In testing times for the health and social sectors, this degree equips you with the skills and confidence to think critically, identify key challenges, influence policy and lead change.
Deep understanding of health and social issues is achieved by combining extensive placement opportunities with academic classroom-based learning. You will also benefit from our excellent links with local employers.
Our School of Interdisciplinary Studies is based in Dumfries, where you can join a friendly student community in the beautiful south-west of Scotland. Undergraduate subjects you can study on this campus are:
- Environmental Science & Sustainability
- Health & Social Leadership
- Primary Education with Teaching Qualification
We also have a range of Postgraduate courses covering tourism, environment and education.
Your classes will be taught in the traditional red sandstone buildings of the Crichton Estate, set in stunning parkland. We place great importance on practical study.
Our facilities include an outdoor teaching garden, PGT Hub, computer labs, environment lab and a gym. You’ll have access to both the Crichton Library and our extensive library in Glasgow, including a wealth of online resources and dedicated subject librarians.
We have three self-catering halls of residence in Dumfries and the cost of living is very reasonable. Students can also access the on-site restaurant, bar, swimming pool and spa, Neuros, at a great student membership rate.
Practical, hands-on learning
All students in Dumfries have the opportunity to undertake work experience placements. Many courses include extensive fieldwork and site visits, making the most of the abundant resources on our doorstep and our excellent network of partner organisations. We have extensive study abroad links and you could also pursue international work experience.
In Dumfries we specialise in interdisciplinary learning. Because we are a relatively small campus you’ll get to know your lecturers personally and be able to get your ideas across, build your confidence and advance your critical thinking. We teach you how your subjects relate to each other and to the wider world. All students can use our virtual learning environment, sharing course content and collaborating with staff and classmates online.
About the town
Located approximately 90 minutes south of Glasgow and less than an hour from Carlisle, Dumfries is set in magnificent countryside with all the charm and vibrancy of a small university town. It’s a friendly place where you’ll settle in quickly, becoming part of the University and the local community. There is an active Students’ Association and popular activities include rowing, mountain biking, football and running. Alternatively, if you’re looking for culture, you’ll find an impressive arts and live music scene. The region is steeped in literary history and hosts an impressive range of festivals and sporting events.
You will be introduced to fundamental concepts and theories in social policy, health and leadership. There are three core courses in Year 1:
- Society & social policy introduces you to the language of social science and key theories.
- The focus of Contemporary health challenges is inequalities in health, particularly in Scotland.
- Communication, influence & leadership establishes a foundational understanding of the nature of leadership and the communication skills associated with it.
Drawing on inputs from various guest practitioners, Year 2 begins to explore the relationship between policy and actual services on the ground. The core courses are:
- Integrating health & social policy: examines policy areas that are shaped by contributions from various sectors (NHS, local government and the third sector), particularly the scope for ‘joined up’ interventions.
- Human nature & wellbeing: explores some of the main perspectives and paradigms that have been influential in psychology.
- Research methods for social science: through learning and applying social research techniques, this course prepares you for real-world research in years 3 and 4.
- HUMAN NATURE AND WELL BEING
- RESEARCH METHODS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES
- INTEGRATING HEALTH AND SOCIAL POLICY
This year combines analytical insight with experiential learning.
- Health & social policy in a contemporary context instils theoretical and critical depth.
- Professional leadership skills is a scenario-based course that provides the building blocks of effective leadership.
Practical experience is essential for successful graduates and in semester 2 you can do a whole-semester work placement within a University-approved organisation. In addition, senior managers from the NHS offer career mentoring.
Previous placements include:
- NHS Dumfries & Galloway Sexual Health Service
- Dumfries & Galloway Council Employability Service
- DG Health & Wellbeing physical activity programme.
- HEALTH & SOCIAL POLICY IN A CONTEMPORARY CONTEXT
- LEADING COMPLEX POLICY CHANGE
- PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP SKILLS
Plus one of the following in Semester 2:
- DISSERTATION 3
In Year 4 you progress to the year-long Honours Action Research Project. With the freedom to pursue a topic you are passionate about, you apply the knowledge you have gained to a real-world research situation, within the NHS, local council or a third sector organisation, culminating in the dissemination of your insights to practitioners.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
Our international links
You will have the opportunity to apply to study abroad. There are currently two options available: the Erasmus+ Programme and the International Exchange Programme. See Study abroad.
for entry in 2021
Summary of entry requirements for Health & Social Sector Leadership
SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6)
- BBBB Higher
SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements
- No Adjusted Higher Requirements
A-level Standard Entry Requirements
- BBB – CCC
IB Standard Entry Requirements
- 30 (6,5,5 HL) – 28 (5,5,5 HL)
Glasgow International College
International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of foundation certificates.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
English language requirements
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*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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 External Relations
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
- UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirements
- UKBA list of approved English language tests [pdf]
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 see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.
Our strong partnership with major regional employers means you can be confident that you will have the attributes necessary to excel in entry-level managerial roles within the health and social sectors. Recent graduates have taken up the following roles:
- Young People’s Sexual Health Coordinator
- NHS Public Mental Health Practitioner
- Prison Liaison Homeless Officer
- Tobacco Control Policy Officer.
Other students have capitalised on their transferable skills to take up employment in the wider graduate marketplace or as a foundation for postgraduate studies and research.
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:
Fees and funding
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.
The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.
University of Glasgow/Glasgow International College Achievement Award
In conjunction with GIC we are pleased to reward our best-performing students who finish the Foundation course with excellent grades and attendance. This is awarded as a tuition fee discount of £3,000 per year of study and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study.
Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship
The University of Glasgow has a number of Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships available to new International and EU students for 2021 entry. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount of £5,000 per year of study and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study.
RUK Access Bursary
The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship. It is available to new entrant full-time, undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2021/22, as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.
RUK Excellence Scholarship
The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent).
James McCune Smith Scholarship
The University of Glasgow has 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students. The scholarship supports students who could face financial difficulties taking up their place to study at the University. The value of the scholarship is £2,000, paid in instalments for the first year of undergraduate study. The scholarship is open to new applicants to the University. Current students who have previously been in receipt of the award may reapply, however, preference will be given to applicants entering their first year of study.
The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.
Cowrie Foundation Scholarship
The University of Glasgow and The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation (CSF) will offer a scholarship to support Black African and Caribbean heritage applicants from socio-economically challenged backgrounds. Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK and commencing an undergraduate study in the academic year 2021-2022.
The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation wants to fund 100 Black British students through UK universities in the next decade. More information on the Foundation can be found here.
Undergraduate Talent Scholarships
The University of Glasgow awards c.50 undergraduate Talent Scholarships each academic year to support students who could face financial difficulties in taking up their place to study at the University. The value of each scholarship is typically £1,500 p.a. for each year of the degree programme, subject to satisfactory progress. Talent Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University's Colleges.
Dental School students are eligible for a Talent Scholarship in their first year of study only. They are eligible for the NHS Dental Student Support Grant in the following years.
The University of Glasgow is offering four scholarships (one per college) for applicants to the University who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate taught students of the University of Glasgow applying for entry in 2021/22. The scholarship meets the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme as well providing an additional £5,000 per year stipend, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met this will also be provided for the duration of your degree. For more information on the accommodation criteria, please see the Accommodation Services section on the website.
We are also offering eight scholarships to students who hold refugee status. This scholarship is awarded as a £2,500 stipend towards study costs, per year of study.
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
How to apply
Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The University will accept Centre or Teacher Assessed Grades in lieu of exam results.
SQA applicants who are eligible for our Widening Participation programmes are encouraged to participate in one or more of these programmes, including Summer School, to support your application and the transition to higher education.
International students to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through UCAS.
- 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
- 29 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website): this has been extended from 15 January 2021 due to covid restrictions.
- 30 June: international (non-EU) students
We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.
It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.
- Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college
- Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468
- Apply at commonapp.org (international students to certain areas only)
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