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Bachelor of Arts in Health and Social Care (Top-Up)
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Awarding Body  University of Derby Course Title  BA(Hons) Health and Social Care (Top-Up)
Award  Bachelor of Arts  Award Level  6
UCAS Code L510 Study Mode 
Start Dates September 2019 Duration 1 year
  1. About this course
  2. What you will cover
  3. Entry Requirements
  4. How to apply
  5. Fees and Finance
  6. Careers and employability

About this course

Health and social care is all about supporting people; working flexibly and creatively to accommodate the increasingly complex needs of individuals, families and communities. If you’re interested in helping to plan and deliver health and social care services then this course is for you.

Many people are presenting longer-term and more complex needs. This all requires new roles and new ways of working so health and social care services providers can respond flexibly to the needs of the people using services, their families and carers.

Designed in partnership with key service providers and commissioners organisations, the BA (Hons) Health and Social Care degree develops the health and social care workers of the future. Covering health and care policy and trends, social and psychological approaches to care and health as well as the critical issues in adult and children’s care, you will also apply your learning throughout your studies on work placements.


You'll be assessed on your coursework, including your reports, essays, presentations and skills assessments. You won't have to take any exams. You'll be allocated a personal tutor who will give you one to one support for your personal and professional development.

Teaching & Learning                                                      

You'll be taught in several ways, including small group discussions, practical activities and lectures. You'll also go on placements in a variety of practice settings in your third year to give you a flavour of the different environments you can work in when you graduate. And you'll have the chance to put the theory you've learned into practice.

The course incorporates formal lectures, sometimes involving guest speakers; tutor-led and student-led seminars; one-to-one and small group tutorials; work experience projects; work-related learning and self-directed study.  By stage three, you are expected to be more in charge of your own learning, with module tutors advising and directing your studies.

As a partner student you will be granted access to the University’s online learning environment ‘University of Derby Online (UDo)’. From within UDo you will be able to access the University’s Library (including an extensive range of eBooks, eJournals, audio and video resources), course resources related to your programme and your grades.

    Course Entry Requirements

    • Higher National Diploma in Health & Social Care or Health & Social Care  related major (subject to approval) or
    • Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care  or Health & Social Care related major (subject to approval) or
    • Successful completion of two years of a degree programme in Health & Social  Care showing the equivalent of 240 credit points at levels 4 and 5


    • A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this programme. Our Admission team will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied.

    NOTE: all applications are subject to approval by the University of Derby

Careers and employability

On completing your degree you will be fully prepared to be able to make a positive impact on the delivery of services, changes in policy and practice at an individual, family and societal level.

This degree will help your career 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 and residential care units, as well as in community mental health and commissioning and care management services.

What you will cover

    You will study these modules:

Year 3
BAHS 6HC502Practice Based Learning (Double Module)640
BAHS 6HC504Managing People, Services and Resources620
BAHS 6HC601Resourcing and Social Enterprise in Health and Social Care Organisations620
BAHS 6HC999Independent Study (Double Module)640

Online Application & Eligibility Assessment

Note: Please scan your supporting documents, such as a photo, passport, visa, qualifications, references etc before starting the application form. You will also need access to your e-mail.

Apply through UCAS [Prefered]

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Fees and Finance

Tuition Fees for Academic Programmes

Tuition fees for Full-Time Programmes - 2018/2019

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
Higher National Certificate £6,165.00   1 year
Higher National Diploma
£6,165.00   2 years
Foundation Degree FdA £6,165.00   2 years
BA/BSc (Hons) £6,165.00   3 years
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up
£6,165.00   1 year

Tuition fees for Part-Time Programmes - 2018/2019

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
Higher National Certificate
£4,500.00   2 years

Higher National Diploma

£4,500.00   3 years
Foundation Degree FdA £4,500.00   4 years
BA/BSc (Hons) £4,500.00   5 years
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up

£4,500.00   2 years


Undergraduate funding (2018/19)

Student Finance England

Full-time study
The majority of undergraduate funding comes from the Student Loans Company and is assessed by your funding authority. Please visit Student Finance England (SFE) website pages for detailed information.



Eligible Undergraduate students can apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £6,165 to cover the full cost of their annual tuition fees. A maintenance loan (for living costs) of up to £11,354 is also available. This can be used to pay for general living costs, accommodation, travel and other course related costs.

The simple online calculator (https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator) will give you an accurate idea of what level of student funding you may be eligible for.

Part-time study
If you are a part-time student on a degree course you can apply for a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan. The maximum tuition fee loan you can get if you are a part-time student is £4,625 per year. The amount you get depends on the cost of your tuition fees. Your maintenance loan will be paid at pro-rata of full time study. The amount you get depends on your household income.

The tuition fee loan is paid directly to your university or college.

For more information and downloadable guides, visit the Direct Gov website

Repaying loans
You will not start repaying your student loans for fees and living costs until you have finished studying and you are earning over £25,000 a year. For more information visit the Direct Gov website https:// www.gov.uk/repaying-your-student-loan

Other Sources of Funding
You do not have to apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company to fund your studies. Some students use private funding or employer sponsorship to pay for their course.


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Practice Based Learning (Double Module) [BAHS 6HC502]

Unit type:Core

    Key Words: Theory, Research, Investigative Skills, Workplace Placement, Team

    working, Funding Process.

    Module Delivery Mode: Blended/Face to face

    Module Description This module seeks to build further skills and knowledge gained in Working with People in Health and Social Care settings. Students will also be expected to

    draw on a wide range of academic knowledge gained from the Programme as a whole. In

    particular, students will continue to consider the application of theories to the study of health and social care settings and will apply research and investigative skills. There will be a specific focus in relation to the evaluation and funding of services. These issues will be analysed and evaluated within the value base associated with health and social care work.

    Module Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

    1. Critically apply knowledge and demonstrate the ability to appraise the funding application process.

    2. Critically review models of evaluation of change and service development in order to assess services outcomes.

    Module Content The primary focus of the module is on experiential learning in a practice setting, where students are expected to apply knowledge and skills gained from their study of a range of academic modules. This will include the use of research and investigative skills and the application of methods of evaluation to service delivery with a particular emphasis on outcomes for service users.

    Module Learning and Teaching Methods

    Experiential learning is gained through working in a practice based setting and is supported through tutor directed learning and Recall Days. Students are provided with the opportunity to undertake a funding application within the practice based setting.  Scheduled learning and teaching activities: 10% Guided independent study: 55% Placement: 35%

    Formative Assessment

    You will write commentary relating to the chosen work based placement host organisation, providing the opportunity for key knowledge, values and understanding to be demonstrated.

    Module Assessment Method

    Summative Assessment

    Component 1: COURSEWORK

    A 2,000 word critique that clearly demonstrates critical awareness of the funding application process (50%weighting).

    Component 2: COURSEWORK

    A written assignment of 3,500 words, critically reviewing models of evaluation in a practice setting (50% weighting).

Managing People, Services and Resources [BAHS 6HC504]

Unit type:Core

    Key Words: Health, Procurement, Funding Strategies, Bidding, Localism, Social


    Module Delivery Mode: Blended/Face to face

    Module Description:

    This module will provide opportunities for students to develop understanding and skills regarding the development of funding streams in health and social care organisations particularly in the Third Sector. Students will be able to deploy these skills in relation

    to specific partnerships and contracting relationships. Recognition of the integration of services and of inter-professional working will underpin this module.  A specific focus will be placed on commissioning and procurement of services.

    Module Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the challenges and opportunities of different funding streams within the Health and Social Care Sector

    2. Apply knowledge and skills in relation to the construction of a funding bid.

    Module Content Teaching and learning in this module will involve studying the

    current and evolving arrangements for contracting and funding in social care provision, including service level agreements, partnership working, commissioning and the provision of services. The module will pay particular attention to the framing and construction of bids, needs analysis and the context of ‘outcome based evaluation’.

    Module Learning and Teaching Methods

    This module involves a wide variety of teaching and learning methods that include lectures, case studies, small group discussions and DVDs. A ‘real life’ situation is presented through a panel event involving experts in the field.

    Scheduled learning and teaching activities: 30% Guided independent study: 70%

    Module Assessment Method

    Formative Assessment

    You will write commentary relating to a fundraising scenario. This provides you with the opportunity to develop key knowledge, values and understanding.

    Summative Assessment

    Component 1: COURSEWORK

    A 1,000 word written summary of a debate that demonstrates a critical understanding of funding streams in the Health and Social Care sector (50% weighting).

    Component 2: COURSEWORK

    A written assignment of 3,500 words which evidences application of knowledge and skills of funding processes in order to construct a funding bid relating to a relevant area of welfare provision (50% weighting).

Resourcing and Social Enterprise in Health and Social Care Organisations [BAHS 6HC601]

Unit type:Core

Independent Study (Double Module) [BAHS 6HC999]

Unit type:Core

    Key Words: Independent Study, Practice Issues, Theory to Practice, Argument, Critically, Analysis

    Module Delivery Mode Blended/Face to face

    Module Description The aim of this module is to allow students to demonstrate critical analysis, reasoning and the development of an argument, objective evaluation and reflection on an area of the student’s choice. The module will be assessed through the submission of a dissertation that reflects an in-depth study on a chosen topic area of practice. Key considerations of this individual study will include the application of theory to practice and the critical analysis of sources of evidence.

    Module Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate the ability to work independently developing a cohesive argument on a current practice issue.

    2. Critically appraise sources of evidence relating to a chosen area of practice, in accordance with scholarly conventions.

    3. Provide analysis and application which demonstrates the relevance of the topic to practice or policy within an ethical framework.

    Module Content

    Preparation of a dissertation proposal

    Reviewing the literature

    Identifying major themes, concepts and debates

    Structuring an argument

    Ethical considerations and confidentiality

    Development or critical and analytical skills

    Professional implications and the development of good practice

    Scholarly conventions, including plagiarism and how to avoid it

    Module Learning and Teaching Methods

    Scheduled learning and teaching activities: 10% Guided independent study: 90%

    Formative Assessment

    This assessment offers students the opportunity to submit a draft chapter to her or his supervisor as indicated on the schedule in the module handbook. This will help you to shape and focus your dissertation.

    Module Assessment Method

    Summative Assessment

    Component 1: COURSEWORK

    The dissertation will be a piece of critical and evaluative analysis or extended essay derived from published texts, journals and other secondary data. Students are required to submit a 5,000 word dissertation on a negotiated topic (100% weighting).


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