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BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care

BSc (Hons) 3 Years School of Health and Social Care Lincoln Campus [L] Validated 280 Points L510

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The phrase 'health and social care' reflects the language of contemporary government thinking about integrated health, well-being and welfare policy and service systems at local, regional, national and international levels.

This degree has been designed to provide an understanding of policy and practice across the health and social care landscape. It equips students with the knowledge, skills and values required to undertake new roles and responsibilities within a range of service sectors.

Successful graduates gain underpinning knowledge and a broad range of practical skills (such as communication and team working) that will equip them to gain employment in a wide variety of health and social care professions. They will develop independence by acquiring research and analytical skills that can be easily transferred to the workplace, into higher educational study or professional advancement.

It is expected that all students will have the opportunity to gain some work experience during the final year of their degree. The course puts a high value on career planning and career development throughout all levels of study.

How You Study

Learning methods will consist of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, visits and directed independent study. These sessions will include a range of learning experiences including didactic input, student interaction and role-play, videos, pod-casts discussions and debates.

Timetabled attendance is approximately 16 hours per week.

A part time route is also available.

How You Are Assessed

A variety of assessment strategies are used including formative assessment, essays, reports, oral presentations, reflective journals, group work, in-class tests and examinations.

What We Look For In Your Application

We are looking for candidates who want to make a real difference to the lives of people in health and social care settings. We want students who will make a commitment to the course and to the curriculum content and who come with a good supportive reference.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required 280 UCAS tariff points. They should also possess three GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language.

We also accept a wide range of other qualifications including the BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma, the European and International Baccalaureate Diplomas, and Advanced Diplomas. You can find tariff values on the UCAS website

Mature students are invited to apply and applications will be assessed on an individual basis. Applications should be made through UCAS.

The course may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. This means that all students will be legally required to register with the Vetting and Barring Service (VBS), which has been established as a single agency to monitor all individuals wishing to work with children and/or vulnerable adults. The University will send you further instructions on registering with the VBS as part of the admissions process.

Level 1

Communication and Engagement Skills

The aim of this module is for you to develop a range of communication and interpersonal skills necessary to communicate and engage effectively with others including service users, colleagues and other agencies. Emphasis will be placed on developing the ability to communicate and engage with warmth and empathy in differing contexts, including group settings, and overcoming barriers to communication.

Human Bioscience

This module will provide you with the necessary background in anatomy and physiology for understanding the structure and functions of the human body. It is structured to promote an introductory understanding of human physiology relevant to students of health and social care. The importance of structures will be examined and also what can happen when things go wrong. Anatomy and physiology will be studied in relation to health (and wellbeing) and disease.

Psychological and Social Development (Adults)

Following on from the earlier module, you will study late adolescent and adult development from late teens to older age and death, especially in relation to physical, psychological and social changes. This will offer the opportunity to explore the impact on development of individual factors (such as disability or gender), events (such as abuse or loss) and context (such as beliefs or legal frameworks). This will also continue to look at Study Skills especially following the first round of assessment (how to make feedback feed forward).

Psychological and Social Development (Children)

You will be provided with a framework of theoretical and applied perspectives on the study of child and adolescent development (from birth to eighteen years) in relation to physical, psychological and social changes. You will also study a range of contemporary social issues, typically including self –harming; teenage pregnancy; self-image; and bullying (and the implications of social media). The impact will be assessed on not only children and young people but also their families and carers. This module will also utilise these topics to familiarise you with Study Skills e.g. using the Library, academic writing and all forms of academic assessment.

Social Aspects of Health

A variety of major sociological theories will be discussed. You will be supported to apply these theories to a selection of social institutions such as the family, social class and education. You will be introduced to the impact the family has on informal care provision in the UK, the impact social class has on health inequality in the UK and the role education plays on people’s health status.

The Public's Health

Why is this important? This module introduces you to the concept of public health. It outlines earlier and more recent policy influencing the provision of public health services. The main themes of white papers, ‘Choosing Health: Making Healthy Choices Easier’ (DH, 2004) and ‘Our health, our care, our say: a new direction for community services (DH, 2006) are explored in relation to public health service provision.

Values, Ethics and Rights

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the subjects of values, ethics and rights in Health and Social Care. You will develop an understanding of values, both personal and professional. You will explore ideas and discussions relating to values, including personal values, professional codes of ethics, inter-professional working practice, accountability, dominant social values, rights, organisational values and values conflict.

Level 2

Analysing Contemporary Issues in the Media

The module will allow you to study a range of contemporary issues in health and social care. The course team will keep the curriculum content exciting and current by updating the curriculum on an annual basis. The areas that are included will reflect the expertise of the team as well as the current concerns for health and social care. At the present time, the curriculum is likely to include the following areas/themes: domestic violence, substance misuse, homelessness, nosocomial infections, prisoners’ health and other relevant contemporary issues.

Comparative Health in Health and Social Care

The aim of this module is for you to examine contemporary International and European perspectives on health and welfare, with a focus on policy, provision, systems and practice. The focus will be on supporting you to use comparative analysis to understand different provision, explore ways of working within and across geographical boundaries. You will examine a range of global issues and their impact on populations and their wellbeing. A specific feature of this module is the choice for you to participate in a study trip abroad that will explore the range of health and social care services available to older people.

Criminology and Social Justice

The module will take an interdisciplinary approach by examining how people think, act and interact with one another. In doing so it will challenge taken for granted notions about crime and punishment. By focusing upon the development of the individual person behind the crime this allows us to address the question of motivations for crime as well as the role of psychology in responding to crime. You will consider the implications of crime not only the prisoner but also the children, the family and wider society

Health Psychology

Here you will look at how different people respond to health, wellbeing and illness. The role of the rapidly expanding discipline of health psychology will be discussed in relation to psychological procedures for the assessment, intervention and prevention of ill health. We will also consider individuals, families, age, cultures, religions, gender, psychological and social health and wellbeing

Mental Health and Wellbeing

The module will provide you with an opportunity to study mental health and wellbeing. This will include a broad coverage of the history of research and treatment relating to mental health and illness; the legal framework and the particular role of health and social care practitioners; diagnostic categories and frameworks and typical mental illnesses; social science and social understandings of mental health and illness: mental health problems and particular groups in society, including children and adolescents; the service user movement in mental health; alternative treatments and some current research trends.

Politics, Policy and People

This module will increase your awareness of the extent to which the policy process of government affects individuals in their everyday personal and professional lives. It will build on knowledge through a critical analysis of substantive areas of health and social care policy documentation, such a government policy on ageing, on disability, on social housing, on public transport, on benefits systems, on health and communities, on access to leisure and recreation and on communities

Recognising and Responding to Change

The aim of this module is to introduce you to contemporary debates about responding to social change in health and social care. It aims to encourage a critical understanding of the analyses within health and social policy transformations and the theories and evidence that matter in these debates. You will be introduced to the institutions, policies and populations implicated in responses to change and how you can make a difference.

Research Methods

The research methods module is intended to enable you to explore and develop a critical appreciation of health and social care research, utilising both quantitative and qualitative approaches. You will develop skills in reading, analysing, critically evaluating and utilising research, whilst having an opportunity to explore research methods. This will also help to prepare you for your Dissertation (Independent Study) in Level Three.

Level 3

Counselling and Guidance Skills (Option)

The module will introduce you to a range of contemporary models of counselling and guidance practice. The module will be delivered by qualified and experienced practitioners, who will promote and enable you to develop your own skills and attitudes that can be of value in a variety of human service settings. A key feature of the module will be enabling you to make judgements as to the appropriateness of using such techniques in different scenarios.

Dissertation (Independent Study)

The aim of this module is for you to undertake an extended, independently produced literature based research study in an area of health and/or social care in an area of their choosing. Utilising and building on knowledge, theory, skills and values developed throughout their studies, you will be supported to synthesise a broad range of information into a coherent and competent study, demonstrating a capacity for independent thought and to use your critical and analytical abilities.

Equality, Diversity and Human Rights

You will examine the construction of difference, specifically its construction by dominant groups to form a basis for discrimination and oppression and erosion of human rights. You will consider how emotions and beliefs can negatively impact on communication and how barriers to working across difference can be overcome, including the development of effective ways of communicating and working across difference, you will critically reflect on their own beliefs and their own practice in relation to working across difference in an unequal and diverse society.

Health Promotion and Behavioural Change

The aim of this module is for you to gain understanding and skills in promotion of health and wellbeing. You will examine the historical, political, policy, economic, social and cultural influences that have determined and influenced initiatives and the provision of services to support individuals, groups and communities to make informed, healthy life style choices The focus will be on developing knowledge of health and its determinants through an analyses of the complex issues regarding how health is created and how health behaviours are brought about. You will consider how to champion ways of working to promote healthy and wellbeing, based on evidence of effectiveness and also clear ethical principles.

Leadership and Management

Following historical discussions, this module will focus on the contemporary provision of health and social care, particularly the challenges and rewards offered by the implementation of a partnership (multi-agency) approach. You will also get a greater understanding of the impact on day-to-day management of organisational culture by looking at how to manage time, people and quality and the impact of good mentorship and leadership on effective management.

Skills for Professional Development

Although not engaged on a vocational programme with formally assessed placements, all students on the Health and Social Care programme you are required to acquire some relevant experience, either in a paid or voluntary capacity, whilst undertaking your undergraduate studies. This module provides you with an opportunity to utilise relevant experience acquired in Health, Social Care, and Education and associated welfare practice environments as a basis for an organisational analysis and practice reflection. The module will be of particular value to you as a preparation for making career choices and to enhance your employability by virtue of learning from experience.

Working With Adults (Option)

This module aims to offer you the opportunity to explore in depth the context and issues of adult health and social care and the work roles available within it. It focuses on both national policy developments and local provision, with the emphasis on the perspectives of service users and practitioners. The module will be of particular value to students as a preparation for making career choices and to enhance their employability.

Working With Children and Families (Option)

This module considers how to engage with children and families to assess and respond to needs and how to make professional judgements in decisions to safeguard and promote children’s welfare. A further key theme is working in partnership both with children and families and other agencies, considering how, in practice this can best be promoted at different levels and stages of decision-making. Emphasis will be on current research and developments. This module will be of particular value to students as a preparation for making career choices and to enhance their employability.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a development of the University of Lincoln's policy of research-informed teaching to research-engaged teaching. Research-engaged teaching involves more research and research-like activities at the core of the undergraduate curriculum. A significant amount of teaching at the University of Lincoln is already research-engaged.

Student as Producer will make research-engaged teaching an institutional priority, across all colleges and subject areas. In this way students become part of the academic project of the University and collaborators with academics in the production of knowledge and meaning. Research-engaged teaching is grounded in the intellectual history and tradition of the modern university.

Please visit the Student as Producer website for further information. []

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offers qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University and once you graduate.

This service includes one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities. Having achieved new knowledge and skills, you will be fully supported to fulfil your career ambitions.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. []

What's Included?

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus to provide the best learning environment for our students. You can study in style and comfort in our well-resourced library or complete group work and exchange ideas in innovative learning spaces across the campus. There is access to the latest equipment and cutting-edge laboratories for studies in the sciences and social sciences. There are modern studios and well-equipped workshops for practice in the arts, and industry-standard production facilities for a range of media. On some courses, students will need additional, specialist resources or equipment to enable them to pursue their courses. Where appropriate these will be provided by the relevant School.


2015 Entry UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,000 per level £14,522 per level
Part-time £75 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For further information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []

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