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.
We have a small experienced team within the sector providing excellent pastoral care and offering an authentic viewpoint on how the course applies to practice.
You'll have the opportunity to experience a unique and wide range of placements within a variety of settings across the sector.
If you don’t have, or don’t think you will attain the normal tariff points for studying at BGU, this course will enable you to study for a degree without any UCAS points. The course is delivered over four years and includes a Foundation Year, which gives you a perfect introduction in what it means to be a university student, equipping you with the necessary skills and knowledge for effective undergraduate study. In addition, during your Foundation Year, you will study eight modules, all of which are designed to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to progress your studies in your chosen subjects.
Health & Social Care is all about compassion, support and understanding both individual needs and broader sociocultural context. Here at BGU we practice what we teach. Our course has been developed in consultation with Health and Social Care services, thus ensuring relevance to provision within the community and meeting employers’ expectations.
Mode of study
Bishop Grosseteste University
About this course
In recent years, the context of health and social care delivery has been a constant talking point across public and political agenda, and was a key feature in the manifestos of all political parties in the recent UK election due to the concerns that systems are overwhelmed by unprecedented demand (Oliver, et al, 2014). The UK population of over 75’s is projected to more than double in size in the next 20 years, with over 22% of our population already over 65.
All sectors within health and social care provision require both high quality initial education and training alongside sustained and consistent updates (i.e. Continuous Professional Development (CPD)) both informally and formally, through creditable programmes of learning and education.
This BSc provides an entry point into a number of career paths in the Health and Social Care sectors. It is designed to allow students to pursue and apply knowledge and understanding of health and social care following a systematic approach to evidence based practice. Applied research is embedded throughout, supported by objective observation and critical analysis.
It is considered that consistent and high-quality education and learning challenges the status quo within practice and encourages reflection on and in practice, which inspires practice confidence and service enhancement and improvement.
The degree includes opportunities to carry out research in work placements, while studying, so supporting post graduate career opportunities. It provides an opportunity to bolster CVs and build networks in practice. This flexible, learner-centred programme will provide opportunities for those working within, or looking for a career, in Health and Social Care to not only critically reflect on and evaluate their own practice and that of others, but also to enable a critical review of the strategic position of provision, thus ensuring this is contextually ‘fit for purpose’ and sustainable for future delivery demands.
What will you study
During the course of your foundation year, you’ll cover the following modules:
In this module you will explore and consider what it means to be a successful learner at university. You’ll explore the principles of effective learning and engage with a range of tools and techniques to practice and develop strategies for your own learning. These include for example, understanding your needs as a learner, effective time management and organisational skills.
You will learn about a range of resources and practice locating and using these resources to support effective learning. These resources will include, for example, textbooks, websites, academic journals, and popular press. In addition to these key techniques, the module covers academic conventions including referencing, citation and the risks of plagiarism.
This module will allow you to learn to utilise sources in a considered and critical way. You will begin to engage effectively with literature and other sources in a meaningful manner that promotes deep learning and enables knowledge and understanding of a topic. You will also begin to differentiate qualitative and quantitative data and consider their appropriate interpretation and use.
Critical thinking is an integral part of university study. While studying this module you will define critical thinking, its importance and how it can help you in your learning. A range of critical thinking models will be utilised to demonstrate how this works in action, allowing you to recognise critical thinking and identify barriers and challenges.
The skilled use of digital technologies is an important element in university study and is used to support both the obtaining and demonstration of knowledge. This module will develop your digital capabilities and confidence, encouraging you to develop techniques for the purposeful use of a range of digital tools to support learning. These include specific tools such as the Virtual Learning Enrivonment and appropriate and effective uses of wider applications such as social media, email and the internet.
This module explores, compares and evaluates a range of communication types, giving you opportunities to combine written and spoken communication in a range of contexts and for a range of audiences. From a theoretical, sociological perspective you will explore different communication media and styles of discourse, for example, discussion, debate, enquiry and reporting.
Reflection is a powerful learning tool that enables you to consider your existing knowledge and also to plan for your future learning and professional development. The module content includes the principles of reflective learning and collaborative planning with reference to structured models. As part of this module, you will have an opportunity to attend live delivery of an ongoing degree programme which will provide a taster of discipline-specific undergraduate study.
Academic writing is an essential element of successful university study, so this module explores a range of techniques to help develop your own academic writing style. It will enable you to draw together your learning throughout the Foundation Year and reflect on the feedback you have received. You will structure a clear and effective piece of academic writing on a subject-linked topic in which you will apply standard academic conventions.
This module will introduce students to the working environment of health and social care, incorporating the history, development and current climate. Contemporary issues are analysed, including the diversity of settings, delivery and roles within health and social care. Inequalities are introduced, highlighting social determinants of health, well-being and illness within the context of health and social care practice. The students will be encouraged to explore their own values and the relationship of these to wider society and health and social care practice. The module also incorporates a formative essay that enables students to receive and reflect on feedback on essential academic components in higher education writing in order to develop these to feed forward into all future academic assessments.
This module is an introduction to theories and concepts across the disciplines of sociology and psychology that pertain to health and social care practice. This module requires the student to develop an understanding of the theoretical concepts that inform a variety of complex group and individual human behaviours. The module provides a theoretical-conceptual social science framework within which health and social care issues can be analysed as social phenomena. The relationship between behavioural psychology and organisational behaviour will also be explored with particular focus and application to the Health and Social Care arena.
This module will focus on practice issues in health and social care, ensuring students develop an understanding of important concepts such as multi-agency working and critical reflective practice. The concept of assessments within health and social practice will be introduced. Awareness of personal, professional and ethical values are further explored within health and social care practice. The first placement takes place during this module, and will enable students to experience health and social care practice, linking theory to practice. This will enable students to share their experience and knowledge with their peers.
The module will enable students to reflect on the utility of evidence in practice to support and inform effective health and social care and enable effective decision making. It will support the initial awareness of the importance of research and evidence-informed practice, and its utility for and in practice. The module will develop the foundational skills to support the student’s ability to critically review evidence-informed practice and consider the effective utility of practice informed research. The module will support student confidence in their own skills of critical reflection and support them with initial decision-making processes with a view to empowering them to communicate possible changes in practice where incongruence exists. Students will be introduced to appropriate ethical frameworks required to protect the rights, dignity and safety of those involved, but also which challenge the values and beliefs of self.
This module is designed to encourage students to critically identify the tensions between legal, ethical and professional responsibilities from the perspective of health and social care practice. Students will be assisted to further explore their own values and belief systems through a legal, ethical and professional lens. Students will be supported to develop their knowledge regarding key pieces of health and social care legislation, professional codes of practice and organisational policies and procedures. The application of these on service provision, the service user and the professional will be examined. The module will consider what it means to be an accountable practitioner in contemporary health and social care practice.
This module is designed to explore diverse local and global perspectives of practice provision in field of health and social care. This will incorporate a recognition of intercultural issues relevant to practice. Students will develop an appreciation of the importance of local and global public health and other policy initiatives around health and well-being. They will be encouraged to explore how these relate to contemporary health and social care practice. Students will be supported to consider innovative ways of working to promote health and well-being within a changing global community.
Within the contemporary environment of health and social care there is an absolute need to be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of provision both individually and across organisations. In order to achieve and support this, practitioners need to be able to critically reflect on and in practice, evaluating evidence-based practice, including research and be able to effectively utilise evidence to inform and improve practice. This module will enhance the skills learnt with the Year 1 Module and encourage the development of independent research skills and literacy in preparation for the dissertation. Students will be introduced to research ethics which are required to protect the rights, dignity and safety of those involved and the governance systems.
This module will focus on professional practice in a domain of multi-agency and multidisciplinary working. The complexities inherent in this work will be explored, ensuring consideration is given to professional and personal ethics and values. Leadership within the sector is examined, recognising differences, similarities and challenges across and within the sector. The second placement takes place within this module, which provides the opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge and understanding of health and social care practice, and to build upon their portfolio of knowledge, skills and values. It also enables students to understand the direct and indirect relationships between the students’ actual placement settings and the other agencies involved in the service users’ care.
This module brings together a range of theories, models and approaches that aim to identify and address the needs of service users and practitioners within health and social care. It will further develop the sociological and psychological theories covered earlier on the programme linked to an area of their interest within health and social care practice. Students will consider a holistic understanding of individuals’ expectations of the provision and delivery of health and social care, from a local, national and global perspective. Students will explore a range of strategies for managing service users’ expectations whilst appreciating the diversity of needs.
To work effectively in the competitive environment of human services, health and social care workers need to be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of their work and the programmes they are involved in. To do these tasks, they will need to be able to utilise research findings to inform their practice, be able to carry out research and evaluation in their practice and have well developed information technology skills. This module builds on previous research and evidence-based focus learning through years one and two. It aims to review and strengthen research knowledge and skills to enable direct application in practice. The module utilises the previously acquired knowledge around social science research methods to enable students to critically evaluate and apply this to their own (dissertation) and to critically evaluate others research.
This module is designed to develop and enhance students’ leadership and management skills. Through their placement experience, academic teaching and learning students will have the opportunity to observe and explore a variety of different management and leadership styles. Students will be supported to develop their knowledge and understanding of how effective management and leadership styles contribute to practice development and innovation. The module will introduce a variety of appropriate resources to strengthen students’ knowledge and skills around leading service innovation in health and social care.
The Dissertation forms an essential component of the Undergraduate Honours award. It provides major opportunity for the student to demonstrate an ability to work independently, although an academic supervisor will be allocated to support this. The aim of this module is to enable the student to demonstrate critical analysis, problem solving, objective evaluation and reflection on an area of health and social care practice. In addition to the application of subject specific skills and general skills such as critical analysis, reasoning and the development of an argument, students will also be expected to display initiative, creative thinking, familiarity with the literature and organisational skills. Students are required to select an area of study and to explore fully its relevance to their professional field, reflecting their in-depth study of a chosen topic area of practice, i.e. Health and Social Care.
This module builds on the acquisition of research skills attained throughout the programme, but in particular the final year within the Advanced Research Skills module and Dissertation. The module provides the student with a platform from which to demonstrate, consolidate and communicate their research learning. It supports learner reflexivity and the opportunity to critically consider how evidence can be utilised in practice and for their own practice.
Application for this course is via UCAS, although there is no formal requirement for UCAS points to access the course (normally GSCE English or equivalent is desirable). As part of your application you will have the opportunity to speak with a member of BGU Admissions staff to resolve any questions or queries you may have.
Different degree subjects may have specific entry requirements to allow you to progress from the Foundation Year. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, you will need to have met these by the time you complete the first year of this four year course.
If you are asked to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as part of the conditions of your offer, this must be completed prior to the start of your course at a cost of £57.20.
The Foundation Year syllabus does not include any specific element of upskilling in English language and you are not entitled to apply for Accredited Prior Learning, AP(C)L into a Foundation Year. International applicants are not eligible to apply for an undergraduate course with a Foundation Year.
How you will be taught
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 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.
During the Foundation Year, you will have opportunities to experience a range of formative and summative assessments. These include short-form writing, annotated bibliography, presentations, micro-teach, use of digital technologies, reflective journal and academic essay. Assessment strategies are designed to be supportive, build confidence and also aim to ensure you will develop the core skills required for successful study throughout your degree. Assessment strategies are balanced, comprehensive, diverse and inclusive, ensuring that you will experience a range of assessments to support your preparation for undergraduate study. All modules involve early, small and frequent informal and formal assessments, to ensure that you gain confidence in your knowledge and abilities as you progress through the Foundation Year. You will also have the opportunity for self-evaluation and reflection on your own learning progress and development of skills.
We recognise that individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, so we use a variety of assessment strategies on our courses.
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 11 reflective diaries, devise case studies and role plays, and participate in skills based practice sessions 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.
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.
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.