Health and Social Care (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) QA

The Health and Social Care BSc (Hons) degree is designed to help you develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to start a professional career in the health and social care sector.

Course details

The programme is aligned to the standards specified by Skills for Health (the Skills Council for the NHS) and upon completion of the course, you’ll be able to demonstrate to prospective employers that your advanced skills conform to the National Occupational Standards (NOS).

  • Mode of study: Full-time Blended learning: Daytime (1 day online, 1 day on campus) or Evening and Weekend
  • Intake: November, April and July
  • Course length: 4 years
  • Course fee: £9,250 per year
  • Locations: London, Birmingham and Manchester

QA partnership

Course overview

This course explicitly supports the development of your academic skills as well as equipping you with the personal and professional skills necessary not only for your studies but also for successful engagement with graduate-level opportunities in the workplace.

This course is also fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), so if you choose to specialise in housing you’ll receive free student membership of the CIH.


Entry requirements

32 UCAS points, or

at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, e.g. BTEC/Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)


Health and social care provides career opportunities in a wide range of roles and contexts. Successful completion of the degree offers excellent career opportunities in the NHS, voluntary or independent sectors, for example in social enterprises, charity organisations or housing associations [accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Housing is a considerable advantage in following this option]. Within these contexts, it is possible to focus on a number of areas including quality, commissioning, policy, research, public health and service management.


All modules are core and are worth 15 credits unless specified.

  • Critical Thinking
  • Reflecting on Self and Society
  • Media, Crime and Race
  • Researching Discrimination
  • Researching Inequality
  • Interventions for Change
  • Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay
  • Principles of Health & Social Care Practice
  • Introduction to Health & Social Care; Concepts of Health & Well-being (30 credits)
  • The Context of Health & Social Care: Cultural, Social & Ethical Perspectives (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Effective Practice in Health & Social Care
  • An Introduction to Knowledge and Inquiry in Health & Social Care
  • Personal & Professional Development: Self-management
  • Academic Skills & Literacy: Finding & Presenting Information
  • Advancing the Health of the Population: Understanding Public Health (30 credits)
  • Ethical Research in Professional Contexts (30 credits)
  • Becoming employable
  • Issues in Health, Illness & Society
  • Personal & Professional Development; Managing Professional Relationships
  • Academic skills & literacy: developing critical thinking