COVID-19 Updates: For advice and updates for staff, students, and applicants who may have concerns about the coronavirus outbreak please visit our Situation Updates page.

Applied Social Care and Health Studies (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:


  • Level:


  • Duration:

    3 years full-time
    4-6 years part-time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 (per 20 credit module) Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000

  • Location:


Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 894503

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.


The course aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills and values appropriate for working in a variety of Health and Social care settings. The teaching and learning is delivered by academic staff actively engaged in research, consultancy, internationalisation, the student experience and publication.

Joint Honours courses are flexible and you can tailor modules around your interests, which is ideal for those who want to study diverse subject areas.

Updated 10/04/2021


  • Progression courses available.
  • Optional placement opportunities.
  • Flexible module choices to tailor your degree to your needs.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
  • HP laptop and software included with this course*. (*Terms and conditions apply).

Discover our Waterside campus

If you’d like to see more of our Waterside campus, come and join us for a socially distanced CAMPUS TOUR.

Book a Campus Tour

Course Content

  • The programme adopts an interdisciplinary perspective to the study of health, illness and disease in modern Western and developing societies. You will study areas of sociology, psychology, nutrition, biology, social policy and ethics.

    You will have the opportunity to explore answers to questions like Why are some people more likely to become ill than others? Why do women live longer than men? Why are older people, disabled people and people from minority ethnic groups often discriminated against in healthcare?

    The programme aims to engage you in developing your knowledge and understanding of social development and contemporary social issues. You will be supported to develop a  critical and analytical approach to knowledge and its application to social issues and social systems. It is expected that you will emerge as innovative, self-directed and self-motivated learners with an ability to critique theoretical perspectives and research findings.

    This degree programme is designed to prepare you to answer the call by health and social care employers for workers at all levels in the healthcare sector and to develop graduates who are better prepared to take the health and social care sector in new directions.

    Stage One

    At stage one your knowledge of health and social care practice is developed and you will be introduced to major concepts of health, illness and disease from a multidisciplinary perspective. You will also take the ‘How to be successful at University’ module which will equip you with the knowledge and ability to achieve greater academic success in your assignments as well as developing your employability skills.

    The value base of social care is emphasised and you will engage in teaching designed to support your learning and understanding of contemporary social issues and social development. You will benefit from a short shadow placement in your first year followed by an extended work-based placement and reflective experience in the second year of the course.

    Stage Two

    At stage 2 you will have the opportunity to further develop your interests in each subject area whilst learning new approaches and topics. Health Studies modules include health in later life, health matters, public health and research methods for health. Within these modules, you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge of important and topical matters related to health in later life from physiological, sociological and psychological perspectives. Health Matters explores why healthy bodies matters, studying the determinants of a healthy body and the barriers to achieving a healthy body. The Public Health module examines the health of local, national and global populations drawing on Public Health and Epidemiology.

    In social care you will gain more specific and detailed knowledge by exploring in greater depth the social issues that affect society which prevent people achieving independence and having choices. Social issues explored include law and policy in relation to achieving social change, living with disabilities and effective partnership working.

    The research methods modules will equip you with essential and transferable skills in quantitative and qualitative methods. Quantitative skills include collecting, analysing and presenting data using numbers. The qualitative component does the same using words, images, pictures and interviews.

    Stage Three

    In social care this stage consolidates your knowledge and learning. The Enhancing Leadership and Employability Skills module explores the role of leadership in contemporary social care and community practice and assists you to develop an awareness of your values and style of leadership. The final year dissertation acts as a gateway to future employment.

    In Health studies there is a focus on the nature of health and disease from an integrated perspective on health and disease (IPOD) covering current health issues such as depression and obesity. Up until now modules have covered several different topics but in IPOD two topics are examined in great detail from a number of different perspectives. You will have the option to choose ethical, legal and social issues in health module which focuses on a range of ethical debates and dilemmas, underpinned by theory on topics such as human cloning, stem cell research, transplants, abortion and euthanasia. You will also complete your dissertation in Health Studies which is any topic of interest to you within the area of health.

    You will be expected to undertake a dissertation at stage 3 that can major in your preferred subject or your dissertation can be equally weighted between your two subjects of health and social care. This will enable you to select an area of interest and develop your knowledge through a literature-based research process.


    Module information can be found on the Award Map.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer is:

    • BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC.
    • Applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or career qualifications are also welcome.
    Integrated Foundation Study Entry Requirements

    Admission to this Foundation Framework is normally:

    • DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC
    • However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.

    All offers of a place on the programme are subject to:

    • successful Occupational Health Screening and
    • satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.
    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA/BSc rate).
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • UK and EU Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA/BSc rate).
    • International: £12,900
    Additional costs

    Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associated with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.

    Scholarships and Bursaries

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • Successful completion of this course could lead on to one of our postgraduate programmes. Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Students are assessed both in theory and practice. Assessment is mainly through course work such as essays, presentations and portfolios although some modules include examinations.

    What other entry requirements are there?

    All students who enrol on the course may be required to complete a successful Occupational Health Screening and Disclosure and Barring Service Check prior to their first placement.

Upcoming Open Days

Open Days give you the best experience and insight to courses, people and facilities that interest you. Make your choice easier and come meet us.


Careers and Employability

Students that have completed this degree have gained employment in a number of areas such as teaching, the police, housing and the third sector. Students can also continue studying at postgraduate level and areas of interest have included medicine, youth and community justice and social work.