BSc (Hons) Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Management


A health and social care management degree is a rewarding choice for anyone aspiring to be a future manager or leader in health or social care.

This health, wellbeing and social care management degree provides the foundation for a variety of careers in the health and social care sector, from working with individuals to managing people. You will gain a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and principles that will prepare you for employment in your chosen health and social care setting.

You’ll learn about all aspects of an individual’s journey through the health and social care pathway, considering the leadership, management, policy, contemporary issues and practice that influence their experiences. In the final year, you can choose modules to help tailor the degree to meet your career aspirations.

Getting out of the classroom and into the workplace is a key part of your learning. There are work based opportunities during the course, which help you develop a clear picture of the different careers open to you.

BSc (Hons) Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Management

Typical A-Level Offer
CCC to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C in the Skills Challenge Certificate and CC at A Level to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C in the Skills Challenge Certificate and CC at A Level to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer
BTEC Extended Diploma Merit Merit Merit (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Access to HE Offer
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points

Additional Requirements
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

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Contextual offers

We may make you a lower offer based on a range of factors, including your background (where you live and the school or college that you attended for example), your experiences and individual circumstances (as a care leaver, for example). This is referred to as a contextual offer and we receive data from UCAS to support us in making these decisions. USW prides itself on its student experience and we support our students to achieve their goals and become a successful graduate. This approach helps us to support students who have the potential to succeed and who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy.

Other qualifications and experience

We can also consider combinations of qualifications and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. We can sometimes consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or advanced entry to year two or three of a course where this is possible.

To find out which qualifications have tariff points, please refer to the UCAS tariff calculator.

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Additional Requirements

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child & Adult Workforce and Child and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the DBS Update Service. (Overseas equivalent required for non-uk applicants)


Year One: Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Degree

  • Study Skills for Higher Education- 20 credits
  • Investigating Health and Wellbeing – 20 credits
  • Law, Ethics and Policy – 20 credits
  • Professional Development 1 – 40 credits
  • Fundamentals of Leading and Managing in Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Practice – 20 credits

Year Two: Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Degree

  • Wellbeing in Communities and Society – 20 credits
  • Professional Development 2 – 40 credits
  • Communication & Intervention – 20 credits
  • Integrated Leadership & Management – 20 credits
  • Applying Research to Practice – 20 credits

Year Three: Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Degree

  • Introduction to Disaster Healthcare – 20 credits (optional)
  • Reducing Population Health Inequalities – 20 credits (optional)
  • Project Module – 20 credits
  • Contemporary Issues – 20 credits
  • Leading and Managing Change – 20 credits
  • Leadership, Management and Co-ordination in Health and Social Care – 20 credits (optional)
  • Professional Development 3 – 20 credits (requires satisfactory DBS check)
  • Train the Trainer (Health and Social Care) – 20 credits (optional)

The BSc (Hons) Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Management is also available as a four year course including an integrated Foundation Year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the degree. You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well-structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme. 


All students have the option for free accreditation to The Institute of Health & Social Care Management. Which is approved in company law, with membership open to leaders, managers and administrators working in health and social care.

Work Based Learning
The health, wellbeing and social care management course has a multi-agency approach that encompasses social services, the NHS, third and independent sectors.

Students will benefit from researching a range of opportunities enabling them to choose their work based learning opportunities in a range of settings. This will enable students to work with a variety of people and in multi-agency environments, or progress onto applications for post graduate study or programmes.

You will gain essential research and employability skills that will support you in gaining employment in a wide range of roles, including support management, service co-ordinators and other management roles in health, wellbeing and social care.

We have three professional development modules, which students will access each year of study.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.


The Health, Wellbeing and Social Care degree is mapped against the ILM level 5 Leadership and Management Award ensuring you have the leadership skills and qualities employers are looking for. There are many opportunities within the sector for health and social care graduates. These include support management roles in the statutory and non-statutory sectors, including local government and the health boards, such as complaints officer, business manager, training manager, and service manager; and professional roles such as service co-ordinator. You may also wish to consider nongovernment organisations and the independent sectors.

Employment opportunities post study are excellent and Health and Social Care graduates have gained roles as service managers, advocacy, service coordinators, educators and trainers, technician and support workers. Some students progress onto postgraduate study in education, public health, social work, occupational therapy, nursing and research. The work placements experienced throughout the three years gives you an opportunity to explore those areas of health and social care within which you would like to develop your future career.

Our Careers and Employability Service
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the “Ask a Question” service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.


Full time

Complete your degree in the shortest possible time and study flexibly – when and where suits you!


You’ll study 9 modules in total (approx. 37 hrs/week).

Part time option one

Study for a degree whilst fitting it around your work, care and other life commitments.


You’ll study 6 modules per year (approx. 25 hrs/week).

Part time option two

Take time to study and spread the tuition fees over a longer period – at no extra cost.


You’ll study 4–5 modules per year (approx. 19 hrs/week).

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