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

Key Facts

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  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 year full-time
    2 years part-time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,500(per 20 credit module)

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £14,500

  • Location:


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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 894503


Our BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Top-up course focuses on the context within which health and social problems arise and includes an in-depth examination of social care policy and contemporary health issues.

Updated 30/11/2021


  • Top-up your Foundation degree to a BSc (Hons) qualification.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of health and social care issues.

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Course Content

  • The Top-up degree consists of a Health and Social Care dissertation, a taught module on Social Change and Communities and two overarching health modules on Ethical Issues and Integrated Perspectives on Disease.

    The course provides you with the key skills needed for working within the health and social care sector.

    List of modules:

      • Module code: SLS3006
        Status: Designate
        This module explores the theories and principles that guide ethical decision-making in healthcare public health health policy and biomedical research. The focus is on how ethical principles and theories can be applied to health issues such as reproduction and infertility gene therapy and genetic testing HIV testing and treatment vaccination stem cell therapies therapeutic and reproductive cloning and organ transplantation. The module covers the ethical legal and social issues that arise in the context of biomedical research public health health promotion health policy the delivery of health care and the provision of health services.
      • Module code: SLS3007
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to enable the student to take an interdisciplinary perspective on the causes consequences and management of chronic conditions and disease.
      • Module code: SWK3023
        Status: Designate
        Students will be introduced to the changes which have taken place in the housing sector. This module will identify key changes in policy and legislation and examine the implications of the delivery of these. The different partnerships necessary for successful and sustainable communities will be explored in order for students to appreciate housing organisations and their relationship with tenants residents and other organisations.
      • Module code: SWK3026
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to familiarise students with different approaches to behaviour change used in social care and community practice. Students will be able to simulate collaborative strengths and solutions based strategies to work in partnership with individuals groups and communities to achieve their preferred futures.
      • Module code: SWK3027
        Status: Designate
        This module will facilitate students to develop knowledge and understanding of substance use. It will enable students to apply their knowledge and develop the skills required to work effectively in a range of settings by use of theory and methods simulation of practice case study critical debate group and independent study.
      • Module code: SWK4011
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable the student to complete an autonomous piece of work focusing on a chosen area of social care and community practice within a designated time frame. This may be a literature based dissertation or a project based on empirical research whichever is most relevant to the area selected. By completion the piece of work will illustrate the students engagement with project design relevant and appropriate methodological approaches towards research design underpinned by theoretical perspectives that frame the area of work selected.
  • You will need to have completed a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care or an equivalent higher education qualification to be eligible for this course.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2022/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
    • International: £14,500
    2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • International: £13,900
    Additional Costs

    Additional costs will be incurred if you decide to participate in trips and visits as part of your course. The exact cost will depend upon the location chosen for the trip.

    Scholarships and Bursaries

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • Successful completion of this course could lead on to one of our postgraduate programmes.

    Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees.

  • How will I be assessed?

    A variety of assessment methods are used on the Health and Social Care Top-up including case studies, presentations, essays and one examination.

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Careers and Employability

This course provides you with the knowledge and skills to enable you to undertake a range of health and social care roles in both community and formal settings.

In addition, you have the opportunity to apply for graduate training in social work or nursing, or employment within the charitable or voluntary sectors.