The BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care, is designed to provide an academic pathway for staff working, or aspiring to work within the health and social care sector, across the statutory, private, third and voluntary sectors. This degree replaces the BA Integrated Public Service degree (BAIPS), which the University of the West of Scotland has been delivering since 2011. This revised programme ensures that the programme remains innovative and current, reflecting the changing environment within health and social care, particularly following the introduction of the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act (2014).

The programme continues to respond to the changes and challenges across the health and social sector particularly in relation to the changing demographics and integration of services. It recognises the shift in services both from a national and international perspective, is moving towards prevention, person-centredness, enablement and empowerment of individuals and support at home, valuing the role that all members of staff play in the implementation and delivery of better integrated services.  The programme aims to develop the skills that may be required within the changing landscape of health and social care, enabling them to support the most vulnerable in society through the delivery of person-centred, evidence based practice which can make a difference to the communities they serve.

The educational focus of the programme is on students building on existing knowledge and skills in order that they continue to develop both academically, personally and professionally. This supports the concept of lifelong and career-long learning.

There is a clear work related element to the programme. This recognises the value and importance of linking theory and practice within an integrated service. For students currently in relevant employment, either in a paid or a voluntary role, the work-related element of the programme will be undertaken in the student’s own work-place. For the students who are not employed they will have a responsibility to gain employment or voluntary work within the health and social care sector prior to commencement of their programme. This will not only provide them with work related experience but will also enhance their employability skills on completion of the programme.

The programme strives to deliver a student-centred and personalised experience. It brings together a number of students from various backgrounds and experiences who often lack confidence in their own capabilities particularly in relation to their academic ability. The programme team support and encourage confidence, recognising individual's strengths and weaknesses through shared learning between students and staff.

This is an articulated degree with the students joining Level 8 of the programme with a relevant HNC or equivalent qualification, with induction being used to support students in their transition from college to university. The degree can be delivered as full time or part time. The full time students will complete the Honours degree in 3 years with part time students taking 6 years.

On completion of the programme, graduates will be equipped for further study on a variety of academic and professional pathways. There are a number of post-graduate opportunities within the University of the West of Scotland which would be available to the graduates.

The ethos of the BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care is to deliver a student-centred approach which ensures alignment with the Education Enabling Plan (2018), and meets the requirements of the Corporate Strategy (UWS 2017). The programme team also take cognisance that internationalisation of the curriculum enhances learning by opening up new areas of enquiry to students and this has been considered during the programme development. Programme, level and individual module outcomes are based on subject-specific skills as well as transferrable skills in line with graduate skills for the 21st century (QAA 2011, UWS 2018).

The delivery and ongoing development of this programme along with the BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care with Adminstration is a collaboration between the Schools of Health and Life Sciences and Business and Enterprise. Students who undertake the BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care will complete 2 modules (a module at SCQF Level 8 and another at SCQF Level 9), which differ from the BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care with Adminstration. These will be delivered by staff within the School of Health and Life Sciences. In SCQF Level 10 the dissertation will be on a topic relevant to their final award and supervised by staff from the School of Health and Life Sciences.

BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care with Administration, is designed to provide an academic pathway for staff working, or aspiring to work within the health and social care sector in an administrative role, across the statutory, private, third and voluntary sectors. This degree replaces the BA Integrated Public Service degree (BAIPS), which the University of the West of Scotland has been delivering since 2011. This revised programme ensures that the programme remains innovative and current, reflecting the changing environment within health and social care, particularly following the introduction of the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act (2014).

The programme continues to respond to the changes and challenges across the health and social sector particularly in relation to the changing demographics and integration of services and the role administrative services will play in this. It recognises the shift in services both from a national and international perspective, is moving towards prevention, person-centeredness, valuing the role that all members of staff play in the implementation and delivery of better integrated services.  The programme aims to develop the skills that may be required within the changing landscape of health and social care, enabling them to support the most vulnerable in society through the delivery of person-centred, evidence based practice which can make a difference to the communities they serve.

The educational focus of the programme is on students building on existing knowledge and skills in order that they continue to develop both academically, personally and professionally. This supports the concept of lifelong and career-long learning.

There is a clear work related element to the programme. This recognises the value and importance of linking theory and practice within an integrated service. For students currently in relevant employment, either in a paid or a voluntary role, the work related element of the programme will be undertaken in the student’s own work-place. For the students who are not employed they will have a responsibility to gain employment or voluntary work within the health and social care sector prior to commencement of their programme.This will not only provide them with work related experience but will also enhance their employability skills on completion of the programme.

The programme strives to deliver a student-centred and personalised experience. It brings together a number of students from various backgrounds and experiences who often lack confidence in their own capabilities particularly in relation to their academic ability. The programme team support and encourage confidence, recognising individual's strengths and weaknesses through shared learning between students and staff.

This is an articulated degree with the students joining Level 8 of the programme with a relevant HNC or equivalent qualification, with induction being used to support students in their transition from college to university. The degree can be delivered as full time or part time. The full time students will complete the Honours degree in 3 years with part time students taking 6 years.

On completion of the programme, graduates will be equipped for further study on a variety of academic and professional pathways. There are a number of post-graduate opportunities within the University of the West of Scotland which would be available to the graduates.

The ethos of the BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care with Administration is to deliver a student-centred approach which ensures alignment with the Education enabling Plan (UWS 2018), and meets the requirements of the Corporate Strategy (UWS 2017). The programme team also take cognisance that internationalisation of the curriculum enhances learning by opening up new areas of enquiry to students and this has been considered during the programme development. Programme, level and individual module outcomes are based on subject-specific skills as well as transferrable skills in line with graduate skills for the 21st century (QAA, 2011).

The delivery and ongoing development of this programme along with the BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care is a collaboration between the Schools of Health and Life Sciences and Business and Enterprise. Students who undertake the BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care with Adminstration will complete 2 modules (a module at SCQF Level 8 and another at SCQF Level 9), which differ from the BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care. These will be delivered by staff within the School of Business and Enterprise. In SCQF Level 10 the dissertation will be on a topic relevant to their final award and supervised by staff from the School of Health and Life Sciences or the School of Business and Enterprise.


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This programme is designed to provide a progressive pathway of Masters' level study for staff working in health, social care or in the third sector. It will empower and enable you to lead and develop integrated services to promote and enhance quality of care and improve outcomes for people.

From a national and international perspective there is a recognised shift towards integrating health and social care for preventative, outcome-based commissioning and support. The approach values the role that people who use the services, their families and communities play in planning and delivering integrated care with professionals in new ways that add value and are sustainable.

This distinctive MSc is designed to enable local and international students to contextualise, develop and lead integrated services that improve the quality of care and enhance outcomes for people, professionals and organisations. You will develop enhanced leadership and influencing skills and a deeper understanding and respect for the different professional, organisational, sectoral and international cultures. Bringing together students with a wide range of personal and professional experiences enriches active learning and generates insights from the 'real world' of the workplace and from different health and care systems.