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Applied Health & Social Science BA (Hons) Top-up Degree

This Top- up degree is relevant if you work or plan to work in health, care or welfare related fields. It will extend your knowledge of working in these fields and improve your practice and therefore the welfare and wellbeing of service users. You will have the opportunity to engage with the very latest practice and research.

This course content offers a rich educational experience to support both academic and practitioner development. It is delivered on campus and also has a work-based element. The applied nature is reflected in the course aims and learning outcomes. As a course member you will benefit from the strong practice links already established across the institute. You will engage with practitioners and service managers during classroom and work-based aspects of the course. You will also have the opportunity to develop networks across health, care and social welfare sectors.

If you have completed a Foundation degree or diploma level qualification then this top up will not only add to your professional knowledge and understanding but also provide you with the opportunity to achieve an honours level qualification.

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Entry requirements

A Foundation degree, DipHE, HND or equivalent qualification in health, care or welfare or related subject.

Supportive academic reference.

Non-standard entry routes will also be considered. We encourage applications from candidates who can provide evidence of their ability to work at Level 6 and substantial experience of working within health, care or social welfare. If your qualification is not listed, please contact Registry Admissions for advice.

Study options

1 year full time or 2 year part time available

Supervisor support for the Independent Study based element of the course

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Course content

Course content

This is the third year of study for students with an HND or Foundation degree or with an equivalent academic professional qualification relevant to the Applied Health and Social Care. This course leads to a BA Honours degree in Applied Health and Social Care.

To gain an Honours degree, students will undertake the equivalent of one year's full-time study i.e. eight modules in total. You will be expected to study core modules a double Independent Study module, as well as optional modules to your area of interest.

The course will prepare you for a dynamic work environment in which service usersí wellbeing is often dependent on integrated systems of health, care and welfare. There is a particular focus on providing a broad curriculum that ensures policy and practice across health, care and welfare sectors is integrated, to ensure that as a practitioner in these fields, you are able to work in the most effective ways to ensure a dynamic work environment for you and service users. Compassion and a commitment to the promotion and maintenance of human dignity are key concepts underpinning this innovative programme.


The following provides a guide to the modules that may be available to you:

  • Independent Study
  • Team Work and Leadership in Multi-Professional Contexts
  • Person Centred Care Across the Lifecourse
  • Technologies of Change
  • Human Rights, Family Law & Restorative Justice
  • From Local to Global: Issues in Contemporary Social Policy
  • Substance Misuse
  • Domestic Abuse


A variety of assessment methods are used to ensure that the final award is an accurate reflection of your performance throughout the course. Assessments are designed to enhance the applied nature of the programme with assignment tasks reflecting the breadth of knowledge and skills a student is expected to acquire. Essays, reports, presentations, scenario exercises and case study analysis are an indication of the types of assessment utilised.


Study at Level 6 enables you to secure knowledge and experience within your field of interest. Students who successfully complete this course will have access to a wide range of employment opportunities, such as:

  • Statutory, voluntary and independent sector health and social services
  • Statutory and voluntary sector organisations working with older people, families and people with disabilities
  • Advice and guidance services
  • Advocacy and social justice services
  • Social enterprise
  • Housing support services targeting young people
  • Community based provision and services
  • Health promotion services
  • Welfare services
  • Care services

On completion of your award you may also consider further study at Masters level. Relevant Masters Programmes include:

  • MA Social Work
  • MA Transformative Practice
  • MSc Public Health
  • MA Social Work and Community Practice

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Applied Health & Social†Care BA (Hons) 5L28

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

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