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Health and Social Care Policy focuses on policy issues facing our society such as providing and financing healthcare, health inequalities and ageing.
The BSc in Health and Social Care Policy is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to work in graduate level roles within the health and social care sector. Based in the discipline of social policy, this specialist degree has a strong emphasis on developing your intellectual, professional and personal skills. The degree focuses on the policy and theoretical context for the management and delivery of health and social care in Northern Ireland and further afield.
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About this course
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This course provides a strong grounding in the development of health and social care policy in the UK and internationally, with particular attention to Northern Ireland. You will study key issues around the funding and delivery of health and social care in a dynamic and fast changing environment. You will also learn to understand concepts such as human need, welfare, the sharing of risk, and citizenship in contemporary globalised societies. It will provide you with practical and transferable skills in research and policy analysis and there is a strong emphasis on developing your theoretical, intellectual and personal skills to equip you for graduate employment in a range of fields. Teaching is research led and grounded in the course team's close contact with research and practice. A key feature of the course is a six-week block work-based placement at the end of Level 5.
Please note that this course is a "regulated and/or care provision" within the meaning of the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (NI) Order 2003 and the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Groups (NI) Order 2007. They may involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults and students are required to be subject to the criminal records check and may not complete the course without it. The fee for this is £33.00
Attendance is during the day in classes where you will study alongside the full-time students. Modules are delivered in two 12 week teaching semesters per year. Contact hours are normally three hours a week per module, but students are expected to study independently for up to a further nine hours a week per module. In addition a studies advisor will be available for consultation as will your year tutor. Meetings with staff can also be arranged at set times and by appointment.
- September 2017
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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You must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language at grade C or above (or equivalent). The Faculty of Social Sciences will accept Essential Skills Level 2 Communication as equivalent to GCSE English Language.
The Subject Committee will consider a range of qualifications, experience and other evidence of ability to complete the course satisfactorily when considering applications for part-time study.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Teaching and learning assessment
A variety of teaching and learning methods are used on the degree including lectures, seminars, supervised group-work sessions, directed reading, blended learning using Blackboard Learn, case study work, directed electronic information retrieval, independent learning, and a work-based-learning opportunity to impart knowledge and understanding of the subject. In addition, a broad range of assessment methods are utilised to measure knowledge and understanding of the subject, including academic essays; report writing; policy analysis/policy brief-writing; directed seminar discussions, small-group project work; writing and delivering seminar papers; presentations; online tests; the dissertation, e-portfolios, blogs and unseen examinations.
Exemptions and transferability
Students with two distinctions, two merits and four passes in the HND in Health and Social Care may enter year two directly. Please contact the Faculty for further information.
Graduates who progress to the four year social work degree programme can qualify for up to two years exemption.
Careers & opportunities
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The degree is excellent preparation for a wide range of careers within the health and social services sector and further afield. Graduates have high employment rates, many working in health care settings, voluntary agencies and residential care. You will be well-equipped with the skills to further your thinking and develop your career in local and central government, in consultancy or in management in private or voluntary social care providers. This degree will enable students to apply for the fast track relevant graduate route in social work. Our graduates have also progressed to post-graduate professional training in related areas such as health promotion, public health and community and youth work. Opportunities are also available for post-graduate study for a higher degree, including at PhD level.
Work placement / study abroad
A key feature of the course is a six-week block work-based placement at the end of Level 5. Opportunities to study abroad include the Erasmus Scheme and International Student Exchange Programme.
Fees and funding
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Fees (total cost)
Important notice - fees information
Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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Additional mandatory costs
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6184
Course Director: Dr Jennifer Hamilton
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8462
Rebecca Hunt, Final Year Health and Social Care Policy
I attended Limavady Grammar School, completing my A-levels to then venture on to higher education. I have always had an interest in politics and the inequalities faced within society and so I knew that Health and Social Care Policy was a perfect choice. During my placement at the end of second year I worked in the NI Assembly’s Research and Information Service. This enabled me to gain confidence in carrying out research. I appreciate the support that I have received over the past few years whilst studying at Ulster. I received the Academic Excellence Award at the end of first year which recognised my academic achievement and this also gave me the confidence to realise my future career potential. I have a young daughter and I am grateful to my lecturers for their understanding and support. I recommend Ulster University as the lecturers are very supportive, wanting everyone to succeed. It is a friendly and welcoming University with so much to offer and the course is empowering and informative!