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Health and Community Care
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Health and Community Care

International Scholarships available

Overview

If you currently work or volunteer in health and social care and want to enhance your practice and career prospects, this is your opportunity to extend your knowledge of the sector and refine your practical skills. You will explore the context of your practice against a backdrop of changing local, national and political drivers. You will be encouraged to analyse your decision making and to reflect on your current practice, helping you to generate new ideas for use in your current role and for the benefit of patients and service users.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 40% of our research in the Psychology unit was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.
You will develop the expertise required within health and social care sectors, and learn to respond appropriately to changing local, regional and political drivers across a range of settings such as mental health, social care and adult health. You can also choose from a range of optional modules to develop into your chosen professional area.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Course Features

  • Placements
  • Part-time study available
  • Specialist facilities
  • January start
  • Top-up course available
  • Expert careers service
  • Professional accreditations
  • TEF Silver Award
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60 Second Research - Dr Mark Robinson

Entry Requirements

Additional Requirements: Applicants should either have a HND, Foundation degree or an equivalent award of 120 level 5 credit points in the cognate subjects of Health Care, Nursing (Acute and Community), Health and Social Care, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Dietetics or Radiography or an award in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for. Applicants who do not meet this academic requirement are advised to undertake the Professional Profile Development module in order to apply for recognition of prior (experiential) learning. Details of the module can be found at this link

All students will normally be working, in paid or unpaid employment, within health and/or community care as students need to be able to reflect on their experience and relate theory with practice. All applicants should be able to evidence recent professional development/study; of working with different patient/client groups; awareness of current policies affecting the sector and potential implications for service delivery.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 6.0. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Additional Requirements: Applicants should either have a HND, Foundation degree or an equivalent award of 120 level 5 credit points in the cognate subjects of Health Care, Nursing (Acute and Community), Health and Social Care, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Dietetics or Radiography or an award in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for. Applicants who do not meet this academic requirement are advised to undertake the Professional Profile Development module in order to apply for recognition of prior (experiential) learning. Details of the module can be found at this link

All students will normally be working, in paid or unpaid employment, within health and/or community care as students need to be able to reflect on their experience and relate theory with practice. All applicants should be able to evidence recent professional development/study; of working with different patient/client groups; awareness of current policies affecting the sector and potential implications for service delivery.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 6.0. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Jane Phillips

Careers

Jane Phillips
Professional Lead for Speech and Language Therapy Humber NHS Foundation Trust

MSc Health & Community Care

“I have worked for 30 years, and I have been surprised about the difference studying has made. My course allows me to take a new perspective on my role and question how and why I do things, which is making a positive difference to my clients and me.

Teaching and learning

This course will enable you to develop expertise within health and community care practice, and to respond appropriately to local, national and political factors. With a focus on your own work role and service setting, you will gain the ability to take personal responsibility, initiative and make effective decisions in an unpredictable environment.
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Core Modules

Gain an introduction to research. You will be guided through the research process as you explore specific methodologies, so that you can learn to select and justify your own research strategies.

Reflect on your past experience, identifying future learning needs in the context of your own role and current health and social care policy.

Year one indicative option modules:

Learn how to coach as an approach to working with people. You will learn a critical understanding of coaching theory and how coaching tools and techniques can be utilised in your practice areas. Develop a critical competence in coaching interventions through experiential learning in small groups in specially designed communication suites, and be supported in applying these skills in your everyday area of practice.

Increase your knowledge and skills in the prevention and control of infection in healthcare - in particular focus on exploring best practice in order to evaluate and improve current practice.

Gain an introduction to leadership and management from both theoretical and practice perspectives. You will study the critical understanding of theories, models and styles of leadership and management, which will facilitate confidence and competence through critical reflection in clinical practice.

As a registered health professionals, this module will enable you to achieve the required legal and professional standards to register as a Non-Medical Prescriber.

Develop your critical understanding of key concepts, clinical frameworks and the current evidence-base for cognitive behavioural therapy. In skills practice sessions you will be able to build competence to transfer skills into your area of practice and critically reflect and evaluate on your relevance and impact.

Increase your knowledge and skills in the recognition and management of the acutely ill patient, with a particular focus on patient assessment, clinical skills, decision making and treatment planning, to prevent patient deterioration and improve outcome through early intervention.

Aimed at practitioners working with individuals and families with experience of depression and anxiety, you will critically engage with contemporary research, theory and policy. You will also have opportunities for skills development to be applied in practice with individuals.

You will explore the contemporary context of mental health and critically understand mental health and mental health practice, focusing on the centrality of narrative and the ethos of recovery. You will be expected to critique your practice in the light of different perspectives and reflect on the application of this understanding on practice.

Build on the your current counselling and interpersonal skills and competencies. You will develop a critical understanding of counselling theories and how counselling as an intervention can be utilised in your practice areas.

Explore the key ethical and legal theory, principles and concepts that underpin health and social care practice.

Sue Sherwin
Sue Sherwin
Dean of School

Sue Sherwin is Dean for the School of Health and Community Studies. She joined our University as a Senior Lecturer in 1996 after supporting the development of the first degree in Mental Health Nursing from Leeds Beckett.

Our School is committed to making a difference to the health and wellbeing of communities and individuals. All of our academics have worked in health, public health and the caring professions, and many still maintain their professional practice to ensure we maintain a strong link between our teaching and the demands of the professional workplace. We bring this quality of care to the way in which we support our students through their learning.
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60 Second Research - Dr Mark Robinson

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Placements
Placement locations and experiences will vary throughout the course but any additional travel or dual accommodation costs will be reimbursed by the NHS Business Services Authority. Students may also be eligible for a Child Dependants Allowance and Exceptional Support Funding dependent on their circumstances. Details of this NHS Learning support Funding can be found at the link here.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Placements
Placement locations and experiences will vary throughout the course but any additional travel or dual accommodation costs will be reimbursed by the NHS Business Services Authority. Students may also be eligible for a Child Dependants Allowance and Exceptional Support Funding dependent on their circumstances. Details of this NHS Learning support Funding can be found at the link here.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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