Northumbria University Newcastle - Health and Social Care BSc (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

Health and Social Care BSc (Hons)

Throughout the Health and Social Care degree, we aim to support you to explore, discuss and evaluate social care services and health and welfare systems from a range of different perspectives.

You will research the history of health and social welfare provision, critically examine a range of professional roles, discuss the potential for service user involvement and analyse global health issues and government policy. In addition, you will debate a range of significant social welfare issues such as disability; equality and social justice; mental health; and the social determinants of health.

This degree also aims to equip you with knowledge about some of the issues and tensions of partnership and inter-professional working, involving service users, and why integration between health and social care might lead to higher standards of care.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

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Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:

Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate is required.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page

English Language Requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

You will be encouraged to explore a range of career pathways throughout your degree and develop an understanding of contemporary ways of working in the field of Health and Social Care engaging with a range of employers, alumni and external agencies.

You will be supported to develop key professional and personal skills (such as one to one work, group work, interviews and presentations) throughout the course. You will be encouraged and supported to engage with volunteering opportunities and use the links and networks we have with local employers to improve your employability. A number of extra-curricular career development and employability sessions, focusing on different professions and aspects of job-hunting run throughout the year.

Course Details

In the first year of the degree, the modules you study cover the foundations and some of the key concepts of health and social care and some of the different professions involved in health and social care (such as nursing, occupational therapy, social work etc.). 

In the second year, you learn about different international systems for organising and providing health and social care services, and some moral and ethical dilemmas that arise when providing care for people. You also learn about communication skills and professional boundaries, different perspectives on caring for older people and you will begin to develop your skills as a research in your own right. 

In the third year, you explore changing policy landscapes of health and social care and begin to learn about management and leadership approaches.

Year 1

Learning at University (Core,20 Credits)
Introduction to Academic Research (Core,20 Credits)
Foundations of Health & Social Care Policy and Practice (Core,20 Credits)
Professional Practice and the Health & Social Care Workplace (Core,20 Credits)
Investigating Health & Social Service Provision (Core,20 Credits)
Inequalities and Social Justice (Core,20 Credits)

Year 2

Research in Practice (Core,20 Credits)
Mending the Gap: Collaborative Learning with Service Users (Optional,20 Credits)
MAD Studies (Optional,20 Credits)
International Perspectives on Health and Social Care (Core,20 Credits)
Moral & Ethical Dilemmas in the Health & Social Care workplace (Core,20 Credits)
The Older Person in Health & Social Care systems (Core,20 Credits)
Communication Skills & Professional Boundaries (Core,20 Credits)
Health and Neighbourhood Renewal (Optional,20 Credits)

Year 3

Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
Integrated Health & Social Care: Study Abroad (Optional,120 Credits)
Health and Life Sciences Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

Year 4

Management and Leadership in Integrated Health & Social Care (Core,20 Credits)
Law, Ethics & Governance in Integrated Health & Social Care Practice (Core,20 Credits)
Safe and Effective Practice in Integrated Health & Social Care (Core,20 Credits)
Changing Landscapes and Policy Critiques in Integrated Health and Social Care (Core,20 Credits)
Core Project (Core,40 Credits)

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