Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Plymouth

Professional Development (Health & Social Care)

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Course summary

This is a course designed to lead toward professional practice in the health and social care sector. It is a starting point in the sector for new entrants to a career and is equally appropriate for existing employees wishing to advance their knowledge or explore a new specialist subject. The course content develops comprehensive knowledge and a critical understanding of key health and social care concepts and services. Looking at contemporary provision in meeting the challenges of a changing society it will aid the development of innovative practice in a professional environment. Through the programme you will investigate a wide range of current and thought-provoking health and social care issues, providing a background to your work in the sector. Through work experience you will also be developing your practice-based skills alongside health and social care practitioners in the workplace and in our distinguished care academy. You can develop your specialist interests in this wide and expanding field, studying conceptual elements of health and social care in more depth, leading to a dissertation on your choice of area of professional practice.


This programme enables you to experience a wide range of current and thought-provoking health and social care issues, and provides you with the opportunity to develop your practice-based skills by working alongside health and social care practitioners in the workplace environment and our newly developed Care Academy. The programme is designed around building a critical awareness of the fundamental nature of health and social care provision; it will enable those who would like to develop a career in the health and social care workplace to gain a deeper appreciation of the breadth, depth and scope of health and social care services. In addition, you will have the opportunity to study Conceptual Elements of Health and Social Care in more depth and submit a dissertation focused on a specifc area of professional practice

Assessment method

There are no formal examinations in this course, but your progress is tracked using a range of coursework assessments including: seminars, reports, presentations, essays, academic posters, journal articles, academic scrapbooks, academic scrolls and concept fairs.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Prior completion of Foundation Degree

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4625 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4625 Year 1
Scotland £4625 Year 1
Wales £4625 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
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