Applied Health and Social Care BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up

Course length: 1 year full-time, 1.5 yrs part-time

Overview

Top-Up Award

The BA/BSc (Hons) Applied Health and Social Care Top-Up award is designed to take students who have completed a range of level 5 qualifications and work experience to progression to a full honours degree. It helps students to apply theory and practice in both health and social care settings and offers a platform for employment in health or social care.  It can also act as a springboard to a professional career in health and social care services. The course pulls together theory and practice for those who wish to work with people in a caring environment. It is suitable as a base for those who wish to move onto one of the many health or social professions or those who want to keep their options open. There are two routes to achieve this top-up award via a BA and BSc which have different UCAS codes for submitting an application. 

Course Content
The course intends to develop in students the appropriate knowledge, understandings, skills and values required of them to work, research and continue their studies in health or social care. It will provide a range of educational experiences that enable students to work in a multi-cultural environment within the UK and internationally. It will enable students to develop a professional and caring approach to their work with individuals and communities, and to become reflective learners and practitioners.

Career opportunities
The BA/BSc Health and Social Care can open doors to a number of career possibilities in health. It can offer a springboard to professional training for instance in nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy or social work. There are a number of opportunities for a career within the NHS, health promotion officer or practice manager for instance, also NHS graduate opportunities in leadership and management. Outside of the NHS there are many opportunities for a graduate in health and social care: project work; care manager; charity work, working with children, families, the elderly or people with special needs and mental health disorders. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are flexible and recognize a range of academic qualifications, as well as work experience. All applicants will need to have 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 and obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. For example a relevant HND or foundation degree qualification.

You will also need five GCSEs at grade C or above, including GCSE English Language, or a recognised equivalent. For alternative qualifications please see our entry requirements page

Fees

2017/18
Total course fee (full-time/part-time) £9,250 *
(Home and EU students)
For students who have completed their Foundation Degree at Newman and are continuing on to the part-time top-up - £6,450

* Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

DISSERTATION


MODULE TITLE : DISSERTATION

MODULE CODE : HEU601


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module builds on prior learning and offers students the opportunity for further development of skills and knowledge learnt throughout the course with the opportunity to further develop a topic in health and social care that has been of particular interest. The dissertation involves the development of an independent research project.  There are two ways of conducting the project: a piece of primary research involving the collection of data and analysis of a specific topic in health and social care or a literature based project involving the analysis of secondary data.  The project must include the critical analysis of relevant literature and the application of theoretical principles. 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 30.00
Independent : 270.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  300.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Provide the student with an opportunity for personal development in applying prior theoretical and practical learning to a selected topic demonstrating her/his ability to carry out a sustained piece of independent work
  • Encourage individual thought, initiative, time management, good skills of written communication and in-depth understanding of a particular topic in health and social care.
  • Equip students with the skills to complete an article which could be submitted for publication in a peer reviewed journal.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, be able to:

 

  • Undertake a substantial piece of independent research relevant to the degree programme
  • Critically interpret data of different kinds and appraise the strengths and weakness of approaches adopted
  • Research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information and apply such skills in explaining and solving problems 
  • Complete a sustained period of independent study, which includes: critical evaluation of literature and study design, application of appropriate methodology, theoretical framework and analysis 
  • Produce an article, which could potentially be submitted for publication in a peer reviewed journal.
  • Critically define, discuss and evaluate ethical issues related to the subject of the research to the standards of Newman University Ethics Policy.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 20% Research Proposal (2000 word equivalent)

Component 2 - 80% Journal Article (6000 word equivalent)

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES


MODULE TITLE : HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

MODULE CODE : HEU603


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will give students a knowledge and understanding of key components of public health, taken from the stance of working with communities.  With a focus on well health and prevention it will explore the health of populations as opposed to the health of the individual. Students will define, critically analyse and apply the principles of collaborative working with diverse communities and a range of agencies.  This module offers students a knowledge of epidemiology, evidence based practice, building partnerships and alliances for health and the ethical and philosophical basis of public health

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 27.00
Independent : 173.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Investigate the scope and nature of contemporary public health across the UK and internationally, focusing on its development, current priorities and future challenges
  • Explore the major determinants of health and develop ways of promoting public health that address social and economic inequalities and are culturally sensitive and holistic
  • Practice multidisciplinary and multisectoral planning, development and evaluation of programs to improve the health of communities
  • Build an approach to promoting public health that is ethically sound and participative, recognizing the need for flexibility and mutual goal setting, and respecting the rights of individuals, groups and communities to autonomy and control
  • Encourage partnership, collaboration and mutual respect among different professional and lay groups working in public health
  • Examine ethical, political and professional dilemmas that arise in new practices and policies for promoting health and consider how these dilemmas may be tackled.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, be able to:

 

  • Define, critically analyse and apply the principles of collaborative working with diverse communities and a range of agencies
  • Critically examine the principles of, and various strategies for, community development and their application
  • Critically examine and define health and social care needs, distinguishing between population needs and individual needs
  • Critically examine the concepts of power, interests and ideology
  • Critically explore the use of strategies for improving health and wellbeing and the contribution to reducing inequalities and achieving longer-term equity.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Project Report (4000 words)

SAFEGUARDING VULNERABLE ADULTS AND CHILDREN


MODULE TITLE : SAFEGUARDING VULNERABLE ADULTS AND CHILDREN

MODULE CODE : HEU604


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will set in context the issue of safeguarding vulnerable adults and children.  Exploring the history and social policy of safeguarding adults and children, offering classifications of abuse, providing definitions of who might become a vulnerable adult, exploring types of abuse, how to recognise abuse, reporting and monitoring abuse in various settings. The module will offer opportunities to critically debate and discuss issues such as risk and resilience, mental health, disability and aging, record keeping and confidentiality.  

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 27.00
Independent : 173.00
Placement :
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Offer the opportunity to explore issues around safeguarding and protecting vulnerable adults and children in a variety of contexts and settings
  • Defining and debating key concepts and understandings of abuse
  • Explore and critically analyse the work of various agencies in safeguarding and protecting vulnerable adults and children 
  • Offer an understanding of the role of law and social policy in protecting, reporting, recording and monitoring in safeguarding vulnerable adults and children.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, be able to:

 

  • Define, discuss and critically analyse the classifications and definitions of key concepts such as vulnerability, abuse, risk, resilience advocacy, dignity and respect
  • Debate and critically analyse the importance of recognising abuse, effective record keeping, monitoring and protecting vulnerable adults and children 
  • Debate issues around vulnerability in relation to aging, disability, mental health, illness and power relations
  • Critically analyse and define different ways that a vulnerable adult’s and child’s welfare can be affected by abuse and neglect
  • Critically reflect upon the effectiveness of multi-agency working in the legiPMative framework concerning safeguarding vulnerable adults and children.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 30% Group Presentation (Role Play, Multi-Agency Case meeting)

Component 2 - 70% Essay (2500 words)

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE


MODULE TITLE : LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

MODULE CODE : HEU605


MODULE SUMMARY :

This course will provide students with the skills to manage and lead effectively in complex, dynamic and interprofessional/multidisciplinary organisations. It will develop students both personally and professionally ensuring they have the tools they need to support future development and empower them to achieve their potential for career progression. Students will advance their knowledge of recent health and social care policy developments and consider the current and future health and social care needs of clients in order to ensure that the views of service users and carers are fully represented in the management of care processes.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 27.00
Independent : 173.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Identify and analyse the qualities of effective leaders and managers in relation to self and other stakeholders
  • Examine and evaluate relevant government policy and the implications for leadership and management in health and social care
  • Evaluate alternative theories and research findings concerning leadership approaches, styles and functions in relation to multi-agency/integrated service provision
  • Analyse and reflect on theories and models related to the impact of leadership and management styles in health and social care
  • Analyse and reflect on theories and models related to the management of change.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, be able to: 

  • Define, critically analyse and apply the principles and values relating to leadership and the management of change
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge and critical understanding of the leadership and management of multi-professional, inter-professional, multi- and inter-agency teams
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge and critical understanding of leadership and management in creating a caring environment, managing relationships, critically reflecting on personal values required for leading ethical and quality care
  • Apply and critically analyse multi-disciplinary (academic and professional) perspectives in relation to leadership and management and critically analyse the relationships between these.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% ePortfolio (4000 words)

DEVELOPING ACADEMIC SKILLS


MODULE TITLE : DEVELOPING ACADEMIC SKILLS

MODULE CODE : HEU607


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module is designed to equip students with the necessary research and academic skills to achieve in the final year of their degree.  They will critically reflect on their own capabilities and needs as independent learners in higher education, be supported in the use of academic language and communication to produce clear, critical written work, with skills in referencing a variety of academic sources appropriate to the level of study.  They will also develop a greater understanding and appreciation of research towards the development of their own piece of independent research, including search, retrieving and using academic sources and skills for undertaking quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research. 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 40.00
Independent : 160.00
Placement :
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • Develop academic reading and writing skills, critical thinking and appraisal

  • Gain experience of academic writing using academic sources to support the development of an argument.

  • Develop skills in understanding and acting on written feedback of their written work. 

  • Develop digital information skills including effective use of the library and academic sources such as databases, statistics and peer reviewed journal articles. 

  • Develop skills in research methodology for undertaking quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Demonstrate critical thinking and appraisal skills

  • Demonstrate academic writing, reading and communication skills using accepted academic writing styles and referencing academic a range of sources appropriate to the level of study. 

  • Retrieve, critique and utilise academic sources to underpin academic research activity

  • Demonstrate critical reflection of their own capabilities and needs and learners in higher education. 

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of research in health and social care and an understanding of methods used forundertaking quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 20% LITERATURE SEARCH REPORT (1000 WORDS)

Component 2 - 40% RESEARCH PROPOSAL (1500 WORDS)

Component 3 - 40% ESSAY (1500 WORDS)

Course code

UCAS Code -
L500 BSc Top-Up
L502 BA Top-Up

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