BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care (with foundation year)

Homelessness. Domestic abuse. Social exclusion. Often, it’s not just a single issue that affects our health and wellbeing.

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The Integrated Health and Social Care Foundation Year provides a route onto a degree if you don't meet the entry requirements for the BA but have the ability and motivation to study for a degree.

We know that services for people are most effective when they are joined up and health and social care professionals work together. It’s important to understand people’s physical health needs, their emotional needs and their social circumstances. This can help us to appreciate each person’s unique circumstances and work in joined up ways to find solutions.

Traditional health and social care roles are changing. There’s a shift towards partnership working across the health and social care sector including within social services, charities, the NHS and social enterprises. We’ve designed this course to help you work across these settings so you can have a positive impact on people’s lives.

You won’t simply learn the theory behind integrating health and social care, you’ll explore how it works in practice from working with service users to designing service provision. Topics might include how unevenly distributed resources across society affect a person’s life, how the support and care a person needs changes as they age or how to recognise a person’s strengths to make a difference to their life.

You’ll also explore global representations and perspectives of health and social care. Alongside lectures and seminars, you’ll work in small groups to solve problems set by employers such as developing ideas for community projects around homelessness, poverty and isolation.

Features and Benefits

  • Employability- You’ll go on 120 hours’ worth of placement to put what you learn into practice.
  • Teaching excellence- You’ll learn from experts in a wide range of areas including substance misuse, communities, criminal justice and mental health.
  • Extensive partnerships- You’ll experience guest lectures by people who use health and social care services, as well as practitioners, to give you a deeper understanding of the sector.
  • Industry mentor- You’ll benefit from contact with employers and working professionals in every year of your course. In your final year, a sector leader will be your mentor.


Career Prospects

Perhaps you’ve been inspired by a social enterprise and want to set up your own? Maybe you want to work in advocacy and campaign work? Or, conduct research in the fields of mental or sexual health?

From working with vulnerable individuals with emotional and behavioural disorders to community health development, the health and social care sector offers a variety of career paths.

Sectors you could work in include, criminal justice, mental health, community care, and public health, and you could work for organisations such as the NHS, local authorities, private companies, or social enterprises.

In year one, you’ll hear from community organisations. In year two, you’ll complete a work placement. In year three, you’ll have mentoring by health and social care sector leaders from our Social Care Partner Network to gain knowledge of leadership and entrepreneurship.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


72-80 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BC-BB) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DM or MMP).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade D or grade 3. Equivalent qualifications (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2 in Numeracy and Literacy and Key Skills) may be considered.

We do not accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3 to include a minimum of 24 credits at Merit or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate points

24 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students


There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

On this four-year course, we prepare you for work across the health and social care sectors, both in the UK and globally.

Alongside lectures and seminars, you’ll work in small groups to solve problems set by employers such as local women’s charities, develop ideas for community projects, and produce digital resources (animations and digital stories) for agencies. This helps you to learn creative, decision-making skills and understand problems and solutions as they might happen when you’re working in the sector.

To give you as broad a range of experiences as possible, we organise practical simulations in our specialist space that represents a community flat and our home and hospital suites, as well as special projects with local organisations. You might work on a project helping women experiencing homelessness or be involved in a simulation where you have to deal with challenging behaviour in someone’s home.

We also organise educational visits to organisations such as Hulme Community Garden Centre and The Pankhurst Trust (incorporating Manchester Women’s Aid), and you can add to your skills with extracurricular activities like volunteering, first aid training, or learning British Sign Language.

Year one of this four-year course is a Foundation Year. Successful completion of assessments with a pass grade for all units will lead to progression onto the first year of the three-year BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care course. 

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Core Units

Introduction to Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of why people act, think and feel they way they do. We look at key research topics and apply them to experience.

This unit introduces you to the main approaches psychologists draw on to study the mind, brain and behaviour. 

Introduction to Integrated Health and Social Care

This unit introduces students to the study of integrated health and social care.  The unit draws upon social policy and research to  examine the  issues that affect the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Foundation Data Analysis

This unit helps you to develop the critical thinking and data analysis skills you'll need on your linked degree.

It usually covers areas such as:

  • descriptive statistics
  • probability
  • statistical inference
  • critical thinking
  • visual representation of data
  • algebra
Academic Skills for Higher Education

This unit is designed to help you develop the skills required to be successful in your academic career and covers topics such as:

  • Academic Skills: HE terminology, independent study, time management, note taking, reading techniques, academic writing, critical thinking and writing, referencing methods, exam techniques and oral presentations
  • Research Skills: conducting a research project, research design and methodology, analysing and presenting research data
  • Personal Development Planning: Reflection, skills profiling and action planning
  • Basic Number Work: Basic arithmetic and mental calculations.

In your second year, we develop your individual leadership, communication, problem solving, and advocacy skills, but we also emphasise teamwork – it’s incredibly important for a career in the health and social care sectors.

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Core Units

Health and Social Care across the Lifespan

This unit follows the life course and considers the factors that impact upon health and social well-being. The impact of poverty, isolation, ethnicity, culture and gender on people’s health and life experiences will be considered. The experience of giving and receiving care in different settings will be explored as will service user and professional perspectives.

Work-based Learning

You will undertake a work-based learning experience within an external organisation.

This unit will enable you to gain a practical understanding of the sector and apply this to academic learning and to develop professional and personal skills.

Integrated Health and Social Care

This unit examines the structure of integrated health and social care services. You will develop an understanding of the key concepts, theories and perspectives of health, social care and integrated care from public health and social care perspectives.

Risk and Safeguarding

The unit will support you to develop your understanding and knowledge in relation to risk and safeguarding practices with a range of service users in integrated care contexts. Definitions and models of both risk and safeguarding will be explored, with an examination of how they are incorporated into social policies. Service users and employers will contribute to the unit delivery, so that you can develop your understandings of how safeguarding issues, policy and practice operate in real situations and organisations. You will explore, with employers and service users, the roles and responsibilities integrated care employees have in relation to safeguarding and the tensions, challenges and dilemmas that arise from these.

Communication Skills

This unit provides opportunities to develop the critical interpersonal skills in communication which are needed when working with service users, colleagues, and across the health and social care professions. 

Personal and Professional Development

This unit will help you to reflect on your learning experiences, build upon them and work on the skills necessary for successful academic study and employment. You will be introduced to personal and professional development skills including effective use of resources, planning workloads and time management, and written and oral presentation skills. Employer representatives will be involved in the delivery of the unit and you will engage with local organisations to develop an awareness of the social and community contexts and issues of integrated care and professional responsibilities (e.g. attendance, punctuality, creative responses and engaging with others). You will also take part in First Aid and Makaton sessions.

Ethics and Values

In this unit you will develop an understanding of the ethical issues within health and social care and examine the development and impact of personal and professional values on practice. You will relate theory to practice by using case studies. Some learning will take place in small inter-professional groups.

Research and Evidence Based Practice

This unit will support you to begin to develop skills and knowledge of the research process in integrated care. You will develop your understanding of literature searching and reviewing, qualitative/quantitative methods, ethics, evidence based & informed practice in integrated care, practitioner research and research that engages with services, people and organisations.

Some of the topics you might explore in your third year include: the use of technology in health and social care (how to work with and use data responsibly and safely to protect yourself and others), why certain groups engage with services more than others, and inequality and discrimination across communities.

You’ll also explore global representations and perspectives of health and care through examining films, novels, photography, and art.

You can’t appreciate how integrated health and social care makes a difference though until you experience how frontline practice works. That’s why you’ll spend time on a placement in year two – it’s a chance for you to see what working in an inter-professional setting is really like.

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Core Units

Applied Health and Social Sciences

This unit will explore the relevance of social science subjects, such as Social Policy, Psychology, Sociology and Criminology, to integrated care contexts. The complex and detailed explanations and theories from each social science discipline provide a theoretical basis to much of the work involved in integrated care settings. Knowledge of such subjects is therefore essential for integrated care practitioners.

Research Methodologies

In this unit you will build upon your research methods skills developed during level four study. This will expand your understanding of the research process including enhancing their skills in qualitative and quantitative methods, ethics, and conducting literature reviews. The importance of evidence based and informed practice in integrated care will be emphasised.

Place and Community

Increasingly, health and social care services are delivered in community settings. In this unit, we consider working with and in communities, how to undertake community profiles and explore examples of place based services that deliver and co-produce health and social care.

Health and Social Care Technologies

Taking a broad view of technology (i.e. from the wheelchair to digital technologies and complex biotechnological developments), this unit critically examines technological advances and the ways in which these are changing the health and social care landscape locally, nationally and internationally.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

This unit explores the concepts, policies and practices of mental health and wellbeing. Current issues and strategies of mental health and wellbeing will be considered when working with others and the self in developing positive mental health and wellbeing and resilience.

Through reflective journals and portfolios, you will learn to reflect on your experiences which will help you to develop as a practitioner.

As well as collaborating with fellow students, you’ll learn from working professionals, employers, and people who use health and social care services through a series of guest lectures. You’ll hear reflections from real life experiences, and learn about the challenges and rewards of working in an integrated health environment.

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Core Units

Dissertation/Work-Based Project

This unit provides a framework for you to specialise in an area of study and engage in a small scale literature review, research or work-based project.

Working With Others: Strength-Based Approaches

This unit explores working with individuals, families and communities from strength-based approaches. It takes an interdisciplinary stance to enable you to apply theories and concepts across integrated care sectors. Framed by a social science perspective, this approach originated in North American mental health services, as a challenge to dominant biomedical and psychiatric discourses based on deficit models and a need to `fix` individuals. Since then, the approach has been utilised in a range of settings and encompasses different strength-based models. This unit critically studies the origins of strength-based work, underpinning practice principles, the policy context, and application within service and community settings.

Leadership and Entrepreneurship in Health and Social Care

Effective leadership is central to integrating health and social care and in this unit we consider and apply concepts and models of leadership. Health and social care needs an entrepreneurial approach to ensure that it can meet the challenges of the 21st century and you will explore innovative models of health and social care and how contracts are commissioned.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Placement options

You’ll complete a four-week full-time or equivalent placement in a health and social care organisation in your third year. Your placement is a compulsory part of this course and it will give you experience of working in an inter-professional setting.

Our dedicated placements team organise all of the student placements for our BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care degree course.

Placements are in a variety of health and social care settings across Greater Manchester, including integrated care teams, schools, community, health, local authority, voluntary and social enterprise settings.

Some of our current placement partners include Lifeshare, Camberwell Park Specialist Support School, Riverside Housing Association, Lifeline, Caritas and the Salvation Army.

Department of Social Care and Social Work

Our Department of Social Care and Social Work covers a variety of professional disciplines, working closely with industry employers and experts to deliver courses and placements.

The department involves service users, carers and the wider community in its curriculum, to ensure its students gain a thorough understanding of issues like social exclusion, social justice and how to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable people.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £15,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Placement Costs

Many agencies providing placements will require students to have their criminal record checked with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This incurs a current cost of £44. If you are unable to provide or pay for a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure, you may be unable to undertake a placement in some agencies – and alternative work based learning opportunities will be made available.

Other Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the Library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, you may choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop.

You may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £100 each year for books and printing.


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How to apply

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