University Centre Somerset - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Health and Social Care University Centre Somerset - Bridgwater & Taunton College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: The Open University


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Whether experienced in the health and social care sector or not, this popular degree will develop your skills and knowledge of social care through a blend of work-based learning and classroom teaching. This degree provides you with a sound and critical understanding of health and social care policy, theory and practice, as well as the skills you need for effective practice in a diverse, multidisciplinary environment. You will also learn how ethical, legal, social, economic and political factors influence the provision and development of services; and gain the critical and analytical skills that underpin evidence-based practice.

There are two pathways for this course: a Practitioner Pathway and a Non-Practitioner Pathway. Your choice will be dictated by whether you are already working within a health and social care setting and whether you already possess a vocationally related qualification.

In Year 2 you can be assessed against the National Occupational Standards, culminating in the achievement of a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care if you don't already hold this qualification. If you already possess a Level 3 vocationally-related qualification you will be able to undertake alternative CPD Units.

The BA programme team has worked collaboratively with Health and Social Care providers for many years. As such, extensive research has been conducted throughout the development of this programme through the engagement of service providers as well as service users, practitioners, recent and past graduates.

The Honours Programme opens up a variety of career paths in the health and social care sectors, and give you the potential to work in a managerial or supervisory capacity. You could become a Registered Manager in a children's or adult setting, a family support worker, residential care worker in children and adult services, youth worker, learning support worker or assistant social worker. Post-graduate qualifications such as a PGCE are also a possiblity

Course details


The modules studied over the three years will include:
•Interpersonal Skills and Communication Strategies
•Applied Human Development
•Values, Morals and Ethics
•Introduction to Sociology
•Professional Development
•Managing Care Settings
•Evidence Based Practice
•Mental Health and Wellbeing
•Critical Practice

Assessment method

Assessment is largely via coursework, tests of knowledge and understanding and written assignments – reflective essays, project reports, presentations. We offer comprehensive study skills support throughout your time at College in order to help maximise your chances of success. Teaching sessions take the form of short lectures, supervised discussions, small group work and guest speakers.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code 7F34
Institution code B70
Campus name Taunton Campus
Campus code T

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points
A level 80 UCAS Points (minimum 32 at A2 level)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP
Access to HE Diploma 80 UCAS points

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Fees and funding

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University Centre Somerset - Bridgwater & Taunton College
Bath Road

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01278 441234