The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Health and Social Care
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Studying Health and Social Care offers both a stimulating course of study and a route into a large and growing number of careers. Health and social care present numerous challenges within society today as expectations rise, new technologies become available and debates flourish as to how care should be provided and paid for. Should ‘cloning' or ‘assisted suicide' be permitted? Should fertility treatment be available as a right on the NHS? Should older people pay for their own care? Are services delivered fairly to all sections of the community? You will have the opportunity to consider these and many other questions relating to these important topics.
The programme is offered within the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research which has consistently achieved the highest ratings for the quality of its teaching and research and benefits from a number of specialist research units in the field of health and social care. This programme provides you with knowledge and skills that are likely to appeal to potential employers in the social and health care sectors, for example, the NHS, local authority adults' and children's services, and the growing voluntary and private social and health care sector. On graduation, you may wish to work directly with users of services – such as children and families, older people and those with disabilities or mental health problems.There is also access to a wide range of graduate employment opportunities, including areas such as management, research or policy.
Did you know?
In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 70% of research in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research was judged ‘world leading' or ‘internationally excellent'.
See individual programmes for entry requirements and other information
Single honours degrees
You take five core modules (75 credits), plus a further 45 credits from options.Core modules
- Social Problems and Social Policy: The Market, the Family and the State
- Social Problems and Social Policy: Youth, the Family and the State
- Sociology of Everyday Life
- Fundamentals of Sociology
- Introduction to Criminology
- Modern Culture
Social Anthropology, Introduction to Psychology or other modules offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Stage 2/3Core modules
- Health and Health Policy
- Health, Illness and Medicine
- Issues in Social Care
- Social Research Methods
- Welfare in Modern Britain
Recommended modules include:
- Care and Protection of Children
- Key Issues in Welfare Systems
- Mental Health
- Reproductive Health Policy.
These are drawn from a wide range of modules offered by the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, and the Faculty of Social Sciences. It is possible to do a dissertation.
Teaching and assessment
Typically, you have four lectures and four seminars a week and additional tutorial input spread over the year. Some modules involve workshops to develop key personal and study skills, or computing and project work, which you can do individually or in teams. In addition, you spend time in guided individual study, using the resources of the University library and computer-assisted learning packages.
Most modules in the School are assessed by 50% coursework and 50% end-of-year examination. A small number are assessed entirely by coursework. Marks from both Stages 2 and 3 count towards your final degree result. Stage 1 results do not count towards the final mark, but entry to Stage 2 depends on passing Stage 1 assessments.
Passing the Kent IFP with an overall average of 60%, including passing all components, guarantees you entry onto the first year of this degree programme.
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A/AS level BBC at A level, IB Diploma 33 points or IB Diploma with 14 point at Higher, BTEC National Diploma DMM.
The School is committed to widening participation, and has a long and successful tradition of admitting mature students.
We welcome applications from students on accredited Access courses. We always consider students with other qualifications individually.
Careers open to our graduates include: research and policy-oriented work in the NHS, local government or the voluntary sector; postgraduate training on social work and other professional courses; research and evaluation; social care work in the public, voluntary and private sectors; management and organisation posts in the health services; personnel and resource management posts in the private sector, local authorities and voluntary organisations.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
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