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  • Our course empowers you to make a difference to people’s lives, particularly in vulnerable or marginalised groups
  • Take the opportunity to work with a variety of service users and organisations through the Volunteering module
  • Learn from supportive and accessible lecturers who have experience of working in a wide range of services
  • Study a broad curriculum that can lead to a variety of potential career paths

Working with vulnerable or marginalised adults and children, helping people reach their full potential and supporting healthy lifestyles adds up to a challenging but very satisfying career. And with a rapidly ageing population and cuts to social care, there is a pressing need for support workers, particularly in the most deprived communities in the country.

With 1.5 million people employed in the social care sector alone — a figure projected to increase to 3.1 million by 2025 — employment prospects are excellent for those who want to make a difference in people’s lives and seek to promote social justice and tackle inequality.

Our Health, Community and Social Care Studies course focuses on the part we all play in making society and its systems fairer for all people. You explore a broad range of issues within health and social care with 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. You are introduced to theories concerning how people come to be labelled as vulnerable or marginalised. You also explore the political and ethical influences on service provision and develop effective skills for working with individuals and groups.

During Years 2 and 3, you gain the knowledge needed to be a proficient worker across a range of community and care settings. You study an array of key issues such as understanding mental health, physical impairments, communities, law and ethics. Optional modules include Autism, Growing Older and Substance Use and Misuse.

Our talented teaching team has a wide range of practical experience in different health, social care and community settings. They are reinforced by guest lecturers who bring experience and expertise to the programme.

Study in the library and lecture theatre is balanced by participating in schemes to help members of vulnerable or marginalised groups. You also work alongside service providers and carers.

The fields of health, social care and community offer challenging and rewarding careers. Our graduates work with children, families, people who use substances such as drugs or alcohol, disabled people, elderly people, people with intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities and people with mental health issues. They take up employment in a variety of settings: in residential or daycare services, with the NHS, social services or voluntary and private service providers.


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.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.



Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

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.

Study abroad

Our BSc (Hons) Health, Community and Social Care Studies course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America.

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

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.


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Our validated courses 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.

We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:
  • 81% coursework
  • 13% written exams
  • 6% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 100% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 0% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 94% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 6% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

This programme is currently being validated. This is an internal process of ensuring our programmes offer students the best learning experience and can result in changes to the content of the course.

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


2018 Entry: 88-104 points

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

International Baccalaureate: 24 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Additional 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 enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

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International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

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Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester at one of our Open Days.


Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

History of Public Health 15
Community and Community Development 15

This module will allow students to build on their existing knowledge of what constitutes ‘community’ – for example, communities ‘of interest’ as well as geographically-based communities. Students will analyse how communities develop, exploring the part which community practitioners may play in that process. Students will be encouraged to consider examples of development, change, cohesion and conflict within a community of which they are a member. The module will also give students a general introduction to the study of community development as an academic subject area, in beginning to investigate theories related to community development. In particular, political and philosophical concepts underpinning community development will be explored.

Issues in Contemporary Health 15
Care and Community – International Contexts 15



Health and Social Care – Values 15
Health and Social Care – Policy and Politics 15
Communicating with Individuals and Groups 15

This module seeks to develop student knowledge and understanding of a range of theories, concepts and skills used when communicating and working with individuals and groups. It does this through a combination of discussions, lectures and practical classes which complement skill based activities undertaken with peers. These activities will help students practice and refine their communication skills with others. A commitment to reflective practice is essential if learning is to be maximised.

Understanding Human Behaviour 15

This module is designed to enable students to understand evidence based perspectives on children and young people’s behaviour. Students will explore biological, psychological and social influences on human behaviours and how these may contribute to their development, and to individual differences in behaviour. Students will also explore why some children and young people may develop challenging and abnormal patterns of behaviour. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of how systematic observation, combined with an understanding of evidence based theories of human behaviour can be used to assess and positively manage the behaviour of children and young people. Students will also have the opportunity to reflect on their own behaviours and interpersonal skills, and the explore the use of these when working with children and young people in a variety of settings.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Dementia 15
Understanding Research for Health & Social Care 15
Issues in Mental Health 15
Understanding Physical Impairments 15
Understanding Intellectual and (Neuro) developmental Disabilities 15
Caring Communities 15

Optional Credits

Year 2 Optional Modules
  • Understanding Autism 15 Credits
  • Growing Older 15 Credits
  • Volunteering Module 15 Credits
  • Substance Use and Misuse 15 Credits
  • Sensory Impairment 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Media Health and Social Care
Law and Ethics 15
Opportunities and Agendas in Community Development 15
Critical Health and Social Care Practice 15
Empowerment and Advocacy 15
Leadership management and Entrepreneurship 15
Dissertation 30

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 will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU 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 £77.08 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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International 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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.



As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


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. 


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.

Disclosure and Barring Service

A Discloure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check is required when applicants accept their offer for a place on the course. Applicants cover the cost of this which is £44 at the time of print.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Typical offer
88-104 points
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester