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 BSc (Hons) Health & Social Care (Top-up) degree will teach you about the main issues around health, social care and wellbeing communities, both within the UK and on a global basis.

You will gain a detailed knowledge of health and social care policy and practice, and will study the key contemporary issues that affect health and social care and the wellbeing of individuals and communities from a theoretical, policy and practical level.

As a graduate, you will have the skills you need to make a difference to some of the most vulnerable groups in society. This well-respected qualification will increase your employability and/or will allow you to progress onto postgraduate study.

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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 the Changes in Health and Social Care Practice.
  • Reflective Practice in Health or Social Care.
  • Implementation of Innovation in Health or Social Care (Dissertation).

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:

To help link theory to practice, you will enjoy talks from guest speakers such as NHS professionals, social workers, probation officers and charities such as the Samaritans and Mind. You will also experience industry and educational visits to places such as hospitals, prisons, the magistrates and crown courts and museums.

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


As placement is a fundamental component of the programme, you will engage with health and social care professionals throughout your studies.

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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BSc (Hons) Heath & Social Care (Top-up) course handbook

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Through this programme, past students have progressed onto numerous areas with health and social care. This has included students advancing into aspired career roles, receiving promotion at work, furthering their studies through NHS funded degrees and progressing onto a masters programme.


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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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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 industry.
  • 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.