Health and Social Care MSci

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

4 years full-time

UCAS Code

H253

About the course

This is an integrated Master’s four year health and social care degree. The course is designed to combine both undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single degree to equip you with the necessary skills, abilities and knowledge to meet the rapidly expanding and changing environment in health and social care.

Throughout the course you’ll be taught different aspects of health and social care, from looking at how to assess needs to being introduced to law, social policy, assessment and care planning. You’ll explore your own values in relation to working with diverse groups, and engage in becoming a reflective practitioner.

Taking a hands-on approach you’ll have the opportunity to put your theoretical skills into practice through undertaking a work placement in your third year. This will support and enhance your learning, increase your future employability prospects and give you the chance to make useful contacts in industry so that you can reach your full potential.

This course aims to give you the knowledge, understanding and core skills required of to pursue a wide range of careers in a variety of statutory or non-statutory, community or residential health and social care settings. Throughout the course you will be supported in exploring and identifying career choices for yourself. Graduates might go into areas such as working in drugs and alcohol, housing, women’s centres, domestic violence and disability.

You will be taught by a very supportive and experienced teaching team who have worked in a range of Health and Social care roles. They’ll use their expertise to bring their teaching to life with real-life case studies.

Personal and professional development, leadership and international perspectives are keen components of this course, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills and put you in a good position for both the UK and an international jobs market.

This course is current and responsive to the changing, challenging and diverse landscape of the Health and Social Care sector. By becoming a Master's level graduate, it's expected that students will become future managers and leaders in health and social care. Students will learn relevant and up to date practice and theory and be taught by lecturers with backgrounds as health and social care practitioners and researchers. Service users and carers will enhance the learning experience. 

Tracey Pottinger - Health and Social Care

Tracy Pottinger, Head of Division of Social Care and Counselling

Course detail

Core modules:

Understanding Health and Social Care

This module will enable you to develop the key skills required for undergraduate study, professional development and life-long learning. You‘ll have the opportunity to develop autonomy in planning, managing and evaluating your own learning through discussions and debates in seminars. You’ll be introduced to theories methods and techniques to enable you to develop your reflective practice and enable you to begin to examine your progress as a professional. The module is assessed through coursework and an in-class test.

Introduction to Law and Social Policy

The module will introduce you to relevant English legislation and social policy underpinning health and social care practice. You'll cover topics including economic and political context of law and social policy, legislation and policy that applies to health and social care practice, the criminal justice system, work with children and families (including risk and safeguarding issues), work with adults (including risk and safeguarding issues), human rights and the political impact and influence upon law and social policy. The application of law and policy to the practice context will also be explored. This module is assessed through case studies and an in-class test.

Social Science and Professional Practice

This module introduces you to sociological and psychological ideas that are used to help us to understand people’s lives and circumstances. You'll have the opportunity to develop your understanding of these approaches, and consider the ways in which these impact upon professional practice in a range of social care settings. You’ll be assessed through coursework and a classroom based exam.

Working Together with Service Users and Carers

You’ll be given the opportunity to develop an understanding of what it is like to be a service user or a carer in today’s society. Your understanding of particular groups will be supported through a series of sessions delivered by service users, service providers and carers. This module is assessed through coursework.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

Placements


This course includes a compulsory 160 hour work placement in your third year in an appropriate environment, giving you the opportunity to relate theory to practice and develop skills in a real world context. In order to undertake your placement you will need to have a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

You will be given a great opportunity to choose from a wide range of existing and new placement providers for example, housing organisations, Women’s Aid, drug and alcohol services, community gardening projects and health promotion services. We have found that quite often, a successful placement experience can lead to further opportunities with the placement provider, such as volunteering or paid work.

You can find more information on placements here.

My placement at Harrogate homeless project involved providing emotional support and helping service users into a move property. I finished my placement with new and improved skills that I never knew I possessed, which will benefit me greatly in my assignments and future career prospects.

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Zoe Swearman, graduated from Health and Community Development BSc(Hons) in 2018, now Advanced Teaching Assistant at Pannal Primary School

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


We know from previous experience that students will go onto a variety of careers, such as working in drug and alcohol services, housing agencies, domestic violence services, disability and wellbeing services, teaching, and relevant Master’s courses such as Social Work and Nursing. This could include community settings and residential settings.

Previous Huddersfield Health and Community graduates have gone on to roles relating to education, healthcare, consulting, human resources, community and social services in organisations including NHS, Leeds City Council, Calderdale College, Yorkshire Children’s Centre, Aspire, Angel Care UK, Ideal Carehomes, Milewood Healthcare, Positive Steps, Pulse Community Healthcare, South Yorkshire Housing Association, Manchester College, Unique Care and Third Hand Community Services.**

 

*Percentage of graduates from these subject areas who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

**LinkedIn and Graduate Employment Market Statistics (GEMs).

92% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield you'll be taught by experienced staff with a variety of backgrounds in social care. We will work with you to develop your skills, knowledge and values to enable you to become a confident professional.

You'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which you would be a part of should you decide to study this course. The school provides you with support in a variety of areas, these include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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