BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care with foundation year

Get ready to make a real difference to the daily lives of vulnerable people by studying the University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care with foundation year degree at our London Academic Centre with our learning partner Regent College London. Offering excellent facilities and an extensive range of work placements, this course will help you gain the skills, knowledge and expertise you’ll need for a successful rewarding career in this essential sector.

Health and Social Care with foundation year

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Location:

Regent College London

UCAS points:

48

UCAS code:

L561

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

Health and social care is a vast service sector providing support to people who are vulnerable, such as children, older people and adults with disabilities or mental health issues. Our BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care with foundation year offers you the opportunity to develop the values, skills and knowledge essential to good health and social care practice, opening the door to a huge range of rewarding employment opportunities.

Balancing policy, practice and academic training, our course is strongly linked to the UK government’s agendas for health and social care. Our highly experienced and dedicated team will lead you in an exploration of the principles of care, care planning and delivery, the ethical aspects of care, and areas such health promotion, safeguarding, and more. We’ll support you as you learn how to collaborate across professional boundaries, use evidence to inform your decisions, and gain understanding of critical issues in health and social care and ways of dealing with them.

Practical experience, including a work experience placement in a health and social care setting, is key to your development. Our focus is on helping you become a knowledgeable, compassionate, and person-centred care professional.

Highlights
  • This course includes a foundation year that supports you in developing essential academic and research skills through the examination of key social issues that have an impact upon the health and wellbeing of individuals.
  • Guest lectures and talks by both health and social care service providers and service users give alternative perspectives, aimed at enhancing your understanding.
  • Professional experience is an essential element of the course that gives valuable, hands-on, real-life experience in a health and social care setting. Our extensive network of health and social care contacts means we can offer a wide variety of placements.
  • Alongside specialist health and social care knowledge, you’ll have the chance to develop your skills in research, data evaluation, critical reasoning and analysis, as well as in areas such as communication, team working, problem-solving and self-reflection.
Key Features
  • We want to work with you as an individual, giving you access to the help and support you need to succeed.
  • Getting out of the classroom and into the workplace is a key part of your learning, so you’ll undertake a placement in a health and social care setting at level HE5 of the course.
  • We’ll encourage you to engage in voluntary work in health and social care settings throughout the course. These activities contribute towards your portfolio of evidences, ready to impress employers when you enter the jobs market.
  • By studying alongside students who are already health and social care professionals, you’ll be able to share in the knowledge and experience they have developed in their working environments, helping you to provide the highest standard of care for your own patients in the future.
  • Free Pre-sessional English classes are available if you need support to improve your English language skills to meet the English language requirements for your chosen course.
  • You'll benefit from dedicated student and academic support during your time at our London Academic Centre.
  • We offer Success, Character, Opportunity and Progress Enhancement (SCOPE) sessions that are designed to support your growth and enable you to develop wider thinking across your curriculum.
  • You'll be able to take advantage of our Thinking into Character (TiC) suite of educational programmes that focus on helping you to think bigger, aim higher and achieve your dreams.
  • A link tutor provides academic communication between the London Academic Centre at Regent College London and the University of Bolton’s academic school so that the experience you receive as an off-campus student is equivalent to that of an on-campus student.
  • As an off-campus student you'll also have access to the support of the University’s dedicated off-campus team and resources, to help make you truly feel part of the institution.
  • You’ll also have access to the University’s e-learning resources, an extensive e-library and the support of University librarians.

  • 48 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language. If you didn’t study GCSEs, please contact us for details of other acceptable qualifications.
  • If you have non-traditional entry qualifications and relevant experience, or a suitable portfolio of work that we consider a reasonable substitute for the qualifications we typically accept for this course, then we will be happy to consider your application.
  • Every application will be considered on its individual merits.
  • You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Where we think you’ll benefit from English language tuition, we’ll support you to improve your English language skills as part of your foundation year. This will help you to succeed at degree level.
  • Some work placements (taken during Level HE5 of the course) involve regular unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. If you'll be undertaking a placement that involves regulated activity you'll have to get an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) beforehand. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online You don't need to apply for DBS Enhanced Disclosure before starting the course.Update Service.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.
  • Please visit www.rcl.ac.uk to find out more about our London Academic Centre and Regent College London.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


A degree in health and social care looks at health in its broad context and investigates contemporary health issues. There’s a growing demand for health and social care workers who are not restricted by boundaries and can work flexibly to accommodate the increasingly complex health and social care needs of individuals, families and communities.

This degree will also enable you to develop a range of key transferable employability skills, including written and verbal communication skills, IT skills, the ability to work independently and in a team, research and data analysis skills, the ability to provide support and guidance, and work in complex and demanding situations.

What can I do with this qualification?

This degree offers you a strong foundation, allowing you to work in a wide range of statutory, voluntary and independent settings, including local authority or multi-agency teams, health promotion projects, refugee and asylum services, hospitals, sheltered accommodation, hospices and day centres, and residential care units.

In addition, graduates with a health and social care background are also in a good position to be considered for careers in health education and promotion, welfare, health research, community mental health and commissioning and care management services. Graduates may seek roles as service managers and coordinators, in advocacy, education and training, or as technicians and support workers helping children and families, older and disabled people, drug and alcohol abusers, and people with mental health problems.

Further study is a popular option for health and social care graduates. For some career areas, such as social work, nursing, research and teaching, additional study is required to achieve professional recognition.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Probation work
  • Substance misuse
  • Victim support
  • Youth work
  • Social housing
  • Learning support
  • Counselling
  • Mental health
  • Occupational therapy
  • Community education
  • Teaching and training
  • Journalism
  • Dietitian

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/252025/26
2021£9,250£9,250£9,250£9,250-£37,000

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

This course is not currently accepting online applications

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk


We use a rich variety of learning, teaching and assessment methods. These aim to help you develop the skills, knowledge and competencies you need to achieve the learning outcomes of this course, and more importantly, the values and attitudes essential to good health and social care practice that will support you to succeed in your future career.

Lectures introduce the core course content, while seminars and group-based activities allow you to explore subjects in greater detail and to consider the policies and practices involved. In tutorials, you can ask any questions you have to ensure you understand the topics covered in lectures and seminars. We use case studies, practical scenarios and role-play to help you learn to apply academic theory to real-life problems, allowing you to gain insights into health and social care practice in the working environment. You’ll also have the chance to gain practical skills in our clinical skills laboratory with simulated patients and we’ll encourage you to make use of online learning resources to enhance your studies.

In addition, we offer masterclasses with practitioners from the health and social care sector, sessions with guest speakers who use health and social care services and applied work experience. These seek to enhance employability and bridge the gap between theory and professional practice.

Our assessment methods aim to replicate activities that are required in the workplace. For example, you’ll be expected to write reports, give presentations, create leaflets, develop your portfolio of practice, analyse care plans, review relevant literature, analyse complex cases and discuss how to manage change. You’ll also be required to write essays and reflective accounts, take practical and written tests and get involved in group discussions. Some assessments will contribute to your final module mark and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes, while others are designed to help you identify areas that need extra attention on your part, or where you need extra support from your tutors.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Self-reflection and Self-presentation
  • Reading Modern Society
  • The Individual and Society
  • Research Methods in Social Science
  • The World of Work
  • Reading Contemporary Society
  • Communication and Information Technology
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Using Research Evidence
  • Principles of Care
  • Anatomy & Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Group Dynamics and Working in Teams
  • Planning Care Delivery
  • Work-based Experience
  • Health Promotion - Challenges and Opportunities
  • Social Inclusion, Empowerment and Health
  • Employability Skills
  • Research Proposal/Methods
  • Compassionate Health and Social Care
  • Dissertation/Research Project
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Developing Child and Family Health and Wellbeing
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Contemporary Mental Health
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 95%, Practical exams 5%
Level twoCoursework 100%
Level threeCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 70%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%
Level twoGuided independent study 70%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%
Level threeGuided independent study 78%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Course Enquiries
Regent College London

info@rcl.ac.uk

+44 (0)203 870 6666

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