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What's Involved

The Health and Social Care BA (Hons) course, validated by The Open University, provides students with detailed up-to-date knowledge of the range of theoretical concepts and issues affecting the Health and Social Care sector.

Students will combine the theoretical study of the human body in relation to health, well-being and development with psychology and sociological theory. Health and social care policies are explored, along with the codes of conduct and ethics that relate to responsible practice. As well as developing their own professional skills, students will learn the key management and leadership techniques needed to progress to leadership positions.

Did you know?

Following completion of this BA (Hons) degree, students can progress to continue their studies to gain master’s degrees or teaching qualifications.

  • Award: Health and Social Care BA (Hons) Degree
  • If you are interested in applying for the course, please apply via:
  • The UCAS code is L510 and our institution code is H14.
  • Location: Havering College of Further and Higher Education
  • Validating Body: The Open University
  • Students who complete the course successfully will receive a BA (Hons) degree from The Open University. Programmes are validated by The Open University and are subsequently revalidated as appropriate.
  • Duration: 3 years (full-time)


For the 2018/19 academic year, college sessions will take place on Thursdays from 9 am - 6 pm with 1 hour of breaks spread throughout the day. The exact days are subject to change and timetables will be available in your student handbook at the beginning of the course.


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and one-to-one meetings (tutorials):

  • Lectures will provide you with most of the fundamental subject information knowledge that you will require and you will be taught in large groups.
  • One-to-one meetings with your personal tutor will give you the opportunity to discuss topics in detail, highlight any areas of difficulty and discuss your progression through the course.
  • Workshops will provide a more detailed exploration of a particular area of the course.

Independent learning

When you are not attending lectures, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning will be supported by our excellent facilities, including the library, computer suite and learning zone.

Overall workload

Per week at each level you will typically have:

  • 6 hours of lectures/workshops
  • 2 hours of academic study skills, which will involve lectures, workshops and tutorials

Students will also be able to access one-to-one tutorial sessions as needed, with an additional one-to-one session per student, per module, close to hand-in dates.

Each semester, an additional six hours of workshop support will be provided through evening sessions.

Level 4 (year 1)

Over the course of the year, you will spend 25% of your time in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

  • Teaching and learning and assessment: 282 hours
  • Independent learning: 846 hours

Level 5 (year 2)

Over the course of the year, you will spend 25% of your time in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

  • Teaching and learning and assessment: 282 hours
  • Independent learning: 846 hours

Level 6 (year 3)

Over the course of the year, you will spend 22% of your time in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

  • Teaching and learning and assessment: 282 hours
  • Independent learning: 1000 hours

Entry Requirements

For entry to this course you will need at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Our typical entry requirement to this course is 48* UCAS points from level 3 qualifications including A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Diplomas, Scottish Highers, Advanced Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate, Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate.
  • At least a pass in an Access to Higher Education Diploma, in Health Professions, Health and Social Care or Social Work.

*Based on new UCAS points system used from 2017

Additional requirements:

  • GCSE English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above, or equivalent level 2 qualifications
  • Ideally, students should be employed in social care, either on a voluntary of paid basis, but this is not essential. The College is able to help students find placements if this is required.
  • A DBS check may be required if a placement is to be found by the College.
  • A face-to-face interview is required before an offer can be made.

Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience:

If you have credit at another higher education institution, then you may be able to enter this course at a higher level. For further information, please visit our credit transfer page - Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit. Further information is available at our accreditation or prior learning page -

Additional information for international students:

If English is not your first language, you will need an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.

Where will it take me?

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to further your career in the health and social care sector, providing you with the management theory to progress to leadership positions. The course also provides the foundation for further qualifications, such as a master’s degree. The course has been designed to meet the requirements of the health and social care sector in the UK and is underpinned by the research knowledge and industry experience of our staff.

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and understanding needed to work at a management level within the health and social care sector.
  • Understand the professional and practical skills that are needed to work successfully in a variety of vocational contexts - both in the private and public sector.
  • Model the appropriate values and beliefs in the workplace to promote good practice in their teams.
  • Recognise and evaluate the impact of their practice on other people in their work setting.
  • Understand the regulatory and legislative framework and to work effectively within it.

Course Modules

Level 4 (year 1):

  • Academic and Study Skills - 15 credits
  • Health and Wellbeing - 30 credits
  • Sociology for Health and Social Care - 15 credits
  • Psychology for Health and Social Care - 15 credits
  • Working in a Diverse Society - 15 credits
  • Developing Across the Human Lifespan - 30 credits

Level 5 (year 2):

  • Core Values in Health and Social Care - 15 credits
  • Exploring Loss in Health and Social Care - 30 credits
  • Safeguarding Individuals - 30 credits
  • Legislation, Policy and Practice - 30 credits
  • Introduction to Research - 15 credits

Level 6 (year 3):

  • Public Health: Critical Perspectives - 30 credits
  • Mental Health: Contemporary Issues - 30 credits
  • Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care - 30 credits
  • Major Project - 30 credits

The course operates on a modular basis, with modules carrying either 15 or 30 academic credits. Students take modules worth 60 credits per semester. Every level is equivalent to 120 credits with the full BA (Hons) degree worth 360 credits.

Your overall grade for the course, and your bachelor’s degree classification, will be based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.

The full-time course has one start point in September.

Course Assessment Method


This course provides you with the opportunity to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice, or formative, assessment for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them will not count towards your module mark.

There will be formal, or summative, assessment during, or at the end of, each module. Formal assessment will be solely through a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance presentations and projects. The grades from your formal assessments will count towards your module mark.


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework and examination within three weeks of your submission. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

You must achieve a pass mark of 40% in all of your modules in order to finish the course and gain your qualification.

Course costs

The following course related costs are included in the fees:

  • Access to the Learning Resource Centre
  • Access to the computer facilities
  • Access to College Support Services
  • Membership of the College Union
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Assessment
  • Registration costs
  • Annual printing allowance of £10
  • Use of paper and online journals provided in the library

The following costs are not included in the fees:

  • Course books - you will be provided with a book list so that you are able to buy textbooks if you wish, although there are multiple copies available in the library
  • DBS check, if the placement is found by the college. In most cases the employer will cover this fee.
  • Additional printing over and above the £10 allowance

Sources for financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance, you may be eligible for additional benefits. Details can be found on the Student Services homepage -

How to apply?

Applications direct to UCAS for further assistance contact Admissions.

Where and When

Health & Social Care Degree BA (HONS)

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Fee Information

Course Code Study Mode Start Date Under 16 16-18 19+ International
B061D1F-19 Full Time 23/09/2019 N/A £6,000 £6,000 N/A

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Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year, they are estimated at this stage and will be confirmed at enrolment.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.
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Accrediting Body

Open University

BA (Hons) Health & Social Care Programme Specification 2016 

BA (Hons) Heath Social Care Programme Specification, 2016

2019/20 Prospectus

Havering College Course Guide 2019/20

Ofsted 2016 Report

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