BA (Hons) Health and Social Care
Why study Health and Social Care at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Learn from lecturers with first hand professional experience of working in the health and social care sectors
- High levels of student support and care
- Optional placement experience will help you consolidate your future career aspirations
- Study abroad option in Level 5
- Available to study part-time
About your course
Our BA (Hons) Health and Social Care degree will prepare you to work in a variety of settings which meet the needs of individuals, families and communities.
As people live longer, there is an increasing demand for care and support. Technology in health and social care has also enhanced the opportunities available.
Working in health and social care can provide you with an unlimited number of opportunities and roles. Health and social care is required in every country in the world and so your skills will not be limited to the UK.
To respond to this, the programme includes modules focussing on a variety of valuable and exciting themes including Environment and Sustainability, Health and Crime, International Perspectives on Health and Working with Disadvantaged Individuals, Families and Communities.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you'll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
Our Health and Social Care degree provides a fantastic foundation for a career focused on improving services for individuals and communities across the sector.
Health and social care services are growing and changing all the time, which means there are lots of opportunities to develop and progress.
Students who studied on our earlier health and social care-focused programmes have progressed onto a variety of employment opportunities linked to health and social care, as well as postgraduate programmes such as MA Social Work, MSc Public Health, and MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Other options include our postgraduate teacher training programmes, which within one year lead to qualified teacher status. You can read more about teacher training at LJMU here.
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course, to ensure our students experience a transformation in their career trajectory. Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU's suite of online Apps, resources and jobs board via the LJMU Student Futures website. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU's in-house recruitment service, and we also offer fully funded Discovery Internships.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones and we offer a year-round programme of events, including themed careers and employability workshops, employer events and recruitment fairs. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU's Careers, Employability and Start-up Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
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What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or optional in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations. Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules provide you with an element of choice. Their availability may vary and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules may also be included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Humans and Health
The focus of this module is to introduce you to contemporary perspectives on health. This will explore the theoretical, historical and political context of health, illness and medicine to consider how these matters affect society.
Equality and Diversity
The aim of this module is to introduce you to themes that relate to equality and diversity. You will be encouraged to identify and recognise how these issues relate to health and social care.
Skills for Higher Education
The aim of this module is to support the development of your academic and personal skills for effective learning at undergraduate level and to enable you to explore the relationship between academic skills and personal and professional development in the context of health and social care.
Development Across the Human Life Course
This module will introduce you to key themes and theoretical approaches to life course development. You will also be given the opportunity to relate specific stages of life course development to real life experiences and challenges and begin to develop transferable graduate skills when undertaking the module.
Political Context of Health and Social Care
The aim of this module is to allow you to able to articulate contemporary political, social and economic perspectives as they impact on the delivery and development of health and social care provision in the UK.
Media, Technology, Health and Society
You will be able to discuss relevant theoretical models of media engagement and technological advancement as they relate to health and social care, and the effect this has on individuals and contemporary society.
The aim of this module is for you to able to apply knowledge of safeguarding to real life situations where children or vulnerable adults might be at risk and to formulate context specific information for service users as well as safeguarding policies for work-based settings.
Changing Contexts of Health and Social Care
This module will enable you to develop your understanding of the range of organisations and individuals who make up the contemporary health social care sector. It will build upon your personal interests, motivations and career aspirations.
Gender and sexuality
The aim of this module is to recognise gender and sexuality as contestable concepts that have a profound impact on health & social care.
Research Methods in Health and Social Care
The module will provide you with grounding in the key research methods used in health and social care. It will prepare you for your own research activity, as well as enabling you to become more critical consumers of the quality of evidence used in the development of health and social care policies and practices.
International Perspectives on Health
This module allows you to develop your knowledge on health from an international viewpoint, focusing on low and middle-income countries and understand the challenges of health and health care in context of resource poor nations.
Health and Crime
This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore the factors that impact health and crime. You will be able to analyse aspects of the causes and consequences of crime in relation to health and social care.
Study Semester Abroad Health and Social Care
Opting for this module will see you study full-time study at an approved higher education institution, replacing one semester of level 5 study at LJMU. The modules to be studied would be agreed in advance, and will be an appropriate substitute for the modules being replaced. Assuming successful completion of this semester, mark-bearing credit will be awarded by the Faculty Recognition Group. The grade conversion scale to be used will be made available in advance of your semester abroad.
This module focuses around a major project or dissertation related to health and social care. It will offer an opportunity for an data analysis and reporting based on empirical study or desk-based research.
Sex Drugs and the State?
The aim of this module is to be able to critically analyse aspects of health-related and potentially risky behaviour in various groups. You will also be able to critically analyse the role of health care policy makers and the media in decision-making processes.
Critical Perspectives on Mental Health
This module focuses on the current service frameworks for mental health provision, mental health policy and practice and the impact on the mental health and wellbeing of service users.
Environment and Sustainability
You will be able to critically discuss the effect of climate change on health and well-being and will also explore the extent of the global challenges to apply thinking to local cities and local communities.
Working with Disadvantaged Individuals, Families and Communities
This module will address cross-professional issues to explore the inter-relatedness of healthcare and social work related to understanding the position of and supporting disadvantaged people.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
These include lectures, online activities, seminars and tutorials, alongside approaches such as electronic and practice-based learning, projects, case studies, scenario based learning, student presentations, simulations, reflections and action research.
A semester study abroad option is available at Level 5. To help facilitate this, we encourage you to speak to your Personal Tutor about this in your first year of study (Level 4).
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.
Although there are no formal placements included, students are encouraged to undertake volunteering experiences within the health and social care sector.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support
The University aims to provide you with access to appropriate and timely information, along with a range of support services and guidance, to help ensure you succeed on your course and have a great University expereince.
When you enrol, you will be assigned a Personal Tutor. You Personal Tutor is there to provide academic support and when necessary signpost you to the appropriate University services.
Students are able to access a range of professional services including:
- Advice on practical aspects of study and how to use these opportunities to support and enhance your personal and academic development. This includes support for placements and careers guidance.
- Student Advice and Wellbeing Services provide support in areas including: student funding and financial matters, disability, advice and support to international students, study support, accommodation, health, wellbeing and counselling.
- JMSU - your students' union, is also there to help when you need it.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
Assessment methods can include, essays, literature reviews, reflective accounts, personal development plans, poster presentation, case studies, risk analysis and action planning, journal or committee papers, community profiles and research projects.
Where you will study
What you can expect from your School
Part of the City Campus, the School of Nursing and Allied Health works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design and deliver a dynamic suite of courses. In addition to specialist clinical practice suite facilities, you will find high quality seminar rooms, IT suites and lecture theatres, plus a café and social spaces. The Schools flagship Tithebarn Building adjoins the Avril Robarts Library.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications:
GCSEs and equivalents
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 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
The Faculty of Health will accept Edge Hill University’s equivalence tests in English and mathematics as an alternative to the GCSE requirements. For further information, please go to Edgehill Equivalency Tests or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Average A Level offer: BBC
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Yes
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: Yes maximum of 20 points
- National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma subjects / grades required: Health or Science related subject area
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DMM in a health or science related subject area
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Pass in relevant kite-marked course. Pass QAA Accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health or Science related subject area.
- International Baccalaureate: Yes
- Additional information: 112 UCAS points required
OCR Cambridge Technical
- Technical Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Technical Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Technical Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own in a relevant subject area
- Technical Foundation Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Technical Introductory Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Technical Subsidiary Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 112
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
T Level requirements:
Merit in a Health/Science based subject
Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Accepted in a relevant subject for Mature Applicants who meet other specified criteria (see notes
Alternative qualifications considered
We will accept FETAC in a relevant subject area (Health/Science)
Students will also be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Enquiries are encouraged from students from non-standard academic backgrounds who can demonstrate motivation and potential to complete their chosen programme of study. Mature students are encouraged to apply early in order that proper consideration and academic guidance can be given.
No interview required
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.
Reduced offer scheme
As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. Please contact the admission office for further details.
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
UCAS is the official application route for our full-time undergraduate courses. Further information on the UCAS application process can be found here https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate-students/how-to-apply.
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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