If you want to make a real difference to people’s lives, our Integrated Health and Social Care degree, which seeks to promote a holistic and contemporary approach to meeting individuals’ health, care, and support needs, could be the degree for you.
This course explores how integration between health services, social services and other care providers can be promoted to improve both care experiences and outcomes for individuals. With its emphasis on person-centred care, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills to be an effective practitioner in a variety of professional roles.
By designing this degree with input from key service providers, service users and other stakeholders, we've ensured that you will experience an authentic and contemporary reflection of the current professional environment to fully prepare you for the workplace.
The course specifically highlights a breadth of voices, recognising, and responding to inequalities, and including a cross-cultural and global perspective of care, so you'll be ready to practice in a diversity of settings and geographies and able to understand the needs and challenges of different communities and individuals from any background.
You'll have the opportunity to develop and enhance your knowledge and understanding of a broad range of professional practice areas within health and social care including mental health, physical disabilities and learning disabilities, safeguarding, and end of life care.
Course and modules are subject to validation.
Your employability after graduation is central to this course and you'll be supported to understand the wealth of graduate opportunities available to you. You’ll prepare for your future career through a personalised career development planning process.
Practical experience is fundamental to the development of your core professional skills, so you'll have the opportunity to undertake professional placements alongside your studies, which can be in a paid or voluntary capacity.
There will be opportunities for you to conduct research on specialist areas that interest you within health and social care. You'll also be prepared for leadership, coaching and mentoring roles, through both academic study and the opportunity to undertake a mentoring role.
Holistically, this course will enable you to make a positive contribution to the way current and future services are delivered in a variety of roles within statutory, voluntary, and independent organisations across the health and social care sector.
Courses at ARU Peterborough are designed to help you become a life-long learner, ready to adapt and respond to changes in health and social care practice in the future. When you graduate from this course, you will have developed your powers of autonomous and analytical thinking, learned the essential skills needed by employers, and be ready for a graduate professional role or to continue your studies further, should you so choose.
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Employability is at the heart of our Integrated Health and Social Work degree.
Group work, presentations and report writing will help you develop personal qualities such as self-confidence, emotional intelligence, reflectiveness, team working and stress tolerance, which will support your employability when you graduate.
We also focus on global and cultural awareness, supporting you to be able to work cross-culturally.
The course is dual accredited* by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded Foundation Chartered Manager Status, a professional status for aspiring or early-career managers, and you will be eligible to use the credentials ‘fCMgr’, which could help give you an employability advantage.
Our free Employability Service will help you take practical steps to follow your chosen career path, secure jobs, and work experience, or even start your own business.
Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters. We’re planning a range of postgraduate degrees at ARU Peterborough, and there is a selection of existing courses in Cambridge and Chelmsford.
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Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
To help you stand out when competing for a job after you graduate, we've developed the ARU Graduate Capitals. This is a set of six attributes, valued by employers and industry, that we integrate into our courses and help you develop, so you’ll have life-long career-skills.
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