University of Bolton Health and Social Care

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University of Bolton Health and Social Care

Health and social care is a vast service sector providing support to people who are vulnerable such as children, older people and adults with disabilities or mental health issues. A huge range of rewarding employment opportunities is open to those with the right knowledge, skills and values, and the University of Bolton’s degree in Health and Social Care will prepare you for a successful career in this field.

The course provides the correct balance of policy, practice and academic training. Strongly linked to the UK government’s agendas for health and social care, the course will develop your understanding of the principles of care, care planning and delivery, the ethical aspects of care, areas such health promotion and a wealth of other relevant issues. You will learn how to collaborate across professional boundaries, use evidence to inform your decisions and be able to understand the critical issues in health and social care and ways of dealing with them.

Career development and employability skills are core elements of the course which includes a work experience placement in a health and social care setting. You will also benefit from studying alongside current practitioners and gain alternative perspectives from guest speakers.

About the course

The University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Health & Social Care degree reflects contemporary issues, changing trends and challenges within the health and social care landscape. The degree focuses on key areas of learning, embedding policy into practice on a day-to-day basis and developing your knowledge, skills and attitudes in preparation for a successful career in this essential and worthwhile sector. You will gain a deep and critical understanding of policy, theory and practice. You will also understand how ethical, legal, social, economic and political factors shape the provision and development of health and social care services. Moreover, you will recognise and value diversity and difference and understand the challenges vulnerable people face in accessing the help that they need.

By studying this course you will develop as an independent and reflective learner. You’ll examine the context and processes of change in yourself, in groups and in services, including new ways of working across agencies and professional boundaries. By the time you graduate you’ll be able to evaluate emerging strategic solutions and possess the essential critical and analytical skills needed to engage in the development of evidence-based practice.

As well as undertaking a work placement in the second year you will be encouraged to engage in voluntary work. This will allow you to explore those areas of health and social care within which you may wish to develop your future career. Together these will contribute towards your portfolio of evidence and help you to become a reflective practitioner.


Entry requirements From September 2017, 96 UCAS points from at least two A2-levels (or equivalent) in any subjects.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) in any subjects.

You will be required to attend an interview (which may be a telephone interview).

Every application will be considered on its individual merits.

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

If you have extensive appropriate work experience within the health and social care sector, but do not meet the entry requirements for this course please consider our FdA Health & Social Care.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course and are new to the health and social care sector please consider our HND Health & Social Care or BSc (Hons) Health & Social Care with Foundation.

If you already have a foundation degree or HND in Health & Social Care (or equivalent) you may apply to Level HE6 of this course to top-up your existing qualification to a full BSc Honours degree by a further one year of study.

Some work placements (taken during Level HE5 of the course) involve regular unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. If you will be undertaking a placement that involves regulated activity you will have to get an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) beforehand. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service. You do not need to apply for DBS Enhanced Disclosure before starting the course.

Fees, funding and finance information

Home/EU Fees

Year of study
Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
2016/17 £9,000 £9,000 £9,000 £27,000
2017/18 £9,000 £9,000 £9,000 £27,000

International Fees

Year of study
Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
2016/17 £11,250 £11,250 £11,250 £33,750
2017/18 £11,250 £11,250 £11,250 £33,750

How to Apply

You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

Contact Us

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Joanne Smith (Programme Leader)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903784

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Lesley Woodcock (Programme Administrator)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903318

For further information about the University and how to apply please contact:

Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903