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Course summary

Develop the skills and confidence to deliver real-world, research-informed health and social care, on a degree course that opens up a wide range of career roles. This course gives you a broad understanding of contemporary health and social care and its application in the wider social, policy, legal and organisational environment, both within the UK and internationally. Areas of study incorporate sociology, public health, law and the human services. In your second and third years, follow your interests with optional units in mental health, disability, safeguarding, addictions, human rights and care of older people. In your final year, undertake an independent research project, with the support of our experienced academic team. There is a strong vocational focus, ensuring you develop transferable, employability-enhancing skills. Take this course over four years and include a fee-free one-year placement in industry* where you gain practical experience, build your CV and meet potential future employers. *Only available to UK/EU students Why choose this course?

  • Understand and confidently apply evidence-based theory to practice, delivering excellent health and social care outcomes to all those who access these services
  • Study with an academic team who have wide experience in the field and are actively involved in health and social care research
  • Benefit from the opportunities offering by the University of Bedfordshire’s new Health & Social Care Academy, run in partnership with local councils and NHS Trusts, to recruit and train health and social care workers
  • Take the course with a placement year and benefit from our wide range of relevant placement opportunities including roles in research assistance, social media and community advocacy as well as internships
  • If you need to step up into higher education, start with a Foundation Year which guarantees entry to the undergraduate course
  • The course opens up career paths within local authorities, public health, civil service, social enterprises and the NHS as well as in the private and not-for-profit sectors
  • Our Health and Social Care course received a 91% satisfaction rate in the National Student Survey 2020


Areas of study may include:

  • Introduction to health and social care
  • Global public health
  • Inter-professional working in health and social care
  • Mental health and society
  • Disability in childhood: critical perspectives on policy and practice
  • Safeguarding children, young people and adults
  • Addictions
  • Care of older people: health and social in an ageing society
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How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered. If you would like to check that your qualifications will be accepted please contact the university.

Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For information on the 2024 fees please refer to our website,
Health and Social Care at University of Bedfordshire - UCAS