Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Health and Social Care

Learn to offer considered responses to complex issues and help to change and improve lives.


Course overview

Health and social care policy attempts to address numerous challenging problems within society. Our programme will give you a systematic and rounded understanding of the major challenges and opportunities facing health and social care and how, through social policy, they can be tackled and solved.

From day one, you will discuss and confront key issues facing society, giving you confidence to take on the important questions of today. We cover a wide ranging and fast moving set of health and social care issues, and equip you with the means to understand and analyse them. From navigating complex ongoing debates concerning the profound crisis in adult social care to analysing the challenges of perceived over-prescription of medications in mental health care You will be guided throughout by leading academics and researchers, who are able to keep you in touch with the latest developments in the field that they both study and lead in. 

Through our innovative teaching and research, studying health and social care at Kent equips you with the subject-specific knowledge essential for a career in health and social care, as well as developing the skills and the confidence needed to pursue careers in other fields of public service and welfare. This means that as a graduate, you are free to forge your own path and effect change in the places you want to see it.

Why study Health and Social Care at Kent?

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Social Policy at Kent achieved the third highest score for research quality in The Times Good University Guide 2023. 

Impressive prospects

Our degree programme embeds employability at every turn, preparing you for a successful and rewarding career. Discover where your degree could take you.

Your degree, your way.

With a wide range of modules to choose from, you are able to tailor your degree to your interests. Making your degree and your career your own.

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Hear from Poppy, who is in the second year of her health and social care course at Kent as she shares her course highlights so far.

Everything you need to know about our Health and Social Care course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

Health and social care at Kent gives you the tools to understand problems in health and social care, through the context of policy, in order to make a positive difference in the world. With no compulsory modules in your second and third years, you are free to explore your interests and effect change where you want to see it.

How you'll study

Taught by world-leading experts, you'll learn concepts and theories which help you to understand social structures, relevant social policy, and how these can affect daily life from a variety of perspectives.

Your future

As a Health and social care student at Kent, you will benefit from being taught by academics and researchers who are leaders in the field, both for teaching and research. So not only will you be taught by people who are at the forefront of development and debate around health and social care policy, you can be assured that they are also excellent teachers. Meaning they can keep you in touch with the leading debates around issues that matter most to you.

This means that when you graduate, you are well informed on the areas you want to effect change in and well placed to kickstart your career. You’ll be ready to enter a dynamic and diverse labour market with key skills that appeal to employers. These include the ability to analyse information, excellent communication and negotiation skills, planning, teamwork and leadership, as well as an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the values and interests of others, which is crucially important when pursuing a career in health and social care.

Ultimately, the skills and confidence you graduate from Kent with put you in the perfect position to realise your ambition. This could be in health and social care, or any area you want to explore and change. The adaptability of the skills you develop, and the degree programme itself gives you the autonomy to make your degree and your career your own, making health and social care at Kent the first step to wherever you want to go. 

Preparing you for success.
Our Careers and Employability team offer a comprehensive programme of workshops, CV clinics, mock assessment centres, alumni talks and careers events to help you succeed when you graduate.

Hear from Annamae

I absolutely love it, honestly. I really enjoy it. I’ll go home and all I do is talk about university

Annamae is in her second year studying Health and Social Care.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
  • International
  • UK
  • International

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.* 

Your fee status

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 year in industry

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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We are no longer accepting applications for this course for entry in 2024.

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