The School of Health & Social Care (HSC) at Bournemouth University has a long standing reputation for providing student-centred, innovative courses of education that help to develop health and social care practitioners throughout their careers. We take pride in the quality of our educational experience, working closely with partners in health, social care and private service provision to ensure studying at HSC leads to fitness for practice and purpose.
We offer a wide range of courses and also individual units of study (more bite-sized options) for qualified health and social care professionals who may wish to continue their personal and professional development at undergraduate or postgraduate levels (including research opportunities).
We have dynamic researchers working in the School who are contributing to new knowledge around a number of topics, working collaboratively across the School, University and health & social care community.
We hope you find the information on these pages interesting and informative and that it helps you to decide that Bournemouth University is the place for you.
Dr. B. Gail Thomas
PhD, MSc, PGCEA, A.D.M., R.M., R.N.
Dean of School
In the School of Health & Social Care (HSC) we are committed to providing an excellent student experience, with degrees underpinned by high-quality research, which will ultimately benefit the health and well-being of the people locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
As a student in of HSC, we can offer you a high-quality learning opportunities, support from personal tutors, excellent library facilities including a wide range of electronic resources, a Virtual Learning Environment to support your studies, a university support centre and, of course, learning from the experiences of your fellow students.
Our courses are designed to enhance your employability, help you specialise in a specific area of health/social care and refine your skills. Whether you work in healthcare, health promotion, public health, social work, governmental or non-governmental agencies our degrees and units of study will enable you to improve your knowledge and assist you in taking the next step in your career.
Please visit our web-pages to see the full range of education opportunities that we can offer you as a health or social care professional.
Five Reasons to Study at the School of Health & Social Care (Bournemouth University):
We have been an important contributor to education and research since 1992. We have major contracts with the NHS to educate a variety of health and social care professionals at pre- and post-qualifying levels and also have a broad portfolio of related degrees.
Our courses offer a mix of interprofessional learning and discipline specific study including professional practice, public health and medicine.
Some examples of our collaborative research projects include:
For more details on current projects and events, please feel free to visit our News and Events pages.
Welcome to the School of Health & Social Care (HSC). We recognise that our students, as health and social care professionals, need an approach to their learning that fits with demanding workloads and personal commitments, which is why we have designed our units and courses to be as practice-based as possible and have incorporated more distance learning elements. The range of courses and individual units we offer support the drivers embedded in the latest national reviews and policy documents, including Lord Darzi's review of the NHS (High Quality Care for All) and the General Social Care Council's (Social Work in Mental Health, 2007).
Our established links with service providers, service users and Centres of Academic Excellence have been invaluable in developing our education portfolio. We are unique in bringing together education, research and practice development across a range of health and social care professions at local, national and international levels.
Please find listed below the various course options available to you. If you are not sure which level, type of course is right for you, please consult our guidance pages.