Over the last few decades, health, social care, childcare and social policy work has become an important focus of public, academic and media interest. The importance of this area has underlined the need for skilled and educated personnel, with a broad and in-depth understanding of theory and practice.
The Level 6 modules help you to meet this need by continuing to contribute to a more professionalised and respected workforce. You will further develop your understanding of the sector and its management, focusing on contemporary issues and practices. You will also examine the core values that underpin health and social care management, as well as strategic issues that have a local, regional, national and international impact.
The links between theoretical study and professional work are central to the course, and your studies will inform and enrich your practice. The course provides a valuable educational experience for a wide range of health and social care professionals. It boosts your employability and your professionalism, helping you develop your career.
The course consists of the following modules which are available to all part-time and full-time students, or on an individual module basis.
For every 10 credits, students should engage with around 100 notional hours of learning. This will be approximately 30% direct learning contact and 70% independent student learning.
Dissertation (40 credits, compulsory)
This module prepares and supports students to undertake an extended piece of independent writing around a topic of their choice related to their area of professional interest supported by an experienced supervisor. It will allow students to demonstrate depth and breadth of knowledge in a particular subject area of professional interest. The dissertation will be a mark of the students overall academic ability.
Assessment 1: A poster presentation detailing the research dissertation topic and rationale for methodology. (10 mins, 20%.)
Assessment 2: Evidence of record keeping of all supervisory meetings students are to accurately record meetings, reflect on progress and identify personal action points. (5%)
Assessment 3: An individual research dissertation that encompasses all learning outcomes. (8,000 words, 75%)
Ethical Considerations in Health and Welfare (20 credits, compulsory)
Students must be able to critically analyse the ethical principles that emerge from core values underpinning the provision of health and social care and social policy, and research related to these fields. Students must be able to apply ethical principles and construct, with justification, relevant solutions, relating to the delivery of services and associated research methodologies. Students should be able to critically analyse the ethical implications of relevant legislation, policy and/or codes of practice that influence health and social care and welfare, along with existing research relevant to their field of practice.
Assignment 1: Select an existing piece of relevant research, and identify and assess ethical considerations taking into account any ethical issues which may have arisen and illustrate possible solutions (2,000 words - 40%).
Assignment 2: An individual essay to critically analyse the core values of legislation and policy that underpin practice and the ethical principles that emerge from them as they are applied (3,000 words - 60%).
Global Inequalities, Diversity and Social Issues (20 credits, compulsory)
The purpose of this module is to illustrate the global and international context within which social issues arise and social policies are constructed. Global social problems will be identified, including health inequalities, poverty, environmental destruction, and crime, with an illustration presented of how their impact is uneven between developed and underdeveloped nations, along with how globalisation has impacted upon their development. Alongside this an analysis will be made of the international mechanisms and structures which are in place which with nation states combat social problems on a global scale.
Assignment 1: By means of a 10-minute presentation learners will identify one global social issue and evaluate its unequal global impact 30%
Assignment 2: By means of a written assignment, students will illustrate the extent to which contemporary global issues have been impacted upon by economic and political globalisation which has determined their global distribution (3,500 words - 70%).
Social Policy in Wales (20 credits, compulsory)
With the advent of devolution and the growing authority of the National Assembly for Wales the purpose of this module is to demonstrate the increasingly distinctive approach to social policy which is taking place in Wales. A focus upon the political factors which have shaped an alternative approach in Wales will be demonstrated along with an overview of the recent historical evolution of social policy during the era of devolution. An analysis of key areas of social policy will be made illustrating the divergence of approaches adopted in Wales compared to other parts of Britain. While recognising the uniqueness in Wales, it will also be illustrated that there remain similarities between Wales and other regions of Britain, and that the National Assembly for Wales does not have authority over all aspects of social policy.
Assignment 1: An essay critically analysing the impact of political agenda on social policy in Wales (2,500 words - 50%).
Assignment 2: By means of a case study, students will evaluate how distinctive Wales has become compared to other parts of Britain in one or more key areas of social policy (2,500 words - 50%).
Risk and Resilience across the Lifespan (20 credits, compulsory)
This module aims to explore the themes of risk and resilience in relation to selected well-being issues of mental health, addiction, homelessness, and interpersonal abuse. An exploration will be made of the extent to which different service user groups are exposed to such issues, the contexts within which the risk of their exposure may arise, and how their resilience can be enhanced and facilitated via varying policies, procedures and legislation.
Assessment 1: Essay whereby students select one primary issue critically exploring its prevalence, theories of causality to include psychological and sociological determinants. (3,000 words, 60%)
Assessment 2: Case study oral presentation. Students will respond to a fictional case study (based upon assessment 1 focus) identifying potential impact upon the individual, illustrating the extent to which the specific psychological and sociological contexts of the individual may exacerbate and alleviate the issue, and evaluate available and appropriate resilience strategies. (15 minutes, 40%)