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BA/BSc (Honours) Health and Social Care: Older adults pathway

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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

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

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.

In An introduction to health and social care (K101)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-2,module,K101,,1 (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. Perspectives in health and social care (K118)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-2,module,K118,,1 (60 credits) explores three key aspects of health and social care in more depth: well-being, mental health and aging. These modules 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

In Stage 2 you’ll study Dementia care (K235)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-2,module,K235,,1 (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. 

You will also study Death and dying (K260)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-2,module,K260,,1 (30 credits), examining 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.

Your final module at Stage 2 is Health and illness (K213)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-2,module,K213,,1 (60 credits) in which you will examine health policy and practice relating to different models of health and illness care, including those associated with long-term conditions. You will gain an insight into contemporary and emerging debates about this subject. Throughout the course you will use a variety of case studies to encourage you to think about health beyond any traditional boundaries. You will also be provided with opportunities to develop your critical thinking skills and to acquire the analytical and conceptual skills needed to link theory and practice.

Stage 3

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)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-2,module,K319,,1 (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.

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)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-2,module,K311,,1 (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.

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.

How long it takes

Typically it takes six years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from three (full-time study equivalent) to 12 years. 


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