Build a career within the health and social care sector
The BA Integrated Health & Social Care has been designed for individuals who wish to pursue a career within health and social care in the public, private or voluntary sector.
The degree helps you to understand public policy as it relates to health and social care, and develop knowledge and skills in providing joined-up, comprehensive support services which meet people’s needs.
Understanding the interplay between integrated health and social care systems is becoming an increasingly important area of health policy, as it holds the possibility of reducing healthcare costs and providing a better experience for healthcare system users.
Work-based learning is an important element of this course. You will be required to undertake work-relevant learning with an organisation which you are currently employed by or volunteer with.
Broaden your horizons, learn a new language and prepare for the best international opportunities available with study abroad at UWS.
Our modern healthcare facilities across our Scottish campuses simulate clinical environments as well as home settings to teach caring for the elderly and people with dementia. If you’re learning in London we have face-to-face and online courses that will enable you to accelerate your career in the healthcare sector.
Our students graduate ready to achieve their ambitions in the healthcare sector.
of all UWS students in work and/or further study 6 months after graduating
The Future of Dementia Care
Here at UWS our nursing students and staff are playing a key role in developing the future of dementia care.
There are currently 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia and this figure is expected to rise to over 1 million by 2025.
By focusing on experimental learning, we make sure that you will be rights focused, confident and compassionate when dealing with this condition.
What qualifications do you need?
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.
SQA HNC / HND or BTEC Level 4 HNC:Social Care; Social Services; Care & Administrative Practice (Clinical route); Working with Communities; Counselling; Early Education & Childcare; or relevant other discipline
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for most courses
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
overall score 6.0
no sub-test less than 5.5
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)
IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 6.5
no sub-test less than 6.0
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 7.0
no sub-test less than 7.0
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
overall score of 5.0
no sub-test less than 4.5
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students. For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
C6 or above in English
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).
Over the course of the BA Integrated Health & Social Care you will developyourknowledgeand understanding of health and social care policy and practice. You will also deepen yourunderstanding of the work of GPs, hospitals, social work departments and practical ways in which these providers can work together to deliver a better, more joined-up service to individuals.It will also foster an interest in continuous professional development and the importance of keeping your knowledge and skills up-to-date and in line with current best practice.
* a range of flexible, part-time delivery routes are available for this course. Please contact us for more information.
In year 2 you will complete five core modules, one of which will be work-related, and a specific module related to health and social care. You will receive a broad introduction to the complex health and social care needs of individuals and the skills to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of public services. You will study the policy, practice, ethical and socio-economic factors that influence health and social welfare and the integration of public services.
Learning and teaching:
Scheduled learning: 19%
Independent study: 71%
In year 3 you will complete five modules, including a work-based learning module. You will develop professional attitudes and leadership and management skills. You will learn how to contribute effectively to evidence-based decision-making processes, with the rights and respect for individual service users at heart.
Learning and teaching:
Scheduled learning: 27%
Independent study: 63%
In year 4 you will complete four core modules and one optional module. You will also complete a research dissertation in a specialist area of health and social care policy and practice.
Learning and teaching:
Scheduled learning: 20%
Independent study: 80%
Learn a Language (optional)
This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover multiple languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. The cost of your language module is included in the tuition fees. Find out more
Teaching & Assessment
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and guided laboratory work.
There will also be group work, literature reports and research projects in order to ensure our degrees provide a strong set of additional skills, such as presentational and communicative skills.
Our Integrated Health and Social Care degree uses a variety of assessment methods. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect:
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
This degree prepares you for a successful career in a diverse range of job roles within the public, private and voluntary sectors. Previous graduates have achieved promotion in their current workplace while others have gone on to work for local authorities, health boards local and national government agencies and charities.
Some graduates choose further studyincludingan MScin Health Studies.
Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2018/19
Scottish & EU
£1,820 cost per year of study (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS*)
English, Northern Irish & Welsh
£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750
Channel Islands & Isle of Man
£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750
Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.
For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.
Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.
Tuition Fees* & Living Cost Support
Tuition Fees & Additional Costs
Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.
There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.
If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.
Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.
All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)
The on-time application deadline for 2019/20 entry is 15 January 2019, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2019, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.
Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.
For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.
To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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