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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Ardmonagh Family and Community Centre
  • Belfast Health & Social Care Board
  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Cedar Foundation
  • Life without barriers and Praxis care
  • NHS Community Social Worker
  • Northern Ireland Association of Mental Health (NIAMH)

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Care Co-ordinator
  • Community co-ordiator
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Fundraiser
  • HSC Graduate Intern
  • Resettlement Officer
  • Support Worker

Overview

Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus in September 2019.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

Health and Social Care Policy focuses on policy issues facing our society such as providing and financing healthcare, health inequalities and ageing.

Summary

Study Health and Social Care Policy at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

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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About

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 year two.

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

Three years full-time. Teaching takes place over two 12 week semesters. Contact hours during the teaching weeks are 9 hours a week, supplemented by at least 25 hours of independent study. In final year students have additional dissertation supervision sessions and throughout the course students have access to their studies advisor and year tutor when the need arises. All course team staff are available for individual consultation at set times and by arrangement.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

Entry conditions

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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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBC*.

* Applicants can satisfy the requirement for the A-Level Grade C by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University.

BTEC

Overall BTEC award profile DMM (to include a minimum of 8 distinctions).

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile H3H3H3H3H4.

English Grade H6 (Higher Level) or above, or Grade O4 (Ordinary Level) or above, if not sitting at Higher Level, is required.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 25 points (12 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Pass Access Course (120 credits) with an overall mark of 65%.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include CGSE English Language grade C or above (or equivalent).

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.

Additional Entry Requirements

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.

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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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Ardmonagh Family and Community Centre
  • Belfast Health & Social Care Board
  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Cedar Foundation
  • Life without barriers and Praxis care
  • NHS Community Social Worker
  • Northern Ireland Association of Mental Health (NIAMH)

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Care Co-ordinator
  • Community co-ordiator
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Fundraiser
  • HSC Graduate Intern
  • Resettlement Officer
  • Support Worker

Career options

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 year two. Opportunities to study abroad include the Erasmus Scheme and International Student Exchange Programme.

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

Please apply via UCAS by 15 January.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Additional mandatory costs

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.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. 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.

Contact

Faculty Office

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6184

Course Director: Dr Jennifer Hamilton

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8462

E: ja.hamilton@ulster.ac.uk

Testimonials

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!