In year one you will be introduced to some of the core fundamentals that inform work and study in health and social care. This will include understanding the broader factors that influence health decision making, safeguarding issues for service users, and ethical issues for working with diverse clients. Academic and research skills will be integrated throughout your programme, and you will also be introduced to the fundamentals of working within a professional capacity, including reflective learning and self-evaluation. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of leadership and management, to prepare you for building on this in your second year. You will finish the year with a practical placement where you will have the opportunity to apply your learning in a practical setting.
In your second year, you will explore contemporary health and social care delivery frameworks and structures in order to understand and appraise the effectiveness of multi-disciplinary working. You will explore the centrality of the service user and models of person-centred provision, and you will examine the influence of health behaviours on health across the lifespan. Alongside this, you will extend your understanding and knowledge of working in a professional capacity with a strong strand of professional development including management skills such as project management, self-reflection and team work. Again, through the placement element you will put your learning into practice, and in this year have the opportunity of carrying out placements overseas.
Your final year will embed critical evaluation of health and social care practice and theory across all modules and will consolidate your knowledge of health and social care, your own professional practice and your leadership and management skills and knowledge. You will choose options that allow you to pursue your specific interests, such as young people and families, or adults and ageing populations. Within your specific strand, you will look at strategies for inspiring and respecting people, and holistic approaches to working with people. You will have the opportunity to examine the roles of activism and advocacy for improving health and social care, and will study a module on future technologies that are changing the way health and social care is delivered. Your professional development will be enhanced through studying resilience and mental toughness, and your leadership ability will be enhanced through a strand which explores leadership, financial and facility management and managing for diversity. You will also have the option of a further practical placement and will bring your learning together with the delivery of an extended dissertation or work-based learning project.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: