BA (Hons)

Health and Social Care

People at Health and Social Care student exhibition
  • UCAS code(s): L510
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

Our exciting Health and Social Care degree offers you the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of health and social care that includes a range of issues about living in communities and society. During the course you will be able to tailor your learning by specialising in key areas of health and social care, and boost your career prospects by undertaking work-based learning.

Why choose this course?

  • Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, with a diverse range of experiences and qualifications. What they have in common is a wish to make a difference to people's lives.
  • You can tailor your learning according to your interests with a wide selection of optional modules, and you can also specialise in Criminal Justice, Guidance and Counselling, Health and Wellbeing, and Policy and Leadership.
  • You'll be able to incorporate work-based learning and volunteering into your studies to get a real sense of health and social care in practice.
  • You'll be taught by an expert team of enthusiastic staff who are widely published within their field.
  • We have excellent working relationships with a range of organisations such as local authorities, the Framework Housing Association and Skills for Care, which ensure the course is up-to-date and meets employers' needs.
  • As part of your final year of study, you could get involved in a health promotion campaign held around the University, the aim of which is to raise awareness about a variety of health-related issues amongst the student population.

What you'll study

*We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

Health and social care is centrally concerned with wellbeing, or the state of being or doing well in life; with being happy and healthy; and with the moral and physical welfare of a person, a family, a neighbourhood, or a community.

Excellent work experience opportunities

During the course, you'll have an opportunity to incorporate work experience into your academic studies through the Professional Practice and Working in Professional Practice modules. This experience will allow you to put theory into practice, enhance your understanding of relevant organisations, and develop networks.

Volunteering in a health and social care setting is also encouraged, both as a means of enhancing your academic studies and of building relevant experience.

  • Year One

    Core modules

    Foundations in Health and Social Care

    You’ll gain a broad perspective on health and social care; the contexts and organisation of health and social care work; work with service users within diverse communities; and some of the issues that impact on and influence professionals working in these areas. It also provides an important opportunity for you to begin to take responsibility for aspects of your own learning and gain valuable experience of studying independently. You’ll do this through carrying out a primary investigation into an aspect of health and social care delivery that is of particular interest to you.

    Current Issues in Health and Social Care

    This module will help you to develop a range of key competencies in digital information and research skills, which will enable you to be a more effective learner and practitioner. The emphasis is on information skills for accessing, manipulating and presenting information. It will equip you with essential ICT skills, including the use of NTU facilities such as our Library and Learning Resources (LLR) and the Virtual Learning Environment called NOW. These skills will support your undergraduate studies and own research. You’ll also explore research that has been conducted in health and social care, and develop a basic understanding of research methodologies used by the social sciences.

    Social Policy for Health and Social Care

    You’ll be introduced to the language and basic concepts used in the study of social policy; competing perspectives on social policy matters; the key areas of British social policy; contemporary welfare issues; the links between social policy and health and social care; and how the lives of the users of these services may be influenced by social policy.

    Working with People

    You’ll explore the complexities of working with people in health and social care environments. It is an essential quality of a practitioner to be able to effectively communicate, empathise, and to assess and evaluate the input and output of their own interactions and effectiveness. This module will consider the knowledge and skills base essential for health and social care roles and practitioners, as well as integrating concepts of equality, human rights and diversity.

    Preparing for Practice

    During this modules you'll gain an understanding of the roles and key responsibilities of health and social care professionals. You'll also acquire the basic knowledge to be able to start working in the industry.

    Human Growth and Development

    Understanding how human beings grow and change over their lives is fundamental to working effectively with health and social care users. This module aims to provide you with a multidisciplinary understanding of human development in contemporary society.

  • Year Two

    Core modules

    Research in Health and Social Care

    The module aims to develop your understanding of different research approaches, and to enhance your ability to identify the role of research within health and social care, along with the development of appropriate research skills. You’ll develop an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodology.

    Managing Health and Social Care

    This module enables you to gain an understanding of the major changes to the management of health and social care organisations. It will consider some of the major political and social factors shaping policy change in this area. We will consider the implications for managing resources, information and people. The module will also enable you to develop an appreciation of the relevance and impact of these reforms for health and social care service managers, professional groups, and service users.

    Professional Practice

    In Term One this module focuses on preparation for your work placement or equivalent experience. It includes aspects of multidisciplinary teamwork, health and safety at work, safeguarding and reflective practice, and an understanding of organisational structures. In Term Two you will undertake the placement and complete a reflective portfolio.

    Person Centred Interventions

    This module will allow you to develop the skills required for planning and delivering personalised care and practise interpersonal communications skills for appropriate interventions.

    Optional modules

    You will also be able to select one option from a selection that currently includes:

    Making Sense of Health Improvement

    Gain an understanding of the link between place, health and wellbeing as well as exploring the extent to which neighbourhood effects and shapes the patterns of health and wellbeing within a community.

    Engaging with Vulnerable Groups

    This module explores several key issues and topics associated with vulnerable groups. Over the module you'll deepen your knowledge of the soical contruction and exclusion and how individual members of these groups experience health, social care and society.

    Mental Health and Wellbeing

    Gain a broad introduction to theories and approaches to mental health and wellbeing.

    Health, Social Care and Crime

    The aim of this module is to provide you with an introduction to the UK criminal justice system, in particular its origins, factors affecting and / or sustaining its development, and its role in contemporary society.

  • Final year

    Core modules

    Individual Research Project

    The final year research project provides you with the opportunity for an in-depth independent study into a specific aspect of Health and Social Care. You’ll be able to choose between a practice-based or empirical research route. In each case, you’ll be developing a theoretical foundation from which you’ll go on to conduct primary research or develop a practice-based evaluation. The dissertation provides you with an opportunity to consolidate your learning and to further develop your understanding of your chosen pathway subject.

    Leadership in Health and Social Care

    Team work is a key skill demanded of graduates by employers – but what makes a team effective? Do we understand our own preferences for particular roles within teams, and how do leaders typically motivate and monitor the performance of the teams they lead? This module provides both a practical experience of working within a team to produce a final assignment, as well as the opportunity to explore various theories about how organisations work, what makes for an effective leader, and what motivates individuals and teams to give their best. The final presentation is produced using web-based tools such as a wiki or a blog etc., giving you opportunity to develop your IT skills and experience working as part of a virtual team for the duration of the module.

    Optional modules

    You'll also be able to select three optional modules. Some of these are only available if you have taken the appropriate options in Year Two. The selection currently includes:

    Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health

    This module explores a range of perspectives on contemporary mental health practice for children and young people, including conceptual models (medical, social, and user), and assessment, policy and practice frameworks. It aims to enable you to develop a critical awareness of current provision, policy and practice, and to provide you with an opportunity to examine the contemporary issues in mental health. The module aims to develop your knowledge of the nature, role and purpose of current mental health care for children and young people, with a view to becoming a reflective and responsive practitioner.

    Healthy Places, Healthy People

    This module explores how and why places matter for our health and wellbeing.

    Young People and Social Care

    During this module you'll analyse the impact, behaviours and consequences for society and communities of young people who face increasingly economic and social challenges.

    Health Promotion in Practice

    You’ll integrate theory, policy and practice relating to health promotion and explore in a critical way the broad skills necessary for effective professional activity in the field of multidisciplinary public health. You’ll gain a critical understanding of the broad strategic context of health within emerging policy agendas, and you'll develop skills for professional practice in public health, including Health Impact Assessment. You will also gain an understanding of the requirement for evidence-based practice, and appreciate how to effectively address health inequalities within multi-disciplinary partnerships. You’ll also understand how to operate as a reflective practitioner.

    Global Health and Development

    Within the module, you will be introduced to some major social theory perspectives that help us to critically consider issues relating to global health and development. You will explore the contested nature of the term "development", and reflect on how this has led to a culture of aid and dependency that has served to widen and deepen global health inequalities. We will examine emerging debates from the global south itself, and other voices that talk of valuing dynamics of development that are participatory and community-based in nature. The module will challenge you to understand the complex forces that shape health worldwide, from the household to the global level.

    Ageing in the 21st Century

    In this module you'll develop a critical awareness of ageing in contemporary society. You'll build your understanding and awareness of what it takes to work 'successfully' with older people across different policy and practice settings.

    Commissioning Health and Social Care 

    Commissioning is a cyclical activity to asses, design, deliver, monitor and evaluate care and support services to ensure appropriate outcomes. Over this module, you'll get an overview of policy and the main commissioning bodies, as well as an understanding of needs assessment, service design and procurement in health and social care.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

As part of your final year of study, you could get involved in a health promotion campaign held around the University, the aim of which is to raise awareness about a variety of health-related issues amongst the student population.

How you’re taught

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university, you'll receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods.

Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, seminars and workshops. The smaller group seminars and workshops provide opportunities to develop problem-solving, group working, analysis, debating and presentation skills, and to discuss a wide range of views.

You'll also learn from real-life observational exercises and self-assessment quizzes.

Tutorials with staff

As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one, you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions you'll have the opportunity to:

  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your university experience.

Independent study

Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout your three years of study, the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you develop the skills required to undertake an independent study or dissertation in your final year. You will still have regular contact with your tutors, and if necessary ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.

Student mentors

Student mentors from Years Two and Three provide first year students with an informal, friendly ear. They're there to answer your questions and point you to appropriate sources of support.

Transition workshops

Transition workshops, held at the end of your first and second year, support your move to the next level of study. They provide the opportunity for you to reflect on your learning, explore what will be expected of you at the next stage, gain information about the options available to you, and make links between option choices and career planning.

Virtual learning environment

You'll also use our virtual learning environment NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Learning from experts

You'll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff. The course draws upon their expertise, research interests and experience, and many have also published textbooks in their specialist area of interest.

In addition to the traditional lectures, tutorials and independent study, you'll also hear and learn from renowned experts and professionals in related fields, who are regularly invited to come and talk to our students and provide you with an insight into their specialist knowledge and experiences. In the past, health and social care students have heard from:

  • Framework Housing
  • Nottingham Drug / Alcohol Advisory Service
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS trust
  • Nottingham City PCT Health Promotion Team
  • Nottingham City Council Homelessness project.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study, you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students, and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

How will I be assessed?

The majority of your work will be assessed through:

  • coursework-based essays
  • reports
  • examinations
  • individual and group presentations
  • your work experience portfolio
  • a final year research-based dissertation.

There will also be practical assessments, which will include:

  • group and individual presentations
  • video exercises
  • poster presentations
  • IT-based exercises.

In response to student feedback the University has introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (100%)
  • Year 2 coursework (100%)
  • Year 3 coursework (100%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (19%), independent study (81%)

We have excellent working relationships with a range of organisations such as local authorities, ensuring the course is up-to-date and meets employers' needs.

Careers and employability

Health and Social Care services

In professional terms, the organisations of Health and Social Care services are undergoing significant change, with new partnerships, new ways of working, and the development of new practitioner roles offering challenges and opportunities for service providers and workers. This modern course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and values to meet these future professional challenges.

We're building successful graduates

The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Health and Social Care graduates are following:*

  • Care Co-ordinator
  • Child Support Worker
  • Senior Care Assistant
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Children’s Ward Play Specialist
  • Forensic Support Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Auxiliary Nurse
  • Youth Support Worker
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Child Support Worker
  • Carer
  • Assistant Nursery Teacher
  • Community Development Worker
  • Care Assistant
  • Community Protection Officer
  • Residential Children’s Support Worker
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Support Worker

*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results, 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Excellent work experience opportunities

There will be an opportunity to incorporate work experience into your academic studies through the Professional Practice and Working in Professional Practice modules. This experience will allow you to put theory into practice, enhance your understanding of relevant organisations, and develop networks. You could spend time working in:

  • primary care trusts
  • youth offending teams
  • nurseries
  • residential homes
  • occupational therapy departments
  • community centres
  • a range of voluntary sector organisations.

Volunteering in a health and social care setting is also encouraged, both as a means of enhancing your academic studies and of building relevant experience.

Throughout this course you will be developing skills for employability. You'll develop interpersonal, communication and counselling skills through practice interviews and role plays. You will also undertake independent research into local organisations offering counselling to key staff.

Your career development

You'll graduate with the confidence, experience and ability to make a difference to people's lives. You may be interested in pursuing a career in:

  • nursing
  • health promotion
  • housing
  • social work
  • guidance providing agencies
  • the police
  • probation service
  • teaching.

Some past students have also gone on to lead projects aimed at reducing disadvantage within communities.

Certain occupations in health and social care require a professional qualification as well as a degree, and many of our students go on to study for further qualifications or higher degrees.

Our Employability team

We have a dedicated Employability team located on the City Campus. The team are well placed to give you specialist guidance and practical help that will really make a difference to your prospects once you do graduate.

Entry requirements

For September 2019 entry you will need:

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C / 4

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see our website or UCAS Course Search for more details.

All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. We are happy to accept applications from mature students, and from students with access qualifications or many other types of standard and non-standard qualifications for which we can calculate UCAS points. Non-standard applicants may be interviewed.

The UCAS Tariff

We’ve created this calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

For September 2019 entry you will need:

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C / 4

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see our website or UCAS Course Search for more details.

All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. We are happy to accept applications from mature students, and from students with access qualifications or many other types of standard and non-standard qualifications for which we can calculate UCAS points. Non-standard applicants may be interviewed.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements, please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification, please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements, please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements, please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University, please contact our international team for advice.

University preparation courses

If you do not meet the entry requirements, you may be interested in our pre-Masters or Foundation courses at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), which lead onto this postgraduate or undergraduate degree if successfully completed. NTIC students are based on the City Campus and have access to all the University facilities.

Find out more about university preparation courses at NTIC.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

If you are interested in apply for a place on the part-time route, please contact us.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that we can only make a decision based on what you tell us, so include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application – it’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place. You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to NTU for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university, you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here, you need to plan this into your application.

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Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

International fees and scholarships

For international and EU fees for all courses, together with advice on how to pay, please visit our international fees information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to our international students holding offers to study here. For details and an application form, please visit our international scholarships information.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

School of Social Sciences Enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 4460