A Guide to studying Health and Social Care Management

Christine Cooper - Health and Social Care student

Here are the frequently asked questions about our BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Management degree. Don't see your question? Feel free to tweet us!

Who is this course for?
The Health and Social Care Management degree is for people who want to work in health or social care management – or  you may already be working in health and social care and you are looking to develop your knowledge and skills to become a future manager. The course attracts people of all ages and professional backgrounds ranging from school and college leavers to more mature students. The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 means that anyone working in health and social care should be learning and improving their practice on an ongoing basis. So, this degree will help to develop your knowledge, skills and experience as a contemporary health and social care practitioner, giving you the confidence to apply for management roles should you wish to do so now or in the future.

Where could the Health and Social Care Management degree take me?
The Health and Social Care Management degree combines study with practical placements enabling you to develop relationships with employers who provide health and social care services throughout your study. This combination has allowed past students to secure work in a range of sectors including the statutory health and social care, third (voluntary) and independent sectors.

Here are just a few examples of the roles that are open to Health and Social Care graduates:

  • social care coordinator
  • practice manager
  • service manager
  • resource centre manager
  • training and development manager
  • team leader, service coordinator
  • support manager
  • care manager
  • projects officer
  • NHS complaints advocacy

You can also apply for postgraduate courses in teaching, public health, law, nursing, social work and research.

How is my work assessed?
You are assessed in a variety of ways. There are essays, reports, projects, leaflets, presentations, tests and portfolios. You will also have access to simulated learning activities in the Hydra Minerva Suite where you can work through challenging situations in a safe, simulated environment. An example of this is a scenario involving decisions that have to be made in relation to managing an individual’s behaviour when they live with dementia. 

When will I be in University?
You will be in university for two days per week and then the remainder of your week will be spent on placement and/or studying including work on your assignments.

Is there any opportunity to do any additional training whilst on the degree?
The additional training that you can do via the course includes the Institute for Leadership and Management award, Mental Health First Aid, Dementia training, Infection control, Manual Handling and Basic Life Support.

Tell us about the placements
We will work with you to identify placement areas you are interested in. The choice is vast and could include special schools, domestic abuse units, hospitals, advocacy roles and more. You can read more about our placements here.

What are the main differences between this and the Community Health and Well Being course?
The main differences between this course and Community Health and Wellbeing is that HSCM is a management course for individuals with an interest in developing a management career in health and social care.


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