September 2020

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

Top-up Degree, Undergraduate, September 2020

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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 to progression to an 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 applying.  The BSc is more applied to health and the BA is more applied to social care.

Full time applications for this top-up award are made via UCAS and part-time applications are made directly to Newman University. 


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. 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.

Studying and living in Birmingham

Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.

Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.

Dining out

Birmingham has lots of wonderful places to dine out with a range of different cuisines. Places where you can dine out include; Brindley Place, Mailbox and Hagley Road (just 10 minutes’ from Newman).


Whether you like to go to; the theatre, gigs or clubs, or enjoy: sports, shopping visiting art galleries or exhibitions – Birmingham will not disappoint and you will be spoilt for choice!


Getting around Birmingham is easy via train, bus or by car. Birmingham has excellent transport links to the rest of Britain, making it easy for those weekend getaways!

Why not explore the city for yourself by visiting one of our Open Days?

Want to find out more about Birmingham? Then take a look at some Birmingham City Secrets.

Applications are open for September entry.

Thinking of starting your studies this September? We are currently accepting new applications. Applications to full-time courses must be made via UCAS, applications to part-time courses are made directly to Newman. For help with the application process please contact our friendly and helpful admission teams via or via 0121 476 1181 ext. 3662.

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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are flexible and recognize a range of academic qualifications. All applicants will need to have 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5. For example a relevant HND or Foundation degree qualification.

Applying Direct Option

You can apply direct to Newman University for the full-time route for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.

For the BA route simply click on this Direct Application link to do this.

For the BSc route simply click on this Direct Application link to do this.

N.B. will need to enter ‘New User’ account details when first accessing this portal.

Course Fees

Total Course Fee for Top-Up Degree

UK/EU students: £9,250 *

* Fees shown are for 2020/21 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Students who completed their foundation degree at Newman, and who wish to study the degree part time will pay a discounted total course fee of £7,000.


Please be aware that, as with any course, there may be changes to the modules delivered, for information view our Changes to Programmes or Module Changes page.

Timetables: find out when information is available to students

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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, the application of theoretical principles and must have include research appropriate for a science based degree, with the use of quantitative or mixed methods research.
  6. This module forms an alternative option to undertaking the 40 credit capstone as an independent final module of the BSc Applied Health and Social care Top Up course.  It is designed to offer students ‘real life’ problem solving skills in undertaking a work-linked project. Learners should complete a minimum of 100 hours in the work place. The project is often employer-generated or can be negotiated with an employer in health and social care to complete a project that is of benefit to the organisation or to a community setting.

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