About the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Top Up programme
Do you want to Top- up your level 5 qualification to a full degree in Health and Social Care? A Top-up degree is the equivalent to the final year of an undergraduate degree. This programme aims to provide a natural progression for students who may have completed a related foundation degree or equivalent level 5 qualification (e.g. HND).
Top-up degrees enable students to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of a particular topic. The BSc Health & Social Care (Top up) provides students with the opportunity to graduate with an honours degree.
Applicants wishing to gain direct entry onto the top-up at level 6, must have at least 240 CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points gained through study at levels 4 and 5 in a relevant field. The average grade at level 5 must be 50% or above.
Accreditation of Prior Learning
Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APcL) or work/life experience or other un-certificated learning (APcL) (see section 8.3 – Accreditation of prior learning (experiential and certificated) of the Higher Education Quality Handbook which can be found at
Students who have successfully completed another relevant programme of study at least at the equivalent level may be eligible to apply for APcL. Claim forms must be supported by the official transcript or certificate of the awarding body of the original qualification and any guidance explaining the allocation of credit and grading scheme used to enable module comparison.
Students may also be eligible to apply for life or work experience or other uncertificated learning in which the acquisition of skills or knowledge at the equivalent level to the higher education programme has been gained. These APcL claim forms must be supported by a portfolio of evidence including supporting letters or statements from third parties (i.e. employers) to validate any claims made within the portfolio by the applicant. Further, a letter or statement of support from the programme leader identifying any interviews or discussions that have taken place with particular attention being paid to ensure that should the accreditation be granted, the applicant or enrolled student would be able to cope with the demands of the programme.
What you will learn
During your study you will complete two core modules, two optional modules and a dissertation.
Core modules are:
- Leading Change in Organisations
- Applied Statistics for Health and Social Care
Optional modules may include:
- Advanced Dementia Care
- Health Psychology
- Dual Diagnosis: Substance Misuse
- Health Promotion and Public Health
Learning & Teaching Methods
Methods of learning and teaching are designed to support students in becoming active members of a learning community. You experience a wide range of learning environments from interactive lectures and seminars to workshops.
Our graduates leave with a set of knowledge and skills in leadership, statistics, creative thinking, critical thinking and an ability to work independently and in groups which will enable career progression through applying these to current or new workplaces.
Post-graduate study, PGCE, range of career options in Health and Social Care