BSc (Hons) Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Management

A health and social care management degree is a rewarding choice for anyone aspiring to be a future manager or leader in health or social care.

This health, wellbeing and social care management degree provides the foundation for a variety of careers in the health and social care sector, from working with individuals to managing people. You will gain a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and principles that will prepare you for employment in your chosen health and social care setting.

You'll learn about all aspects of an individual's journey through the health and social care pathway, considering the leadership, management, policy, contemporary issues and practice that influence their experiences. In the final year, you can choose modules to help tailor the degree to meet your career aspirations.

Getting out of the classroom and into the workplace is a key part of your learning. There are work based opportunities during the course, which help you develop a clear picture of the different careers open to you.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2024
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
L510 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2025
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
L510 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Glyntaff A

Year One: Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Degree

  • Study Skills for Higher Education- 20 credits
  • Investigating Health and Wellbeing - 20 credits
  • Law, Ethics and Policy - 20 credits
  • Professional Development 1 - 40 credits
  • Fundamentals of Leading and Managing in Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Practice - 20 credits

Year Two: Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Degree

  • Wellbeing in Communities and Society - 20 credits
  • Professional Development 2 - 40 credits
  • Communication & Intervention - 20 credits
  • Integrated Leadership & Management - 20 credits
  • Applying Research to Practice - 20 credits

Year Three: Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Degree

  • Introduction to Disaster Healthcare - 20 credits (optional)
  • Reducing Population Health Inequalities - 20 credits (optional)
  • Project Module - 20 credits
  • Contemporary Issues - 20 credits
  • Leading and Managing Change - 20 credits
  • Leadership, Management and Co-ordination in Health and Social Care - 20 credits (optional)
  • Professional Development 3 - 20 credits (requires satisfactory DBS check)
  • Train the Trainer (Health and Social Care) - 20 credits (optional)

The BSc (Hons) Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Management is also available as a four year course including an integrated Foundation Year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the degree. You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well-structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme. For more information please email [email protected]  

 

Teaching

Our students benefit from excellent academic and pastoral support, as well as being taught by research-active staff who have strong partnerships with health, wellbeing, and social care sectors.

We offer unrivalled facilities for our students to learn in a range of realistic scenarios using state-of-the-art facilities.

Our Hydra Simulation Centre - the only one in Wales - helps you practise dealing with realistic work based scenarios. The opportunities given in the simulation suite promotes student experience in an immersive environment. It is a supportive way to test students ability to make decisions, take action and see the consequences.

During the first year students will benefit from collaboration for common modules, shared with the Cert HE in Community Health & Wellbeing.

Assessment

Assessment methods replicate those activities required in the workplace such as report writing, presentations, developing academic posters, reflective writing, work based portfolios, literature reviews, analysing complex cases and managing change.

Accreditations

All students have the option for free accreditation to The Institute of Health & Social Care Management. Which is approved in company law, with membership open to leaders, managers and administrators working in health and social care.

Placements

Work Based Learning

The health, wellbeing and social care management course has a multi-agency approach that encompasses social services, the NHS, third and independent sectors.

Students will benefit from researching a range of opportunities enabling them to choose their work based learning opportunities in a range of settings. This will enable students to work with a variety of people and in multi-agency environments, or progress onto applications for post graduate study or programmes.

You will gain essential research and employability skills that will support you in gaining employment in a wide range of roles, including support management, service co-ordinators and other management roles in health, wellbeing and social care.

We have three professional development modules, which students will access each year of study.

Lecturers

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Contextual offers

We may make you a lower offer based on a range of factors, including your background (where you live and the school or college that you attended for example), your experiences and individual circumstances (as a care leaver, for example). This is referred to as a contextual offer and we receive data from UCAS to support us in making these decisions. USW prides itself on its student experience and we support our students to achieve their goals and become a successful graduate. This approach helps us to support students who have the potential to succeed and who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy.  

Other qualifications and experience
 

We can also consider combinations of qualifications and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. We can sometimes consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or advanced entry to year two or three of a course where this is possible.

To find out which qualifications have tariff points, please refer to the UCAS tariff calculator.

If you need more help or information or would like to speak to our friendly admissions team, please contact us here

 

Additional Requirements

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child & Adult Workforce and Child and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the DBS Update Service. (Overseas equivalent required for non-uk applicants)

 

 

 

Typical A-Level Offer

CCC to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C in the Skills Challenge Certificate and CC at A Level to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C in the Skills Challenge Certificate and CC at A Level to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Merit Merit Merit (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances. 

 

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course

 

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees


  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £14400 

  • Part-time UK:  £740 per 20 credits

August 2025 - July 2026 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £55.42
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service * £13
Subscription required for each year of the course for a yearly fee of £13. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Placement *
Students on work placement will need to pay for their own travel and subsistence costs. Costs will vary depending on location.

Funding

Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

UK students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International and EU students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK. 

Admissions statement

The Health, Wellbeing and Social Care degree is mapped against the ILM level 5 Leadership and Management Award ensuring you have the leadership skills and qualities employers are looking for. There are many opportunities within the sector for health and social care graduates. These include support management roles in the statutory and non-statutory sectors, including local government and the health boards, such as complaints officer, business manager, training manager, and service manager; and professional roles such as service co-ordinator. You may also wish to consider nongovernment organisations and the independent sectors.

Employment opportunities post study are excellent and Health and Social Care graduates have gained roles as service managers, advocacy, service coordinators, educators and trainers, technician and support workers. Some students progress onto postgraduate study in education, public health, social work, occupational therapy, nursing and research. The work placements experienced throughout the three years gives you an opportunity to explore those areas of health and social care within which you would like to develop your future career.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.

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