BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care

  1. UCAS code:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
  3. BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care

Course Overview

EMPLOYABILITY: 99% of graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job six months after graduating (Unistats, 2015)

AVERAGE EARNINGS: Managerial roles in the health and social care service sector usually range from £25,411 to £46,600 at the higher end.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum five A*-C GCSEs including Welsh/English Language and BBC at A-level.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are welcome to apply.

Key Features

Why take this course?

  • 91% of students agree that staff are good at explaining things (Unistats 2016)
  • 91% of students say that overall, they are satisfied with the quality of the course (Unistats 2016)
  • The degree structure is flexible enough to offer a range of specialisms and a breadth of choice
  • The degree is taught by experts in the subjects who aim to be innovative and to meet real needs
  • The introductory year's work is designed to build your confidence, whatever your background
  • We use a variety of learning approaches, and, as well as the development of personal skills, we emphasise the development of practical skills in observation, interpretation, information processing and presentation, all of which will be valued by employers
  • You will have the opportunity to have a work placement as part of the degree
  • Year one students get the opportunity to undertake an employability module. On completion students are awarded the bronze Swansea Employability Award
  • Year two students can opt to complete a work placement on day release. This module can lead to the silver  Swansea Employability Award
  • Students can undertake two-week, college specific international summer programmes


The College’s health and social sciences research falls into eight broad themes:

  • Children and Young People’s Health and Well-Being
  • Health Economics
  • Health Services Research
  • History, Health and Culture
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing and Healthcare Practices
  • Philosophy, Ethics and Law in Healthcare
  • Social Science

Here is more information about College of Human and Health Sciences research



Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASP100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sociology of Social Policy
PPS100Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Academic and Professional Development
PPS103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Equality, Discrimination and Oppression in Society
PPS106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Psychology and Sociology in Health Care
PPS107Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Foundations in Human Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology
PPS108Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Research in Health and Social Care

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASP210Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Disability Policy
SHG269Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Safeguarding Children and Young People
SHH212Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sociology of Health and Illness 2
SHH216Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Health Promotion and Health Education
SHH218Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Qualitative Research & Critical Appraisal for Health & Social Care
SHH219Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Quantitative Research & Critical Appraisal For Health & Social Care
SHP205Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Psychology, Health, Illness and Medicine
Optional Modules
Year 2 Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select 20 credits from the following list of optional modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASP255Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Equality, Diversity and Citizenship
SHH209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Enhancing Employability Through Work Experience
SHH211Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Health Law and Practice

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASP315Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Social Policy in an Ageing World
SHH300Academic Year40Dissertation
SHH312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care
SHH313Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ethics in Health and Social Care
SHP309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Applied Psychology, Health, Illness and Medicine
SHP358Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Public Health and Epidemiology


Studying Health and Social Care is ideal for students who are interested in careers in environments, such as the NHS, Social Services, independent health and social care, voluntary and charitable sectors Students are sometimes taught alongside those undertaking other related degrees, such as Social Policy and Medical Science and Humanities, and will have opportunities to form professional and academic relationships early in their career.

This prepares students to work across professional and organisational boundaries - something consistent with the current UK policy aim to achieve better integration between health and social care. This approach focuses on collaboration, preparing graduates well for the world of work.

Students are given an overview of the structure and organisation of UK health and social care and major UK and Welsh Government policy on health and social care provision. The course produces graduates equipped with transferable skills, including team working, communication, presentation, problem-solving and analytical skills.

Students have the opportunity to work towards the Swansea Employability Award to gain work experience and develop skills that employers are looking for.

There is also the opportunity to undertake short study visits abroad. You can find more information here. 


Entry Requirements


  • A-Levels/Welsh Baccalaureate*: BBB-BBC
  • Access Diploma: 21D, 18M, 6P
  • Irish leaving certificate: 345-360
  • International Baccalaureate: 30-32

*We welcome applications from Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma students. Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade. 

For more information email or call +44 (0) 1792 295111.

How To Apply

  • Selection is through the UCAS process.
  • The personal statement is crucial and must identify an understanding of the subject and a commitment to its study.
  • There is no interview process. Offers made will be uploaded to the UCAS tracking system and the student invited to either accept or decline.
  • If your first language is not English then you need an IELTS score of 6.0

Applicants who think they have supporting information that might not be captured on the admissions form or have any other query should email the programme director Mark Jones.

Apply via UCAS 

International students are able to make applications via OnTrack 

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,650

Important Information for 2018/19: The Welsh Government has recently issued a statement (July 2017) outlining intentions to increase the maximum tuition fee in 2018/19 for full-time undergraduate degree programmes in line with inflation. This may mean the maximum tuition fee for 2018/19 could be set to increase from £9,000 to £9,295 per annum. If the Welsh Government passes this update to The Higher Education (Amounts) (Wales) Regulations 2015 later in the year, the University will apply to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) to increase its maximum fee level to £9,295 subject to satisfactory approval of a variation to the 2018/19 Fee & Access plan. If approved by HEFCW, the University will immediately write to all students affected notifying them of this fee increase as soon as is practically possible.

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

You may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus. Costs for travel to placements are reimbursed by the university.
  • Photocopying and buying stationery, USB sticks
  • Buying recommended books, although the campus library  will have all the texts  you need
  • Library fines

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

Click to find out more about tuition fees at Swansea.  

FUNDING: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more about scholarships and bursaries and other opportunities.  

CURRENT STUDENTS can find out more here about fees and funding for standard undergraduate degrees.

Course Structure

The teaching programme commences two weeks after Enrolment. Here is a full list of term dates.

This is a modular undergraduate honours degree programme offering 360 credits over three years. It is taught by staff with professional health and social care qualifications.

Students will have access to a robust personal tutoring network and student support services. Tutor groups have no more than six students per group.

Students are required to complete an 8,000 word dissertation in the final year. All modules are compulsory except for those which are designated as core modules. 

Some modules are available to study through the medium of Welsh. Please contact Amanda Jones for further information.

Assessment: Students will be assessed through group work, presentations, seminars, and also via essays, practical laboratory work and written reports and examinations.

International Students

The College of Human and Health Sciences welcomes many applications from non-UK students and considers a wide range of international qualifications. For details visit our country specific guide.

English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or an equivalent approved English Language test or qualification. Or look up other acceptable English Language Tests and qualifications. 

International applicants can find out more about how to apply here. 

International students are able to make applications via OnTrack 

For further information email:

Careers in Health and Social Care

Studying health and social care at university is ideal for individuals who see health and social care as an attractive career pathway but do not initially wish to pursue professional careers in medicine, nursing or social work. However, there is potential to pursue such career pathways at postgraduate level.

The degree is excellent preparation for students seeking administrative, managerial type roles within health and social care. It would also be highly relevant in the voluntary and independent sectors and to major charitable organisations with either a health or social care focus.

Managerial posts in organisations such as national cancer charities are being advertised with starting salaries from around £22,000 rising to more senior posts attracting £38,000+.

Year one students get the opportunity to undertake an employability module. On completion students are awarded the bronze Swansea Employability Award and Year two students can opt to complete a work placement on day release. This module can lead to the silver  Swansea Employability Award.

Our graduates have gone on to...

  • Postgraduate teaching certificates
  • Master’s level study in Social Work, Health Promotion, Cognitive Neuroscience and Humanitarian Aid
  • Civil Service
  • Third sector organisations
  • Paramedic science courses
  • Gain promotion in their existing workplace

Visit our career pages to read our graduate success stories and download our career guide 


Accommodation in residences is designated for new first year Human and Health Science students. Here are your Swansea University accommodation options.

To make sure you get a room in residence in your first year, click here to read the Swansea University accommodation guarantee.

Global Opportunities

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Short and Summer Programmes are a great way to gain international experience in addition to your degree. The College of Human and Health Sciences runs a number of summer programmes for students with opportunities to visit ChinaThailand and Vietnam.