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

Start date(s):
13 Sep 2021
1 year
Level 6
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Full Time
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Framwellgate Moor Campus
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This programme will be validated by Open University


Course details may be subject to change

This programme will ensure you develop the advanced knowledge and skills of a health and social care professional. You will gain hands-on experience during a reflective work placement in practice.

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  • Encourage development of health and social care professionals and innovative outcomes in a supportive work-related learning environment.
  • Engage in academic activities and reflective practice to enable personalised learning and individual subject focus.
  • Promote engagement in industry-focussed work, supporting the acquisition of professional skills relevant to employment opportunities within the health and social care industries.


  • Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care.
  • Managing Change and Innovation in Health and Social Care Practice.
  • Reflective Practice in Health or Social Care (Placement).
  • Implementation of Innovation in Health or Social Care (Final Classification Project).

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

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*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

You will be encouraged to engage with the College outside of timetabled contact with tutors by utilising self-directed learning within HE intranet resources, progressing module activities and independently across the whole working week.

The course consist of four mandatory modules. Each module contains at least one summative assessment method, leading into the final Innovation module project which has three unique summative components; making the backbone on the course.

Assessments include:
  • Written Assignments
  • Academic Poster Presentation
  • Placement Portfolio
  • Project Proposal
  • Project (minimum 6500 words)
  • Viva Project Evaluation.

Maths and English

Both English and maths will be embedded into the study programme.

English will become the focus for all academic writing and maths will become crucial in data analysis and business planning for budget control.
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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

As placement is a fundamental component of the programme, you will engage with industry professionals throughout your studies.

Employment opportunities are often considered after you have gained vital exposure and experience within the sector whilst studying on programme with ourselves.

In addition, guest speakers and visits are fundamental in linking theory to practice, to allow you to gain industry experience but also promote the success of our graduating students.


You will complete a placement to build and develop your understanding of contemporary issues, Managing the changes and innovation in Health or Social Care practice modules. You will also gain knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices within health or social care practice.

Placement is based within practice or work placement and allows you to apply theory to practice, in which you explore how the organisation operates, evaluate the leadership and management approach in the care of vulnerable individuals and the delivery of person-centred services. You will analyse the importance of teamwork and collaborative learning within the settings by completing a placement portfolio.

You will be supported in placement via practice coaches.

You will utilise this experience to identify an area for innovation to complete the Implementation of Innovation in Health or Social Care module.

A clear enhanced DBS is an essential condition for successful enrolment onto the course, due to the nature of the programme.


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HE Information

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You could progress into a relevant career within the industry.


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Annual increases

Tuition fees are chargeable for the academic period required by the programme, with annual amounts charged for each academic year of the programme unless otherwise stated. It is to be expected that tuition fees will include an inflationary rise each year, for the duration of study. This will be agreed by the College Strategy and Resources Committee who will consider Increases in College costs, including the provision of teaching, supervision and course-related facilities.

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Fees and funding

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Additional Costs

A range of trips will be embedded into the programme to enhance your experience. A keen international component is being developed, where you will have the opportunity to gain a week’s international health care experience.

Stationary and personal supplies are your own responsibility.

If uniforms are requested by the placement, then this will come as direct cost to you, but we can support in the purchase using our own suppliers.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited into the College to attend a group presentation so you can gain a full understanding of the course. Following this, you will be invited to attend a one-to-one interview to assess your suitability for progression onto a top-up degree.

External students will be asked to present a piece of previous academic work in a five minute presentation during the interview. We will also discuss possible placement opportunities - to ensure an agreed placement or work experience is in situ prior to commencement of the programme.
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Entry Criteria

Standard Entry criteria:
  • All applicants must hold a Level 5 qualification (HND/FdA/international equivalent 120 ECTS Credits) in a health or social care related discipline.
  • All external applicants must be interviewed (international applicants via internet/email respectfully).
  • Level 2 or equivalent in English Language (or a minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band for international applicants).
  • Level 2 or equivalent in Maths.
  • Clear Enhanced DBS.

Non-standard entry criteria:
  • Evidence of appropriate health or social care experience or employment within the industries.
  • All applicants with non-standard criteria must be interviewed.
  • Level 2 or equivalent in English Language (or a minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band for international applicants).
  • Level 2 or equivalent in Maths.
  • Clear Enhanced DBS.