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Health and Social Care BSc (Hons)


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Can you manage?

Talented people with the right qualifications are always needed by our over-stretched health and social care services. This course is perfect for you if administration and management are your skills: you could go on to work in a role where you maintain smooth provision of services and managing change in organisations.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

This course was formerly titled Health and Social Care: Administration and Management (BSc) Hons.

Health and Social Care Administration Management requires specialised skills and knowledge

Why Health and Social Care at LSBU?

We’re the No.1 London modern university in the UK for Satisfied overall with course in Health Professions (Guardian League Table 2018) - which means happy students.
Our teaching is industry relevant - students are coached in report writing, giving presentations, problem solving, managing change, team building and more.
Our staff are industry experts with real-world healthcare experience.
Work placements to help you develop your understanding of working in the health and social care sector.
Professional accreditation: our course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
3 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus
5 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


The approach of this course is holistic: it aims to rise above the parts that make up the health service and instead focus is on how health and social care work together as a whole. You might also have aspirations for working for a large aid organisations locally and abroad, in which case this course could open up opportunities for you, and the relevant placements will boost your employability even more on graduation.

Year 1

  • Academic and personal development
    This module will enable you to develop both personally and academically. It highlights the benefits of becoming an independent thinker and learner and develops your ability to set goals and processes by which to reach them.
  • Context of health and social care provision
    This module introduces you to the main features of health and social care provision. It provides a brief historical overview of both sectors. It enables you to understand the wide range of contemporary issues, debates and influences on health and social care delivery. It also looks at the varying contexts within which services are delivered and roles different agencies play.
  • Communication
    This module enables you to explore a variety of communication methods and styles used in service delivery.  The students will develop communication and interpersonal skills essential within health and social care services.
  • Managing change
    This module introduces you to the skills to manage change the ever changing world of health and social care. You will develop knowledge of the systems and models of change management in organisations and how these can be applied to facilitate your role as a change agent.
  • Ethics and law
    The focus of this module is on developing an appreciation of the professional codes, ethical values and legal frameworks that underpin health and social care practice.  Emphasis is placed upon understanding of the need to use up-to-date knowledge including ethical, legal and professional obligations to assess, plan, deliver and evaluate service delivery, communicate findings, and promote best practice.
  • Inter-professional working in practice
    This module provides you with the techniques for inter-professional working, including communication, collaborative working, negotiation and conflict resolution. The module identifies how inter-professional working affects stakeholders, service-users and carers and explores the factors that promote or hinder inter-professional working. This module links to a period of work shadowing.

Year 2

  • Managing people
    This module provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to manage people within organisations. It addresses the need to respond to rapidly changing service requirements through concepts of human resource management.
  • Managing risk
    This module will introduce you to the management of risk in health and social care.  You will develop an understanding of risk awareness, identification and management. Risk will be explored from both a patient/client safety and service delivery perspective.
  • Social enterprise and the voluntary sector
    Social enterprises and voluntary organisations are becoming more central to the provision of health and social care related services. This module will enable you to develop an understanding of how voluntary organisations operate and are managed and the role they play in supporting statutory services.
  • Governance of health and social care
    Governance is central to high quality, accountable health and social care provision. This module will enable you to understand in a practical way the concept of governance and how the core principles and duties can be applied at an individual and corporate level.
  • Living with health and social care
    During this module you will be presented with a number of interconnected service user case studies and asked to analyse and problem solve service provision issues for these case studies. The module aims to enhance your understanding of the types of demands placed on both service users and service providers.

Year 3

  • Evidence based practice for health and social care
    This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills to appraise and evaluate evidence used to inform policy and service improvement.
  • Commissioning, procurement and managing resources
    This module aims to provide understanding of effective commissioning, procurement and resource management within health and social care. You will be introduced to the concept of sustainability in these processes and the need for identifying, quantifying, assessing and approving costs of resource requirements.
  • Preparation for employment
    This module will support you in firming up employment prospects; job seeking, application processing and interview skills.
  • Leadership
    In this module you will develop an understanding of how your leadership behaviour affects the culture and productivity of where you work. You will have an opportunity to reflect on your own leadership style, in order to identify areas where you excel and areas for improvement.
  • Project
    This module will enable you to consolidate the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course and apply them to the development of a final year project. This will be linked to a period of work experience.


The way this course is designed is with employability in mind. That’s why the modules all are directly applicable to the everyday practical duties that are required by the sectors. Placements are built in to the course to expose you to the sectors' work demands and to link theory learnt to the work environment. This degree will prepare you for a variety of roles relating to health and social care. You'll be equipped to seek employment as managers and administrators in the sector, seek further study or go on to complete a professionally registered qualification.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.



Carolyn Harris

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Institute of Vocational Learning
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Vocational Learning with a particular focus on the Bands 1-4 workforce

Sarah Houghton

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Institute of Vocational Learning
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Sarah is an experienced health and social care professional. She is passionate about relationship-based practice and supporting those who are marginalised in society. She has always had a keen interest in Public Health and has been involved in sexual health and relationship education.

Richard Johnson

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Institute of Vocational Learning
Job title: Associate Professor

Richard is a Registered Nurse (Adult). He completed a BSc (Hons) and an MSc in Nursing, and is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate at LSBU.

Lesley Marsh

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Institute of Vocational Learning
Job title: Director of the Institute of Vocational Learning

Lesley leads the staff in the Institute of Vocational Learning, which supports career development for working professionals.

Sheelagh Mealing

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Institute of Vocational Learning
Job title: Director of Vocational Learning Developments

Sheelagh is responsible for delivering bespoke and flexible programmes of training and education for the unqualified workforce in the NHS.

Gavin Walker

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Institute of Vocational Learning
Job title: Lecturer

Gavin works for the Institution of Vocational Learning and is involved in its Workshops. His background is general nursing with an interest in Infectious Diseases. Gavin is also retraining as a counsellor/psychotherapist.


Teaching and learning

You'll learn in a supportive environment with regular contact time, lectures, seminars, workshops and case studies. Students are allocated to a personal tutor and module leads are on hand to provide support and advice.

We encourage students to be self-directed in their learning activities and assessments, and to seek appropriate help when needed. There is a lot of support available through the university library and learning resource centre to develop academic study skills.

All modules are evaluated at the end of the semester providing you with the opportunity to give feedback on your experiences.

We encourage you to engage with the Employability Service to make sure you have the best prospects for employment after you graduate. The Employment Service will help you explore your options by deciding a career focus, helping with placements and job applications.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures and seminars Self-directed study Work-based placements
Year 1 33% 65% 2%
Year 2 33% 67% 0%
Year 3 19% 65% 16%

Entry requirements

  • A Level CCC and 5 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above); or
  • BTEC National Diploma MMM and GCSEs Maths and English A*-C (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or equivalent;  or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 45 Merits and GCSEs Maths and English A*-C (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or equivalent; or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points and GCSEs Maths and English A*-C (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or equivalent;

We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
3 years
Start date
Application code
Application method
5 years
Start date
Application code
Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.


Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13780
AOS/LSBU code: 5321Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £41340
The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £6166.67International fee: £9186.67
AOS/LSBU code: 5319Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750.01
International £41340.01

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 146 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.


We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.


Select a story and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)

All pre-registration students need to be DBS cleared before going on placement. You’ll need to have an enhanced DBS check even if you have had one before and will not be able to go on placement until this is complete.

The DBS process is not difficult but can take some time so it's best to get started as soon as you receive your email.

DBS update service

If you're part of the DBS update service, your subscription is up to date and you already have a DBS certificate, please email a copy to and then bring in your hard copy for the document check. To take advantage of the update service, your certificate needs to be classified as 'Enhanced' and workforce must be listed as 'Adult and Child'. If you have any queries, please email us at

How to complete your DBS

Our DBS supplier, Verifile, will send you an email with all the details you need to complete your DBS.

Verifile will give you instructions to log into their system and complete your personal details and information. To complete the process, you'll need your passport or driving licence and 5-year address history including dates when you moved in/out.

You can use your application number to track the progress of your DBS.

When you've finished, your Disclosure Statement will be mailed to the most recent address in your submission, so please make sure it's correct. We don't automatically receive a copy of this Statement, which is why we need you to bring it in as part of the next step.

Frequently asked questions

  • Only Social Work applicants need to pay for their DBS. It costs £46 and can be purchased on our online store.

  • Please include any and all major and minor, spent and unspent convictions, cautions, warning and reprimands, even if they relate to juvenile offences or seem trivial or unimportant. Some minor offences will not prevent you from going on placement or being offered a place on your course, but still need to be reviewed so it’s best to be honest and include everything. Also, the more information you include about any offences can help reduce the time it takes to assess them.

  • Yes, you do. You need to have an up-to-date DBS. Once you have received the email from our DBS supplier make sure you start the process straight away. All details of how to do this will be outlined in the email. If you don’t complete your DBS in the timeframe given, we may withdraw your offer even if term has already started. So it’s important that you get started as soon as you receive the email.

  • Government legislation requires all Higher Education Institutions who offer courses where students may come into unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults to have this check. These checks also help us to ensure duty of care to our students, and create a safer environment for patients seen by our students.

  • As part of the University’s admissions process, declarations of any offence may be referred to a virtual panel made up of senior managers from partner NHS Trusts and/or other sectors within Health and Social Care. Any DBS that is considered by the panel will be anonymised. The panel members then deliberate and make a recommendation whether the application be rejected, accepted or request further information or documents.

  • If you have declared an offence, we might ask for more information from you in writing which will help the panel make a decision. Once your declaration has been referred to the panel it can take up to 28 working days to be processed.

  • You need to put your current address on your DBS application because this is where your Statement will be mailed. If you’ve moved house between submitting and receiving your DBS, make sure you have mail forwarding set up so that you’ll receive your statement. If you’ve moved recently, make sure you have proof of your new address (such as a new bank statement) to bring for your document checks.

  • If you’ve lost your statement you will need to pay £46 to purchase a new one.

  • Yes. If your application has been rejected due to your DSB declaration/discloser, you will be sent a letter to confirm this. There will be instructions in the letter about how you can appeal and which supporting information you need to provide. Once a decision has been made you will receive a letter from the School Executive Team.

Document check

Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you'll need to bring your DSB Statement along with three accepted documents from this list to be verified at either our Southwark or Havering campus. Document checks can be completed for free at either campus, no appointment is necessary.

If you cannot get to either of our campuses, you can have your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a small fee.

  • Southwark: Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building Monday – Friday between 9am-11am or 1pm-4pm

    Havering: come to reception at Havering Monday – Friday between 8:30-10:30am, 12-2pm, 4-5pm

  • If you’re not able to come to campus, you can get your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a fee of £10.50. To do this, make photocopies of your three accepted ID documents and take your DBS form, copies and originals of your documents to the Post Office. The Post Office will stamp the form and photocopies and given them back to you. Email your post office receipt, stamped form and stamped documents to

Enrolment and Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.

Preparatory reading list

  • The Student's Companion to Social Policy. Pete Alcock. Margaret May & Sharon Wright. 2012 Book
  • A Beginner's Guide to Evidence-based Practice in Health and Social Care
    Aveyard, Sharp 2013
  • Managing in health and social care
    Martin, Charlesworth, Henderson 2010
  • Leadership and Management in Health & Social Care and Children & Young People's Services. Joanne McKibbin and Alix Walton. 2012
  • Social Policy In Britain. Alcock and May. 2014. 4th edition
  • Social policy for social welfare professionals: tools for understanding, analysis and engagement. Graham Simpson and Stuart Connor. 2011
  • Medical law and ethics. Herring. 2014
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