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BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care gives you the opportunity to gain critical understanding of integrated health and social care welfare structures and processes, as well as advanced theoretical knowledge and skills in practice/management in the health and social care sector. You can study this professionals-facing course on either a full, or, part-time basis. The completion of at least one (and optionally two) placements enables you to gain practical, real-world experience of a health and social care environment.
New for 2020/21, is the integration of different degree routes within Health and Social Care (chosen at the end of Stage 1). Each of the routes maintain a strong basis in social sciences and have been developed to address both student and employer needs. The new routes allow you to develop the attributes you need to succeed in these roles. Graduate with a named degree in one of four routes:
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care: focus on broad topics and theories relating to health and social care applying them to contemporary issues such as mental health, substance use and domestic abuse.
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care: Health and Wellbeing: focus in more detail on public health related issues such as health promotion, health inequalities, health ethics, and health wellbeing.
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care: Practice: focus on practice knowledge and skills related to health and social care, such as counselling skills, and how to devise effective and theoretically sound assessment and intervention plans.
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care: Management and Leadership: focus on skills for management, such as counselling skills, related to working effectively with other employees and considerations about wellbeing at work. You'll also focus on management and leadership, as well as project management and social entrepreneurship.
As well as the new routes, this degree is also integrated with our social studies’ sister courses; Sociology and Criminology. This way we are better able to combine teaching across the school to enable you to choose from a wider range of options. The option choices increase as you progress through the course, allowing you to become more focused in the final year and to close in on your preferred areas of study.
This year we have moved to a hybrid model of learning, where many of your class materials will be online but will be enhanced with on-campus sessions; meeting you in person is important to us and enables tutors to work more closely with you to aid understanding of your subject.
There will be a mix of materials online, including some lectures and directed exercises, with a series of tasks to do each week. You are going to be taught some really interesting topics this year, including social theories, gender, race, global rights and wrongs, as well as Essential Study Skills and Practical Maths, to help you succeed in your chosen undergraduate degree.
There will be lots of opportunities for both face-to-face and online contact, and you will be assigned a personal tutor, as well as having your pathway leader and module leaders for support and guidance. Regular contact between tutors and students will be encouraged via the use of technologies including Canvas, email, Skype and Microsoft Teams.
You'll take a range of modules both academically and vocationally focused. You'll be provided with a detailed understanding of health and social care theory, policy and practice and will also be supported to understand key contemporary issues that influence health, social care and the wellbeing of individuals and communities – a topic of global significance.
Overall, this degree combines academic rigour with practical experience. You'll have the opportunity to test your new knowledge and skills in a placement in Stage 2; and an optional placement in Stage 3 (placement area depends on route chosen). Both these placements are combined with helping you develop and understand the application of research methods for improving practice in health and social care.
Across all modules, the inclusion of formative work will support you with your learning.
A typical week for you will include workshops, seminars, blended learning, group work and meeting with supervisors at each level of your degree. You will also take part in computer-based learning using specific social research software and statistical programmes for surveys and questionnaires such as Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and software for interviewing such as NVivo.
Your progress will be assessed through traditional essays but also through innovative assessments (module dependent) which aid your employability skills. These may include research and organisational reports, portfolios, source reports, e resources such as blogs and podcasts, presentations, reports for global bodies and organisations and community studies.
You will be allocated a personal tutor in each year of the course who will offer one-to-one support.
Student, Social, Personal and Professional (SSPP) programme
We also run our innovative and mandatory SSPP programme at each stage of your degree. At level four, the weekly programme is designed to support your academic skills in writing university-level assignments and offering you opportunities for internships and volunteering. At level five, the programme develops your practice through workshops and training such as community empowerment skills, managing organisations, writing fundraising bids and safeguarding training. At level six, we prepare you for graduate employment through designing a graduate-level CV, engaging with graduate job opportunities and opportunities for postgraduate study. Alongside this, we encourage you at each year to gain additional bronze, silver and gold SuPA Awards which are an extra qualification you can gain to boost your credentials and show employers your extra-curricular experience.
Part-time students study the same course as full-time students, just over a longer period of time. If you study this course on a part-time basis, you will typically complete 60 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. You'll be studying alongside full-time students.
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care is a flexible degree, offering you the opportunity to choose the route that most interests you. In addition to a broad range of health and social care modules, you can choose from options in Sociology and Criminology.
Reasonable adjustments to teaching and assessments will be made for students who hold a current University of Sunderland Support Plan (in line with their stated entitlements and/or accommodations).
The Social Sciences and Law Integrated Foundation Year includes five modules:
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We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.
The annual fee for this course is £9,250 but you will receive £3,000 cashback in Year 1 of the full undergraduate course.
In addition, you may receive free travel across the Tyne and Wear region and a University of Sunderland StudyPLUS Card loaded with additional offers up to the value of £200, plus a bundle of study skills books worth £80.
If you are a full-time UK student you may be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fee and maintenance loan for the full four years.
Please note, this course is not available to international students.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Our BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care graduates work with a variety of service user groups in areas such as mental health, domestic abuse, substance abuse, and older people. They work for organisations such as the NHS, Local Authorities, schools, colleges and universities as well as charities/private organisations such as Age UK, MIND, and Turning Point to name a few.
Further study is also a route chosen by our graduates. Some choose professional routes such as Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Counselling or Teaching. Others choose business and management routes such as Human Resources; or research degrees such as a PhD.
As a professions-facing course, we have active relationships with a number of local and national organisations in the health and social care sector. Past speakers have included workers from Children North East, Lifeline, Healthworks, Headlight and Local Authority Social Workers. This enables our students to hear from frontline workers as well as begin to develop networks.
As part of your degree, you'll have the opportunity to complete two work placements (core module in stage 2; and option in stage 3). The placement is chosen by yourself and should relate to the specific route you have chosen in Stage 2. Previous students' placements have been with organisations such as local hospices, residential care homes, disability support, schools, mental health services, drug and alcohol services, the North of England Refugee Service, and Age UK.
We encourage our students to actively seek out CV-enhancing employment/volunteering opportunities with local organisations throughout their degree. Many of these relationships are formed through students completing placements and continuing to work with organisations after graduation.
Our students have taken part in international development work on gender and education in Kenya and have worked with international NGOs on projects associated with girls rescued from bonded labour in Nepal. Students have also benefited from trips to London and locally, to enhance their subject knowledge and cultural awareness through museum exhibitions and public talks linked to topics in the curriculum.
Many of our Sociology students have published their first class degree work on our Social Sciences Blog. Check out their excellent assignments.
The University of Sunderland’s Centre for Applied Social Studies (CASS) combines original academic research with practice-based collaborations and reach-out activities, often working directly with practitioners, policymakers and front-line delivery staff regionally, nationally and internationally. According to the most recent National Research Excellence Framework Exercise, almost half of our outputs are either 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
The mission of CASS reflects that of the University's aim as a civic university: to take an active interest in the social issues that affect the region and beyond by engaging in research and practice-based collaborations that aim to improve living conditions, address inequalities and social exclusion and promote social justice. Currently our research focuses around three strands: children, young people and families; communities, health and social exclusion; and crime, victims and social justice.
CASS regularly hosts visiting speakers and holds events that you will be invited to. This can be an excellent way to learn from the real-life experience of people who already have a strong track record in sociological and social policy related social research. This is a great way to learn from experts in their field.
We have a broad range of students who come to study Health and Social Care at Sunderland: young people straight out of school/college; mature students with work experience in health and social care sectors; young people who have experiences of the care system; parents and carers; as well as international students with a range of experiences. Overall, this leads to diverse and dynamic cohorts who can share different experiences and knowledge with each other.
We acknowledge that many of our students will continue to work throughout their studies and we anticipate our new degree structure enables a certain amount of flexibility to enable students to maintain both.
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