The University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Health & Social Care with Foundation course reflects contemporary issues, changing trends and challenges within the health and social care landscape. The degree focuses on key areas of learning, embedding policy into practice on a day-to-day basis and developing your knowledge, skills and attitudes in preparation for a successful career in this essential and worthwhile sector. You will gain a deep and critical understanding of policy, theory and practice. You will also understand how ethical, legal, social, economic and political factors shape the provision and development of health and social care services. Moreover, you will recognise and value diversity and difference and understand the challenges vulnerable people face in accessing the help that they need. The initial foundation year will give you an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of health and social are and prepare you for degree level study. As you progress through the degree you will benefit from the correct balance of policy, practice and academic training. Strongly linked to the UK government’s agendas for health and social care, the course will develop your understanding of the principles of care, care planning and delivery, the ethical aspects of care, areas such health promotion and a wealth of other relevant issues. You will learn how to collaborate across professional boundaries, use evidence to inform your decisions and be able to understand the critical issues in health and social care and ways of dealing with them. By studying this course you will develop as an independent and reflective learner. You’ll examine the context and processes of change in yourself, in groups and in services, including new ways of working across agencies and professional boundaries. By the time you graduate you’ll be able to evaluate emerging strategic solutions and possess the essential critical and analytical skills needed to engage in the development of evidence-based practice. As well as undertaking a work placement in the third year you will be encouraged to engage in voluntary work. This will allow you to explore those areas of health and social care within which you may wish to develop your future career. Together these will contribute towards your portfolio of evidence and help you to become a reflective practitioner.