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

​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 information on this page relates to 2022 entry.

Course Content

This programme will undergo periodic review in 2022. 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

Foundation route:

Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Mathematics* at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) plus one of the following:

  • 48 points from at least 2 A level qualifications or their equivalent at an appropriate standard for entry into Higher Education at Year 1, but in subject areas which fail to meet the entry requirements for their intended undergraduate degree programme.
  • 48 points from at least 2 A level qualifications or their equivalent in subject areas relevant for their intended undergraduate degree programme, but at a standard which fails to meet the entry requirements to Higher Education at Year 1.
  • Prospective students who do not meet the above criteria may be considered on an individual basis and may be called for interview.

For specific information on entry requirements or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS course search.

HND:

All applicants (except exceptional entry route) should have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Mathematics* at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) plus 64 points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent). Typical offers may include: 

  • 64 points from A Levels to include a grade C ; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a second subject

  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MPP

  • RQF BTEC National Diploma/Cambridge Technical Diploma MM

  • 6​4 points from Scottish Advanced Highers to include a grade D. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers.

  • 64 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers. Higher level subjects considered only with a minimum grade H4

  • 64 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma within a relevant subject

  • Institute of Welfare Certificate / Diploma

  • Or Cardiff Met's 'Foundation leading to Social Sciences'

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

If you are studying combinations of the above or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

BSc Degree:

All applicants should have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Mathematics* at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) plus 96 points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent). Typical offers may include:

  • 96 points from at least two A level to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM
  • CACHE Diploma grade C (minimum 96 points)
  • 96 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers.
  • 96 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers. Higher level subjects considered only with a minimum grade H4
  • 96 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma within a relevant subject
  • Institute of Welfare Certificate/Diploma (12 units)
  • Or Cardiff Met's 'Foundation leading to BSc Social Sciences'

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

If you are studying combinations of the above or if your qualification isn't listed, please contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

Exceptional entry route:

We encourage applications from other applicants who may not have the entry requirements but have relevant experience in the sector. Please contact the programme director for details.

If you do not meet the above entry requirements, the 'Foundation leading to BSc Social Sciences' is available one year full-time or two years part time and will provide you with a relevant qualification that will allow you to progress to this HND/BSc upon successful completion. For further information about the Foundation course, please click here​.

International Applicants

Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:

Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.

How to Apply:

Full-time applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com. Part-time applications should be made direct to the university at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/selfservice. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information 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  Joann Warner at JLWarner@cardiffmet.ac.uk  or Kate Attfield at kattfield@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

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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