Annamae Ballantine - Health and Social Care - BA (Hons)
Health and social care policy attempts to address numerous challenging problems within society. On this degree programme you learn to offer considered responses to complex issues, which could change and improve lives.
The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research is one of the best in the country for teaching and research. You are taught by qualified health and social care professionals with diverse practical experience who are active in research and scholarship.
Health and Social Care addresses key issues such as: 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? Which policies are most effective in reducing social inequalities in health? You have the opportunity to consider these and many other important questions.
Your first year gives you a solid foundation in the subject, through the study of health, care and well-being. You develop an understanding of sociology, social control and policy making, and the social experience of everyday life. You can also choose from optional modules on criminology, modern culture and other subject areas.
In your second and final years, you take a module in research methods and choose from a range of modules to create a degree that reflects your interests. Subjects covered may include caring for vulnerable adults, social security, health policies, mental health and the welfare state.
The degree focuses on health and social care policy to offer both a stimulating course of study and a route into a large and growing number of careers. It encourages you not only to explore and evaluate the issues but also to think about solutions and how to apply them in a practical context.
The Social Studies Society is run by Kent students for anyone with an interest in Criminology, Sociology, Law, Social Policy, Economics and Politics. Events in the past have included:
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At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.
Please also see our general entry requirements.
The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis.
If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
Distinction, Distinction, Merit in Health and Social Care or Public Services.
34 points overall or 15 points at HL
Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average.
International students should visit our International Student website for further specific information. International fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot study part-time due to visa restrictions.
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Duration: 3 years full-time (4 with a year abroad), 6 years part-time (7 with a year abroad)
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.
The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this programme are:
For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.
Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.
Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.
Teaching involves a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one sessions with academic staff.
Most modules in the School are assessed by 50% coursework and 50% end-of-year examination. A small number are assessed entirely by coursework. To see details for individual modules, click 'read more' within the module information in the course structure.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
This programme aims to:
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
You develop the following intellectual skills:
You gain subject-specific skills in how to:
You gain transferable skills in the following:
Social Policy at Kent was ranked 3rd for research quality and 13th overall in The Complete University Guide 2021.
Social Policy at Kent was ranked 2nd for research quality and 9th overall in The Times Good University Guide 2021.
Our programmes provide you with knowledge and skills that appeal to employers such as:
You also develop transferable skills such as planning and organisation, teamwork and leadership.
The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research has its own employability team who work with businesses to maximise opportunities for our students. We also hold an Employability Month every February and run networking events throughout the year.
The University has a friendly Careers and Employability Service which can give you advice on how to:
Taken as part of your degree, the Kent Student Certificate for Volunteering Platinum Award allows you to develop transferable skills in leadership, mentoring, project management and working within teams and organisations. You complete 100 hours of volunteering on campus, in the community and project leadership.
You graduate with subject-specific knowledge that is essential for a career in health and social care. You also develop the key transferable skills graduate employers look for, including:
You can also gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021/22 academic year. Please visit the 2022 entry course pages.
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