Integrated Health and Social Care at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS

Course summary

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

Assessment method

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

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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

International applicants

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Trinity ISEPassISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with no element below 51
TOEFL (iBT)78no 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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £14500* Year 1
International £14500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.

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Integrated Health and Social Care at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS