Health and Social Care

Health and social care policy attempts to address numerous challenging problems within society. On this degree programme you learn to offer considered responses to complex issues, which could change and improve lives.

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Key Facts



BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care

Degree Duration

4 Years :

1 year UoK International Foundation Programme + 3 years degree


Pathways Available

International Foundation Year


Start Dates

January | September

Degree Overview

The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research is one of the best in the country for teaching and research. This programme equips you with the subject-specific knowledge essential for a career in health and social care, as well as developing the skills needed to pursue careers in other fields of public service and welfare.

You graduate ready to enter a dynamic and diverse labour market with key transferable skills that appeal to employers. These include the ability to analyse information, excellent communication skills, planning and organisation, teamwork and leadership, as well as an understanding of, and sensitivity to, the values and interests of others.

You’ll develop a systematic and rounded understanding of the enormous challenges facing health and social care and how they can be tackled within the context of social policy. You’ll examine the ideas, ideals, goals and values that underpin health and social care, exploring how key policies are designed and implemented within the context of social change, political forces and economic pressures.

You learn how and why health and social care policies evolve, and can study other social policy areas and societal issues which link to care, or are of special interest to you.

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Additional Costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the university over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

For research quality, Social Policy at Kent achieved the third highest score in The Times Good University Guide 2023. (academic study of health and social care is part of the field of Social Policy in university rankings)

Teaching is multidisciplinary, research-led, and engaging. You gain a deep understanding of the major challenges and opportunities facing these key areas of public policy

You are taught by leading academics in the fast-moving and increasingly significant fields of health care and social care

Your Pathways

The IFY will prepare you for the first year of your undergraduate degree. It’s made up of several core and subject-specific modules that will give you a greater understanding of your chosen subject area. The skills you develop through this programme will help you in your chosen degree, in your future career, and in all aspects of life.

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