Health and Social Care (BA (Hons))

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

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Course starts
September

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About Health and Social Care at University of Kent

The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research is one of the best in the country for teaching and research. This programme equips you with the subject-specific knowledge essential for a career in health and social care, as well as developing the skills needed to pursue careers in other fields of public service and welfare. You graduate ready to enter a dynamic and diverse labour market with key transferable skills that appeal to employers. These include the ability to analyse information, excellent communication skills, planning and organisation, teamwork and leadership, as well as an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the values and interests of others. Reasons to study Health and Social Care at Kent You are taught by leading academics in the fast-moving and increasingly significant fields of health care and social careTeaching is multidisciplinary, research-led, and engaging. You gain a deep understanding of the major challenges and opportunities facing these key areas of public policyFor research quality, Social Policy at Kent is ranked 2nd in The Times Good University Guide 2022 and 3rd in The Complete University Guide 2022 (academic study of health and social care is part of the field of Social Policy & Administration in university rankings)This stimulating degree offers a route into a large and growing number of careers. What you’ll learn You’ll develop a systematic and rounded understanding of the enormous challenges facing health and social care and how they can be tackled within the context of social policy. You’ll examine the ideas, ideals, goals and values that underpin health and social care, exploring how key policies are designed and implemented within the context of social change, political forces and economic pressures. You learn how and why health and social care policies evolve, and can study other social policy areas and societal issues which link to care, or are of special interest to you. See the modules you'll study

Teaching involves a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one sessions with academic staff. 

Most modules in the School are assessed by 50% coursework and 50% end-of-year examination. A small number are assessed entirely by coursework. To see details for individual modules, click 'read more' within the module information in the course structure.

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the origins and development of UK welfare institutions, with particular emphasis on those of health and social care
  • current structures of health and social care, including an ability to locate them in a wider context
  • the operation and financing of health and social care and an understanding of the political economy of social welfare
  • the roles of the private and voluntary sectors in relation to health and social care, with an understanding of the mixed economy of welfare
  • key concepts of social policy such as need, equity, inequality, poverty, exclusion, identity, difference and diversity as they relate to health and social care
  • local, regional, national and supranational dimensions of policy and understanding of the links between them
  • the main sources of data in relation to health and social care and a grasp of the research methods used to collect and analyse data
  • interdisciplinary approaches used to analyse issues in health and social care with an ability to use concepts from other social sciences
  • key concepts and theories in relation to health and social care and an ability to apply these in a comparative approach.

Intellectual Skills

You develop the following intellectual skills:

  • problem-solving skills and the ability to seek solutions to social problems and individual needs
  • research skills, including the ability to identify a research question and to collect and manipulate data to answer that question
  • evaluative and analytic skills, to assess the outcomes of policy interventions in relation to health and social care as they impact on individuals and communities
  • sensitivity to the values and interest of others and to the dimensions of difference

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in how to:

  • identify and use theories and concepts to analyse the field of health and social care
  • seek out and use statistical data relevant to the subject
  • undertake an investigation of an empirical issue, either on your own or with other students
  • distinguish between technical, normative, moral and political questions.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in the following:

  • independent study and learning
  • having an appetite for learning and being reflective, adaptive and collaborative in your approach
  • making short presentations to fellow students and staff
  • communicating ideas and arguments to others, both in written and spoken form
  • information technology
  • preparing essays and correctly referencing the materials referred to
  • time management
  • developing interpersonal and teamwork skills to enable you to work collaboratively, negotiate, listen and deliver results

This programme aims to:

  • produce well-trained social scientists with a broad knowledge of the field of health and social care
  • enable students to link theoretical knowledge with empirical enquiry to evaluate research findings and engage critically with the principal debates in the subject
  • give students a good grounding in the areas of health and social care and corresponding political and policy issues
  • equip students with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to enter a dynamic and diverse labour market and  carry forward their interest in the area further.

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Notes about fees for this course

Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR

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