The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Social Care and Health Studies

Why choose this course?

This course will give you insight into social care, health and wellbeing. You will study and critically analyse current issues in contemporary society and the impact these issues have on people’s lives. You will develop your understanding of the impact of social deprivation and poor health on national and international economies.

What happens on the course?

Year 1 looks at the social groups most likely to be in need of social care services. It offers a comprehensive study of how social care and health services are organised. You will consider a wide range of perspectives on health matters and contrast holistic health frameworks together with perspectives on Social Care and inequalities.

Year 2 combines knowledge with skills and looks at concepts in providing social care services and addressing key determinants of poor health. It examines poverty and social exclusion, and explores the policy and legislation surrounding support services. You will learn to assess the health needs of the population and further explore your research skills and knowledge.

The final year encourages the development of analytical skills to compare the provision and delivery of social care within European states and to further explore quality care and support services. You will also learn to plan and evaluate health promotion, to research population health, and explore global health issues

Why Wolverhampton?

  • Studying Social Care and Health Studies will prepare you for working in this area where increasingly health and social care services are provided jointly.
  • Our lecturers have experience drawn from working in a wide range of services and is continually updated through close working relationships with local employers and through ongoing research activity.
  • During the course you will have an opportunity to gain academic credits through learning while volunteering in a health or social care setting.

What our students think

Health and social care is a growing area and the skills that I have gained on the course will enable me to work with my local community to help improve my life and that of others around me.

The course has enhanced my knowledge of social and health care issues as well as giving me the confidence to continue my studies on a Masters course.

Career path

Graduates have gained employment in a wide range of careers, mostly in the public and not for profit sector. Careers in care management, community work, health promotion and medical sales are all accessible for graduates. Others progress to postgraduate courses in Health Studies, Public Health, Social Work, Accredited Nurse Training or teaching.

What skills will you gain?

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the range and type of formal and informal social care and the legal and policy context of social care in Britain and other European countries

2. Demonstrate an understanding of health issues in various contexts, local, national and global and present these in a logical format to others.

3. Critically appraise theories about society, welfare states and social care in particular those relating to the impact of inequality and discrimination on social care services and service users.

4. Evaluate the determinants of health and demonstrate the relationship between the determinants and inequalities in health in local, national and global terms.

5. Demonstrate an effective level of awareness of yourself as a resource for improving and promoting health and achieving health gains through a variety of means.

6. Demonstrate an effective level of awareness of the contribution of professional/social care practice, use of information technology and the management and organisation of care environments to the quality of social care provision.

Who accredits this course?

Not applicable

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321150

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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Telephone

01902 32 22 22

Email

enquiries@wlv.ac.uk

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