Course details

Study options

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

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£12,500 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

96-112 (September 2018 entry)

UCAS code

L590

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Chesterfield Campus, 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.

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

We give you the choice of taking this course at either our Derby or Chesterfield campuses. Both offer a stimulating study environment in inspiring settings.

Our new Chesterfield Campus is centred on the striking Grade II listed St Helena building, formerly the Girls High School built in 1845. It has been transformed into an exceptional university facility which includes well-resourced teaching rooms and IT suites.

At Derby you’ll be based at our Britannia Mill site, which offers five floors of teaching spaces equipped with latest technology. The site has recently been refurbished to create flexible learning environments which match the varied teaching styles used on the course.

Both the Derby and Chesterfield campuses feature facilities which will give you insights into health care practice, including clinical skills suites and immersive simulation suites to represent a range of working environments.

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Ways of Knowing
  • Health Policy and Social Trends
  • Understanding Physical Health Conditions
  • Working with People
  • Psychological Approaches to Care
  • Social Approaches to Health and Wellbeing
  • Critical Issues in Adult Care
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Practice-Based Learning I (placement - double module)
  • Researching Health and Social Care
  • Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Independent Study (double module)
  • Practice-Based Learning II (placement - double module)
  • Managing People, Services and Resources
  • Counselling Perspectives
  • Working with People in Distress and Disorder
  • Resourcing and Social Enterprise in Health and Social Care
  • Substance Misuse.

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.

Our Programme Leader, Katie McLaughlin, is a registered nurse, health visitor and nurse prescriber. Katie has a broad range of research interests relating to health and wellbeing, including children’s safeguarding, child health and partnership working with parents and families.

Entry requirements

September 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points96-112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

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 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
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
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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Find out more about Health and Social Care

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per module

International

£12,500 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

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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Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

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.

Take your studies to the next level

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

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.

Contact us

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Course: Helen Morgan (Programme Leader) h.morgan@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 594132

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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.

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.

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