Why study this course

This is an extremely flexible course that is focused on service provision, which bridges the gap between theory and practice.

The course provides you with excellent employability skills and experience, as you will meet and work closely with employers.

A small experienced team within the sector provides excellent pastoral care and can offer an authentic viewpoint on how the course applies to practice.

Opportunity to experience a unique and wide range of placements within a variety of settings across the sector.

Course summary

Health and Social Care is all about compassion, support and understanding both individual needs and broader socio-cultural context. Here at BGU we practice what we teach. Our course has been developed in consultation with Health and Social Care services across Lincolnshire, thus ensuring relevance to provision within the community and meeting employers’ expectations.

Please note this course is only available as a top-up option for current Health and Social Care Foundation Degree students.

Apply through UCAS using the course code in the Key Facts box. If you have any questions please contact our Admissions Team at admissions@bishopg.ac.uk

For any students who are looking to start an undergraduate degree from September 2020, or will be looking to top-up a Foundation Degree after this point, this course has now been replaced by our new BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care course.

You can find more information on that option by clicking here.

Key facts


BA (Hons)

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1 year

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Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

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About this course

Our Health & Social Care degree at BGU assists with meeting the needs of Lincolnshire’s Care community. The Health & Social Care Act (2012) saw the introduction of major changes and aims to integrate Health & Social Care services into a more service user-centred and holistic model. Lincolnshire health and social care providers work 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.

Our class sizes are generally small, which means you’ll have a more personalised learning experience. You won’t be lost in the crowd, and you will have access to lecturers and tutors who support your learning needs. This is great for you as our teaching staff include experienced health care, social work and social care professionals, with many years’ combined experience in both practices and in higher education. They are committed to sharing relevant experiences within the practice for you and drawing upon real-life issues and dilemmas resolved by using creative problem-solving skills and techniques. 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.

As well as theories and research, here at BGU, we like to keep it real. The course has been developed in consultation with a variety of Lincolnshire Health & Social Care services, to ensure relevance to the community and to meet employers expectations. Guest speakers, including practitioners and service-users, who will share their experiences with you. You will undertake several work-experience placements. Which give you a real hands-on experience of working within Lincolnshire’s Health and Social care services.

Entry requirements

You will normally need 96-112 UCAS tariff points (from a maximum of four Advanced Level qualifications). We welcome a range of qualifications that meet this requirement, such as A/AS Levels, BTEC, Access Courses, International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Pre-U, Extended Project etc.

However this list is not exhaustive – please click here for details of all qualifications in the UCAS tariff.

Further information

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.

In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning, RP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit Awarded for Experiential Learning, (RP(E)L).

How you will be taught

Please note that due to COVID-19 our delivery methods may be subject to change in 2021. You will be informed of any changes at the earliest opportunity.

There is no one-size-fits-all method of teaching at BGU – we shape our methods to suit each subject and each group, combining the best aspects of traditional university teaching with innovative techniques to promote student participation and interactivity.

You will be taught in a variety of ways, from lectures, tutorials and seminars, to practical workshops, coursework and work-based placements. Small group seminars and workshops will provide you with an opportunity to review issues raised in lectures, and you will be expected to carry out independent study.

Placements are a key part of degree study within many courses at BGU. They provide an enriching learning experience for you to apply the skills and knowledge you will gain from your course and, in doing so, give valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

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Assessments in Health & Social Care will be varied, depending on the subject matter and the intended learning outcomes. You will write essays, develop presentations and class papers, lead discussions, engage with multi-media and ICT projects, complete reflective diaries, devise case studies and role plays, and participate in simulations and enquiry-based learning.

Careers & Further study

On completing a Health & Social Care degree at BGU, you will have developed a broad range of skills and attributes which will make you ideally suited for a wide range of employment opportunities or for further study. Possible future career directions could include work as a Family Support Worker, work within drug and alcohol-related support services, support work in relation to homelessness or family violence, or employment in the fields of community, public or mental health as well as more traditional health care services.

Interested in a career in teaching?

As an Undergraduate student at BGU, you'll be offered a free place on one of our Preparing for Teaching (P4T) courses as a part of your degree (currently exclusive to BGU students).

Led by our team of teacher training experts, the course is designed to prepare you to apply for a place on a PGCE programme. It covers topics such as:

  • How to apply
  • What to expect at an interview
  • The realities of teaching and much more

Not only will you gain essential skills that will support you in your future career, by completing the course you'll also get a guaranteed interview to one of our highly sought after PGCE courses.

If you have any questions about the P4T courses you can register by clicking here or you can speak to our Admissions team via admissions@bishopg.ac.uk


Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests.

We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

Fees & Finance

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 sort 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.

Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. For 2021 entry, the application fee is £20 for a single choice, or £26 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.