This course gives you a broad understanding of contemporary health and social care and its application in the wider social, policy, legal and organisational environment, both within the UK and internationally.
Areas of study incorporate sociology, public health, law and the human services. In your second and third years, follow your interests with optional units in mental health, disability, safeguarding, addictions, human rights and care of older people. In your final year, undertake an independent research project, with the support of our experienced academic team.
There is a strong vocational focus, ensuring you develop transferable, employability-enhancing skills. Take this course over four years and include a fee-free one-year placement in industry* where you gain practical experience, build your CV and meet potential future employers.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
- Understand and confidently apply evidence-based theory to practice, delivering excellent health and social care outcomes to all those who access these services
- Study with an academic team who have wide experience in the field and are actively involved in health and social care research
- Benefit from the opportunities offering by the University of Bedfordshire’s new Health & Social Care Academy, run in partnership with local councils and NHS Trusts, to recruit and train health and social care workers
- Take the course with a placement year (see below) and benefit from our wide range of relevant placement opportunities including roles in research assistance, social media and community advocacy as well as internships
- If you need to step up into higher education, start with a Foundation Year (see below) which guarantees entry to the undergraduate course
- The course opens up career paths within local authorities, public health, civil service, social enterprises and the NHS as well as in the private and not-for-profit sectors
- Our Health and Social Care course received a 91% satisfaction rate in the National Student Survey 2020
There is a strong employability focus at all levels of the BA (Hons) Health and Social Care course, which will enable you to develop a range of transferable, employability-enhancing skills. This includes a range of skills and levels of personal enquiry deemed essential in the world of work. The qualities, knowledge and skills you gain will equip you for employment within the health and social care sector.
The course is concerned with policy and legislation relating to health and social care as well as the sociology of health, welfare and social care issues faced by vulnerable individuals and groups. It prepares graduates for a range of roles in the wider health and social care sectors, including the not-for-profit (voluntary), private sector and public sector.
Typical graduate destination for Health and Social Care students include:
Direct work with service users in areas such as:
- Children and families
- Drug and alcohol misuse
- Mental Health
- Services for older and disabled people and young people
- Work in other areas of the human services such as:
- Health promotion/Public Health
- Community development
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