Professional Development in Health and Social Care

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024

Course length

Full time: 1 year

Part time: 2 years


Distance learning


Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development


This top-up degree is designed for students already working in health, allied health or social care. It allows you to build your qualifications up to a full university degree with Honours. Your workplace is important for learning and development. So, we encourage you to link your studies to your professional practice through discussion and work-based learning.

Our teaching is inspired by our staff’s excellent research. 95% of our research is of internationally recognised standard (Research Excellence Framework 2014). You can contribute to cutting-edge professional research within:

  • nursing
  • allied health
  • social care
  • public health

working alongside experienced researchers.

Our students go on to have great careers. We align the course content with professional requirements and practice setting priorities. This means completion of the degree increases your employability and career progression. A university degree can also be a gateway to postgraduate study which is prized in many health and social care organisations.

Watch recording of our recent webinar for more information.

Specific entry requirements

The following entry criteria apply:

– Applicants must hold a Dip HE or equivalent qualification in a health or social care subject.
– Applicants would normally be working in health, allied health or social care.

Students will need to use a computer or similar device to browse websites, send emails, produce documents and upload files. Their computers or devices must have access to the Internet and Google Meet, and we recommend the following minimum standards for your device:

– Processor: 1.0 GHz or faster if possible
– Memory 4GB RAM
– Running a recent version of Microsoft Windows or Apple Macintosh or Linux or Google Chrome or Google Android operating systems
– Bandwidth requirements 600kbps (down) or higher