Undergraduate Courses at Bangor University

Health and Social Care BA (Hons)

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Course facts

  • UCAS code: L510
  • Bangor code: BA/HSC
  • Course length: 3 years

This Health and Social Care course provides a multidisciplinary, social science based route to qualification in the health and social care fields. An alternative to clinical training, the emphasis during this Health and Social Care course is on the social experiences of health and care, including the policy issues, the delivery and management of services, and the evaluation of evidence.

Some modules offered as part of the Health and Social Care course, as well as certain subjects in joint honours combinations, are also available through the medium of Welsh. For details, see the Welsh prospectus.

Career Prospects

Through studying this subject you will gain a good background for careers in areas such as health services management, research, health promotion, social and community work.

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

You will have, on average, 6 hours of lectures per week and up to 6 hours of group seminars. You will also complete reading, research, library searches, project work, and preparation for presentations. Some modules involve project and/or small group work. Your dissertation involves research in the area of your choice. We have good links with Germany and Finland and you may spend up to one semester abroad.

We use a variety of assessment methods, including coursework, examinations and the dissertation, which counts for 4 modules over 2 years of study. Some modules are wholly assessed by coursework.

What will I study?

Year 1

The core modules of the Health and Social Care course provide an introduction to the key concepts, historical background and contemporary issues relating to health and social care as well as an introduction to research skills.

Core modules:

  • Health and Welfare Issues
  • Doing Social Research
  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Social Science Perspectives
  • Understanding Society

Plus 20 credits from either:

  • Language / Technique for Social Sciences
  • Modules from other Schools

Years 2 and 3

Core modules provide a thorough grounding in key theoretical perspectives, comparative studies in health and welfare policy, and research methodologies. Other modules can be chosen from a variety offered by the School of Social Sciences. You will also work independently (with supervision) on an extended piece of written work to be submitted as a dissertation.

Year 2

At level 2 you will continue the study of core subjects related to your discipline, begin your dissertation study and select a limited number of options.

Compulsory modules:

  • Personal Social Services
  • Sociology of Health
  • Methods of Social Research
  • Dissertation Preparation 
  • Contemporary Social Debates

plus 20 credits of modules in Social Science 

Year 3

You will complete your degree with a more detailed study of core areas, select optional areas and complete your dissertation.

Compulsory modules:

  • Comparative Health and Welfare
  • Mental Illness
  • Dissertation 
  • Housing Policy
  • Issues in Social Housing

The remaining credits taken in other Social Science topics

Modules for the 2014–15 academic year:

Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1
Semester 2

Optional Modules

20 credits from:

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Programme Specification

  • We aim to provide a friendly and informal learning environment.
  • The degree structure is flexible enough to offer a range of specialisms and a breadth of choice.
  • The degree is taught by experts in the subject who aim to be innovative and to meet real needs.
  • The introductory year's work is designed to build your confidence, whatever your background.
  • We use a variety of learning approaches, and, as well as the development of personal skills, we emphasise the development of practical skills in observation, interpretation, information processing and presentation, all of which will be valued by employers.
  • You will have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad as part of the degree.

Entry requirements

  • 240-280 points.
  • The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification is accepted.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate.
  • IELTS 6.0 (international candidates).
  • We consider mature students with relevant experience on individual merit.
  • Access students are welcome.

Contact us:

School of Social Sciences' Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0) 1248 382085
E-mail: socialsciences@bangor.ac.uk



Other Courses related to Health and Social Care

You may combine study of Health and Social Care with one of the following subjects (see Single or Joint Honours for explanation): Criminology and Criminal Justice, History, Management, Social Policy, Sociology, Sport, Health and Physical Education, Sport Science, Welsh, Welsh History.

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