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University of Northampton

Health Studies/Applied Social Care

UCAS Code: L5L4

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

Access to HE Diploma

M:30

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M3,M3

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

Accepted at DM with an BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma at Merit, or with an A-level at C.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

112

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Health studies

Social care

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 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.

With a Joint Honours degree, you study two subjects and depending on how much time you want to spend on each subject, your degree may emphasise one subject more than the other, which is a major and minor programme. Alternatively, you can study your subjects equally, resulting in a joint degree. Undertaking Joint Honours allows for a high level of flexibility in deciding your degree and career pathway. It is ideal for students who are still exploring their career options.

Joint honours degrees are taught in the same way as single honours degrees, with 120 credits taught per year, over three years.

**By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:**

- If you join us, you will experience student life at the University’s new £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.

- Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new Hewlett Packard laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (northampton.ac.uk/benefits).

- Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

- 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.

**The Northampton Employment Promise**

- In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that If you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.

? terms and conditions apply. See northampton.ac.uk/benefits for more information

Modules

**STAGE 1:**

• Concepts of Health (20 Credits)

• Introduction to Health Studies (10 Credits)

• Study Skills (10 Credits)

• Health and Society (20 Credits)

• Introduction to Social Policy and Law (20 Credits)

• Perspectives on Human Behaviour (20 Credits)

• Volunteering (20 Credits)

**STAGE 2:**

• Health Studies Research Methods (designated) (20 Credits)

• Body Matters (designated) (20 Credits)

• Public health (designated) (20 Credits)

• Contemporary Issues in Healthcare (designated) (20 Credits)

• Agency Approaches to Social Issues (compulsory)(20 Credits)

• Cultural and Gender Perspectives in Social Care (compulsory) (20 Credits)

• Community Involvement (designated) (20 Credits)

• Research for Social and Community Development (designated) (20 Credits)

• Organisational Behaviour (designated) (20 Credits)

• Marketing Planning for Services (designated) (20 Credits)

• Civil Liberties and Human Rights in the UK (designated) (20 Credits)

• Globalisation & Development in the 21st Century (designated) (20 Credits)

**STAGE 3:**

• Health Studies Dissertation (20/40 Credits)

• Integrated Perspectives on Disease (20 Credits)

• Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Health (20 Credits)

• Substance Use in Context (20 Credits)

• Social and Community Development Dissertation (20/40 Credits)

• Social Welfare Applied Project (20 Credits)

• Collaborating for Social Change (20 Credits)

• Substance Use in context (20 Credits)

• Organisational Change (20 Credits)

• Social Responsibility of Business (20 Credits)

• European & International Human Rights Law (20 Credits)

• Development and Change in the Global South (20 Credits)

Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed both in theory and practice. Assessment is mainly through coursework, although some modules involve examinations.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Northampton

Department:

Joint Honours

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

74%
med
Social care

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Health and social care

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
9%
Male students
91%
Female students
45%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

Social work

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

54%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
73%
Course specific equipment and facilities
54%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
9%
Male students
91%
Female students
45%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Health and social care

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

57%
Welfare professionals
15%
Caring personal services
7%
Managers and proprietors in health and care services

Social work

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

57%
Welfare professionals
15%
Caring personal services
7%
Managers and proprietors in health and care services

We're short of social workers - so if you want a degree that is in demand, then this could be the one for you! There's a shortage of social workers all over the UK, and graduates can specialise in specific fields such as mental health or children's social work. If you decide social work is not for you, then social work graduates also often go into management, education, youth and community work and even nursing. Starting salaries for this degree can reflect the high proportion of graduates who choose a social work career - social work graduates get paid, on average, more than graduates overall, but not all options pay as well as social work. This is also an unusual subject in that London isn't one of the more common places to find jobs - so if you want to get a job near to your home or your university this might be worth thinking about.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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