual user and their close social networks.

This module aims to provide students with an overview of the substances used in contemporary society, their effects on the individual and impact on public health. Social policy, linked to drug use, will be considered at a national and international level acknowledging substance use/misuse as a global issue.

The treatment options available in the UK will also be considered within the module.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6HC512

Safeguarding Children

The ability to critically identify and manage risks to children is a core requirement within the health and social care arena. An understanding of the concepts of abuse, risk and vulnerability, within a historical context is, therefore, a requirement. Understanding duties to assess and protect is necessary for safe and effective practice with vulnerable service users. Tragedies in the field of child protection highlight the consequences of professionals lacking skills and confidence in identifying and managing risk. Students will explore these issues reflecting critically on theories and methods relating to vulnerable children and considering the assessment and management of risk. Perspectives underpinning the behaviour and development of children, inter-professional roles and responsibilities and conflicts and dilemmas around risk, safety and control will, therefore, be explored.

This module builds on learning from level 4 modules and is designed to support students in the requirements for practice-based learning.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6HC513

Critical Issues in Adult Care

The current challenges facing those working in adult social care, health care and community services are critically examined in this module. It provides a detailed overview of contemporary issues in adult care, including personalisation and self-directed support. New ways of delivering care and support are required in the context of meeting the changing demands of adults who require health and social care services. The adoption of social enterprise models, new technologies and building local capacity to deliver adult social care services are amongst the changing priorities.

Students will work with the range of policy and legislation aimed at supporting people to lead full and independent lives while also protecting adults who are at risk of harm. The module examines current and emerging issues related to working with adults.

It considers assessment, ethics and decision making, along with issues such as rights and best interest, compulsory measures and choice. Students will critically evaluate the evidence that underpins the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of support and care to vulnerable adults in the context of increasing partnership working with service users, families, communities and a range of providers across the statutory, voluntary, community and independent sectors.

More information
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

You’ll learn through a variety of methods including lectures, small group discussions, workshop, seminars, presentations, tutorials and placements.

We regard placements as critical to your future career success, enhancing your learning, building your confidence and broadening your perspectives. They enable you to apply theory to practice and give you a flavour of the different working environments in which you could pursue your career.

Throughout the degree, you’ll have one-to-one support from a personal tutor who will provide advice and guidance on your personal and professional development.

How you are assessed

There are no exams. Assessments are wide-ranging, flexible and innovative so you can align them to your own areas of interest. They could take the form of written assignments, reports, posters, presentations, observation of practice and portfolios. All the projects on which you are assessed will be topical and reflect current working practices.

Who you will meet

Our high-calibre teaching team is made up of academically and professionally qualified health and social care experts with vast experience across the sector. Many are still involved in professional practice. They are friendly, enthusiastic and approachable, giving you guidance throughout your studies so that you achieve your ambitions.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification. Level 2 Maths is not required for entry to the programme.

IELTS6.5 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.5 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

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Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

Our emphasis is on nurturing versatile and flexible health and social care professionals who are not restricted by boundaries and who can work in multi-professional teams. This degree equips you for rewarding roles in areas such as:

Our graduates are now carving out successful careers in organisations across the independent, statutory and voluntary sectors. Some have chosen to move directly into working with vulnerable people within the NHS, adult and children’s social care services, while others have progressed into strategic management and leadership positions to develop improved services for individuals, families and communities.

The course will also give you a firm foundation of knowledge if you would like to specialise in areas such as social work, nursing, teaching and therapies in future.

Ongoing careers support

As part of the course, you will develop the professional and inter-personal skills which employers are seeking, such as problem solving, communication, presentation, collaboration and reflection. We also offer a suite of bespoke sessions across all stages on themes such as job seeking, applications and interview techniques.

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with help, guidance and support from day one of your course – and for up to three years after you’ve completed your studies.

Take your studies to the next level

The BA (Hons) Health and Social Care can pave the way to postgraduate study, including our:

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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