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BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care

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Award: BSc (Hons)
Mode of Study: Full-time
Duration: 3 years or 4 with Foundation Year
Location: University of Bolton Manchester 
UCAS Points: 104 Points for 3 Year Degree, 48 points for Foundation Degree
Start Date: September, January, May


The health and social care sector plays a critical role in maintaining the physical and mental health of the public. In the UK, the National Health Service is embedded deeply in British society, providing support to residents since 1948. By studying your BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care degree with UoBM, you can develop essential knowledge and understanding of health and social care principles and practices while experiencing life in the multicultural heart of Manchester.

Our experienced team will support you in developing core knowledge in critical health and social care areas, emphasising the social, political, ethical, and global contexts in which the industry operates. We'll explore how health and social care providers are managed, regulated and integrated to meet the needs of the population they serve. We'll also examine the biological, psychological, and sociological factors of human development and analyse their influence on health and wellbeing.

By considering individual personal, social and cultural circumstances, you'll analyse how lifestyle and environment influence a person's decision and ability to seek professional health or social care. We'll also guide you as you explore professional roles and responsibilities, safeguarding, risk assessments and safe working practices.

The degree is expertly structured to combine academic, practical and employability skills development so you graduate with the confidence to navigate the professional health and social care landscape. We'll coach you in developing a wide range of high-level intellectual abilities and sought-after skills such as communication, time management, teamwork and problem-solving. We also aim to help you build lifelong learning skills so that you can take ownership of your professional development for the future, maximising your potential for success. 

Working in health and social care is both exciting and challenging. This course focuses on helping you develop the attitudes, abilities and competencies needed to thrive in this sector. As a graduate of our BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care, you'll have the skillset and resilience from real-life experience and case studies to flourish in careers across the health and social care spectrum in the UK and internationally.

Throughout this degree, some programme aims are:

  • Enable students to follow a career in the sector or choose from a range of alternative career options within health and social care or for further study
  • Enable students to understand and apply current technical language and practices in a range of health and social care contexts.
  • Enable students to develop a wide range of intellectual and analytical abilities relevant to health and social care
  • Critical thinking concerning real-life social and health care cases
  • To develop the transferable skills necessary for students' personal and professional development 
  • To provide an education in the terminology, concepts, and principles utilised in health and social care professional practice.
  • Social, political, ethical, technological, environmental, entrepreneurial and global contexts in which the health and social care industry operates

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry Requirements 

104 Points for a 3 Year Degree

Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics.

Foundation Year Entry Requirements

48 points for a Foundation Year. 

English Language Requirements

All students applying with International or EU qualifications must meet the minimum English language requirements of IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at the undergraduate level.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our English Language Requirements.


Manchester provides many employment and work experience opportunities for our graduates, with more than ten hospitals in the Greater Manchester area and many NHS, council, private and third-sector health and social care settings seeking qualified health and social care professionals.

Our BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care looks at health in its broad context and investigates contemporary health issues. There's a growing demand for health and social care workers who understand the need for multi-disciplinary working and can work flexibly to accommodate the increasingly complex health and social care needs of individuals, families and communities.

This degree also supports you in developing a range of key transferable employability skills, including written and verbal communication skills, IT skills, the ability to work independently and in a team, research and data analysis skills, the ability to provide support and guidance and work in complex and demanding situations.

As a graduate of this degree, you'll be well-prepared for working in a wide range of statutory, voluntary and independent settings, including local authority or multi-agency teams, health promotion projects, refugee and asylum services, hospitals, sheltered accommodation, hospices and day centres, and residential care units. 

Graduate employment opportunities that might be available to graduates of the health and social care programme include:

  • Care Home Manager
  • Community development worker
  • Healthcare Manager
  • Assistant practitioner e.g. Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Primary Care Graduate Mental Health Worker
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Community Development Worker
  • Education Welfare Officer
  • Medical Sales Representative
  • Progression to PG Study to access further careers: e.g. Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, Teaching

Structure and Content

Foundation Level

  • Communication Skills
  • Data Skills
  • Professional Development Skills
  • Research Skills

Year One

  • Academic and Professional Skills
  • Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • The Health and Social Care Professionals
  • Working Safely in Health and Social Care Environments

Year Two

  • Lifespan Development
  • Safeguarding in Practice
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • Significant Life Events and Resilience

Year Three

  • Inequalities and Social Justice
  • Leadership and Change Management in Health and Social Care
  • Undergraduate Major Project (Health and Social Care Context)
  • Comparative Healthcare Systems

Teaching and Assessment

We understand that our students' learning needs and preferred learning styles vary, so we use a range of learning and teaching methods.

Lectures introduce the core course content, while seminars and discussion groups allow you to explore subjects in greater detail. Tutorials offer space to ask questions, ensuring you understand your study topics. We use case studies, practical scenarios and workshops to help you learn to apply academic theory to real-life practical scenarios, allowing you to gain insights into contemporary practice in working health and social care environments. We'll also expect you to undertake considerable guided independent study, for instance, library research and background reading, preparing for seminar and tutorial activities, and working on assignments. 

Guest lectures and presentations by visiting speakers from relevant employment areas will allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding further.

You can expect time-constrained exams, essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others in terms of assessment. These contribute to your final module mark and demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes.

We also use other assessment forms to help you learn, provide feedback, and inform your development. These do not, however, count towards your final module mark. 

Learning Activities 

Assessment Strategy

Assessment tasks are linked to the learning outcomes of each module and are completed before and after the end of the module. Module assessments are typically either coursework or examination or a combination of both. Other types of assessment may include in-class tests, coursework, assignments, major project, presentation or projects.

Assessment Methods

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Course Fees

EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information. 

For 2023-2024 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2023-2024 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Fees for this Course:

2023/24: £9,250
2024/25: £9,250
2025/26: £9,250
Total Fee: £27,750

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