Community Health Practice, Top-Up BSc(Hons)

Community Health Practice, Top-Up BSc(Hons)

This is a flexible course where the student can select modules relevant to their community practice area. There are many community health related modules to choose from.

Entry and Admissions




STUDY MODE: Part time



SCHOOL: School of Community Health and Midwifery

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston


Entry Requirements:

  • Be working in, or able to access a practice environment that will enable them to meet and achieve the course learning outcomes.
  • Applicants should have relevant work experience / qualifications.
  • Applicants should hold 120 credits at level 4 and hold 120 credits or equivalent at level 5 study, for those students with no prior academic credit / qualifications, an AP(E)L Portfolio route is available in order for students to demonstrate the ability to study and achieve level 5 outcomes and show equivalence to Dip HE (please note that this takes time, an APL claim should be started at least 9 months prior to the start of the academic year in September)
  • Have the ability to be self-funding or have the commitment of their employer to support course fees
  • Be able to provide two references (one practice/work and one academic).
  • Have their manager’s support for the course (where appropriate)

Course Content

  • Introduction to concepts of community practice (NU3630 elearn)


  • Public Health and Social Policy (NU3124)


  • Dissertation (NU3593)
  • Option module
  • Option module
  • Option module
  • Option module

Learning Environment & Assessment

Modules are assessed using a variety of assessment strategies. Each module will identify appropriate assessment strategies. A range of assessment strategies include: Written assignments e.g. essays, case studies, reflective accounts, dissertation, Presentations – oral and poster presentations, Portfolio development.

Academic Expertise

The course team/module leaders are all qualified in the field in which they teach and hold relevant NMC registration (where applicable). Each member of the team has their own specialty and are involved with publishing their work.

A major strength of the MSC in community health Practice course is the expertise of staff to facilitate shared learning across a range of community disciplines. This facilitates the discussion of common issues and concerns, enabling examples of good practice to be shared.

Learning outcome & aims


To enable community health professionals to explore, develop, and enhance their practice.
To provide students with the opportunity to share professional knowledge and insight in a multi professional forum
Allow students to reflect on their community expertise and practise in relation to other disciplines contributing to community healthcare.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the programme of study the student will be able to:

  • A1     Critically evaluate the impact of professional practice on  community health and social care
  • A2.    Demonstrate enhanced knowledge and expertise in meeting the challenges inherent in community health practice
  • A3.    Support and enhance the service user and carer experience of  community health and social care
  • A4.    Understand the concepts of leadership in practice development that enhances the quality of  community health care provision
  • A5.    Ensure that practice is grounded in current research and evidence
  • A6   Consider the drivers that influence and shape professional community practice in the context of health and social care organisations
  • B1.   Demonstrate enhancement of their professional expertise within their field of practice
  • B2.   Demonstrate a consistent professional image within the organisation or their professional field
  • B3.   Develop an awareness of professional evidence based practice
  • B4.    Analyse their professional  practice in order to generate and/or recognise how best practice and imaginative ideas can be applied to different situations
  • B5.   Demonstrate critical reflection and the application of specialist  knowledge
  • C1.   Identify and solve problems
  • C2.   Work with and handle diverse and complex information in order to improve health and wellbeing of patients/clients in the community
  • C3    Determine appropriate professional actions and draw conclusions based on evidence based practise
  • C4    Reflect on and review their own practice and that of others
  • C5    Critically appraise issues relating to professional practice in the community
  • C6    Critically analyse contemporary evidence for their practice underpinning inter-professional approaches to community health practice.
  • At the end of the programme of study the student will be able to:
  • D1.  Develop their scope of practice within their organisational boundaries
  • D2.  Balance the demands of their personal and professional lives nurturing their self-awareness to encompass personal and professional growth throughout their programme of study
  • D3.  Demonstrate the ability and desire to learn for oneself and improve one’s self-awareness, emotional intelligence and performance
  • D4.  Communicate and work with colleagues, service users and carers demonstrating interpersonal sensitivity when imparting knowledge and information
  • D5.  Use information technology when working to meet the needs of patient/clients
  • D6.  Demonstrate an appreciation of organisational culture, policies and processes

Progression Routes

MSc Community Health Practice

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

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University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400