BA (Hons) Health and Social Care

Nottingham Trent University School of Social Sciences - Undergraduate

Program Description

BA (Hons) Health and Social Care

Nottingham Trent University School of Social Sciences - Undergraduate

BA (Hons) Health and Social Care

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 specializing 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 in people's lives.
  • You can tailor your learning according to your interests with a wide selection of optional modules, and you can also specialize 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 organizations 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

Health and social care is centrally concerned with well-being 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 neighborhood or community.

Excellent work experience opportunities

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

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 skills, a group working, analysis, debating skills, presentation skills and discussion about 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.

Student mentors

Student mentors from Years Two and Three provide first-year students with an informal, friendly ear and are 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 and gain information about the options available to you and make links between option choices and career planning.

Independent study

Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout the three years of your course, 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.

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.

How will I be assessed?

The majority of your work will be assessed through:

  • Coursework based essays
  • Reports
  • Examinations
  • Individual and group presentations
  • 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.

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 providing 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 traveling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

We have excellent working relationships with a range of organizations such as local authorities, the Framework Housing Association and Skills for Care, which ensure 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 and this modern course is design to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and values to meet these future professional challenges.

Excellent work experience opportunities

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

  • Primary Care Trusts
  • Youth Offending Teams
  • Nurseries
  • Residential Homes
  • Occupational Therapy Departments
  • Community Centres
  • Or a range of voluntary sector organizations.

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 counseling skills through practice interviews and role plays. You will also undertake independent research into local organizations offering to counsel to key staff.

Your career development

You'll graduate with the confidence, experience, and ability to make a difference in 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.

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

  • Health Care and Support Worker
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Early Years Worker
  • Child Therapeutic Care Worker
  • Rehabilitation Support Worker
  • Re-enablement Support Officer
  • Unit Manager at a Private Nursing Home
  • Children and Families Practitioner
  • Prison Play Worker

*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results 2011-12 - 2014-15.

Our Employability Team

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

93% of BA (Hons) Health and Social Care students go on to work or further study within six months (Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results 2014-15).

Facilities

As a Social Sciences student, you will have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings including:

  • Lecture theatres and teaching classrooms
  • Open access PCs and secure wireless points
  • Study areas and social spaces;
  • Chaucer cafe serving drinks and light snacks
  • Our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.

Entry requirements

UK

For September 2017 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.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and we are happy to accept applications from mature students, students with access qualifications and 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

The UCAS Tariff has changed for 2017 entry. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points.

Getting in touch

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

International

For September 2017 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.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

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

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.

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 the 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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated February 18, 2018
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Sept. 2019
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3 years
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