Health & Social Care - HND/BSc (Hons) 

Course Overview

The course aims to provide inter professional learning for those intending to follow a career in Health and Social Care. It would particularly interest those who are not yet committed to one particular career but want a generic course; or who want to use the course as an excellent basis for more specific vocational training, such as social work or occupational therapy. The course would also interest those already working in the sector for where a HND or Degree would enhance their career potential.

As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to apply and participate in the Erasmus exchange scheme, which can lead to you undertaking a full year of studying abroad in your second year. Further information about the scheme can be found by visiting www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/erasmus.

Course Content

Foundation year (Year 0):

This programme can incorporate a foundation year (year 0) for those students who aspire to enrol onto the first year of a science based honours degree programme or HND within the Cardiff School of Health Sciences, who have not achieved the standard entry requirements, or who have not studied subjects that provide the necessary background within the scientific disciplines required to enter the first year of the chosen honours degree programme.

Students wishing to undertake the foundation year will apply for the degree programme they intend to progress to, using the relevant UCAS code listed on this course page (under Key Facts) and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website. As such, students following the foundation route will take an extra year to complete their honours degree.

Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here

HND/Degree:

You will undertake core modules in year one, but be able to choose from eight optional modules in both years two and three (degree students) according to your career needs and aspirations. You are strongly recommende to complete sixty hours minimum per year, voluntary or paid work in the sector, in order to apply learning to practice and to enhance your employability.

The course has been designed on a modular basis around the following themes: working with People; Values, Ethics and anti oppressive practice, personal and professional Change; and Law, regulation and guidance.

Year One (HND & Degree):

  • Health and Social Care in Context.
  • Understanding Illness and Disease
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Research
  • Working with Vulnerable Adults
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Working with Children
  • Legislation

Year Two (HND & Degree):

  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Ethics
  • Working in the Community
  • Research
  • Managing Financial Resources
  • Managing Performance
  • Social Policy

With four options from:

  • Positive Approaches to Health
  • Mental Health
  • Assistive Technology
  • Partnership working
  • Dietetics and nutrition
  • Working with Carers
  • Social Inclusion
  • Regeneration

Year Three (Degree):

  • Research
  • Evaluating Quality
  • Dissertation
  • Managing in Organisations
  • Law and regulation
  • Project management and Social Enterprise

With three Options from:

  • Participation and Empowerment
  • Addictions
  • Homelessness
  • Psychological therapies
  • Health psychology
  • Health and social care in a global context
  • Social history of medicine
  • Housing community and culture

Learning & Teaching

Contact, lectures, seminars and tutorials:
Each subject has two hours of contact time each week. This is divided into a lecture of approximately 40 minutes followed by interactive seminar activities in small groups. For example, following the lecture your group may be given a case study to read and answer questions about; alternatively you may be asked to read a chapter of a book and discuss your ideas in the next seminar.

Our emphasis is on developing the skills you will need in work: problem solving, team working, communication in both written and verbal form. You will be allocated a personal tutor at the start of your course and will meet regularly with them to develop a portfolio of evidence of your skills and knowledge – you will use this later when applying for jobs.

Specifically you will undertake 60 hours of work experience each year and complete 6 reflections on your work experience which you will discuss with your tutor. For a future employer this will demonstrate your ability to integrate theory with practice. In addition to your time in class you will develop the skills to manage and plan your own study time and be an independent learner.

Assessment

We have developed a range of assessments to develop your professional skills, these include preparing a presentation on the welfare state with a group of fellow students; preparing a planning meeting for a child and family case where you will take a specific role; organising a student conference including speakers and presentations; debating controversial issues such as assisted suicide or child protection; analysing a research paper; as well as examinations (two in the first year) essays and reports.

Employability & Careers

Our graduates usually find work in the health and social care field in the public, independent and voluntary sector, including the following areas: project management, probation, addictions, mental health, and residential care , dependent upon personal interest and experience. Graduates may also choose to pursue a post graduate qualification, for example in Social Work or Teaching in further/higher education. There are also other graduate opportunities outside health and social care, for example with the police.

Please click here to view past student comments on the Health & Social Care web pages.

For those students undertaking the HND, you can progress to year three of the Degree upon successful completion.

Entry Requirements

Foundation route:

Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including Mathematics, Science and English Language (or Welsh First Language) plus one of the following:

  • 120 points from at least 2 A-Level qualifications or their equivalent at an appropriate standard for entry into Higher Education at Year 1, but in subject areas which fail to meet the entry requirements for their intended undergraduate degree programme.
  • 120 points from at least 2 A-Level qualifications or their equivalent in subject areas relevant for their intended undergraduate degree programme, but at a standard which fails to meet the entry requirements to Higher Education at Year 1.
  • Prospective students who do not meet the above criteria may be considered on an individual basis and may be called for interview.

For specific information on entry requirements, please refer to the UCAS website.

HND: All applicants (except exceptional entry route) should have five GCSE’s including English and Maths grades A to C, or equivalent, together with one of the following:

  • 160 points at A Level / Scottish Advanced Highers to include a grade C
  • QCF BTEC Subsidiary Diploma 160 points (Caring related area/Early Years/Health Studies)
  • QCF BTEC Diploma / Extended Diploma 160 points (Caring related area/Early Years/Health Studies)
  • Institute of Welfare Certificate / Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma 160 points
  • 160 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers (C2 minimum grade considered)
  • Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 within a relevant subject
    160 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grade C at A Level or equivalent, Core counted as second subject
  • Or ‘Foundation leading to HND Social Sciences’

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

Please note that the HND requires payment of a registration fee with Edexcel on enrolment.

BSc:
Five GCSE passes including English and Maths grades A to C, or equivalent, together with one of the following:

  • 240 points from at least two A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades CC
  • QCF BTEC Diploma / Extended Diploma 240 points (Caring related are/Early Years/Health)
  • Institute of Welfare Certificate/Diploma (12 units)
  • CACHE Diploma 240 points
  • 240 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers (C2 minimum grade considered)
  • Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 within a relevant subject
  • 240 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades CC at A Level or equivalent, Core counted as third subject
  • Or ‘Foundation leading to BSc Social Sciences’

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

Exceptional entry route: We encourage applications from other applicants who may not have the entry requirements but have relevant experience in the sector. Please contact the programme director for details.

If you do not meet the above entry requirements, the ‘Foundation leading to BSc Social Sciences’ or ‘Foundation leading to HND Social Sciences’ is available one year full-time or two years part time and will provide you with a relevant qualification that will allow you to progress to this HND/BSc upon successful completion. For further information about the Foundation course, please click here.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.

Key Facts

UCAS Code(s):
Health & Social Care - HND: 015L*
Health & Social Care – BSc (Hons): L511*

*Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Llandaff Campus

Course Length:

HND: Two years full-time or three years full-time for those undertaking the foundation year.
BSc (Hons): Three years full-time or four years full-time for those undertaking the foundation year.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at http://www.ucas.com/. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.
 
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international.

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees. For additional costs please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/additionalcosts

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email courses@cardiffmet.ac.uk

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, David Miller:
Email: dmiller@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2041 6815

For course specific enquiries relating to the foundation only, please contact the programme leader, Dr Annette Daly:
Email: apdaly@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2041 7011

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