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Bradford College

BA (Hons) Health and Social Welfare

Qualification Gained
BA (Hons) Health and Social Welfare (awarded by the University of Bolton)
Study Level
University, Level 6
3 years Full-time, 6 years Part-time
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
Full-time or Part-time
Lister Building


This programme places emphasis on the importance of Health and Social Welfare within communities. You will have the opportunity to study contrasting perspectives on Health and Social Welfare and examine how social, cultural, political and economic factors affect individual and group experiences of Health and Social Welfare.

Direct entry onto Level 6 is available with a relevant Foundation Degree or HND.

To help inform your decision, our Student Ambassadors would be more than willing to share their experiences with you as part of the application process.

  Key Info

The course aims to provide you with the theoretical knowledge and development of independent study skills to succeed at Honours Degree level. You will develop a deeper understanding of the application of theory to practice and will acquire evaluation skills through the progressive building of research skills over all three years of the course, undertaking increasingly independent practitioner research activities in a range of modules. Study skills support is available to you in drop-in workshops and individual appointments.

You will interact with the curriculum through involvement in student led seminars, presentations and discussions. The development of independent learning and leadership skills, including self-evaluation and conscious awareness of effective learning techniques, is promoted through interactive teaching approaches such as personal tutorials, e-mail and Moodle.

Learning and Teaching methods include:

  • Modules will draw on a wide range of learning and teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, group work, group and individual tutorial support, personal study time, and provision of multi-media resources through the college VLE.
  • Lectures will communicate the theoretical content of the module to students; however, throughout delivery, and across all levels, you will be expected to relate theory to practice through practice-based observations and exercises, developing a deep understanding of the application of theory to practice.
  • You will have the opportunity to link theory to practice through significant time in the workplace.
  • You will be expected to engage in reflective activity at all levels of the programme, learning how to engage in reflection on and in practice.
  • You will additionally be expected to undertake a wide range of personal reading from sources provided on the VLE, and through library-based research.


Level 4:

  • Introduction to Psychology and Human Development
  • Psychology of Health and Wellbeing
  • Health Inequalities
  • Diet, Social Nutrition and Health
  • The Sociology of Health, Welfare and Community
  • Planning for Personal and Academic Development

Level 5:

  • Contemporary Issues in Health and Care
  • Fieldwork Placement
  • Community, Welfare and Citizenship
  • Community Care: Disability and Mental Health
  • Inter-Professional Practice
  • Critical Analysis and Research Methodology

Level 6:

  • Promoting Public Health
  • Critical Approaches to Holistic Health
  • Managing a Health and Social Care Organisation
  • Global Issues in Health and Development
  • Dissertation

There are Elective Modules in:

  • Food and Health
  • Community Care: Disability and Mental Health


Entry to this course requires 80 UCAS tariff points as well as a satisfactory DBS Check. A health check is also required. A minimum of 5 GSCEs (or equivalent) subjects including 3 at grade 4 or C or above (one of which must be GCSE English). 2 A levels or equivalent (e.g. AS levels, BTEC Diploma; CACHE Diploma; Access course).

Applicants with non-traditional education backgrounds:

  • Required to produce evidence of relevant work/voluntary experience.
  • May be required to complete a piece of written work as part of their application.

APEL/RPEL is possible from courses with relevant modules. This will be assessed on an individual basis.

Teaching, learning and assessment are conducted through a variety of methods, which include lectures, group work, seminars, presentations and an independent research project. Blended learning through Moodle (the college virtual learning environment) is used in all modules.

You will be assessed by undertaking a range of formative and summative assignments including:

  • Personal Development Planning portfolios
  • Blogs/Vlogs
  • Work Based Learning activities and written reflections
  • A range of practical tasks and evaluation of these
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Essays and reports

Some modules (a small number) are assessed by examination .

You will undertake an 11-week supervised placement at Level 5. Here, you have the perfect opportunity to develop personally and professionally and to explore the links between college-based theory and practice.

Successful completion to this course can lead to a range of careers in Health and Social Care industry. Some students go into further study on MA/MSc programmes such as: Health Promotion; General Nursing; Social Work; Youth Work. Some students go directly into work at the end of the course in fields such as:

  • Social Prescribing
  • Family Support Worker
  • Working with Alcohol and Drug rehabilitation
  • Regional Manager for the national lead for strategy and health economics–diabetes
  • NHS Policy Development
  • Consultant on healthy eating initiatives for the NHS
  • Housing and the Homeless
  • Key support workers in a variety of settings
  • Community Care Co-ordinator (First post in Bradford)
  • Childline Supervisor

Full-time: £9,000 per year.Part-time: Pro rata rate depending on intensity of study* *Intensity of Study refers to the amount of credits being studied in the academic year.Part-time: £875 per 20 credits.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.

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