What you will study
There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.
To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.
Stage 1 introduces you to the study of health and social care and the social sciences – giving you fascinating insight into the organisation of social care in the UK and different disciplinary perspectives on contemporary British society.
An introduction to health and social care (K101) (60 credits), you’ll examine the experience of giving and receiving care in hospitals, clinics or GP surgeries; within the family and community; and in residential settings. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-2,module,K101,,1 Introducing the social sciences (DD101) (60 credits) explores the fundamentals of psychology, social policy and criminology; geography and environment; politics and international studies; and economics and sociology. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-2,module,DD101,,1
These modules can be studied in any order and together they provide an excellent start to your journey towards a qualification in health and social care. As you progress through your studies, you’ll return to their insights time and time again.
Stage 2 begins with
Health and illness (K213) (60 credits), introducing you to a range of public health concerns. You’ll learn about issues connected with childbirth; the influence of stress, housing and employment on health; the role of complementary medicine; the debate about the relative importance of individual lifestyles and wider public health concerns; and the implications of changes in the NHS. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-2,module,K213,,1
Next, you’ll study
Dementia care (K235) (30 credits) – investigating what we know about the causes and types of dementia and its prevalence, and exploring how dementia impacts on identity, emotions and family life. You’ll examine transitions between caring for someone with dementia at home and residential care. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-2,module,K235,,1
Your final module at Stage 2,
Death and dying (K260) (30 credits), examines death, dying and bereavement – engaging with real issues based on the experiences of dying people, bereaved people, those who work with them, and their carers. You’ll explore the diversity of responses to death as well as the rhetoric and reality of end-of-life care, and the limitations of care resources. You’ll also examine the medicalisation and professionalisation of death, and discuss the ethics of end-of-life decisions. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-2,module,K260,,1
By the time you reach Stage 3, you’ll have mastered a range of study skills and have a substantial knowledge of health and social care.
For the first part of your studies at this stage –
Adulthood, ageing and the life course (K319) (60 credits) – you’ll focus on adult care. In the twenty-first century, many more adults will live for longer than in previous generations. The emergence of an ageing society can be celebrated, but it also poses many challenges for everyone involved in giving and receiving care. This pathway will enable you to explore later life, mental health, long-term conditions, learning disability, and drug and alcohol use from individual, environmental, policy, and practice perspectives. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-2,module,K319,,1
In the second part, you’ll deepen your knowledge and critical analysis of the promotion of public health, and learn about the vital contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and voluntary sectors. In
Promoting public health: skills, perspectives and practice (K311) (60 credits)you'll also investigate health projects, experience team working and build your skills in communication, community action, policy making, and delivering ethical evidence-based practice. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-2,module,K311,,1
Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the
structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that
the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.
Where will you be resident whilst you study?
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