Health and Social Care (Top Up) at University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College - UCAS

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Course summary

Ready to transform lives? Over a million more health and care staff are needed in the next decade to meet growing demand for care (The Health Foundation, 2021). Health and social care is one of the biggest employment sectors in West Yorkshire and is forecast to be the main sectoral source of net job growth in West Yorkshire over the next decade, with health and care professional and associate professional roles are featured among those in greatest current demand (WYCA, 2021). Join the graduate health and social care workforce, known to be one of the most rewarding careers, by enrolling on our BA (Hons) Top Up Health and Social Care degree. This course is ideal for anyone pursuing a Health and Social Care career and reflects the changing requirements of those working in the health and social care sector. This degree gives you the opportunity to continue your studies in the field of health and social care and to focus on a particular area of interest. The course aims to give you the opportunity to develop a deeper breadth of knowledge, whilst developing the range of professional, vocational, employability, transferable and key skills needed by health and social care professionals. These will ensure you will meet the changing requirements of the health and social care workforce in light of recent changes to legislation and practice for the sector. The course has been written with employability at the heart of its design and has an integrated practice theory focus throughout. Modules have been designed to allow you to explore contemporary issues relevant to the sector, but also to embed your learning in the context of professional practice. You will critically reflect practice issues, identifying care challenges and how to overcome them and will work towards a higher level of practice as you identify your specialism. This will include consideration of emerging legislation, exploring the impact of this upon the sector. You will also shape your learning through research and complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice.


Modules may include: Level 6 Research Methods (20 credits) In this module you will have the opportunity to develop research skills, techniques and methodologies with which to assess the work of others. It will provide underpinning knowledge of research and ethics for conducting your own research. This module links to the dissertation module and provides the proposal for the dissertation and application for ethical approval. Protecting from Harm; Safeguarding Individuals, Families and Communities (20 credits) Reflecting the workplace, in this module you will focus on the practice theory safeguarding vulnerable individuals, children, families and communities in health and social care. It explores societal attitudes within the workplace and government policy regarding whistleblowing and the impact on practice. This module also allows you to reflect and examine your own attitudes and perceptions to safeguarding individuals, families, and communities. Specialist Provision in Health & Social Care (20 credits) You will focus on specialist provision in the health and social care sector within this module, exploring the evolving nature of this provision and examine the political and social context of these changes. This will include the role of statutory, voluntary and private provision to support vulnerable individuals, families and communities. You will have the opportunity to examine the sector and identify an area of specialist provision. The assessment allows you to devise a project to meet the needs of service users. Contemporary Discourse (20 credits) This module gives you the opportunity to unpick contemporary issues in the health and social care sector. This module also encourages you to think deeply and engage critically in debate. The sector has evolved substantially over the years and graduates in the field need to be literate in the main discourses that have shaped current thinking and practice. You will have the opportunity to investigate a contemporary issue, which has an impact upon service users within health and social care. This issue will be self-selected depending upon interest, role in the sector and expertise. Dissertation (40 Credits) You will carry out a major piece of research, within this module, choosing a topic of your choice relating to health and social care. You will develop your skills and knowledge through primary (where appropriate) and secondary research. It links with the research methods module where ethical clearance will be sought prior to the commencement of the dissertation. If studying on a full time basis, you will study 120 credits over the 1 year course and the part time basis, you will study 80 credits in the 1st year and then the 40 credit dissertation module in the 2nd year of their course.

Assessment method

You will be assessed through a variety of methods including:

  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Dissertation
Ongoing assessment and feedback (formative) is integral to the teaching, learning and assessment strategy of the course. You will take part in discussions, seminars, peer review and evaluations on an on-going basis. You are encouraged to share your knowledge with your peers in group work, discussions and seminar groups. The assessment process is an essential element of the programme design and methods are designed to replicate activities that are seen throughout the working sector. In addition to the pedagogic material you will also become proficient with IT skills, another essential part of working in today’s society, particularly in health and across times of living within a pandemic.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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International applicants

We accept International applications subject to our sponsor licence application being approved.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

The award adopts Leeds City College’s admissions policy and criteria. The minimum entry requirements to the programme are; - Foundation Degree in a relevant subject, for example, Health and Wellbeing with a minimum grade of a pass. - Or a relevant HND or equivalent qualification at a Pass. Students are recommended to have experience of working in the sector, paid or voluntary. International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages will need to possess an IELTS band score of 6.0 (with no-less than 5.5 in any one element) or a recognised English Level 2 qualification. We welcome applications from candidates who may not precisely match the academic criteria but can demonstrate experience in their chosen field as well as academic achievement at level 5. Candidates in this category will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application. The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL). All applicants will be assessed on their suitability for this programme of study from their application and may be asked to provide evidence to support their application.

Additional entry requirements


Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8745 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8745 Year 1
Scotland £8745 Year 1
Wales £8745 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are charged per academic year.
Health and Social Care (Top Up) at University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College - UCAS