BA Health and social care

This BA (Hons) Health and Social Studies program focuses on current health topics such as sociology, psychology, public health, rural health challenges, health care ethics, and health and social care integration.


Our health and social care degree is designed for professionals with a background in social care, housing, health, or nursing who hold a diploma and require a degree for career advancement. Please explore our Social Work course if you want to become a professional social worker.

You will obtain theoretical and practical experience and understanding of multi-professional and multi-agency collaboration with the assistance of your instructors, who are professionals in the health and social care industry.

Why should I complete the BA (Hons) Health and Social Care ?

This course is aimed to expand your understanding of health and social

care, as well as the larger social, policy, legal, and organisational environment in which they operate both in the UK and globally.


  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • Alternatively, completion of Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services and Healthcare PLUS an additional Scottish Higher at Grade C or above
  • Other qualifications that may be accepted by the course team include: an appropriate NQ level award at SCQF 6, an SVQ/NVQ at level 3, or an appropriate access course
  • Applicants without traditional entry qualifications but with appropriate experience will be considered for the course on an individual basis

Core modules are:

  • Nature of health
  • Introduction to psychology
  • Introduction to  health and social policy
  • Sociology of the family
  • The enquiring student

Optional modules include:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Psychology of individual differences and development
  • Exploring and developing palliative and end of life care
  • Literature review (Health and social studies)
  • Promotion of diversity and equality
  • Healthy people, healthy places: challenges for public health

Optional modules include:

  • Ethical issues
  • Promoting and enhancing parenting
  • Introduction to effective management and leadership
  • Legislation and childhood
  • Alcohol and drug studies
  • Digital futures in health and social care
  • Issues of risk
  • Remote and rural health
  • Developmental psychology: birth to death
  • Developing professional practice through placement (Students are responsible for organising their placement)
  • Working in partnership
  • Empowering communities
  • Principles and foundations of health promotion
  • Researching the social world

Optional modules include:

  • Care and control
  • Recognising and challenging discrimination and disadvantage
  • Health psychology
  • The individual, society, and the health continuum
  • Specialist provision
  • Urban-rural divide
  • Contemporary issues
  • Adolescence
  • Comparing politics systems
  • Dissertation
  • Comparative health studies

Optional modules include:

  • Professional reflection
  • Personal and professional reflection
  • Development disorders
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Disability and society
  • Informatics in health and social care
  • Psychopathology: mental health and wellbeing
  • The consumerist society

Entry Requirements

Application-based on Previous qualifications:

If you are applying based on your previous qualifications, you will usually have achieved a minimum of 90 credits from a Level 3 qualification such as A-Levels or BTECs

Mature learner 21+:

If you are applying as a mature learner (aged 21+) and do not have the above qualifications, you can apply via our assessment-based entry, and we will consider your prior experiences (work, voluntary, life, and other experiences) that are relevant to the course.

You will be required to complete the following:

  1. Provide a Personal Statement
  2. English Language Test (with a minimum 60% score, equivalent to IELTS 5.5)
  3. Maths Test (Score 50%)
  4. Complete a SAPE Assessment (Screening for Accreditation of Prior Experience)
  5. Applicants will also be invited to attend an Interview

You will be required to pass our English Language test with a minimum 60% score, equivalent to IELTS 5.5.

How to Apply

Each of our courses has different entry requirements and a different admission process. We encourage you to look at our course pages and the How to apply section for detailed information.


Feb 2022

June 2022

September 2022

January 2023


Weekday / Weekend /Evening Classes


3 years


£9,250 per year (Home fee)


RQF Level 3-6


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