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Health Sciences (BSc Hons Health Sciences, University Advanced Diplomas & Individual Modules)

The Health Sciences programme has been designed just for you. Whether you are a practitioner of health and social care looking to “top-up” your Foundation degree or Diploma in Higher Education to a full honours degree; update your clinical skills or develop expertise in an entirely new area of practice, you will find a range of modules and University Advanced Diplomas designed to fulfil your personal and professional needs.

This programme is likely to appeal to a wide range of people including paramedics, nurses (or those who wish to return to nursing practice), podiatrists, dental practitioners and those working, or with an interest in social care.

This newly validated programme has been developed in partnership with students, service users and practice partners to ensure that what we offer is not only up-to-date, but satisfies the complex needs of you, your patients and your employers.

We have listened carefully during the course development process, and know that our students value the opportunity to study flexibly. Many of our modules therefore combine face-to-face teaching with on-line learning. Added to this, our BSc (Hons) Health Sciences degree is available on either a full-time or a part-time basis, enabling you to combine your study with employment and domestic commitments. We also offer a range of opportunities for you to up-date your academic skills and confidence before registering for your degree. Our students find this particularly helpful if they have been away from education for some time.

If you are looking for practice focused Continuing Practice Development (CPD), there are a range of individual modules and short awards available for you to choose from, all led by a team of lecturers who maintain close links with practice. If you would like to complete the BSc (Hons) Health Sciences degree, you will have the option to undertake clinical modules alongside the theoretically focused modules which make up the mandatory core of the degree. These modules place a strong emphasis on evidence based practice, professionalism, clinical governance and leadership. This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for the contemporary graduate practitioner of health and social care.

You may register for the BSc (Hons) Health Sciences degree in either semester 1 or semester 2. You should consult the “course content” section on this webpage for further information about individual modules and short awards.

List of Awards:

• BSc (Hons) Health Sciences
• University Advanced Diploma Mentorship
• University Advanced Diploma Tissue Viability
• University Advanced Diploma Non-Medical Independent and Supplementary Prescribing
• University Advanced Diploma Health Assessment
• University Advanced Diploma Minor Illness/Minor Injury
• University Advanced Diploma Care of the Acutely Unwell or Injured Patient
• University Advanced Diploma Return to Nursing Practice
• University Advanced Diploma Palliative Care
• University Advanced Diploma Chemotherapy
• University Advanced Diploma Nutrition and Health
• University Advanced Diploma Dementia Care

For further information on the modules required for the above awards please contact Registry Admissions -

We also have a range of workshops and conferences that may be of interest

In any given year the availability of option modules will depend on student numbers and in the event of an option module not being able to run due to a low number of students registering for that module, students will in these circumstances be able to choose an alternative option module or the negotiated study module as an alternative (where appropriate, and subject to the approval of the Programme Lead).

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Entry requirements

For level 6 entry, 120 credits each at level 4 and level 5 is usually necessary. Some modules also have specific entry requirements if they are associated with awards from a regulatory body. There are opportunities for Recognition of Prior Learning/ Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning for the purposes of entry and further information is available from the Programme Specification, or from University of Worcester Admissions on 01905 855111 or via

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Course content

Course content

BSc (Hons) Health Sciences

To access the degree you need 120 level 5 credits. Our course offers 2 modules at level 5:

HESC2001 - Developing Academic Skills for Professional Practice (20 credits) 
HESC2005 - Mentorship for Paramedic Practice (20 credits)

If you require further information please contact the course leader, Alison Rushworth, on

To complete the BSc (Hons) Health Sciences degree you will be required to complete the equivalent of six 20 credit modules which will include three mandatory modules:

HESC3003 - The Philosophy of Health (20 credits)
HESC3004 - Research Methods (20 credits) 
HESC3001 - Independent Study (40 credits)
HESC3002 - Independent Study (40 credits)

You will also select the equivalent of two, twenty credit modules form a range of optional modules including:

HESC3005 - Mentorship for Paramedic Practice (20 credits)
HESC3006 - Mentorship for Assessment in Practice (Worcester - semester 2) (20 credits)
HESC3006(UC) - Mentorship for Assessment in Practice (Worcester - semester 2) - Zero Credit

Guidance on applying for the Mentorship for Assessment in Practice module

Mentor Supervisors Support Workshops 2016/17

HESC3007 - Principles of Law for Health and Social Care (20 credits) *Subject to validation
HESC3008 - Leading for Enhanced Service Delivery (20 credits)       
HESC3009 - Negotiated Learning (20 credits)
HESC3010 - Leg Ulcer Management (20 credits)
HESC3020 - Non-Medical Prescribing (40 credits)
HESC3021 - Independent Prescribing from the Community Practitioner Formulary (20 credits)
HESC3042 - Management of patients with Minor Illness (20 credits)
HESC3043 - Management of patients with Minor Injuries (20 credits)
HESC3044 - Care of the Acutely Unwell or Injured Patient (Adult) or (Child) (delivered by Gloucestershire NHS Foundation Trust) (40 credits)
HESC3050 – Return to Nursing Practice (40 credits)
HESC3086 - Caring For People Receiving Chemotherapy (delivered at the Gloucestershire Oncology Centre, Cheltenham General Hospital) (20 credits)
HESC3089 - Evidence-based palliative and end of life care-principles and practice (delivered at St. Michael`s Hospice, Hereford and St. Richard`s Hospice, Worcester) (20 credits)
HESC3090 - Nutrition and Health (20 credits)
HESC3110 - Care of a Person with Dementia in an Acute Care Setting (20 credits)
HESC3111 - Dementia Care in a Community Setting (20 credits)

Students who wish to exit without taking the Independent Study module, and/or one or more optional modules, will be eligible for a BSc Health Sciences, provided they have successfully completed 60 credits including HESC3003 and HESC3004.


There are a wide range of assessment types, including essays, presentations, Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), Independent Study, completion of clinical competencies and portfolios of evidence.

University Advanced Diploma

The Award of a University Advanced Diploma (UAD) requires the completion of 40 credits at level 6 within two years. Further information about individual Awards can be obtained from the programme Award Map, or by e-mailing



Many employers in health and social care are looking for employees with graduate skills. The programme is mapped to the Knowledge and Skills Framework which meets the requirements for NHS careers. Undertaking a course within the Health Sciences programme is an excellent opportunity for you to develop the practical and theoretical skills necessary both to further advance your career, and provide options for further study at Master`s and Doctoral level in the future.

How to apply

How to apply

Apply for September 2016 enrolment

Apply for this course - part time

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or

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