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. This programme equips you with the subject-specific knowledge essential for a career in health and social care, as well as developing the skills needed to pursue careers in other fields of public service and welfare.

You graduate ready to enter a dynamic and diverse labour market with key transferable skills that appeal to employers. These include the ability to analyse information, excellent communication skills, planning and organisation, teamwork and leadership, as well as an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the values and interests of others.

Reasons to study Health and Social Care at Kent

  • You are taught by leading academics in the fast-moving and increasingly significant fields of health care and social care
  • Teaching is multidisciplinary, research-led, and engaging. You gain a deep understanding of the major challenges and opportunities facing these key areas of public policy
  • For research quality, Social Policy at Kent is ranked 2nd in The Times Good University Guide 2022 and 3rd in The Complete University Guide 2022 (academic study of health and social care is part of the field of Social Policy & Administration in university rankings)
  • This stimulating degree offers a route into a large and growing number of careers.

What you’ll learn

You’ll develop a systematic and rounded understanding of the enormous challenges facing health and social care and how they can be tackled within the context of social policy. You’ll examine the ideas, ideals, goals and values that underpin health and social care, exploring how key policies are designed and implemented within the context of social change, political forces and economic pressures.

You learn how and why health and social care policies evolve, and can study other social policy areas and societal issues which link to care, or are of special interest to you.

See the modules you'll study

Featured video

Watch to find out why you should study at Kent.

Flexible tariff

Make Kent your firm choice – The Kent Guarantee

We understand that applying for university can be stressful, especially when you are also studying for exams. Choose Kent as your firm choice on UCAS and we will guarantee you a place, even if you narrowly miss your offer (for example, by 1 A Level grade)*.

*exceptions apply. Please note that we are unable to offer The Kent Guarantee to those who have already been given a reduced or contextual offer.

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

  • medal-empty

    A level


  • medal-empty Access to HE Diploma

    The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.

  • medal-empty BTEC Nationals

    Distinction, Distinction, Merit

  • medal-empty International Baccalaureate

    30 points overall or 15 points at HL

  • medal-empty International Foundation Programme

    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average.

  • medal-empty T level

    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.