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Health & Social Care - HND/BSc (Hons) Degree

Entry Year

​This flexible course aims to provide inter professional learning for those intending to follow a career in Health and Social Care and opens up a wide range of career opportunities within the voluntary, charitable and private sectors. 

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 in Health and Social Care would enhance their career potential.

Course Content

This programme will undergo periodic review in 2023. As such, course content shown below may change to ensure the programme remains current. Any applicants will be informed of any changes once confirmed. 


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 within the Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences or Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy, 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 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 recommended 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.

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.

Year One (HND & Degree):

You will explore topics including:

  • Social Policy
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Working with Children
  • Research Methods 

Year Two (HND & Degree):

you will explore topics including: 

  • Working in the Community
  • Children and Young People
  • Inequalities
  • Health

Year Three (Degree):

  • Homelessness
  • Mental Health
  • Children
  • Housing and Culture
  • Community
  • Research and Professional Development
  • Dissertation


Learning & Teaching

Contact, lectures, seminars and tutorials:

Each subject is divided into a lecture 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.

You will be supported to find work experience in an area of interest chosen by you, and to write reflections on your experiences 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.

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

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Typical Offers

HND

  • Tariff points: 64
  • Contextual offer: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Five GCSEs at Grade C / 4 or above to include English Language / Welsh First Language, Mathematics / Mathematics – Numeracy.
  • English Language Requirement: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in all elements, or equivalent.
  • A level subjects: Grades CC. No specific subjects required.
  • BTEC National / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MM
  • T Level: Pass.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: No specific subjects required.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: Grade D. No specific subjects required.

BSc

  • Tariff points: 96
  • Contextual offer: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Five GCSEs at Grade C / 4 or above to include English Language / Welsh First Language, Mathematics / Mathematics – Numeracy.
  • English Language Requirement: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in all elements, or equivalent.
  • A level subjects: Minimum three A levels to include grades CCC. No specific subjects required. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject.
  • BTEC National / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM
  • T Level: Pass (C+).
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: No specific subjects required.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: Grade DD. No specific subjects required.

If you do not meet the above entry requirement, we also offer a Foundation Programme which allows progression to Year 1.

Combinations of the above qualifications are accepted if they meet our minimum requirements. If your qualifications aren’t listed, please contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search.

Further information on Overseas qualifications can be found here.

If you are a mature applicant, have relevant experience or RPL that you would like us to consider, please contact Admissions.


How to Apply

Further information on how to apply can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

For Degree (BSc), HND and HNC enquiries, please contact  Edith England at eaaengland@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

For course specific enquiries relating to the foundation only, please contact the programme leader, Sarah Taylor:

Email: SJTaylor@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2041 7228

We endeavour to deliver courses as described and will not normally make changes to courses, such as course title, content, delivery, and teaching provision. However, it may be necessary for the university to make changes in the course provision before or after enrolment. It reserves the right to make variations to content or delivery methods, including discontinuation or merging courses if such action is considered necessary. Please read our Terms and Conditions for the full information.

Key Course Information

​​​​​UCAS Codes:
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: 
Llandaff Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy

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.

Also available as part-time HNC. Please contact the programme leader (see contact us) for further information.

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