BSc (Hons) Health, Community and Social Care Studies

Health, Community and Social Care Studies at Winchester is for individuals who want to make a difference through their practice in health and social care settings.
**subject to revalidation

BSc (Hons) Health, Community and Social Care Studies at University of Winchester

UCAS codes: BL95

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2017 Entry: 88-104 points 

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

24 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent

Additional entry requirements:

Applicants are recommended to seek relevant paid or voluntary work experience prior to application. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check (formerly known as CRB) may be required.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750** (3 years) 

International Students

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800** (3 years)

For further details click here

Additional costs:


  • Printing: In Year 1 there is a mandatory group poster assessment. The approximate cost of poster printing is £8.00 for an A2, £10.00 for an A1 and £12.00 for an A0 these are printed in full colour on to a silk 190gsm paper. These are the costs of using the University's Reprographics service. Students may use their own materials. Cost £8-12.


  • Printing: In Year 3 students may choose to present their assessment through a poster or presentation. The approximate cost of poster printing is £8.00 for an A2, £10.00 for an A1 and £12.00 for an A0 these are printed in full colour onto a silk 190gsm paper. These are the costs of using the University's Reprographics service. Students may use their own materials. Cost £8-12.
  • Trips: There may be additional costs for off-campus activities, some of which may be supported by the Faculty. For trips further afield, there may be costs incurred by the student for travel. Cost £20.
  • Core texts: Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due to limited availability students are recommended to purchase a copy for their own use. Cost £100 per year. 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):


Field trips:

Students are supported to volunteer and to make links with organisations, group field trips are arranged and expert guest speakers are regularly invited.


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World


Students have the opportunity to work with a variety of service users and organisations through the Volunteering module.

Student satisfaction:

100% of students are satisfied with the quality of the course (

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

**Subject to revalidation

'Revalidation'  is the process by which the University  refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**Indicative Fees for 2017/18 Home and EU students are £9,250 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

Students explore a broad range of issues within health and social care across a range of different individuals and groups, and around various conditions or issues. There is an emphasis on effective, collaborative work with those who use, design and shape services. Issues within different professional settings are expanded and linked to how practitioners can support people's needs in their communities.

Theory and literature about how people and communities behave and the importance of understanding and reflecting our own response to service users' needs is also a key focus. There is a core theme of empowering practice and user-led approaches in health and social care practice throughout the programme.

Year 1 is foundational and provides an understanding of the contexts for health and social care. Students are introduced to theories concerning how people come to be placed and labelled as vulnerable, marginalised or problems in society. There is an exploration of the political and ethical influences on service provision, along with understanding effective skills in working with groups and individuals. During Years 2 and 3, students have the opportunity range of key issues. Students develop the knowledge and understanding needed to be an effective worker in interdisciplinary and multi-agency working across a range of communities and care settings.

Year 1

  • Health and Social Care - Policy and Politics
  • Health and Social Care - Values
  • Care and Community - International Contexts
  • Issues in Contemporary Health
  • Understanding Human Behaviour
  • Communicating with Individuals and Groups
  • Community and Community Development
  • History of Public Health

Year 2

  • Caring Communities
  • Understanding Intellectual and (Neuro) Developmental Disabilities
  • Issues in Mental Health
  • Understanding Research for Health and Social Care
  • Understanding Physical Impairments
  • Dementia

Optional modules:

  • Understanding Autism
  • Growing Older
  • Volunteering
  • Substance Use and Misuse
  • Sensory Impairment

Year 3

  • Dissertation
  • Critical Health and Social Care Practice
  • Leadership Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Empowerment and Advocacy
  • Opportunities and Agendas in Community Development
  • Law and Ethics
  • Media Health and Social Care

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Students will engage with the issues and experiences of a wide range of individuals within different community contexts. They explore the real life situations for a number of groups including: 

  • Families
  • Substance users
  • Older people
  • Disabled people
  • People with mental health issues

The programme has been developed to support learning through formal scheduled time in lectures and seminars, through support from staff in tutorial, and from peers in independent learning. The teaching and learning throughout the module content will seek to explore and link key aspects of the programme in terms of;

  • Key policy agendas and issues;
  • Underpinning theories;
  • Understanding practice issues.

Programme Leader

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Our graduates have the knowledge and understanding to develop careers working with children; families; people who use substances such as drugs or alcohol; disabled people; older people; people with intellectual and neuro-developmental disabilities; and people with mental health issues. Moreover,  as qualifications become increasingly important  in this sector, and with an increasing need for workers to understand the dynamics of effective practice based in communities, our students are well placed to progress in a challenging and rewarding career. Graduates have taken up employment in a variety of settings, working in residential or daycare services, with the NHS, Social Services or voluntary and private service providers.

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

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