At BGU we are very excited to be offering a brand new BA (Hons) programme in Health & Social Care, which will assist with meeting the supportive care needs of the Lincolnshire community. Recently, the Health & Social Care Act has undergone major changes and aims to integrate Health & Social Care services into a more service user-centred and holistic model. Many Lincolnshire agencies are now working in partnership to achieve the best outcomes for service users, families, and communities. For the first time, many services, including hospitals, doctors, nurses, housing, aged care and social care workers, are in meaningful conversation about how to best assist those most in need.
New ways of practice are being developed and there is a need for new staff, as well as experienced practitioners, to ‘upskill’. Practice, policy, theories and skills are now focussed on multidisciplinary teamwork.
You can be a part of this new and exciting development and become part of a more social-justice focused workforce!
About Health & Social Care at BGU
Health and Social Care is all about compassion, support and understanding both the individual needs and the broader socio-cultural context. Here at BGU we practice what we teach. You will experience:
Small class sizes and personalised learning
Teaching staff at BGU are committed to providing a stimulating learning environment, which will challenge and enhance your skills. You will always be a person, and never a number. The learning environment is on a human scale; you won’t be lost in the crowd, and you will have access to lecturers and tutors to support your learning needs.
Our teaching staff are experienced social work and social care professionals, with many years’ experience in both practice and in higher education. We are committed to sharing our experiences of practice with you, and drawing upon real-life issues, dilemmas and creative problem solving.
Our academic staff are not only teachers, but also active researchers in their fields of expertise, with a current collection of international articles, book chapters and conference presentations. Additionally, the curriculum is grounded in research and practice-based evidence ( both quantitative and qualitative evidence across many disciplines.
Grounded in real life experiences
As well as theories and research, here at BGU we like to keep it real. The course has been developed in consultation with Lincolnshire Health & Social Care services, to ensure relevance to the community and employers expectations. Guest speakers, including practitioners and service-users, will share their experiences with you, and you will also undertake a work-experience placement. It will be hands on!
What You Will Study
The course modules have been designed to reflect the changes to the Health and Social Care Act and in consultation with Lincolnshire employers. Subjects will cover:
- An overview of Health and Social Care
- Latest theories based on research
- Up to date professional practice skills, including placement with employers
- Ethics, human rights and law
- Social Policy
- Assessment and Intervention skills
- Research methods, practice and a dissertation in a topic of your choice based on your interests(negotiated with academic staff)
As well as guest speakers and practical work-experience, modules will be delivered by lectures, workshops, seminars and e-learning technologies. Classes will be interactive and discussion-based, all in a stimulating and exploratory environment. Enquiry-based and values-based learning methods, as well as critical reflection and analysis, are central to course delivery.
Assessment will be varied, depending on the subject and learning outcomes. You will write essays; develop presentations and class papers; lead discussions; engage with multi-media and ICT; complete a reflective diary; devise case studies and role plays, and participate in simulations and enquiry-based learning.
Fees and Funding
A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sorting out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.
How To Apply
Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.
Modules You May Study
You will study a wide variety of modules within this degree course which include:
Introduction to Working in Health and Social Care
This module will give you an introduction to the key issues of social policy and welfare and its, policy, legal and organisational provision for children, young people, families and vulnerable adults, both UK wide and internationally.
This module introduces theories and concepts across the disciplines of sociology, psychology, philosophy and social policy. The integration of theory and practice will be central to the curriculum.
Professional Practice Skills
You will begin to practice the skills you are learning during this placement in role play and exercises, and you will also go out on placement as part of this module.
Working in Partnership (Including Professional Placement)
This module examines the dilemmas and the benefits of working with different agencies and enables students to develop their understanding of different principles and philosophies held by different agencies.
- Law, Human Rights and Ethics
- Social Policy
- Designing Interventions (including Professional Placement
- Introducation to Social Research Methods
- Social Context of Well-Being, Health and Illness
- Advanced Social Research Methods
- Multidisciplinary Practice (including Professional Placement)
Dr Jo Smith – Academic Co-ordinator
Dr Jo is a social academic, with many years’ experience in teaching and research in Higher Education. She has practice experience in the drug and mental health field in Huddersfield and Manchester, and has taught on social work courses at undergraduate and Masters level, and health and social courses, at three previous universities. Her areas of expertise focus on decision-making in the criminal justice arena with respect to relevance to safeguarding and vulnerable people. She is also a reviewer for the peer-reviewed journal ‘Illness Crisis and Loss’.
Head of School
Dr Graham Basten – Head of School of Social Sciences
Graham holds a PhD from the UK Government’s Institute of Food Research and has researched and lectured extensively over the past 10 years on clinical biochemistry, nutrition and folate at the Medical Universities of Sheffield and Nottingham (UK). He was previously Acting Head at the School of Allied Health Science at De Montfort University (DMU) and a DMU Teacher Fellow. As a expert in Clinical Chemistry, and Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science he has written and published several journal articles and textbooks on interpreting blood results. Graham has completed the award winning DMU Leadership, Management and Development Programme, as well as a series at BGU from the Leadership Foundation in Higher Education. He is an advocate of authentic, empowered leadership.