Why study this course?

This is a top-up version of our Health and Social Care BSc (Hons) degree. A top-up degree is the final year (Level 6) of an undergraduate degree course and is for those who have a foundation degree, Higher National Diploma or equivalent qualification, or those wishing to study the final year of their degree in London.

This course is strongly focused on enhancing your job prospects and is aligned to the standards specified by Skills for Health (the Skills Council for the NHS). After completion of the course you’ll be able to demonstrate to prospective employers that your advanced skills conform to the National Occupational Standards (NOS).

Our health and social care courses ranked highly in the latest National Student Survey (NSS), scoring 85% for overall student satisfaction.

And in the Complete University Guide 2023, our health studies courses are ranked eighth in the UK for student satisfaction.

More about this course

This top-up degree will allow you to progress in your studies and gain relevant knowledge to analyse social care issues. The course draws on the latest research and is informed by contemporary health and social care policies, as well as expected changes to the sector. As part of the degree you’ll explore modern challenges, including the ageing population, emerging healthcare technology and the rising cost of providing care.

You’ll be taught by health and social care sector experts, who will provide informed and practical insights into areas such as psychosocial perspectives of health, counselling, research, health improvement and behaviour change. The joint focus on knowledge and teaching practical skills will allow you to acquire abilities in analysis, enquiry and observation.

After completion of the course you’ll be able to deal with critical issues in health and social care, rendering you attractive to employers in the sector.


You'll be assessed via seen examinations, short answer papers, practical reports and reviews, case studies, group assessment projects, presentations, essays and health profiles.

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UCAS code L591
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have one of the following:

  • 240 credits from a Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation Degree (FdA/ FdSc) or equivalent international qualification in a relevant subject
  • 240 credits from years 1 and 2 of an undergraduate degree (BA/BSc) in a relevant subject at a different institution

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our standard requirements

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 3 modules include:

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon

The aim of the module is to develop students’ awareness of current contemporary issues in health and social care and to facilitate an ability to critically evaluate the impact and importance of these issues for providers and service users, as well as service provision, professional development and wider health and social care environment.

The module aims are to:
Provide students with a foundation for understanding and analysing contemporary health and wellbeing topics related to health and social care in the context of current policies and practices.
Enable students to identify public health policy issues arising out of political, economic, historical, cultural, social and technological changes.
Provide an understanding of the policy frameworks within which the cultural needs in relation to health and wellbeing are recognised and responded to.
Enable students to engage with the principles, organisation and the delivery of contemporary issues, sensitive services and meeting the unmet needs of diverse population.
Enable students to examine the usefulness and limits of different approaches, frameworks and practical solutions to tackle health inequalities in relation to the particular contemporary health and wellbeing topic related to health and social care.
Enable students to examine the role of service providers, service users, policy makers, community groups, voluntary and statutory agencies in ensuring inclusive health and wellbeing of population.

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start)

- To provide students with an understanding of approaches to research and evaluation
- To enable students to engage with research methods and findings related to their profession
- To enable students to integrate and apply the skills and knowledge base underpinning their professional education in a sustained piece of independent academic work (Project)

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Monday morning

The Module explores key concepts, approaches, skills and styles relevant to leadership and management practices and examine how these are affected by changing trends in professional settings. Explore issues of leadership and management in the context of recent changes in organisational structures, management styles and service priorities. Analyse the pursuit of quality and efficiency in service provision and examine how it can best be managed and contrast managerial, professional and stakeholders’ perspectives. Examine ethical issues arising from different leadership and management approaches across professional sectors.

This module focuses upon the main research methodologies used in the study of health, preparing students for their own research projects as well as enabling them to read and critique the research of others. This module builds on a level 5 module (SH5000) and aims to further develop and enhance the research knowledge and skills addressed at level 5. Key issues related to user involvement within research will be considered within contemporary policy and political contexts.

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Thursday morning
  • summer studies - Monday morning

The module examines the history of housing policy in the UK, focussing in particular on the shift to neo-liberal housing policies from the 1980s. Key contemporary housing issues and the key causes of the current ‘housing crisis’ in London and the UK are examined

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Thursday morning

Housing Issues and Housing Solutions outlines the key issues that face people working in housing, residents and community workers. It will focus on a practical approach to dealing with community-related & housing issues, their causes and solutions. It will examine the rights and obligations of residents and identify good practice in key management areas such as resident involvement, dealing with anti-social behaviour and disrepair. Combined with other modules in the faculty, such as ‘Housing and Homelessness’, this module provides a housing pathway for students wishing to develop or further their careers in this area.

The module aims to:

  1. Place changes in housing management in the context of wider social, economic and organisational changes; (A01)
  2. Introduce the key practical issues facing housing professionals, and good practice in addressing these issues; (A02)
  3. Identify ways in which housing service users and community workers can challenge poor performance and get involved in service improvement; (A03)
  4. Examine the benefits and challenges of partnership working in dealing with housing issues; (A04)
  5. Explain current discussions on the balance of rights and responsibilities for social housing tenants and other local residents. (A05)
This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

The module aims are:
• To introduce the notion of urban health crisis and the controversy of health and healthcare in urban settings
• To identify key trends in the patterns of health and healthcare in urban settings
• To consider the impact of urban conditions (wider determinants of health) on the health of Londoners and other urban dwellers elsewhere
• To examine key challenges to the organisation and delivery of healthcare services in London and other global cities in the backdrop of globalisation
• To understand relevant policy developments in relation to health and healthcare in London and other urban settings

Where this course can take you

This programme is aligned to Skills for Health competencies, the Sector Skills Council for Health for the UK health sector.

Successful completion of this course offers improved career opportunities in the fields of health and social care. This may be within the NHS, voluntary or independent sectors. Our graduates have found careers in mental health and medical rehabilitation, and as support workers in the NHS, housing associations and charity organisations.

This degree programme is also excellent preparation for research or postgraduate study.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.