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.
In Stage 1, you’ll be introduced to the study of health and social care and to either social work or the social sciences.
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.Q18-5,module,K101,,1
This is complemented by
Foundations for social work practice (KYJ113)/ undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-5,module,KYJ113,,1 Foundations for social work practice (KZW113) (60 credits) in which you’ll use case studies to explore social work standards and social work practice – investigating how they’re applied in relation to children, older people, mental-health communities, disabled children and people with learning disabilities. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-5,module,KZW113,,1
Or you can choose to study
Introducing the social sciences (DD101). This 60-credit module explores the fundamentals of psychology, social policy and criminology; geography and environment; politics and international studies; and economics and sociology. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-5,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 provides a balance between study of adult care and work with children and families. In
Adult health, social care and wellbeing (K217) (60 credits) you’ll consider how health and social care is everyone’s business – not just the business of care sector professionals. Whether using a service or being cared for by family or friends, we want skilled and understanding people who can work in partnership with us to meet our needs. Using online activities to explore real-life case material with up-to-date research, policy and practice you'll learn about how adult health and social care is organised, delivered, and experienced across a range of settings. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-5,module,K217,,1
You’ll also learn about the diversity and complexity of children and young people’s lives in
Working with children, young people and families (K218) (60 credits), examining their experience of the places and spaces in which they live – including family, community and a range of health, education and care services. You'll develop an understanding of contemporary debates and key skills relating to safeguarding, health and wellbeing, development, disability, multi-agency working, social pedagogy, youth justice, working with parents, foster care, education, and play. You’ll also examine practice approaches and values, policy, and legal and rights frameworks from across the UK and elsewhere in Europe. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-5,module,K218,,1
Stage 3 will deepen your knowledge and critical analysis of adult health and social 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.
Adulthood, ageing and the life course (K319) (60 credits) 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.Q18-5,module,K319,,1
You’ll complete your studies by focusing on frontline leadership and management roles –
Leadership and management in health and social care (K313) (60 credits) – 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. 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. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q18-5,module,K313,,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.
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