Course Overview

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 political, economic, social and cultural 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.


Course Structure

At each level of the course, modules provide you with the  knowledge, understanding and awareness of health and social welfare in a changing political, social and cultural context. These are drawn from: Sociology, Social Policy, Psychology and Health Studies. Elective Modules allow you to further develop your area of particular interest.

Modules Covered

Level 4 modules include:

  • Introduction to Psychology and Human Development
  • Health Inequalities
  • The Politics of Social Policy
  • Psychology of Health and Well-being
  • Diet, Social Nutrition and Health
  • Planning for Personal Development

Level 5 modules include:

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

Level 6 modules include:

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

Elective modules are:

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

Learning Methods

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 thoughout 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.

You will be supported to carry out an independent research project at Level 6.

Teaching Methods

Teaching and learning 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
• 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 .

Work Placement/Fieldwork

You will undertake an 11 week supervised placement is 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.

What's Next?

Successful completion of this course will lead you to a range of professional roles in social care and health settings. After graduating, you could continue to Postgraduate study in Social Work, Nursing or teaching.

Did You Know?

You will be treated as an individual, with degrees often tailored to suit your individual experience, knowledge and interests – helping to support your personal growth and development.

Entry Requirements

80 UCAS tariff points.

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Direct entry into Level 6 is available for candidates with relevant Foundation Degrees or HND.

We require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health check for admission to this course.

Standard entry qualifications are passes in five GCSE subjects including three at GCSE Grade C or above (one of which must be English) and two A levels, or the equivalent, such as AS levels, BTEC, GNVQ Advanced, or successful completion of an accredited Access course.

You will be invited for an interview and skills assessment prior to the offer of a place on the course.

The programme caters for a range of applicants and welcomes applications from students with skills acquired in practice in a variety of health and social welfare roles or on short courses.


Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

Programme Specification