BA (Hons) Health & Social Care

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2019
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
    £ 8200.00 per year
  • Centre Location
  • Course Description

    Whether experienced in the health and social care sector or not, this popular degree will develop your skills and knowledge of social care through a blend of work-based learning and classroom teaching.

    This degree provides you with a sound and critical understanding of health and social care policy, theory and practice, as well as the skills you need for effective practice in a diverse, multidisciplinary environment. You will also learn how ethical, legal, social, economic and political factors influence the provision and development of services; and gain the critical and analytical skills that underpin evidence-based practice. In your third year, you have the opportunity to research areas of personal interest in the Health and Social Care.

    The BA programme team has worked collaboratively with Health and Social Care providers for many years. As such, extensive research has been conducted throughout the development of this programme through the engagement of service providers as well as service users, practitioners, recent and past graduates.

    The exciting development for this new programme offers opportunities for qualified, experienced practitioners and inexperienced applicants to develop their knowledge and skills.

    Attendance in UCS will be for one or two days per week, over a 32 week academic year.

     The modules studied over the three years will include:

    • Interpersonal Skills and Communication Strategies
    • Applied Human Development
    • Values, Morals and Ethics
    • Introduction to Sociology
    • Professional Development
    • Managing Care Settings
    • Evidence Based Practice
    • Mental Health and Wellbeing
    • Critical Practice
    • Dissertation
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  • Teaching and Assessment

    Assessment is largely via coursework, tests of knowledge and understanding and written assignments – reflective essays, project reports, presentations. We offer comprehensive study skills support throughout your time at College in order to help maximise your chances of success. Teaching sessions take the form of short lectures, supervised discussions, small group work and guest speakers.

  • Career Progression

    These courses open up a variety of career paths in the health and social care sectors, and give you the potential to work in a managerial or supervisory capacity. You could become a Registered Manager in a children or adult setting, a Family Support Worker, Residential Care Worker - Children and Adult Services, Youth Worker, Learning Support Worker, Assistant Social Worker. In terms of opportunities for further study, many of our graduates progress to do post graduate qualifications in teacher training and social work.

    This degree offers you a relevant and up to date Higher Education experience that reflects ongoing development in today's fast-changing health and care sector.

  • Entry Requirements

    To commence the BA candidates must have GCSE English grade A*-C (IELTS Level 6 or above for students whose first language is not English), Mathematics grade A*-C (or Maths functional skills at Level 2) and at least one of the following:  

    • 80 UCAS points at AS/A2 Level (minimum 32 points at A2 level)
    • BTEC Qualifications (QCF) MMP (Extended), DM (Diploma), D*D (90 Credit Diploma)
    • Access to HE course in a relevant subject area
    • Or equivalent

    Practitioner Pathway you will be working within a health and social care setting for at least 1 day per week, either as an employee or volunteer.


    The nature of study at this level requires GCSE grade A*-C  (new grade system 9-4) in English and Maths or equivalent qualification. Under exceptional circumstances, a conditional offer may be made to a prospective learner to include an expectation of working towards GCSE Maths grade C or Level 2 Numeracy alongside completing the degree programme.


    You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as CRB) prior to commencing any placement work

  • Costs

    Please note that the fee for this course is as follows:

    Year 1: £8,200

    Year2: £8,200

    Year 3: £7,800

    These fees are subject to review and may change in future.