BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care

Course Title: BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care
Awarding Body: Staffordshire University
Provider Name: CECOS College London
Duration & Study Option: 4 Years Full-time ( incl. a foundation year )

This course is for the future professionals who can positively address the challenges that health and social care presents. In this 4 years programme, the first year of the study is undertaken at CECOS College London and, once successfully completed; students are then able to progress onto the three-year BSc (Hons.) course delivered at the University.

During the course of the study, students will be taught by friendly, knowledgeable, qualified, professional lecturers, who have been employed in either health or social care and are well equipped to help relate the study topics to current policy and practice in the domain. This offers the opportunity to develop core transferable skills and knowledge relevant to health care, social care and public health.

Your learning will help you to develop the knowledge relevant to a productive future in the health and social care sectors.

The Foundation Year in Health and Social Care will help you develop the core transferable skills and knowledge relevant to health care, social care, and public health. You will look at many aspects of Health and Social Care, including life development from birth to older adult, and will consider the influence of external factors such as the environment and policy.

You will develop core skills which are relevant to all Health and Social Care areas, such as record keeping, academic writing and reflective thinking, understanding of how health and wellness may be measured, learn the use of common measurements of data, and how you can affect the communication of others. To support your development and work-readiness, employability skills as professionalism, effective communication, evaluation of evidence are embedded throughout the Foundation Year with the opportunity to undertake relevant work experience in a Health & Social Care setting.

The students for this course need to undertake work experience of 70 hours at a minimum from Year 0 onwards. They can undertake their work experience ideally in a health and social care setting which they will ideally find themselves if they can, or we will support them if they need. If the student is already working in a health and social care setting (e.g. Healthcare Assistant etc), then this can count as their work experience and they do not need to look for an additional placement.

Some of the places where students can complete their work experience are:

  • Probation Services
  • Youth Offending Team
  • Health Watch
  • Various Care and Nursing Homes
  • NHS and Partnership Foundation Trust/s
  • Hospitals
  • Public Health England
  • Various Food banks
  • Local Charity organisations such as Dougie Mac, Barnardos etc.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions and tutorials, which will amount to at least 12 hours per week. When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

You will be assessed through a variety of different formats, this includes presentations, practical coaching, written assignments and work placement portfolio. Teaching will take place at the CECOS College London. Each module normally includes ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations etc. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

  • Student progression is supported both by subject tutors and also by central college services
  • A comprehensive induction introducing new students to the subject, to the course and to the college facilities: e.g. Learning Resources, staff & Student Support
  • College and Programme Handbooks available in print (if needed) and in electronic format
  • Personal and academic support integrated into teaching provided by approachable lecturers and a personal tutor who monitors performance
  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management) integrated into the programme
  • Written electronic assignment feedback, within three weeks of assignment submission
  • Up-to-date computing facilities and a modern, well-equipped Learning Resources Centre
  • Virtual Learning Environment (MOODLE)
  • Access to higher education specific academic support sessions
  • Access to Student Support for students with welfare, financial or counselling needs
  • Access to Learning Support for students with educational needs.
  • Access to careers advice and support
  • Regular one-to-one tutorials and target setting

The Health and Social Care Foundation Year is made up of six modules:

  • Developing Academic and Research Skills for Higher Education
  • Communicationand Employability Skillsfor Personal and Professional Development(and work experience)
  • Introduction to Health and Social Science
  • Health, Choice and the Lifespan
  • Introduction to Health and Social Care Policy

And in Year 1, 2, and 3 you shall be doing the following units:

Year 1 Compulsory Modules (L4 Certificate) Year 2 Compulsory Modules (L5 Diploma) Year 3 Compulsory Modules (L6 BSC (Hons)
Communication Skills in Health and Social Care The Employable Graduate Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care
An Introduction to Academic Study and Employability Skills for Health and Social Care Research Skills for Health and Social Care Extended Health and Social Care Study Project
Human Growth and Development through a bio-psycho-social lens Understanding Health & Social Care Organisations (and work experience) Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care
The Context of Health and Social Care Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion Human Factors and Safe Practice in Health and Social Integrated Care
Professional Issues in Health & Social Care (and work experience)
Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Adults Optional Units Optional Units
Dementia Awareness in Health and Social Care Specialist Care Skills: Youth Crime and Criminal Justice
Supporting individuals, families and households Specialist Care Skills: Substance Use and Society
Mental Health and Wellbeing Perspectives Specialist Care Skills: Housing, Homelessness and Supporting Multiple Disadvantage
Basic Counselling Skills

Successful applicants will typically have 48 UCAS points, made up of Level 3 equivalent qualifications, including A Level and BTEC courses. Additionally, we welcome applications from people with a variety of qualifications, skills and experience. Each application will be assessed on their individual merits.

English Language Requirement
Students are expected to be able to demonstrate English language comprehension at a level equivalent to IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 5.5 to be able to study Foundation Year BSc (Hons.) Health and Social Care.

The expectation of IELTS 5.5 (Reading and Writing must be at 5.5) applies to all students recruited to Foundation Year of the course. All students seeking admission to CECOS (including EU and Overseas) are asked to provide/undertake one of the following:

  • Evidence that their command of spoken and written English is at IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) adequate for the programme of study for which they have applied. The expectation can also be met using other English language tests such as Pearson PTE, NCFE, City & Guilds, Cambridge and ESOL etc./li>
  • Initial assessment of ICT & Maths as well as English at level 2

*All candidates will be required to attend an interview where your ability to undertake the course will be assessed.

The qualification is designed to be delivered over four academic years for full-time study. The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars.

The foundation Year in Health and Social Care is the first year of a four years programme of study. On successful completion of study, the following award: BSc (Hons.) Health and Social Care will be awarded to you.

At the end of the Foundation Year, some students chose to make an application to one of the University’s professional health programmes. Alongside some other essential entry criteria for the professional health courses, the completion of the Foundation Year can often make for a strong application. Courses could include:

  • • Social Work
  • • Psychology and Counselling
  • • Nursing*
  • • Midwifery*
  • • Paramedic Science*

* GCSE in Mathematics and English at Grade C (4) or above required

Once graduated, student can seek excellent careers working both in public and private sector, some examples are:

  • Public Health Specialist/Analyst
  • Residential Home Manager
  • Children’s Home Deputy Manager
  • Social Worker
  • Adult or Mental Health Nursing or
  • Research Assistants
  • Research Postgraduate Qualification.

Full-time students enrolling on the course will pay a tuition fee of £9,250 per annum.

For more information, please visit https://www.gov.uk/student-finance. For more information, please contact the admissions team at admissions@cecos.ac.uk or Tel: 020 7359 3316