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Letter from Head of School of Health and Social Care
We are delighted you are interested in joining us at the University of Lincoln and I am writing to let you know about our planning for the new academic year. You currently have an offer of a place at the University and we want to keep you updated so you can start preparing for your future, should you be successful in meeting any outstanding conditions of your offer.
We fully intend your experience with us at Lincoln will be engaging, supportive and academically challenging. We are determined to provide our students with a safe and exciting campus experience, ensuring you benefit from the best that both face-to-face and online teaching offer. We have kept our focus on friendliness and community spirit at Lincoln and we look forward to your participation in that community.
As you know, the UK Government has published its roadmap for the easing of Coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England. There are still some uncertainties for universities around possible restrictions for the next academic year, particularly in relation to social distancing in large group teaching. We are planning in line with government guidance for both face-to-face and online teaching to ensure you have a good campus experience and can complete all the requirements for your programme. We are fully prepared to adapt and flex our plans if changes in government regulations make this necessary during the year.
Face-to-face teaching and interaction with tutors and course mates are key to students’ learning and the broader student experience. Face-to-face sessions will be prioritised where it is most valuable, particularly for seminars, tutorials, workshops, practicals and lab sessions. Students tell us that there are real benefits to some elements of online learning within a blended approach, such as revisiting recorded materials and developing new digital skills and confidence. At Lincoln we aim to take forward the best aspects of both.
This letter sets out in detail various aspects of the planned experience at Lincoln for your chosen subject area, and we hope the information is helpful as you plan for your future.
Teaching and Learning
The School of Health and Social Care, situated in the Sarah Swift Building on the Brayford Campus, looks forward to welcoming you. You will be joining a very active and supportive learning community of staff and students. The BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care degree will provide you with an opportunity to explore a range of practice and policy issues to develop the knowledge, skills and values to take on the many new and emerging roles within a range of health and care settings. A focus on employability is taken throughout the programme and you will be taught by academics and researchers with both practical experience and professional links in the sector.
Face-to-face teaching sessions will be prioritised where it is most valuable, particularly for seminars, tutorials, clinical workshops and specialist teaching activity. All face-to-face teaching will take place at the Brayford Campus. In Year One and Two there are four modules taught across the year. In Year Three you study some core modules and are also able to choose from some options, as shown on the website. Whilst the pattern may vary across modules, the principle of a mix of face-to-face and online provision will be maintained across your programme of study.
There will be opportunities for fieldtrips, including international visits; some of these activities may incur additional personal costs and we will review their availability in line with any COVID guidance at the time; the safety of our students and staff is paramount. Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard will host module information, learning materials, guidance, resources, readings and additional resources to support your learning. This includes full details of the assessment for each module. We use a range of assessment methods, including assignment, projects, tests, groupwork and individual presentations. Each module of learning will be delivered by a small team of staff who will provide you with guidance and support, including tutorials to help you make the most of the learning opportunities presented in each module.
You will also have a personal tutor to support you throughout the programme and a Subject Librarian and workshops and on-line programmes to support your knowledge and skills in completing your assessments. If due to changing COVID restrictions we need to make any changes to the planned programme we will communicated with you via the University or the Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care.
The University Campus
We are very proud of our beautiful and vibrant campuses at the University of Lincoln and we have used our extensive indoor and outdoor spaces to provide students with access to study and social areas as well as learning resources and facilities, adapting them where necessary in line with government guidance. All the mitigations and safety measures you would expect are in place on our campuses (at Lincoln, Riseholme and Holbeach), such as hand sanitisers, one-way systems, and other social distancing measures where these are required.
Student Wellbeing and Support
The University’s Student Wellbeing Centre and Student Support Centre are fully open for face-to-face and online support. Should you, as one of our applicants, have any questions about coming to Lincoln in October or any other concerns, these specialist teams are here for you. You can contact Student Wellbeing and the Student Support Centre by visiting https://studentservices.lincoln.ac.uk where service details and contact information are available, or if you are in Lincoln you can make an appointment to meet a member of the team.
To enable you to make the most out of your experience in Lincoln and to help you access course materials and other services, we recommend that you have a desktop, laptop or tablet device available during your studies. This will enable you to engage easily with our online learning platforms from your student accommodation or from home. Students can use IT equipment on campus in the Library, our learning lounges, and specialist academic areas; however, there may not always be a space free when you have a timetabled session or an assessment to complete which is why we recommend you have your own device too if possible. If you are struggling to access IT equipment or reliable internet services, please contact ICT for technical support and Student Support who can assist you with further advice and information.
We are committed to providing you with the best possible start to university life and to helping you to prepare for your time with us. As part of this commitment, you can access our Student Life pre-arrival online support package. This collection of digital resources, advice and helpful tips created by current students is designed to help you prepare for the all-important first steps into higher education, enabling you to learn within a supportive community and to make the most of the new opportunities that the University of Lincoln provides. When you are ready, you can begin by going to studentlife.lincoln.ac.uk/starting.
Your Students’ Union is here to make sure that you get the most from every aspect of your student experience. They will be providing a huge range of in-person and virtual events and opportunities - you are sure to find something perfect for you! Meet people and find a new hobby by joining one of their 150 sports teams and societies. Grab lunch between teaching or a drink with friends in The Swan, Towers or The Barge. Learn new skills and boost your CV by taking part in training courses and volunteering opportunities in your spare time. Grab a bike from the Cycle Hire and explore the city you will be calling home!
To kick-off the new academic year, your Students’ Union will be bringing you The Official Lincoln Freshers Week 2021, with a huge line-up of social events, club nights, fayres and activities for you enjoy (restrictions permitting). Keep an eye on www.facebook.com/lincolnfreshers21 for line-up and ticket updates, so you don’t miss out.
Most importantly, your Students’ Union will always be there for you when you need it most; making sure that your voice as a student is always heard. The SU Advice Centre can provide independent advice and support on housing, finance, welfare and academic issues. As well as this, your Course Reps are always on hand to make sure that you are getting the best from your academic experience. To find out more about the Students’ Union’s events, opportunities, support and how to get in contact go to: www.lincolnsu.com
Many applicants will choose to live in dedicated student accommodation on, or close to, campus and you may well have already booked your student residence for the upcoming year. All University-managed student accommodation will have our Residential Wardens in place. Residential Wardens are here to help you settle into your new accommodation and will be offering flatmate and residential support activities throughout the year. If you have booked University accommodation, you will have already heard from us with further details on where you will be living to help you prepare. If you have not yet booked your accommodation, we still have plenty of options available. In the meantime, lots of advice and information can be found on the accommodation pages of our website: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studentlife/accommodation/
The information detailed in this letter will form part of your agreement with the University of Lincoln. If we do not hear from you to the contrary prior to enrolment, we will assume that you acknowledge and accept the information contained in this letter. Adaptations to how we work may have to be made in line with any future changes in government guidance, and we will communicate these with you as necessary. Please do review the University’s Admissions Terms and Conditions (in particular sections 8 and 9) and Student Complaints Procedure so you understand your rights and the agreement between the University and its students.
We very much hope this information is useful to help you plan for the next step in your academic journey, and we look forward to welcoming you here at Lincoln this Autumn. This is the start of a new phase and will be an exciting time for all of us. If you have any questions, please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Very best wishes,
Dr Kate Grafton
Head of the School of Health and Social Care
The Comparative Health in Health and Social Care module offers students the chance to participate in a study trip abroad where they can explore the range of health and social care services available to older people. There are opportunities to gain work experience. Please note that students are responsible for covering their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs while studying abroad or on work experience.
The study abroad year is available to those who have successfully completed the first and second year of the degree. There are two places available. Places are subject to academic criteria and good attendance. The year includes funding for accommodation, food, and travel expenses, however, students will be responsible for their living costs.
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
Although not engaged on a vocational programme with formally assessed placements, all students on the Health and Social Care course are required to acquire relevant work experience in a paid or voluntary setting.
This can be undertaken at home during the summer or during term time in Lincoln, and the surrounding areas. Students will be fully supported as they produce a written assignment about the organisation and plan their own professional development. Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs while on a study trip or placement.
Placements are not formally assessed, however, the work undertaken during any voluntary and paid placements in the first two years of the programme will inform the third year core module: Skills and Professional Development.
Students can gain a certificate for First Aid training (basic and advanced) as part of the Human Bioscience module in the first year, which may incur additional costs.
You will also have the chance to gain a Mental Health First Aid certificate as part of the Mental Health and Wellbeing module in the second year, which may incur additional costs.
In year three, students who choose the Counselling and Guidance Skills module have the opportunity to undergo Suicide Awareness and Intervention training.
"Studying Health and Social Care at Lincoln was life changing. The course content and quality of teaching was excellent. It provided me with a sound knowledge and skills base for studying at postgraduate level."Alice, BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care graduate
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