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This programme aims to provide a natural progression for students who may have completed a health and social care related programme such as FdA Social Care, FdSc Mental Health Studies, FdSc Hospital & Health Care (Adult) and FD Rehabilitation.
It will also provide an opportunity for those who have previously achieved a Level 5 professional/non-professional qualification in the field of health or social care. Studying full-time will take one year, and studying part-time will take two years.
The BSc Health & Social Care (Top up) provides students with the opportunity to graduate with an honours degree, supporting a range of careers related to health and social care or aiding progression for those currently working in the health and social care sectors into more senior roles. Building upon previously delivered and existing programmes, this final year of study further facilitates the promotion of lifelong learning.
For 2017 entry onwards: applicants to this programme must have successful completion of either 240 credits at level 4 and 5 with an average achievement of 50% at Level 5, e.g. Foundation Degree in a relevant subject area or an equivalent level 5 professional/non-professional qualification. All students must complete the Bridging Unit if they have achieved a module mark of less than 50% on their level 5 research skills module. External direct entrants without demonstrable research skills achievement will also be required to complete the Bridging Unit. Completion of this unit will ensure that students are still able to commence their studies with confidence.
The BSc Health and Social Care (Top Up) opens opportunities for careers in health, care and community based organisations and projects in public, private or third sector. Our graduates leave with a set of knowledge and skills in leadership, statistics, creative thinking, critical thinking and an ability to work independently and in groups which will enable career progression through applying these to current or new workplaces. Many students progress onto their top up year already working in the health and social care sectors, but wish to pursue leadership or more senior roles. However graduates can also seek careers in organisations that deliver care of the elderly; drug and alcohol interventions; community care; care of those with learning, physical disabilities or mental health conditions. Health promotion and teaching are additional areas of employment.
Methods of learning and teaching are designed to support students in becoming active members of a learning community. You experience a wide range of learning environments from formal lectures and seminars to workshops, small group work and individual tutorials. Some lessons will be conducted in computer laboratories. There are opportunities to link your learning to your workplace on some modules. Studying at this level involves reading and independent thought to extend your knowledge base.