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BA/BSc (Honours) Health and Social Care: Mental health 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.Q18-3,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.Q18-3,module,K118,,1 (60 credits) explores three key aspects of health and social care in more depth: wellbeing, 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

Stage 2 begins with Health and illness (K213)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-3,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.

Next, you’ll focus on health and social care in relation to mental health, exploring mental distress and what can be done about it. In Diverse perspectives on mental health (K225)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-3,module,K225,,1 (30 credits) you’ll also examine how social, environmental, economic and political factors shape and constrain our understandings and experiences of mental health and distress.

You’ll also investigate intellectually challenging ideas about mental health, and how competing perspectives impact upon mental health practice and service provision. In Challenging ideas in mental health (K272)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-3,module,K272,,1 (30 credits) you’ll be invited to think differently about life’s dilemmas by considering the views of all concerned – especially people experiencing mental distress – and to investigate ideas and practice in mental health. As you study, you’ll be encouraged to review your own beliefs and experiences and to challenge yourself and others on a more informed footing.

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  – Promoting public health: skills, perspectives and practice (K311)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-3,module,K311,,1 (60 credits) – 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. 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.

You’ll then focus on frontline leadership and management roles, building the knowledge, skills and analytical tools needed to become an effective manager, able to use evidence-based strategies for good outcomes for service users. In Leadership and management in health and social care (K313)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-3,module,K313,,1 (60 credits), you’ll also gain an overview of the organisational, legal and policy contexts within which managers are operating, and examine the impact of working with partners in order to integrate health and social care provision.

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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