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BSc(Hons)

Health and Social Care

About this course

Entry year:
2019/20
Course code:
B991
Applications:
University
Level:
Undergraduate
Department:
Nursing and Midwifery
Duration:
Flexible
Delivery:
Part-time
Key fact:
This course is for both registered and non-registered health and social care practitioners. You can tailor the content to the area of practice you're interested in, and study part-time alongside your work.

Page last updated 29 August 2018

Introduction

Why study health and social care?

If you're a practitioner working in health and social care, your diploma level qualifications can only take you so far.

Studying health and social care to degree level allows you to deepen your knowledge of practice and policy, and build valuable confidence, resilience and expertise.

Studying at this level gives you a springboard into more advanced or specialist roles, and greater flexibility to progress and develop in your career.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Health and Social Care is for anyone working in the NHS, social care and independent voluntary sector, who wants to top up their qualifications to degree level.

Open to both registered and non-registered health and social care practitioners, it's a flexible inter-professional course that gives you access to the latest thinking in care delivery, and equips you with skills and insights to help you take your career to the next level.

Choose from a huge variety of professional development modules, to tailor what you study towards your specific area of interest whether that's nursing and midwifery, mental health, adult or child nursing, the allied health professions, leadership or research.

Explore, and reflect on, different approaches and perspectives in care delivery. Develop your knowledge of social and health sciences, current policy, and national and international guidelines for practice. Build the professional skills, attitudes and behaviours that are essential for enhancing quality of care.

Study part-time while working, building on your existing practice and feeding what you learn on the course back into your current role.

You'll graduate as a highly resilient, reflective practitioner, able to respond positively to changes in practice, with the leadership skills and confidence to promote service improvements and drive your career forward.

Where can it take me?

This course allows you to develop and extend your role in the area of health or social care you're working in whether that's nursing, midwifery, the allied health professions or care sector. You might also be working for a charity, in the voluntary sector or in complementary therapies.

You could take your skills and knowledge into other areas of health and social care, or progress into more advanced or specialist roles. You could also progress onto a master's qualification, to specialise further in your chosen area of practice or interest.

Structure

Content

You will study:

  • Evidence and Research in Practice
  • Dissertation or Evidencing Work Based Learning.

Plus, optional modules (number depending on credit requirements):

Choose from a wide range of optional modules to fit with your interests and goals.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you. 

Learning and Teaching

Benefit from an inspiring mix of teaching and learning approaches, including critical evaluation, directed reading, discussion groups, seminars, group work, online learning and examples from your own practice.

Study in inter-professional groups, learning from, and collaborating with, a wide range of health and social care practitioners.

Work with expert practitioners and specialist academics from relevant clinical backgrounds, as well as service users who'll share their insights and experiences with you.

Work collaboratively to reflect on examples from practice and explore the challenges and issues involved. Challenge existing perspectives and place theoretical knowledge in your own practice context.

Enhance your skills in teaching, leadership and research, as well as clinical practice honing and building your capabilities in our specialist simulation facilities. 

Carry out a dissertation or an extended work-based project that relates to your area of practice.

Access library and study skills resources, to help you make the most of your studies.

You can choose to study individual modules from this course for continuing professional development, or combine modules to top up to a full degree or a master's in advanced practice or professional development.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Assessment

We use a range of assessments to gauge your understanding and skills, including presentations, practical assessments, written papers and portfolios of evidence.

For most modules, we'll be looking at how well you apply the theory to your area of practice.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Study facilities

You'll be based at our Glenside Campus, with an extensive range of teaching and learning resources available to you, to enhance and support your studies.

Benefit from access to our Glenside library, one of the best health and social care libraries in England, with a huge selection of books, journals and audio-visual materials, including access to specialist health and social care software packages.

Hone and develop your skills in our industry-standard simulation facilities and multimedia laboratories. Benefit from the latest teaching resources including smart boards and 'multicasting' materials. Search for available literature relating to your topics of interest in our health and social care databases.

You'll also have 24-hour access to computing facilities on our main Frenchay Campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

This course allows you to develop and extend your role in the area of health or social care you're working in whether that's nursing, midwifery, the allied health professions or care sector. You might also be working for a charity, in the voluntary sector or in complementary therapies.

You could take your skills and knowledge into other areas of health and social care, or progress into more advanced or specialist roles. You could also progress onto a master's qualification, to specialise further in your particular area of practice or interest.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and help find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our Employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

Payment for this course is per module, whether you are studying for the full degree or individual modules as CPD. 

See our health and applied sciences professional short course fees

Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your trust education lead. If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer.

Entry

Typical offers

Entry requirements

To be accepted on this course, you'll need at least 120 credits at Level 1 and 120 credits at Level 2 for example a diploma or equivalent qualification in a health or health and social care-related subject.

How to apply

You will be required to apply for each module, whether you are studying for the full degree or individual modules as CPD.

View our professional short courses to apply.

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