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Integrated Health and Social Care BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: L510

Develop the skills and understanding to promote and improve the health and social care of communities and populations. Combine theory with applied practical skill development as you prepare for roles in integrated health and social care settings.

Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
5 years part-time
Start dates: September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Health and Social Care
Faculty: Health, Social Care and Medicine
Department: Allied Health, Social Work and Wellbeing
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Please note this course was previously titled BSc (Hons) Community Practice in Health and Wellbeing.

Creating healthier populations begins with communities. The need to prevent illness and promote health is a central ambition in public policy in the UK and beyond, especially in the aftermath of a global pandemic.

This integrated health and social care degree, developed with local authority partners, focuses on knowledge and practice in tackling health inequalities and preventing ill health at the level of populations and communities, and within emerging integrated health and social care systems.

Combining theoretical understanding with practical skills development and placements, you will develop a critical awareness of the psychological, sociological, political and community influences on health and wellbeing, and the methods that can be employed in practice to affect change.

A focus on community development, health promotion and health education practice, will enable you to develop skills to work independently and collaboratively in community and integrated care settings and you will graduate fully prepared for professional roles within health, community, public health, social care and leadership contexts. This degree can also provide a route to further study in academic or practice postgraduate routes.

Course features

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Professional practice placements

  • International students can apply

What you'll study

Year 1 introduces you to theory and practice in community health and social care. You will explore a range of topics including psychological, sociological, life course and community development principles as you build analytical perspectives of health and social care. Effective communication skills, key academic and employment skills will also be developed.

Compulsory modules:

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Community Development Approaches in Health and Social Care
Health and Social Care across the Life Course
Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills
Introduction to Psychology in Health and Social Care
Introduction to Sociological Principles in Health and Social Care
Working in Health and Social Care

Study advances in Year 2 as you are introduced to a range of public health and population approaches focused on integrated health and social care. You will learn about the specific health and social care needs of populations with mental health conditions and the needs of older people. You’ll also work on a community profile, undertake a professional practice placement, and develop approaches to health promotion. You will also advance your research skills to prepare you for a dissertation in Year 3.

Compulsory modules:

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Approaches to Health Promotion
Health, Place and Community
Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing
Understanding Older Populations' Health and Wellbeing
Understanding Research

The dissertation will be your main focus in Year 3. This will require you to undertake your own research project, significantly enhancing your understanding and analytical skills in supporting population health. You will also also critically explore practical aspects of working in health and social care, and focus on leadership, innovation and enterprise and global issues in health and social care.

Compulsory modules:

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Global Issues in Health and Social Care
Innovation and Enterprise in Integrated Health and Social Care Settings
Leadership in Integrated Health and Social Care Settings

One of:

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Dissertation
Primary Research Dissertation

One of:

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Children, Young People, Crime and Deviance
Eating Disorders
Negotiated Learning Shell
Supporting the Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People with Special Needs and Disabilities
Trauma In Childhood

Where your course includes optional modules, these are to provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

This degree will be delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, group seminars, and practice placements.

This is a campus-based programme, the timetabled content usually takes place over a minimum of three days, or as required when on placement.

You will also be offered additional 1-1 tutorials and personal tutor support. Your learning will be supported by the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which contains reading lists and lecture content, along with online group forums.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment includes essays, seminar presentations, practice-based assessment, portfolios, community profiling, online activities, posters and a third-year dissertation on a topic of your choice. Before these assessments take place, you will be given guidance and have the opportunity for your work to be reviewed.

Who will be teaching you

The academic team involved in the delivery of this degree are experienced and talented professionals and researchers across the fields of public health, psychology, sociology, and leadership. All academics are experienced lecturers, with most engaged in active research projects. The programme will also draw on the wider departmental staffing, which includes nurses, social workers, psychologists, accredited therapists, and counsellors, as well as arts and music-based therapists, amongst others. The team will also utilize high quality guest speakers where appropriate to support the delivery of key content. The team also liaise closely with practice partners and employers in ensuring the curriculum remains sector relevant.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

104-112 UCAS Tariff points.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BCC-BBC.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Part-time applications require a direct application to Edge Hill. Please select the year of entry that you wish to apply for.

Apply for September 2025 part-time.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine offers outstanding facilities for the education and training of health and social care professionals.Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

The contemporary teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

Where you'll study

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Finance

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the academic year 2025/26 are to be confirmed. This page will be updated with further information when it is available.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

The content of this course has been aligned to workforce needs and informed by the key policies that are shaping the future of integrated health and social care in the UK.

Successful completion of the degree will provide you with a strong foundation for a wide range of careers in sectors including the NHS, local authorities, voluntary, community and social enterprise and the private sector.

You will have obtained specific skills and knowledge in community development, health education and health promotion approaches. You will also have transferable skills such as data management and analysis, research and evaluation, presentation and communication, community profiling, planning and project management, professional and personal ethics, teamwork, relationship building and leadership.

You will be ready to take on roles in community work and social prescribing, health and social care, public health, child protection, mental health, the housing sector and in leadership contexts.

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