Health and Social Care (Top-up)

at Riverside College

Study options


BSc (Hons)

Key facts

Riverside College
Study option:
Full-time, top-up
1 Year

Industry-standard Facilities

Work with professional facilities and get work-ready

Expert teaching staff

Our academic team have a wealth of industry experience

Career opportunities

Over 350 career opportunities within different health and social care settings

This is the designated top-up for the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care and has designed to meet the national subject benchmarks for Health Studies and Social Policy and Administration.

As a graduate of Riverside College and awarding body Staffordshire University, you'll gain employability skills and professional attributes that will help you to help you get ahead in the job market.

This course has been designed to produce the professionals of the future, who can positively address the challenges that health and social care presents.

Meeting the health and social care needs of the population is one of the greatest challenges facing any society. It extends to almost every facet of social life, from the person who is unwell and seeking support for themselves, to political decisions about how to structure national systems of healthcare delivery.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care

Course content

The BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care (top-up) is continually assessed through methods which include essays, short answer exams, portfolio, presentations, researched report, viva voce and project work. Modules of study include:

  • Extended Health and Social Care Study (45 credits at Level 6)
  • Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care (15 credits at Level 6)
  • Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care (30 credits at Level 6)
  • The Employable Graduate (30 credits at Level 6)

Entry requirements

You must have obtained a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (FdSc) or similar.


With over 350 different career opportunities within different health and social care settings the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (FdSc) provides the underpinning skills and knowledge required for a wide variety of work in these settings, including public or private sector, working for charities in the UK or abroad, working in research centres, public health, health promotion, NHS support services, social services, housing associations, private care homes, offender services, drug and alcohol services, local authority and education support.

Teaching and assessment


We know that our students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach through a combination of lectures, workshops, and practical sessions. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor (or equivalent) at least twice a year to help support you in your studies. You will be taught in high-quality learning spaces throughout your course, and of course will have access to virtual learning environments to enhance your learning opportunities. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module will give you a variety of opportunities to receive informal feedback from your tutor. These may include classroom discussions, discussions in the virtual learning environment, presentations, milestone assessments, and practice assessments. Informal feedback is developmental and any grades you may receive for these do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.


You will normally receive feedback on formal coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats, including one-to-one discussions with your tutor. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.


For fee information, visit the Riverside College website.


To apply, visit the Riverside College website.

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