Undergraduate Courses at Bangor University

Health and Social Care BA (Hons)

Course facts

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

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

 

 

Course Overview

This 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 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 course, as well as certain subjects in joint honours combinations, are also available through the medium of Welsh. For details, see the Welsh prospectus.

Why choose Bangor for this course?

  • 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.

Course Content

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 universities in  Germany, Finland, Denmarl, Spain and Poland, 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 you study on this course?

Year 1

The core modules of the 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:

  • Social Sciences or 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 one optional module 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 modules.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change annually. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Health and Social Care Modules page.

Programme Specification

Careers & Employability

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.

Employability and the School of Social Sciences

Employers today need analytical and lateral thinkers who can play a part in almost any working environment. As a result, the breadth and flexibility of a social science degree makes it attractive to almost any employer. Graduates from the School have followed a wide range of career paths.

Criminology and Criminal Justice

There are a wide range of options open to students following graduation and these include careers in social work, the police force, the probation service, the prison service and the legal profession.

Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care graduates will enter professions such as health service management, care provision, public information, research and evaluation of the health and social care services.

Social Policy

Social Policy graduates enter a wide range of occupations within the policy field including public housing, social work, local government administration and the voluntary sector.

Sociology

Sociology graduates enter a wide range of occupations including management, journalism, public relations, social work, personnel,  teaching and research.

Social Work

Most newly qualified social workers will be employed in local authority social services departments. These are increasing opportunities within the independent sector. The demand for professionally qualified social workers is a very high and employment prospects are extremely good following graduation.

Careers and Employability Service

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

Amongst the experiences offered by the Careers and Employability Service to help both your personal and career development are work placements, work taster schemes, part-time work, and volunteering and mentoring opportunities.

Bangor Employability Award

The Bangor Employability Award is designed to enhance the immediate and longer-term career prospects of our students. It offers free opportunities to gain the skills and experiences employers need, based on up-to-date research.

BEA graduates get a certificate, a transcript and formal verification of their extracurricular activities from Bangor University. The Award also offers free training courses, interview preparation, access to online careers software and helps develop a skills portfolio of evidence for employers.

Student Volunteering

Student Voluteering is both worthwile in itself but also improves your employbility and widens your experiences. The Students' Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office - Student Volunteering Bangor (SVB) within the Students' Union which has over 1,500 members, 600 of whom volunteer on one or more of our community based projects. SVB volunteers currently contribute a total of 600 hours each week which promotes a close relationship between the university and the local community.

 

 

Entry requirements for this course

  • 240-280 points.
  • The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification is accepted.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate.
  • English language requirements for international students: IELTS 6.0 (no element below 5.5); Pearson PTE: a score of 56 (with no element lower than 51); Cambridge English Test – Advanced: 169 (with no element lower than 162)
  • We consider mature students with relevant experience on individual merit.
  • Access students are welcome.

General University entry requirements

Here at Bangor we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points . Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Why study at the School of Social Sciences?

  • Students from countries worldwide attend the School of Social Sciences for undergraduate, masters and research training, creating a dynamic learning environment.
  • Our staff undertake research of national and international reputation and have written major text books and articles published in top academic journals.
  • We aim to provide a friendly, supportive and stimulating learning environment, supplemented by contributions from practitioners in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.
  • Undergraduate degree structure is flexible enough to offer a range of specialisms and breadth of choice.
  • We have a long history of high quality social work education and a long-standing, strong and effective partnership with social service agencies in North Wales.
  • Under our personal tutor scheme, a member of lecturing staff will monitor the student's academic progress and will offer help, advice and support on an individual basis.

Studying at Bangor

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) and top in Wales for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students – in university accommodation that’s rated within the top 10 in the UK (What Uni Student Choice Awards).

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