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.
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, social policy and ethics. The ethos that underpins the Social Care aspects of this programme is anti-racist and anti-discriminatory practice that will prepare you for employment with a variety of individuals and communities.
Students that have completed the Health and Social Care undergraduate 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 post graduate level and areas of interest have included medicine (General Practitioner), youth and community justice and social work.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
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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 the role of community development in a range of social and political contexts, taking into account the emerging global knowledge. 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. Through this course you will be able to identify and offer challenges to the issues of inequality, oppression and discrimination through a sound grasp of the role of community development in providing social interventions to social problems.
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.
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 have the opportunity to take the Health Studies Skills module, which will equip you with the knowledge and ability to achieve greater academic success in your assignments.
The value base of social care is emphasised and you will engage in teaching designed to support your learning and understanding of anti-oppressive, anti-discriminatory and anti-racist practice in a model that promotes social justice and person-centred practice. You will also study contemporary issues in the introduction to health studies module. This module provides a taster to modules offered at level 5 and 6, in Health Studies.
Law, Social Policy, Concepts of Health, Health and Society, Introduction to Health Studies, Study Skills and Perspectives on Human Behaviour are just a few of the key modules you will undertake at Stage One. You will also participate in Volunteering in the local community to further understand the diverse human nature. You will be introduced to the Community Development Occupational Standards (CDNOS) and how to apply them to your practice which ensures you meet the necessary professional standards. You will study perspectives of human behaviour from both psychological and sociological perspectives to gain an understanding of individual and group motivation towards human behaviour.
At stage two, you will have the opportunity to further develop your interests in each subject area whilst learning new approaches and topics. Topics such as Body Matters, Public Health and Organisational Behaviour will be addressed. You will also explore your own motivation using a cultural and gendered lens to gain a better insight into yourself which will enhance your community practice. The Community Involvement module gives you the opportunity to gain some valuable experience in working with communities for communities. Agency approaches to social issues provides an insight into inter-agency working to address social issues within contemporary society.
Within Health Studies you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge of important and topical matters in health, in the Contemporary Issues in Healthcare module. Body Matters offers you the chance to explore in-depth issues in reproduction and healthy bodies from different perspectives. 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. An additional module that concentrates on life over the age of sixty is health issues in later life which provides an insight into the ageing process from different perspectives including positive ageing.
There is an optional placement year available to students studying on the Social Care course between stages two and three.
At stage three, students will undertake a double weighted module in Social Care that focuses on motivational interviewing. This is designed to provide an insight into motivation to change behaviour. The second part of this module sends you on a field trip to a deprived area where you will develop a community profile using academic methods and develop an intervention based upon your findings.
In Health Studies there is also 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 the modules, ethical, legal and social issues in health, 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. The second module that you could choose is researching population’s health, which considers worldwide health comparisons in developing and affluent countries and reasons for this difference. You will also complete your dissertation in Health Studies, which is on any topic, of interest to you, within the area of health.
You will also be able to study the field of bio-ethics which will enable you to understand ethical issues and debates which forms the basis of understanding ethical considerations whilst undertaking research.
You will be expected to complete a dissertation at stage three that can major in your preferred subject or your dissertation can be equally weighted between the 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 is quoted for 16/17 currently. The course modules for 17/18 will be confirmed in Spring, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Three years full-time or flexible part time. Students can complete an optional work experience year, making the course a potential total of four years.
Students are assessed both in theory and practice. Assessment is mainly through coursework, although some modules involve examinations.
Facilities and Special Features
- this course prepares you for professional socially, psychologically and biologically constructed health issues
- we adopt the philosophy that health and illness are socially and psychologically, as well as biologically, constructed
- we develop your skills and knowledge in working with other professionals
- raise political awareness and encourage you to be creative, critical and reflective thinkers
- we encourage you to be a critical thinker who is autonomous and empowers not only themselves but communities
- you will become change makers of the future. The social care modules are closely aligned to the University of Northampton’s Changemaker programme
- delivered by a dedicated multidisciplinary team
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
A typical offer is BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. Standard entry requirements apply. Applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or career qualifications are also welcome.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,300 per 20 credit module|
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
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How to apply as an international student
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Scholarships available to international students
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