Welcome to Healthcare

Janet Hirst, Head of School, welcomes you to Leeds.

Even though we are one of the largest Schools in the UK, we will make you feel at home and support you during your time with us. Ensuring that all students in the School of Healthcare have the support they need to enable them to succeed is important. Any student can email, or come and see, our Academic Lead/s for Students if they have problems that they feel are affecting their studies, and which they do not wish to discuss with their programme manager or personal tutor. All meetings are confidential.

Independent learning

The School of Healthcare makes good use of Leeds for Life, particularly through the personal tutoring system. We encourage you to think about the transferable skills that you are developing during your studies, so that when you graduate you know your strengths and capabilities and will secure employment quickly. Among other skills, our courses are designed to help you develop in the following areas:

  • Critical thinking
  • Research Skills
  • Team working
  • Analytical skills
  • Independent working
  • Creative problem solving
  • Time Management
  • Communication Skills
  • Confidence
  • Professionalism

Making the grade

Unlike many programmes of study within the University, Healthcare programmes are usually linked with obtaining a professional qualification (eg. Nursing, Social Work), and that means that every module counts towards your degree, and your eventual professional registration.

At the start of every module you’ll know exactly how it is going to be assessed and when it is going to be assessed, so don’t panic. Your assessments are designed to reflect the module learning outcomes, and use a variety of strategies that bring out the best in candidates. So, depending on your programme, you might be required to undertake Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), write essays, develop a portfolio of clinical evidence, complete log book entries, undertake presentations or sit written exams.

Any one of these assessment strategies might be new to you, so make sure that you understand what is required of you. The School’s assessment regulations are published on Minerva, with further details in your programme handbook. It is important that you are familiar with these regulations. All student work undergoes a moderation process whereby marking is quality assured to ensure consistency and fairness. External Examiners also review sample student work as a further quality assurance measure.


Research in the School of Healthcare is undertaken in collaboration with academic colleagues, health and social care professionals and charitable and independent sector partners locally, nationally and internationally. Research informs our teaching at all levels in the School, and also offers opportunities for our students to work with exceptional researchers. Your research will usually take place in your third year, when you choose an area that you wish to focus for your dissertation.

Discovery modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a discovery module. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.