Health and Social Care

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

If you’re working, or intending to work, with individuals, families, groups or communities in residential and community-based health, social care, and related settings, this top-up course is for you. The main topic areas covered on this course are health and social policy in health care practice and rehabilitation within both physical and mental health services, research, critical enquiry skills, health promotion, mentoring and supervision skills, self-management and leadership skills.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons) - Top-up

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Burnley (Campus code: A)

  • Start Date:


  • Gain the skills needed to work in youth justice, NHS trusts, private hospitals, children’s services, social services, family centres and children’s homes.
  • You can select the modules which cover subjects that you are most interested in.

Course Overview

Compulsory Modules

  • HS3000 Current Research Issues in Health and Health Care Systems
  • NU3268 Developing Leadership Skills
  • PW3001 Health and Social Care Practice Project

Optional Modules

Choose two modules from the following list:

  • HS3705 Drugs and Health in Society
  • PZ3026 Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Choices
  • PZ3018 Managing Quality and Developing Others
  • NU3720 Safeguarding  People
  • NU3194 Care Management at the end of life
  • NU3326 Infection Prevention and Control Principles
  • NU3193 Principles and Practice of Tissue Viability

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Foundation Degree (or equivalent) in related subject plus GCSE Maths and English grade C or FS2 or KS3. GCSE requirements not applicable to progression students.

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Further Information

The course has potential relevance to you if you have gained a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care, or equivalent qualification such as a Diploma in a health or social care subject, and wish to further develop your knowledge base to Honours degree level. 

The School of Health has developed this BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care in response to the needs of health and social care providers in the voluntary, private and public sectors. The intention of this programme of study is to achieve an understanding of the nature of health and social care, delivery research evidence, management and health and social care policy. The core of the programme involves the application of evidence based practice and social and behavioural science disciplines to current health and social care practice and delivery. 

You will develop an awareness of the changing political, philosophical, economic, cultural and social contexts of health and social care services and will be encouraged to look at the current quality and performance agendas. The undertaking of core modules will enable you to build up a solid knowledge base and develop advanced critical thinking and problem solving skills. A range of optional module choices from specialist areas of health and social care will encourage you to develop both an individual perspective and to pursue your particular interests and areas of practice.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

You will experience a variety of different learning and teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, discussions, e learning, eLearn, student presentations, independent study, mentoring/supervision experience. In addition some of the programme contact will be delivered alongside students on vocational health care programmes such as nursing and physiotherapy.

You will experience a variety of assessment methods including written assignments, presentations, research proposals or practice based project and reflective writing.

Fabulous Opportunities

You’ll graduate with a knowledge and skills base enabling you to pursue the growing range of non-vocational career pathways in a variety of current and future developments in health and social care both within the state and private sector.

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Community Health and Midwifery

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.