• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


Take your first steps towards a fulfilling future in health and social care. This Health and Social Care (Hons) degree from University of Derby will give you the skills, confidence and experience to make a positive difference to people’s lives and wellbeing.

Health and social care is all about supporting people – working flexibly, creatively and confidently to address the needs of individuals, families and communities. This highly practical course equips you for a career in a sector which offers immense personal satisfaction.

Versatile, adaptable and skilled health and social care professionals are in demand like never before. At a time when people are living longer with increasingly complex needs and a growing number of services are provided in the community and at home, roles and practices within the sector are changing rapidly.

The focus is on how we can enable and support vulnerable people to live independent, active and healthy lives, and how we can respond effectively to the needs of their families and carers.

You’ll cover the profession from a holistic standpoint, exploring policies and trends, social and psychological approaches, and critical issues in adult and children’s care.


Our emphasis is on nurturing versatile and flexible health and social care professionals who are not restricted by boundaries and who can work in multi-professional teams. This degree equips you for rewarding roles in areas such as:

  • Local authority, NHS and multi-agency teams working with children, young people and adults
  • Homelessness and social housing services
  • Refugee and asylum-seeker support agencies
  • Appropriate adult and advocacy work
  • Health promotion services
  • Community mental health teams
  • Intensive family support teams
  • Residential and nursing care management
  • Commissioning and care management teams
  • Care co-ordinator management

Graduates of the course are now carving out successful careers in organisations across the independent, statutory and voluntary sectors. Some have chosen to move directly into working with vulnerable people within the NHS, adult and children’s social care services, while others have progressed into strategic management and leadership positions to develop improved services for individuals, families and communities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Ways of Knowing
  • Health Policy and Social Trends
  • Understanding Physical Health Conditions
  • Working with People
  • Psychological Approaches to Care
  • Social Approaches to Health and Wellbeing.
  • Critical Issues in Adult Care
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Practice-Based Learning
  • Researching Health and Social Care
  • Public Health and Health Promotion.
  • Independent Study 
  • Managing People, Services and Resources
  • Counselling Perspectives
  • Working with People in Distress and Disorder
  • Resourcing and Social Enterprise in Health and Social Care
  • Substance Misuse

                                  English Language Requirements

                                  You need the following IELTS score:

                                  • Minimum required score:


                                    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                  Academic Requirements

                                  General Requirements

                                  Typical entry requirements:
                                  • UCAS points - 112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
                                  • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
                                  • Interview 
                                  Alternative entry qualifications:
                                  • BTEC - DMM
                                  • Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6

                                            Tuition Fee

                                            • International

                                              13250 GBP/year
                                              Tuition Fee
                                              Based on the original amount of 13250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
                                            • EU/EEA

                                              9250 GBP/year
                                              Tuition Fee
                                              Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
                                            We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
                                            • Part-time UK/EU students -  £1,155 per module

                                            Living costs for Derby

                                            • 540 - 860 GBP/month
                                              Living Costs

                                            The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                                            • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
                                            • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
                                            • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

                                            Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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