Professional Development In Contemporary Healthcare (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

Location Stafford Campus
Duration 3 Years
Course start September
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  • This flexible work based programme gives you the opportunity to consider your practice and specifically your field of work in depth. It will allow you to build the knowledge and expertise you require in your subject area.
  • This award have been developed in collaboration with local Acute and Community NHS Trust providers and the content of the modules and the award provides a strong link to contemporary clinical practice.
  • This award offers a multi-professional approach to teaching and learning, thus students learn from each other and foster inter-professional relationships which can be transferred to the workplace.
  • There will be opportunity for service users and carers to share their perspective with you.
  • The programme  will develop your leadership skills, decision making and reasoning and enhance you clinical expertise

Course outline

This award has been developed in the context of dynamic, evolving and increasingly complex health and social care services, and the requirement to respond to the needs of society, communities and individuals both now and in the future. Health and social care services continue to undergo unprecedented change, with more highly dependent patients occupying hospital beds for shorter periods of time, with more complex care needs being managed in service users’ own homes or in the primary care setting, and nurses and healthcare staff developing and diversifying their roles and responsibilities to accommodate service demand.

With the expanding roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals in a wide range of health and social care settings, it is imperative that you have the right professional and clinical skills and knowledge to provide safe and compassionate care (DH, 2012). Underpinning knowledge is a vital component of this, as is fostering and developing higher order cognitive skills to equip you to be innovative, proactive, and reflective and a creative practitioner to prosper in contemporary services, and engage with and deliver the best evidence-based practice.

Course content

This award facilitates personal growth and professional development ultimately enhancing your patient care and management strategies and allows a natural progression onto level 7 study.


The award is made up of 120 Level 6 credits and is divided into 7 distinctive but flexible pathways:

  • Adult Care

  • Mental Health

  • Community Care

  • Children’s Nursing

  • Sexual Health

  • Perioperative Practice

  • Leadership and Management

Each pathway offers a range of specific modules to reflect each individual pathway.

This award also has common interdisciplinary core elements  for the pathways and include the following modules:

  • Leadership

  • Research Appreciation for Health and Social Care

  • Desk-Based Dissertation 

  • Leading Innovation and Change 

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements (including IELTS score)

  • IELTS 7.0 in each individual area or equivalent

  • 120 Level 4 credits in a health and social care related subject

  • 120 Level 5 credits in a health and social care related subject

If you do not hold 240 credits you will be required to:

  • Provide evidence of your ability to study successfully at level 5 in health and social care related subject

  • Submit a portfolio of evidence to support achievement of Intermediate Award outcomes.

Your evidence and/or portfolio must relate to health and social care related discipline

You will be interviewed by a pathway lead specific to your chosen pathway who will consider your personal profile, your aspirations for career development and to tailor the award and choice of modules to best suit your needs.

Employment opportunities

Health and Social Care organisations

Graduate destinations

Many graduates are already employed in health and social care environments or seek and gain employment in those areas having completed this award. This award doesn’t entitle students to any professional registration with any professional bodies.


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