Our exciting Health and Social Care degree offers you the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of health and social care that includes a range of issues about living in communities and society. During the course you will be able to tailor your learning by specialising in key areas of health and social care, and boost your career prospects by undertaking work-based learning.
Why choose this course?
- Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, with a diverse range of experiences and qualifications. What they have in common is a wish to make a difference to people's lives.
- You can tailor your learning according to your interests with a wide selection of optional modules, and you can also specialise in Criminal Justice, Guidance and Counselling, Health and Wellbeing, and Policy and Leadership.
- You'll be able to incorporate work-based learning and volunteering into your studies to get a real sense of health and social care in practice.
- You'll be taught by an expert team of enthusiastic staff who are widely published within their field.
- We have excellent working relationships with a range of organisations such as local authorities, the Framework Housing Association and Skills for Care, which ensure the course is up-to-date and meets employers' needs.
- As part of your final year of study, you could get involved in a health promotion campaign held around the University, the aim of which is to raise awareness about a variety of health-related issues amongst the student population.
How you're taught
To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university, you'll receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods.
Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, seminars and workshops. The smaller group seminars and workshops provide opportunities to develop problem-solving, group working, analysis, debating and presentation skills, and to discuss a wide range of views.
You'll also learn from real-life observational exercises and self-assessment quizzes.
Tutorials with staff
As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one, you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions you'll have the opportunity to:
- discuss and gain feedback about your work
- ask questions about the projects you're working on
- raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your university experience.
Student mentors from Years Two and Three provide first year students with an informal, friendly ear. They're there to answer your questions and point you to appropriate sources of support.
Transition workshops, held at the end of your first and second year, support your move to the next level of study. They provide the opportunity for you to reflect on your learning, explore what will be expected of you at the next stage, gain information about the options available to you, and make links between option choices and career planning.
Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout your three years of study, the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you develop the skills required to undertake an independent study or dissertation in your final year. You will still have regular contact with your tutors, and if necessary ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.
Virtual learning environment
You'll also use our virtual learning environment NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.
How will I be assessed?
The majority of your work will be assessed through:
- coursework-based essays
- individual and group presentations
- your work experience portfolio
- a final year research-based dissertation.
There will also be practical assessments, which will include:
- group and individual presentations
- video exercises
- poster presentations
- IT-based exercises.
In response to student feedback the University has introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.
Learning from experts
You'll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff. The course draws upon their expertise, research interests and experience, and many have also published textbooks in their specialist area of interest.
In addition to the traditional lectures, tutorials and independent study, you'll also hear and learn from renowned experts and professionals in related fields, who are regularly invited to come and talk to our students and provide you with an insight into their specialist knowledge and experiences. In the past, health and social care students have heard from:
- Framework Housing
- Nottingham Drug / Alcohol Advisory Service
- Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS trust
- Nottingham City PCT Health Promotion Team
- Nottingham City Council Homelessness project.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study, you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students, and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the University Language Programme.
- Year 1 coursework (83%) and written (17%)
- Year 2 coursework (55%), written (33%) and practical (12%)
- Year 3 coursework (100%)
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%)
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%)
- Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (19%), independent study (81%)
Careers and employability
Health and Social Care services
In professional terms, the organisations of Health and Social Care services are undergoing significant change, with new partnerships, new ways of working, and the development of new practitioner roles offering challenges and opportunities for service providers and workers. This modern course is design to equip you with the knowledge, skills and values to meet these future professional challenges.
Excellent work experience opportunities
There will be an opportunity to incorporate work experience into your academic studies through the Professional Practice and Working in Professional Practice modules. This experience will allow you to put theory into practice, enhance your understanding of relevant organisations, and develop networks. You could spend time working in:
- primary care trusts
- youth offending teams
- residential homes
- occupational therapy departments
- community centres
- a range of voluntary sector organisations.
Volunteering in a health and social care setting is also encouraged, both as a means of enhancing your academic studies and of building relevant experience.
Throughout this course you will be developing skills for employability. You'll develop interpersonal, communication and counselling skills through practice interviews and role plays. You will also undertake independent research into local organisations offering counselling to key staff.
Your career development
You'll graduate with the confidence, experience and ability to make a difference to people's lives. You may be interested in pursuing a career in:
- health promotion
- social work
- guidance providing agencies
- the police
- probation service
Some past students have also gone on to lead projects aimed at reducing disadvantage within communities.
Certain occupations in health and social care require a professional qualification as well as a degree, and many of our students go on to study for further qualifications or higher degrees.
The Health and Social Care job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent graduates are following:*
- Health care and support worker
- Healthcare assistant
- Mental health support worker
- Learning support assistant
- Early years worker
- Child therapeutic care worker
- Rehabilitation support worker
- Re-ablement support officer
- Unit manager at a private nursing home
- Children and families practitioner
- Prison play worker.
*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results, 2011-12 and 2014-15.
Our Employability Team
We have a dedicated Employability team located on the City Campus. The team are well placed to give you specialist guidance and practical help that will really make a difference to your prospects once you do graduate.
As a Social Sciences student you will have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings, including:
- lecture theatres and teaching classrooms
- open access PCs and secure wireless points
- study areas and social spaces
- Chaucer café serving drinks and light snacks
- our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.