BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Final Year top-up

If you already have a foundation degree or HND in a related subject area, get ready to boost your career prospects and make a real difference to the daily lives of vulnerable people by studying our BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care final year top-up degree.

Health and Social Care Final Year top-up

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

1 year

Location:

University of Bolton

UCAS code:

L516

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

Health and social care is a vast service sector providing support to vulnerable people, such as children, older people and adults with disabilities or mental health issues. The University of Bolton's BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care final year top-up course offers you the opportunity to build on previous qualifications to develop the values, skills and knowledge essential to good health and social care practice, opening the door to a huge range of rewarding employment opportunities.

Balancing policy, practice, and academic training, our course is strongly linked to the UK government’s health and social care agendas. Our highly experienced and dedicated team will lead you in an exploration of compassionate health and social care, research in health and social care, safeguarding, and more. We’ll support you as you learn how to collaborate across professional boundaries, use evidence to inform your decisions and gain an understanding of critical issues in health and social care and ways of dealing with them.

Our focus is on helping you become a knowledgeable, compassionate, and person-centred professional.

Highlights
  • Our Health Studies courses are top in the UK for student satisfaction, according to The Complete University Guide 2022.
  • We'll support you as you build on your prior knowledge and learning by topping up your foundation degree, HND or other diploma level qualification to a full BSc honours degree.
  • Guest lectures and talks by health and social care service providers and users give alternative perspectives to enhance your understanding.
  • Alongside specialist health and social care knowledge, you’ll have the chance to develop your skills in research, data evaluation, critical reasoning and analysis, as well as in areas such as communication, team working, problem-solving and self-reflection.
  • Our emphasis on supporting you in developing study and critical thinking skills will help you engage with further learning and prepare you for postgraduate study.
Key Features
  • We'll work with you as an individual, giving you access to the help and support you need to succeed.
  • Our highly qualified and research-active team offers a vast range of professional experience in health and social care, as well as close links with the sector, the NHS, and voluntary and charitable organisations.
  • The programme is connected with local and national employers through an Industrial Advisory Board. This helps to ensure that you have excellent placement opportunities and that the course content is kept up to date.
  • By studying alongside other students whose professional health and social care experience has been gained in a wide variety of working environments, you’ll be able to share in their knowledge and experience, helping you to provide the highest standard of care for your clients in the future.

  • You should possess a recognised health and social care related qualification comprising at least 120 credits at HE4 and 120 credits at HE5; for example, a diploma of higher education (DipHE), higher national diploma (HND) or foundation degree (FdA/FdSc).
  • Each application will be considered individually.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


Our BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care final year top-up course looks at health in its broad context and investigates contemporary health issues. There’s a growing demand for health and social care workers who are not restricted by boundaries and can work flexibly to accommodate the increasingly complex health and social care needs of individuals, families and communities.

This top-up course will enable you to develop a range of key transferable employability skills, including written and verbal communication skills, IT skills, the ability to work independently and in a team, research and data analysis skills, the ability to provide support and guidance, and work in complex and demanding situations.

What can I do with this qualification?

As a graduate of this degree, you'll be well-prepared for working in a wide range of statutory, voluntary and independent settings, including local authority or multi-agency teams, health promotion projects, refugee and asylum services, hospitals, sheltered accommodation, hospices and day centres, and residential care units.

In addition, as a graduate with a health and social care background, you'll be in a good position to be considered for careers in health education and promotion, welfare, health research, community mental health and commissioning and care management services. You'll be able to pursue roles in service management and coordination, or in advocacy, education and training. You might also seek work as a technician and support worker helping children and families, older and disabled people, drug and alcohol abusers, and people with mental health problems.

Further study is a popular option for health and social care graduates. For some career areas, such as social work, nursing, research and teaching, additional study is required to achieve professional recognition.

Alternative career options

Graduates can use this qualification as a stepping stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. They include:

  • Probation work
  • Substance misuse
  • Victim support
  • Youth work
  • Social housing
  • Learning support
  • Counselling
  • Mental health
  • Occupational therapy
  • Community education
  • Teaching and training
  • Journalism
  • Dietitian

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/23
2021£9,250-£9,250
International Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/23
2021£12,450-£12,450

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2022-2023 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2022-2023 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2022-2023 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2022-2023 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

University of Bolton Group Partners

Bolton College
University Technical College
University of Bolton

The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


We use a wide variety of learning, teaching and assessment methods. These aim to help you develop the skills, knowledge and competencies you need to achieve the learning outcomes of this course, and more importantly, the values and attitudes essential to good health and social care practice that will support you to succeed in your future career.

Lectures introduce the core course content, while seminars and group-based activities allow you to explore subjects in greater detail and consider the policies and practices involved. In tutorials, you can ask questions to ensure you understand the topics covered in lectures and seminars. We use case studies, practical scenarios, and role-play to help you learn to apply academic theory to real-life problems, allowing you to gain insights into health and social care practice in the working environment. You’ll also have the chance to gain practical skills in our clinical skills laboratory with simulated patients. We’ll encourage you to use online learning resources to enhance your studies.

In addition, we offer masterclasses with practitioners from the health and social care sector, sessions with guest speakers who use health and social care services and applied work experience. These seek to enhance employability and bridge the gap between theory and professional practice.

Our assessment methods aim to replicate activities that are required in the workplace. For example, you’ll be expected to write reports, give presentations, create leaflets, develop your portfolio of practice, analyse care plans, review relevant literature, analyse complex cases and discuss how to manage change. You’ll also be required to write essays and reflective accounts, take practical and written tests and get involved in group discussions. Some assessments will contribute to your final module mark and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes. In contrast, others are designed to help you identify areas that need extra attention on your part or where you need extra support from your tutors.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Research Proposal/Methods
  • Compassionate Health and Social Care
  • Dissertation/Research Project
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Working With Children and Families
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Contemporary Mental Health
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 78%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Tracy Corbett
Programme Leader

T.Corbett@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903768

Jana Rozehnalova
Admissions Tutor

J.Rozehnalova@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903847

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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