Health & Social Policy (Dumfries Campus)

HEALTH & SOCIAL POLICY (DUMFRIES CAMPUS)

Health and social issues are at the forefront of policy and public concern today. This programme will help you to understand the diverse nature of these issues and the way in which policies aimed at addressing them are formed and implemented.

You’ll be given the opportunity to complete a valuable work placement and will benefit from our excellent links with local employers.

Programme structure

Year 1

You will take three core courses introducing you to the study of health and social issues, associated policies and related research. These courses establish key concepts around the varied determinants of health and welfare, and cover a range of topics within social theory (for example, identity, gender, globalisation and moral panics). These courses are complemented by two generic courses that place specific health and social material in a wider context.

Year 2

You will focus on more applied and practical considerations, taking four core courses: 

  • Health policy and practice
  • Social policy and practice
  • Public sector systems management
  • Research methods for social science. 

You can also choose to study subjects such as human nature and wellbeing in a bit more depth. 

Year 3

You will start to specialise a bit more, studying health and social policy in a contemporary context, and media, health and lifestyle. You can also choose either a work placement or a dissertation on a topic of your own interest.

At each level you can also choose from a range of elective courses across other disciplines. This gives you the opportunity to add breadth to your degree.

Year 4

Successful completion of years 1, 2 and 3 offers the opportunity to progress to the Honours programme and become involved in the Enquiry Project in Health & Social Policy. This is a full-year practice-based research project that involves the planning and execution of a significant piece of field research. 

Our international links

You can apply to study abroad in year 2 or 3. We have excellent links with some of the world’s top universities. See Study abroad.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2015

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: CCC.
  • Other mandatory requirements: None.

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: BBBB/ABB by the end of S6.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: None.
  • Other mandatory requirements: None.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 30 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 28 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: None.

HNC Social Studies or Social Care

  • A pass with an A in the graded unit is required to be considered for direct entry to year 2. Success at interview and attendance at a short summer course is also required. A pass with a B in the graded unit allows entry to year 1.

We encourage applicants whose qualifications may fall short of the above requirements to apply for our Dumfries Campus Summer School. Successful completion of this Summer School can allow entry to year 1.

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

Please note that TOEFL has now been removed from the approved list of English tests by the Home Office and TOEFL tests taken on or after 17 April 2014 will no longer normally be accepted for UK visa applications. However, the University as an HEI can still choose to accept TOEFL tests for admission to degree level courses and so TOEFL tests can still be accepted as normal for this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

my academic qualifications are below the requirements?

Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.

Career prospects

The placement in third year provides you with experience of workplace structures and demands, and will enhance your employability. The programme integrates academic theory with the reality of practice in the health and social field, and develops your critical thinking, reflective and problem-solving abilities. Recent graduates have taken up employment within the NHS, the voluntary sector and in management trainee schemes. Others have gone on to postgraduate training in teaching and social work.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

MA(D)

  • KIS
    Health & Social Studies: LL34

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.

Scholarships

We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

UCAS closing dates for entry in 2015

The UCAS process requires applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry to be submitted by 15 October each year, and applications to all other degree programmes by 15 January each year. The University of Glasgow cannot accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines, nor can it accept changes to applications after these dates. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be allowed after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October 2014: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January 2015: all other UK/EU applicants
  • 30 June 2015: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March 2015.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

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