Health and Social Care for Families - Liverpool John Moores University

2019/20 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: £14,450 per annum
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1,850 per annum
Full-time international placement year fee £3,500 per annum

All figures are subject to yearly increases.

*The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year, subject to parliamentary approval.

Course type

BA (Hons)

Bachelor of Arts

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 helps students consolidate their future career aspirations
  • Start month: September
  • Campus location: City Campus
Additional course costs
Additional costs for travel to placement. Students can apply to the University for a contribution towards travel costs, to be claimed after the placement has ended.

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 opportunities are built into the programme to help you gain professional experience to impress future employers.

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

Work-related learning is built into 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.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make an international opportunity available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree, either in Europe or the US. You could take part in a work placement in Europe under the ERASMUS+ scheme, or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. You may be able to attend a two week Summer School with one of our worldwide partners.

Our Go Global Fund can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about studying or working abroad or email us at:

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.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications


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.

Other information:

Satisfactory DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly CRB.) We will contact you direct to undertake this and further information can be found at

For deferral options please contact the Faculty Admissions Team on 0151 231 5829 or email 

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 • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in English Writing and or Reading and Maths • Skills for Life Level 2 in Literacy/Numeracy • Higher Diploma in English/Maths • Functional skills level 2 in English/Maths • 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? No
  • Average A Level offer: BBC

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: No
  • 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: 112 UCAS points required

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
  • FETAC acceptability: All modules accepted
  • Human Growth and Development, Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Nursing


  • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Accepted in a relevant subject for Mature Applicants who meet other specified criteria (see notes)

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)


6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


Is RPL accepted on this programme?


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 that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The fees quoted are those for the 2018/19 year as information for 2019/20 is not yet available. The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year. However, this is still subject to the normal parliamentary approval. Once 2019/20 fees are confirmed we will update our web pages accordingly.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £25,000**.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to:

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

Part time students starting in 2018 or later can also apply for a maintenance loan.

For more information on student loans, go to:

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £25,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £25,000).*

* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

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 career 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.

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

International study

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 reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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