Designed in partnership with local health and social care providers, this BA (Hons) in Integrated Health and Social Care (Top-up) reflects the emerging devolution and integration agenda that is being spearheaded locally and nationally. Take this course and you can provide a more seamless, person-centred approach to service delivery, ensuring the best possible outcomes for users of services, their carers, and the population as a whole.

Enhance your knowledge and understanding of the key demographic drivers underpinning the sector. Explore local and national strategies designed to build resilient, sustainable communities and improve health and well-being. And build your awareness of the wider context of integrated care, the role and function of different agencies and professionals, and your own role within the sector.

As a vocationally driven programme, you’ll work and learn at the same time, equipping yourself with the knowledge and skills to become a more reflective, independent and critical member of the workforce, with a specific focus on gaining competencies required by practitioners working within integrated health and social care teams. Supporting national occupational standards and providing you with high level work-related skills, you’ll be well prepared for career progressions in the health and social care sector.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
1 year
September 2021
Awarding Partner:
Sheffield Hallam University
You’ll be taught by a team of experienced educators with a wealth of knowledge and experience from the health and social care sector.

All staff have or are working towards higher level Master’s and/or professional industry-based qualifications. They all maintain strong links with Sheffield Hallam University and regularly update their knowledge and skills with the university and through sector links and professional communities of practice.

• 80 UCAS tariff points from A2 or BTEC diploma in a relevant subject

• GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded

• Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent in the vocational or academic subject area.
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

Commissioning Services (20 credits)

Health Promotion and Prevention (20 credits)

Legislation Regulations and Policy in Health and Social Care (20 credits)

Monitoring and Managing Disease (20 credits)

Partnership Working and Integration of Services (20 credits)

Professional and Academic Development (20 credits)

Year 1: Advanced Safeguarding of Adults and Children (20 credits)
Use independent research and critical thinking to explore a range of case studies and perspectives that inform contemporary safeguarding practices., including the interrelationship between a range of socio-economic factors and patterns of abuse, and the practices designed to prevent abuse and minimise harm.

Year 1: Dissertation (40 credits)
Explore your chosen area of interest, enhance your working practice and developing your research and academic skills with this self-directed double module. You’ll be given full support along the process, with your aims, objectives, research strategies, research methods and conventions.

Year 1: Person Centred Care (20 credits)
Investigate and explore the structures, processes and outcomes associated with the provision of person centred care, focusing on the following areas: Person centred care and values; Engaging patients and carers; Health beliefs, including consideration of culture and religion; Shared decision making; Establishing therapeutic partnerships and concordance; Healthcare systems and complexity; Effective team working; Patient safety; Human factors and their importance; Learning from errors; Managing risk, and planning care in hospital and at home.

Year 1: Political and Sociological Perspectives (20 credits)
Examine a range of political and sociological perspectives that inform contemporary discourses in health and social care and beyond, examining differing explanations for emerging social trends and phenomena and considering the impact of current government policies and state interventions on the health and well-being of the local, national and global populations.

Year 1: Promoting Individual Resilience and Wellbeing (20 credits)
Develop your critical thinking and reflective skills, as you analyse: Legislation and initiatives to prevent and delay the need for health and social care services; Physiological disorders; Psychological disorders; Living with dementia; The role of rehabilitation and enablement; Intermediate care systems; Discharge and support after hospitalisation; The role of the voluntary and charity sector; Building resilience and circles of support.
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Cottrell, S (2013) The Study Skills Handbook
Corcoran, N (2013) Communicating Health: Strategies for Health Promotion

Cross, R, Woodall, J and Green, J (2015) Health Promotion: Planning & Strategies

Dickinson, H (2016) Evaluating Outcomes in Health and Social Care
Glasby, J (2012) Understanding Health and Social Care
Gray, A.M and Birrell, D (2013) Transforming Adult Social Care: Contemporary Policy and Practice
Sealey, C (2015) Social Policy Simplified: Connecting Theory with People’s Lives
Gottwald, M and Goodman-Brown, J (2012) A Guide to Practical Health Promotion

Macera, C.A, et al. (2012) Introduction to Epidemiology: Distribution and Determinants of Disease in Humans

Cottrell, S (2011) Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument
Cottrell, S (2013) The Study Skills Handbook
Day, J (2013) Interprofessional Working: An Essential Guide for Health- and Social-Care Professionals
Day, T (2013) Success in Academic Writing
Glasby, J and Dickinson, H (2014) Partnership Working in Health and Social Care: What is Integrated Care and How Can We Deliver It?
The course is run in a classroom environment, allowing you to share your ideas and reflections with your peers. You will also receive tutorial support and sessions focused on wider areas throughout your course.

This programme combines a variety of academic and work-based learning methods and assessments, including:
• Interviews
• Dissertation
• Reflective portfolios
• Written assignments
• Literature reviews
• Case studies
• Presentations
With the skills and knowledge from this degree, you could work in a range of Management and Assistant Practitioner roles in health and social care.

Other opportunities may include working in:

• Management
• Public Health
• Health Promotion
• Commissioning roles in the sector
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £50 each year for books and printing

If undertaking work experience (which may be paid or unpaid) you may also need to factor in travel costs to your place of work

You will be required to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there will be an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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