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BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care

  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2024
If you have successfully completed a Foundation Degree, HND or a Level 5 Leadership and Management/Health and social care NVQ and are currently working in this sector, this degree could be the perfect option for you.
We will develop your skills and further your career opportunities, encouraging you to find and fulfil your personal goals. Gain the opportunity to work alongside your study and apply your learning to your workplace in your assessed work.

Why study this subject?

If you are thinking about working in teaching or training, social work, safeguarding, management, planning, and lead roles in Health and Social Care or you currently work in this field then you will know there are a wide range of different and often complex tasks that impact your day to day responsibilities.

Studying at a higher education institution such as Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) can help you improve your effectiveness, save time and plan collaboratively to more efficiently manage your workload.

If you are a student at BNU and recently completed your foundation year course, this one-year course can enable you to gain a university degree at BA level and is a perfect next step on your journey.

This course will build upon your knowledge and provide a full degree level understanding of your chosen subject. We have designed your course to properly fulfil the needs of the healthcare sector and cover a range of important subjects in any health or social care role.

This course allowed me to develop new skills and has given me the confidence to teach my staff about reporting safeguarding issues. The course educated me about the advantages and disadvantages of different leadership styles as well as the impact it can have on staff members and the way they deliver services to our vulnerable clients. It is only one day a week, so I was able to fit study around my employment.
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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Developed from professional insight and working experience, this course focuses on safeguarding, leadership, management, project management and team collaboration, and can prepare you for a career in a rapidly advancing field.

If you’re looking for a course that will help you fill the skill gaps or build your confidence to succeed at a higher level, our course offers you a proven method to achieve more, increase productivity and grow your skills and potential.

You will benefit from an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University and specialist talks from visiting professionals and service users. At BNU our lecturers are equipped with a wide and in-depth expertise in a variety of fields. Our lecturers maintain close links with practice, ensuring that the programme is up to date with modern practice

I’ve been working in the NHS for the last 10 years. BNU was local to me and offered me everything I needed from a course: great support, accessibility, interesting content and knowledge of the laws in adult and child services. I gained lots of new skills that were incredibly useful to interprofessional practice and my current role.
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What facilities can I use?

You can gain access to our High Wycombe, Aylesbury and Uxbridge campus as a student of our university. You will also gain use of our library, computer rooms, café, union and other spaces for you to take advantage of whenever you require for the duration of your study.

These facilities are equipped with public use IT facilities for your use day and night. You can also use this facility to access the AppsAnywhere service which means you can access the necessary software such as Word and PowerPoint from home. In addition, laptops are available for lend.

All facilities and learning resources are designed to be accessible, and support services are available to all students for finance, funding, learning and welfare concerns.

What will I study?

You will benefit from an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University and specialist talks from visiting professionals and service users. At BNU our lecturers are equipped with a wide and in-depth expertise in a variety of fields. Our lecturers maintain close links with practice, ensuring that the programme is up to date with modern practice

We offer continuous support throughout the programme, and you will receive personal tutoring and benefit from a high level of research within the teaching team. Your personal tutor will help guide you through your studies, support you with your academic development and give advice when needed.

Highly regarded by students and practice partners for our teaching in this area, BNU has a strong reputation for its BSc and MSc programmes in Social Work, Apprenticeship and PGDip in Social Work, AYSE for newly qualified Social Workers and CPASS for professionals interested in research and policy roles in Safeguarding. This course can also lead to entry to a further 3 year degree in Nursing, and other health and science based professions.

I chose to study at BNU because they provide a multi-cultural and inclusive environment with fellow students from a range of different backgrounds. The online access saved me lots of money on travel, and makes it easy to juggle my other responsibilities at work. With great support from tutors, and an amazing network, I really learned a lot and I would strongly recommend anyone thinking about BNU to apply. The skills and relationships I gained here will last me a lifetime.
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How will I be taught and assessed?

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.

This is an attendance-based programme, although you will be expected to draw on work-related experience in either a workplace or vocational employment setting. You will be taught for a minimum of six hours per week and sessions will normally take the form of:

  • lecturers
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • personal and small-group tutorials.

You will be given additional guided learning tasks to undertake between scheduled activities, including reflection, preparation for seminar activities and wider reading. You will be allocated a personal tutor who will support you with personal development throughout the programme.

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth one credit. All learning is assessed through the completion of coursework which will either be in the form of essays, presentations, portfolio’s or reports. The programme does not include exams.

You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor.

Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Useful Documents

BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants must have 120 credits at level 5, and a minimum of 6 hours' work experience in a field related to health and social care (in either a paid or voluntary capacity).

Previous study, professional and / or vocational experiences may be recognised as the equivalent learning experience and permit exemption from studying certain modules. Please refer to our Credit Accumulation webpages for further guidance.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Integrated Health and Social Care

What are the tuition fees

  • Home, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £9,250 per year
  • Overseas/International, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £15,150 per year

Additional course costs and financial support

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

If you have any questions about the fees above, contact our Enquiries team by calling 0330 123 2023 or emailing

What are my career prospects?

We see your journey with us as much more than a degree, and we are committed to supporting you in carving out the route to your chosen career and life beyond university. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

On successful completion of this programme, you will have further opportunities in career progression, these include the possibility of seeking management positions more effectively within the health and social care sector (including private, voluntary and statutory organisations), and positions in the training of health and social care. You are also well-placed, on successful completion, to pursue further academic development via postgraduate routes such as our MSc Social Work course or MSc Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding.

Some of the careers you could pursue after graduation:

  • Trainer in Health and Social Care
  • Teaching assistant/SENCO
  • Social work support assistant
  • Assistant Occupational Therapist or Physio Therapist
  • Senior support worker/ Senior health care assistant
  • Youth worker
  • Nursery or playgroup worker/leader
  • Voluntary sector worker
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