Health and Social Care (Top-up) - BSc (Hons)

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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).

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.

Assessment

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

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
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

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Modular structure

Example modules include:

  • Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care 2
  • Health Project
  • Leadership and Management in Professional Contexts
  • Research Methods and Evaluation Skills
  • Homelessness and Housing Policy
  • Housing Issues and Housing Solutions
  • Urban Health

After the course

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.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) 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.

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