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)

Convert your existing qualifications, including our foundation degree in Professional Practice in Health and Social Care, to gain a full undergraduate qualification.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year
International/EU: £16,655 per year
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What is the UCAS code? HSCS
When do I start? September 2024


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Course summary

  • Understand the complexities of working in the health and social care sector.
  • Gain transferable analytical techniques and problem-solving skills.
  • Top up your qualifications to earn an honours degree in health and social care.
  • Prepare to lead organisations and services in emerging integrated health and social care roles.

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 will graduate with a full undergraduate degree, whether you have a foundation degree or have previously studied health and social care qualifications equivalent to level 4 / 5 with a minimum of 240 credits.

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. New policy initiatives are aimed at modernising services and improving quality, productivity and efficiency. Much of your learning will be at the current boundaries of both academic and practice-based thinking.

You learn through

  • coursework
  • group work
  • independent study
  • essays
  • presentations

You learn the key knowledge and skills to become a dynamic practitioner in health and social care, and a future leader. Core modules cover management and leadership, understanding organisations, technology-enhanced care, skills for evaluating evidence, and future employment in the sector.

You will 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
  • academic support to complete your dissertation
  • access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments

Course leaders and tutors

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Applied learning

Applied learning is the ethos at the heart of all Sheffield Hallam courses – meaning you are given the opportunity to put your studies into practice. 

You will gain real-world skills through the focus on practice and employability – as well as the input of guest speakers from the sector – building on the skills and knowledge you bring from your previous learning and experience. 

Applied learning means that when you do start work, you can dive in and make things happen.

Future careers

Our 1 year top-up course in health and social care provides a principal route for the training and education of assistant practitioners, who have developed roles in a wide range of services including

  • long term conditions
  • staying healthy
  • end of life care
  • maternity and newborn
  • acute care
  • planned care
  • mental health
  • children and families

This course is also suitable if you hope to pursue a career in health and social care, but are either unsure about which field of practice you want to work in, or perhaps are 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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Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Equipment and facilities

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Entry requirements

All students

• Foundation Degree in Professional Practice in Health and Social Care.


• 240 credits (120 level at 4 and 120 at level 5) from an equivalent health and social care programme

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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'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Important notice: The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be published on this page.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Evidence Review Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Management And Leadership In Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Practice And Employability Skills In Health And Social Care Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Technology Enhanced Care Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Understanding Health And Social Care Organisations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

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, 409.1KB)

Legal information

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


How do I apply?

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