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BSc (Hons) - Health and Social Care

Do you want to support and help others with your future career? Our BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care course is designed with a range of engaging modules to give you the opportunity to develop your professional and personal skills.

These skills will allow you to pursue your ideal career and hit the ground running working in health and social care.

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Course Overview

This health and social care degree will support your academic advancement to prepare you for a rewarding career. It will provide you with the knowledge to support your professional needs, alongside developing key skills in research, writing and presenting. You'll enhance your personal skills including communication, team working, self-management, motivation, resilience, self-awareness and confidence. You will gain awareness of professional contexts, individual professional standards and values.

Learning is dynamic on this course, with a focus on real-world and simulated real-world applications of topics studied, to best prepare you for your future career. Simulation exercises will provide you with a safe environment to develop your confidence, and practise and refine your skills. Case studies based on serious case reviews will enable you to explore complex ethical and professional dilemmas, and develop your critical thinking and decision-making abilities.

Our lecturers bring a wealth of professional practice experience and real-world knowledge to the classroom, providing you with insights into current trends and best practices in health and social care. This is complemented by external speakers who will offer unique perspectives that broaden your understanding of the diverse needs of the community.

The highly transferable knowledge and skills gained while studying our health and social care course will directly impact your role within practice, enhancing both personal and professional development and maximising your career opportunities in the department of health and social care. You'll be empowered to take initiative, make complex decisions, and generate transformative solutions. Successfully completing this course will allow progression into postgraduate study with our postgraduate masters and CPD courses, as well as enabling you to gain employment in the sector.

On this course you will...

  • Be part of an active and vibrant community of like-minded students who want to make a difference.
  • Study a range of engaging modules that provide you with an extensive variety of content that will support your future professional needs and academic development.
  • Be taught by expert lecturers who have professional experience from across our Institute of Health, covering a spectrum of health and social care professions.
  • Access high-quality support from our friendly lecturing team who will guide you through your academic development and get to know you personally.
  • Develop your skills, knowledge and confidence through simulated learning exercises, using both virtual reality and actors.
  • Kickstart your ideal career in health and social care.

Course Structure

What you will learn

This degree provides you with the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised academic award that has been designed to meet your needs and facilitate progression within the Health and Social Care sectors. The key knowledge, understanding and experiences gained throughout the programme are structured to enhance employability within a growing sector.

The programme is designed to equip you with academic, research, analytical and problem-solving skills. Health and Social Care will be examined, not just from a national perspective, but will encompass a global perspective. You will consider other cultural values and beliefs, approaches to care across diverse cultures and communities, recognising and appreciating similarities and differences in codes of practice alike.

Year one
  • Developing Academic Writing and Reflective Practice
    Enhance your academic writing skills and foster reflective practice for effective communication and professional growth. Learn to craft well-structured arguments, reference accurately, and refine your critical thinking. Engage in reflective exercises to understand your academic strengths and areas for development.
  • Introduction to Health and Wellbeing
    Examine the determinants of health, health promotion strategies, and the significance of preventive and person-centered care. Develop a holistic perspective to better address the diverse social and health needs of children, young people, families, and communities.
  • Personalisation in Health and Social Care
    Analyse approaches that empower individuals, promote autonomy, and respect unique needs and preferences. Learn to design and implement tailored care plans that enhance quality of life and promote positive outcomes. Engage with practical scenarios to develop the skills needed to provide a person-centered approach in various contexts.
  • Development Through the Life Course
    Investigate human development across different life stages. Examine the interplay of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that influence individuals' growth, behaviour, and well-being. Understand the challenges and opportunities of each life stage and develop a comprehensive perspective to provide age-appropriate support.
  • Values and Principles of Health and Social Care
    Investigate concepts such as dignity, equity, and compassion. Reflect on the values and beliefs that shape your professional identity and navigate complex ethical dilemmas. Gain insights into relevant legal and regulatory frameworks, fostering an ethical and accountable approach.
  • Social and Political Influences on Policy and Practice
    Examine the social and political influences that shape policy and practice. Analyse the impact of socioeconomic conditions and power structures on the development and implementation of policies. Engage in critical discussions surrounding equity and the role of advocacy in shaping inclusive policy and practice for children and young people’s health.
Year two
  • Introduction to Advancing Mental Health across the Healthcare Spectrum
    Using a biopsychosocial framework, consider mental healthcare from prevention and early intervention to treatment and recovery. Engage in discussions on contemporary issues, evidence-based interventions, and innovative approaches, equipping you to make a meaningful impact in the field of mental health.
  • Psychology for Health and Social Care
    Study human behaviour, cognition, and emotions, and examine how they influence individual well-being and social interactions. Contend with psychological theories, research methods, and practical strategies that inform effective care and support across diverse populations.
  • Equality, Diversity and Equity in Practice
    Consider your own values and ethics and reflect upon their impact on your professional practice. Examine cultural sensitivity, social justice, and anti-discriminatory practice. Analyse the impact of social identities, cultural beliefs, and power dynamics, and develop the skills to promote equity, challenge inequality, and foster inclusivity.
  • Duty of Care – Principles and Implementation
    Scrutinise the legal and ethical frameworks that guide professional practice, focusing on safeguarding individuals' rights, safety, and well-being. Learn to empower service users and balance the promotion of individual rights with the associated risk to society.
  • Leadership and Change
    Step into the role of a leader and change agent. Explore the principles and theories of change management and effective leadership. Examine the skills required to inspire visionary practice, promote innovation, and enhance services. Engage in critical discussions and practical exercises to develop your ability to lead and inspire others.
  • Negotiated Learning in Health and Social Care
    Take charge of your learning journey with this module tailored to your individual interests and aspirations. Engage in independent research, experiential learning, or community-based initiatives to deepen your knowledge, initiate change, develop specialist skills, and make a real impact in your field of practice.
Year three
  • Applied Critical Evaluation for Evidence Based Practice
    Advance your skills in retrieving, critically evaluating, and applying research evidence relevant to your practice. Review different research methodologies, analyse findings, and learn to integrate evidence into decision-making processes, empowering you to lead an evidence-informed service.
  • Communication Skills in Health and Social Care
    Discover the crucial role communication plays in building therapeutic relationships, facilitating understanding, and promoting positive outcomes. Engage in interactive exercises and simulations to enhance your verbal, non-verbal, and active listening skills, enabling you to communicate with empathy, clarity, and professionalism.
  • Collaborative Working in Health and Social Care
    Building on your foundational knowledge, delve deeper into the principles and practices of effective collaborative working. Evaluate approaches to interdisciplinary teamwork, partnerships with service users, and interagency collaboration. Engage in practical scenarios to enhance your ability to foster integrated provision.
  • Contemporary Approaches and Fundamental Principles of Safeguarding across the Lifespan
    Develop your understanding of contemporary practice, legislation, and policies related to safeguarding vulnerable individuals, from children to older adults. Assess risk factors and develop strategies for prevention, intervention, and protection, equipping you to play a crucial role in promoting the welfare and safety of those in your care.
  • Managing Self and Others
    Discover strategies for self-reflection, emotional intelligence, time management, and resilience, enabling you to thrive in challenging and dynamic environments. Develop leadership skills to motivate and inspire others, foster teamwork, and drive positive change, empowering you to make a meaningful impact as a future leader in the field.
  • Advanced Negotiated Learning in Health and Social Care
    Building on your previous experience and learning, design a personalised and cutting-edge project tailored to your professional aspirations. Engage in innovative research, experiential learning, or real-world initiatives, pushing the boundaries of knowledge and practice. Embrace the freedom to explore, create, and make a lasting impact.

Attend an Open Day at Cumbria

An Open Day is your opportunity to explore one of 5 campuses, meet your lecturers, and find out how the University of Cumbria could become your new home.

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