OVERVIEW UWS’s BA (Hons) Integrated Health & Social Care is a top-up degree for holders of HNCs or HNDs and will help you build a career within the health and social care sector. This degree reflects the changing environment within health and social care. It will allow you to explore the health and social care sector in response to changing demographics and the integration of services. It will help you understand the challenges and opportunities where providers can work together to deliver high-quality and connected health and social care services. The degree recognises the shift in services, from both a national and international perspective, and how they are moving towards prevention, person-centredness, enablement and empowerment of individuals and support within people’s homes. Central to the degree is valuing the role that all staff play in the implementation and delivery of integrated services. The BA Integrated Health & Social Care is the first of its kind in Scotland and is specifically designed as a progression or articulation route for those candidates, who have a relevant Further Education college qualification, looking to strengthen their knowledge, skills and career in the rapidly changing environment of integrated health and social care provision. Articulation into year two or three is available for candidates with an appropriate HNC or HND. PRACTICAL FOCUS Work-based learning is an important element of this course. You will be required to undertake work-relevant learning with an organisation which you are currently employed by or volunteer with. CAREER PROSPECTS Jobs This degree will prepare you for a successful career in health and social care and can open a variety of career opportunities in a number of sectors and organisations such as local councils, health boards other local and national government agencies, charities and social enterprises, including: // Links worker and community connector roles // Mental health services // Addiction and homelessness services // Older people and dementia services // Learning disability services // Supported living and enablement services Further Study Following graduation, possible study opportunities are possible on a variety of taught postgraduate master's courses in areas such as Integrated Care, Gerontology, Social Work, Adult or Mental Health Nursing, Business and Management or Quality Management.
This BA (Hons) course is delivered over 3 years. If you enter thew course in Year 2 with an HNC then your studies will last a maximum of 3 years. If you enter the course in Year 3 with an HND, then your studies will last a maximum of 2 years. In Year 2 you will complete five core modules, one of which will be work-related, and a specific module related to health and social care. You will receive a broad introduction to the complex health and social care needs of individuals and the skills to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of public services. You will study the policy, practice, ethical and socio-economic factors that influence health and social welfare and the integration of public services. Core modules include: // Integrating Health and Social Care // Dimensions of Health // Assessment and Enablement // Person-centredness // Politics and Policy in Health and Social Care // Work Related Learning 1 In Year 3 you will complete five modules, including a work-based learning module. You will develop professional attitude, leadership and management skills. You will learn how to contribute effectively to evidence-based decision-making processes, with the rights and respect for individual service users at heart. Core modules include: // Critical Research Appraisal // Quality and Leadership (40 credits) // Managing in the Public Sector (School of Business & Creative Industries) // Work related learning 2 // Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Welfare In Year 4 you will complete four core modules and one optional module. You will also complete a research dissertation in a specialist area of health and social care policy and practice. Core modules include: // The Honours Dissertation (40 credits) // Supporting Families // Work Related Learning 3 // Effective teaching in practice // Option module from university portfolio
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and guided laboratory work. There will also be group work, literature reports and research projects in order to ensure our degrees provide a strong set of additional skills, such as presentational and communicative skills. Our Integrated Health and Social Care degree uses a variety of assessment methods. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect: // Written examinations // Written reports // Coursework // Practical assessment
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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- Paisley Campus
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 2
- Year 3
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.|
|Cambridge English Advanced||176 overall with no sub-test less than 169|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||176 overall with no sub-test less than 169|
|Trinity ISE||Pass||ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests|
|PTE Academic||54||An overall score of 54 with no element below 51|
|TOEFL (iBT)||78||no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17|
DUO LINGO In addition ot the above English Language tests, for 2022-23 entry, the University has approved the use of the online Duolingo English test as evidence of English language ability. UWS will accept an overall score between 90-115 with no component score below 90. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.
UWS's English language requirements
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
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