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

This course is open for 2019 entry only.
Overview (NV)

BSc (Hons) Top-up

Course length
18 months part-time
Fees (Home/EU)
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This course is open for 2019 entry only.


This new top-up course provides health and social care practitioners with an opportunity to widen their knowledge, experience and understanding, obtain a degree qualification and boost their future career progression. 

The course complements learners’ regular employment and covers a broad range of subjects and specialisms, both traditional and contemporary, and addresses key modules including Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care, Public Health and Professional Engagement. Work-based assessments are carried out by sector experts and allow for the practical demonstration of high-level, graduate skills which strengthen employability. 

This degree will appeal to students completing a Level 5 Care Leadership and Management Higher Apprenticeship and an Assistant Practitioner in Healthcare Higher Apprenticeship.



Why should I choose this course?

  • This top-up course will allow you to develop your knowledge and higher-level practical skills to degree standard.
  • The course structure is flexible, with a variety of learning approaches, to account for your work commitments and your particular professional demands, interests and specialisms.
  • We stress the development of personal and practical skills in observation, interpretation, information processing and presentation, all of which are valued by employers.
  • The degree is taught by subject experts who aim to be innovative and meet workplace needs.
  • Assessments focus on the next steps within health and social care practice so opportunities for progression are emphasised.
Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

Online materials support one day per month of formal teaching at University College Birmingham. Practitioners are assigned a work-based assessor who will visit your workplace, assess your learning against a set of criteria within each module and provide personalised feedback.

You will attend one day per month. The timetable is made up of one module per semester with three semesters in total. The research module is started in semester one and completed in semester three.

  • Smaller group teaching - students are timetabled for a 7 hour session per month and online materials will be available
  • Tutorials - An allocated time will be given to students either face-to-face or through an online platform

Individual study

You will need to apportion approximately 10 hours per week outside of the timetabled hours. Some weeks the amount of time you need for personal study will increase, especially when completing assessments. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.


The following assessment criteria applies to both the full and part-time route and is designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used. There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course including live project work and group assessment.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

  • Coursework - 50%
  • Practical Assessment - 50% 

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Applicants must be working a minimum of 15 hours per week in an appropriate Health and Social Care setting, and have one of the following:

  • A higher level apprenticeship at Level 5 with 120 credits
  • A foundation degree, preferably studied in Health and Social Care, Nursing, or a related Level 5 qualification

If you have any queries, please email:

Modules (NV)


Public Health Professional Engagement Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care
  Please note
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
Placements (NV)

Work placement

UCB encourages you to seek as much industry experience and exposure throughout your studies and we work with industry providers to offer you a variety of opportunities (paid and voluntary). 

Over the years, we have developed close working relationships throughout the health and social care sector. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding work that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.

Employability (NV)


This BSc (Hons) top-up degree opens opportunities to progress to higher level positions in health and social care and broaden professional skills. 

This top-up degree will enable you to pursue a career in:

  • Health promotion
  • Adult social care
  • The health sector in general
  • Day services management
  • Residential management 

Some graduates continue their studies and undertake postgraduate qualifications in subjects including health, social care and teaching.


hired@UCB is our new student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. 

Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, in newly refurbished facilities, the hired team comprises of specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of: 

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency 

Find out more about hired@UCB services.