Health and Social Care for Families - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

BA (Hons) Health and Social Care for Individuals, Families and Communities

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £12,660 per annum
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1007 per annum*
Part-time tuition fee: £1,295 per annum

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 112

UCAS code: L512

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

About your course

The BA (Hons) Health and Social Care for Individuals, Families and Communities at Liverpool John Moores University is delivered by an academic team with first hand professional experience of working in the health and social care sectors.

  • Opportunity to undertake an International study option at Level 5
  • High levels of student support and care
  • Placement experience at each level of the programme help students consolidate their future career aspirations

LJMU has recently invested over £3million in the Faculty of Education, Health and Community's teaching and learning facilities, providing state-of-the-art lecture theatres and classrooms.

Work-related learning is built into every level of the programme, helping you secure essential professional experience to impress future employers.

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

Work-related learning is built into every level of the programme, giving you the opportunity to put into practice skills and knowledge gained during the course and getting a feel for the kind of work you would eventually like to pursue. You will also develop a range of transferable skills, which, together with your work experience, are invaluable preparation for your future career and will give you a head start when you first enter the competitive graduate job market.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

From the moment you begin your studies at LJMU, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will meet with you one-to-one to discuss course-related issues, monitor your progress and help you to formulate your career plans. Student support groups also provide a forum for discussing various issues that may arise during your studies.

Course details

This BA (Hons) degree programme will provide you with a solid foundation in health and social care theory as well as an understanding of the practical health and social care needs of people living in communities today.

You will be given a comprehensive insight into the world of health and social care from both academic and professional perspectives. 

Wider themes such as changing contexts of health and social care and international perspectives on health are studied alongside more specific topics such as safeguarding and enterprise.. The programme has elements throughout that provides you with the opportunity to explore areas of interest and help you consolidate your future career aspirations.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Changing Contexts of Health and Social Care
  • Health
  • Diversity and Respect
  • Placement and Self Awareness
  • Living in Society
  • Change and Resilience
Level 5
  •  Safeguarding and Social Policy
  • Future Change Makers – Social Enterprise
  • Sex, Drugs and the Nanny State?
  • Research Methods
  • International Perspectives on Health
  • Placement and Organisational Awareness

Level 6
  • Research Dissertation
  • Leadership and Management
  • Working with Vulnerable Individuals and Families
  • Future Innovators – Project Management
  • Community Development

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching and learning methods include group work, class room based sessions, lectures, work-based placements and interactive online learning tasks.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

Your tutors have professional expertise in the fields of public health, the children and young people's workforce, social work, youth and community work, nursing and mental health.

This is why you can be confident that teaching is based on experience and the latest research findings and developments in the field. It also ensures that the curriculum is tailored to the requirements of today’s employers.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies, but will usually include a combination of methods.

We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on the way they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods appropriate to each module. This programme is mainly assessed by coursework such as essays, reports, presentations, posters, reflective journals and a dissertation/action research project.

Constructive feedback is vital in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work, and so this is provided over the course of each module.

Furthermore your graduate skills and World of Work Skills Certificate details will be published in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), providing employers with extensive evidence of your development as a professional as well as your academic achievements at LJMU.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

112

Application and selection

​We shortlist applicants based on current qualifications, predicted grades, references and personal statement. This course has a professional placement element and we particularly value students who have gained experience in a health or social care setting, which may be either paid or voluntary. This will enable you to have greater knowledge about the practical requirements of working with vulnerable people. This will help you to realise that it is important not to make judgements about the capabilities of people who have difficulties in day-to-day life, to develop experiences about some of the systems of care and how professionals work together to provide support. It will also provide an opportunity to learn about the dilemmas faced by individuals, families and the staff that work with them. You will draw on these experiences in lectures and seminars and this will aid your learning and about the sensitivity required to aid health and social care development.
For deferral options please contact the Faculty Admissions Team on 0151 231 5829

0151 231 5829 or email health@ljmu.ac.uk 

GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained / be in the process of obtaining a grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BBC

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* from a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM in a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area. Points can be obtained from a combination of passes, merits and distinctions

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Additional entry requirement information

​We will accept the new Cache Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care grade B or above, or in combination with other relevant qualifications.     
We will consider the following Level 2 qualifications in place of English Language and Mathematics GCSE grade C or above: Key Skills, City and Guilds, OCR (via Learn Direct) and ALAN.
You must contact the Faculty Admissions Team to check equivalent qualifications prior to applying.

 

Mature students without formal qualifications will also be considered. Normally upon receipt of application, the Admissions Tutor will contact you to discuss your application in further detail.

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

Yes

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

Our holistic approach to health and social care means that you will be equipped to seek employment with health authorities, local government authorities, third sector organisations, housing associations and service providers for children and young people.

This course provides a broad range of transferable knowledge and skills which will be a useful starting point for developing a future careers in health and social care. If you decide not to go straight into a career, however, postgraduate study leading to specific professional qualifications in areas such as social work, teaching and nursing or pursuing a research degree could be options.

International Scholarships

Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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