Social Care and Well-being (Older Person) BSc (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (6 years)


September 2018

Intermediate award: CertHE

 This course is next running in September 2018.


Our course focuses on the needs of the older person both as recipients of care and deliverers of care and how the experience of ageing differs for individuals and societies. The course explores the different approaches both nationally and internationally to promoting well-being and delivering social care.

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If you are working or volunteering with, or want to work with, older people, this course is for you. Potential career paths would be residential or community social care, social work or nursing and public health roles.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Foundation in Social Care and Well-being
    In this module, you will look at the structure of health and social care provision from a global perspective, considering the changes in care delivery throughout history and what influenced those changes. You will examine formal and informal models and varieties of care. You will also explore the challenges linked to planning and providing care and reflect on the involvement of service users and informal carers in this planning and delivering. You will further discuss he interaction between service users and service providers, including differing models of disability and aspects such as who and what controls the provision of services provided.
  • Essential Communication and Study Skills
    You will focus on developing the communication and study skills which are essential within social care and also for success in academic studies. You will evaluate your current level of knowledge and develop a personal development plan in order to develop identified aspects. You will also develop skills necessary to all higher education courses such as writing literature reviews, reading academic sources effectively and referencing correctly. Finally, you will explore the principles of effective communication through a range of interactive exercises and reflection. Verbal and non-verbal approaches to communication and models of communication will be studied.
  • Ethics, Values and the Legal Context in Social Care and Well-being
    This module will help you gain knowledge that will make you more employable. You will examine professional codes of conduct and their application to professionals, legal duties towards children and adults and principles of human rights and anti-discrimination law. You will take part in personal and group reflection on rights, freedoms, self-determination, philosophical ethics and the dilemmas and tensions that are encountered when working with individuals. Service user involvement will form a pivotal aspect of the module to enable you to understand different viewpoints.
  • Developing Interpersonal Skills
    This module will focus on developing your self-awareness and interpersonal communication skills. You will study interpersonal communication and its role in building positive relationships in care settings and in work and personal life. You will use verbal and non-verbal communication techniques and will study a range of communication issues clients may have and how to overcome those. You will also reflect on the importance of empowering others to communicate. The module uses person centred approaches including VERA, which looks at communicating with individuals who are confused and disorientated.

Year two, core modules

  • Principles of Sociology
    Sociology helps to understand how societies function and how individuals influence or are influenced by the world they live in. The module will cover the different sociological perspectives: Structural Functionalism, Conflict/Marxist perspective, symbolic interactionism and Feminist Sociology, and how they explain primary and secondary socialisation and social divisions. You will explore the sociology of health and illness and address lay beliefs, Medicalisation, sociology of the body and the concepts of social control, surveillance and iatrogenesis. You will also reflect on health inequalities, access to health care, life-span aspects and the influence of the media. Service user experiences and their views of social care and accessing services will be included.
  • Principles of Psychology
    Psychology is fundamental to understanding care and well-being. It provides an understanding of how individuals behave in societies and what influences this. You will study different psychological approaches: Behaviourism, Psychodynamics, Humanism, Cognitive Psychology and Biological Psychology, and how these link to the main themes in psychology. The themes addressed include: developmental theories, attitude and belief formation, theories of motivation and perception and concepts of pro-social and anti-social behaviour. You will also discuss adaptation theories, bereavement and loss, concepts of stress and coping and your role in supporting individuals and their families dealing with crisis. Service user involvement will be included through supported sessions or access to online material such as the patient voices website.
  • Health promotion in Health and Social Care
    You will gain the skills and knowledge to implement health promotion strategies within the work setting. The module will include: models of health promotion, social inequalities relating to health and perceptions of individuals and groups in relation to health, illness and expectations of care. You will develop skills in: targeting for, planning, implementing and evaluating health promotion strategies, on an individual or group basis and within the context of your own practice. The module will refer to current texts such as the Wanless Review (2004) and the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework: Handbook of definition (DH2011).
  • Well-being and the older person
    You will study the normal ageing process and its impact on physical and cognitive ability. The construction, impact and meaning of ageing is key to understanding the experience of the older person and those who are involved in informal and formal care giving. You will gain an understanding of bio-psychosocial aspects of the ageing process and how they relate to promoting best care outcomes. You will explore cultural aspects of ageing, including different ethnic groups’ attitudes and approaches and how these impact on social care provision. The experience of service users and carers will be incorporated through supported sessions and access to online material such as the patient voices website.

Year three, core modules

  • Research Methodology
    You will learn to be analytical and insightful regarding research reports. You will gain an invaluable skill for anyone who wishes to provide effective and appropriate care in their individual sphere of practice. In addition, today's practitioner is required to work in a multi professional, multi-agency world which requires skills and insight into the efficacy of research. This module will revisit existing knowledge of the research process and assist you in further developing skills of critical analysis and ethical appraisal of published work.
  • Undergraduate Major Project
    The undergraduate major project enables you to raise and address significant questions relating to your chosen topic/issue. You'll be supported by a tutor with similar interests and research profile. This module requires autonomous study and it is your chance to demonstrate that you have met our University’s expectations and are ready to graduate.
  • Mental Health and Well-being
    You will gain knowledge and understanding of mental health to support you in your work. There is an increasing recognition that mental well-being is as important to health as physical well-being. You will be encouraged to explore ideas of resilience and self-determinism as mechanisms to protect yourself and others from the effects of stress. You will also explore how mental well-being is related to social and cultural expectations, especially in relation to mental illness. Issues of media portrayal and how they contribute to understanding mental health will also be discussed. Finally, you will reflect on common and serious mental health problems, together with their ethical, legal and socio political perspectives.
  • Challenges in Social Care and Well-being Older Person
    You will focus on the complexities of the well-being and social care of older adults within the health and social care arena. You will discuss challenges faced by older adults and reflect on the interconnectedness of biological, psychological, demographic, social and environmental issues related to the ageing person. Topics will include: health promotion, biological aspects of ageing, psychology of ageing and social-political perspectives. Service users’ perspectives will be integral to the module.


Our course includes a range of assessment approaches: workbooks, individual and group presentations, essays and patch work texts. One of the assignments will be a role play to demonstrate the application of interpersonal skills. Emphasis will be on linking learning to your work setting.

You will complete formative assessments which will give you constructive feedback to take into account before your summative assessment. You will also be given feedback on your summative assessment that you can use to improve your future assessments and academic practice. Your module tutor will provide support for assessment, with details and guidance for each assessment available within the module guides and the virtual learning environment. You will also benefit from tutorial support.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff. With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)


Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

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Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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