BSc (Honours) Health and Social Care Studies (1 year top-up)

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BSc (Honours)

Health and Social Care Studies (1 year top-up)

Course in clearing Full-time Health and social care management

Top up your foundation degree into a full BSc Honours degree – preparing you to contribute to and lead organisations and services in emerging health and social care roles.

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2024. Get started with our online form, or call 0330 024 6390.

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We are unable to accept applications from international students through clearing. Please complete our international application form instead.


Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year
    International/EU: £16,655 per year

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    1 Year

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    Collegiate Campus

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  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024


100% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

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Course summary

  • Top up your 240 credits from a relevant foundation course into a full Honours degree.
  • Learn to solve challenges and lead health and social care organisations.
  • Develop analytical techniques and problem-solving skills for a variety of sectors. 
  • Gain real-world skills through workshops, projects, field trips and presentations.
  • Learn from diverse practitioners who share cutting-edge, sector-focused knowledge.

This top-up course is designed to enhance the qualifications of students who aim to work in non-registered roles across health and social care organisations. You’ll graduate with an Honours degree, whether you're a foundation degree holder or have studied an equivalent Level 4 or 5 in a health, social care or education related qualification.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. 

This course has been designed in response to rapidly changing workforce demands and policy initiatives – aiming to modernise services and improve quality, productivity and efficiency. You’ll benefit from the latest academic theory and practice-based thinking. 

There’s also an emphasis on developing problem-solving skills in relation to real-world challenges – including the application of research-based knowledge and technology. You’ll have the opportunity to work collaboratively with your peers during taught sessions, and you’ll be supported across a range of assessments. 

You’ll experience a blended approach to learning and teaching – on campus, online and in work placements – which mirror how you’ll work in practice. 

You learn through:

  • Seminars, workshops and tutorials
  • Academic adviser meetings
  • Problem-based activities
  • Skills development sessions
  • Simulation-based learning and courtroom skills
  • Scenario-based learning and library support
  • Guest lectures and online international events
  • Collaborative and self-directed learning
  • Group work meetings
  • Employer-led learning
  • Peer support and critical reflective supervision
  • Reflective accounts, presentations and assessments
  • A research project

Course topics

This health and social care top-up course is compliant with the Hallam Model – embedding a person-centred approach to your professional knowledge, skills and behaviours in practice. 

You’ll be encouraged to build on your prior experience and knowledge to navigate the evolving landscape of health and social care. You’ll explore a range of topics – from leadership and research utilisation to technology integration, organisational adaptation, wellbeing and safeguarding. The course uses inclusive approaches to learning and teaching which value diversity. You’ll use real-world examples and learn from practitioners and people with lived experience.

You’ll also further develop your creative research and enquiry skills while exploring the high-quality research undertaken at Hallam and beyond. You’ll have opportunities to develop your abilities in identifying and using evidence, using methods that enhance your critical reasoning and reflection skills.

Course support

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate-level employment through a number of key areas. These include:

  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments
  • Industry-specific employability activities such as live projects, learning in simulated environments and networking opportunities
  • Individual and group course support from academic advisers, a research supervisor and colleagues
  • Reinforcement and enhancement of topics, writing and study skills covered in prior study
  • Activities to build transferable and employability skills, reflecting on your own experiences and learning

Course leaders and tutors

Claire Marsden
Claire Marsden
Senior Lecturer In Community and Youth Work

I am based in the Department for Social Work, Social Care and Community Studies. I am also the Department Lead for Interprofessional Education.

Applied learning

Field trips

As a department we value the importance of learning from diverse experiences – broadening your professional understanding and becoming a culturally competent practitioner. Through access to the Turing Grant Scheme we have a range of active partnerships across Africa, Europe and India, facilitating volunteering visits to community development or refugee agencies. 

Networking opportunities

We have extra-curricular career-focused activities – from careers and job fairs to employer events, volunteering and leadership awards, and training to assist with professional development. As a department we celebrate international social work with a global audience, so you’ll be able to engage in a range of online international activities and events.  

Our student Social Work and Social Care Society, our Global Majority Student Group and the Diverse Voices Conference are great opportunities for students to come together and share experiences with their peers and academic staff. From the point of student recruitment to assessment, colleagues with lived experience and employer partners enhance your student experience and create real links to practice. 

Future careers

The Health and Social Care Studies top-up course is a principal route for training assistant practitioners –non-registered support staff working with registered health professionals – and other non-registered posts. 

These roles have been developed in a wide range of services, including:

  • Long-term conditions 
  • Staying healthy 
  • End-of-life care 
  • Maternity and new-born 
  • Acute care 
  • Planned care 
  • Mental health 
  • Children and families 
  • Residential care 
  • Housing 

Many students go on to further study, including postgraduate qualifications in teaching and social work. 

This course is also suitable if you’d like to start a career in health and social care, but you’re not sure which field of practice you’d like to work in – or perhaps you’re not eligible to access a pre-registration course. 

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you’re based at our Collegiate Crescent campus which includes; 

  • Our £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building 
  • Specialist facilities, including a courtroom and simulated spaces 
  • A 24-hour library and learning centre 
  • Virtual learning environments 
  • Online databases and search tools 
  • Online apps and platforms that support collaborative learning 
  • ​​​Electronic tools and platforms for academic and professional work 
  • Employment-based databases and client-record systems
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Entry requirements

All students

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Final year

Compulsory modules

Evidence Review
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Leading Collaborative Organisations
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Practice And Employability Skills In Health And Social Care
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(25%) , Practical(75%)
Technology Enhanced Care
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Health and social care management courses (PDF, 326.4KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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Why choose us?

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Home students can access a non-repayable maintenance grant of at least £5,000 per year, eligibility applies

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We are one of the largest training providers of health and social care in the UK, giving you access to cross-discipline learning

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98% of our health and social care students are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating

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