BA (Hons)
Health and Applied Social Studies

Delivered at Accrington and Rossendale College University Centre
Start Date September 2021
Mode Full-time or Part-time
Duration 3 Years
Cost £8250 Full-time or £4125 Part-time
UCAS Code LL59

* The fees charged on your course will not rise by more than inflation during your studies but the College reserves the right to increase fees annually by not more than RPIX (Retail Prices Index excluding Mortgage Interest).

If your studies are to be funded by your employer or as part of an Apprenticeship then different rates may apply, please enquire for details.

Course overview

This programme aims to emphasise the causes and consequences of human actions and contextualise these to a range of social and health issues, related social and welfare policies and the operation of relevant societal institutions. It will provide a supportive and collaborative learning environment whilst developing relevant transferable skills such as critical enquiry, argument and analysis, and capacity for independent learning.

What will I learn

Level 4

  • Introduction to Health Studies
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Theories of Social Change and Globalisation
  • Approaches to Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Methods

Level 5

  • British Social and Welfare Policy
  • Career Focused Professional Development
  • Health Psychology
  • Social Divisions
  • Crime and Deviance in Society
  • Research Development

Level 6

  • Dissertation (core)

You will then choose 4 modules from the list below (subject to availability):

  • Gender and Sexuality in Society
  • Criminal Justice and Penal Policy
  • Youth and Community Studies
  • Geography of Health
  • Leadership and Management
  • Contemporary Issues

How will the courses be assessed?

The acquisition of knowledge and understanding is promoted through a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, group work, group tutorials, project work and independent self-directed study and research. Seminars, group work and group tutorials offer more potential for a purposely student led interactive forum for knowledge sharing and acquisition.

Individual tutorials facilitate student learning by addressing specific knowledge and understanding needs on an individual basis and remains an integral aspect of the relationship between staff and student in respect to independent project and dissertation supervision.

Relevant numerical and statistical skills are taught in the programme and students use these in certain modules such as in Research Methods, although students may wish to include such material in other areas of the course – such as their dissertation for instance.

Throughout the learner is encouraged to undertake independent reading and research using both printed and electronic material to complement, widen, deepen and consolidate their knowledge and understanding.

Students are assessed via both oral and written coursework (such as essays, projects, seminars, poster presentations, portfolio and dissertation) and examinations [both seen and unseen]), of 2 hours duration in some modules.

Entry requirements

Applicants need either:

96 UCAS points (from September 2017) or a NVQ Level 3 in relevant vocational areas or relevant work experience / professional qualifications plus GCSE Maths and English Grade C (4) or equivalent.


This programme will lead to employment within social work, welfare work, community, public and private health care sectors, Social and Health related Administration and Management, Probation, Teaching in further education and relevant careers within local government.

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