Professional Development in Health and Social Care (New College Swindon) at Oxford Brookes University - UCAS

Oxford Brookes University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Professional Development in Health and Social Care (New College Swindon)

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Course summary

The BSc Professional Development is designed for people who are typically working in health and social care. These people have busy lives. Flexibility is key, and we design our modules on this course to allow for self-paced learning, with weekly classroom experience supplemented by additional learning resources provided online for independent study at times that fit around students’ commitments. The programme is geared to stimulate self-directed, student-centred learning that encourages evidence-based practice, critical analysis, and promotes active learning through reflective practice. This is based on a belief that you will learn most effectively if you take responsibility for your own learning and make contributions to discussions drawing from your own experience. The theoretical components of the degree draw from the latest practice developments arising from research and other current literature. Your contribution adds to the greater diversity of knowledge for the programme and is valued, respected and utilised. The focus on you as a practitioner provides the opportunity for you to use personal experiences from work as a source of knowledge. You will be encouraged to examine these experiences and in turn integrate the work-based knowledge and skills that you develop throughout the programme within your practice. At a more fundamental level, you will also have an opportunity to explore the values and beliefs that influence your actions and underpin your work practice. The programme is focused on practice so that you can develop your understanding of the experience of illness and care for people effectively. You will be encouraged to use your experience as a source of knowledge and to examine those experiences. This will enable you to integrate practice skills with other knowledge and skills that you develop throughout your programme.


Clinical & Professional Leadership in Health & Social Care The aim of this module is to help students gain a systematic understanding of current thinking about the processes of facilitating a culture of collaborative and inclusive leadership within complex public sector organisations. It aims to help students to integrate the emergent changes in leadership theory within the practice environment and the impact of applying traditional private-sector leadership styles uncritically within the public sector organisations. It explores the relationship between transactional and transformational leadership and evaluates students' ability to review, consolidate and extend their knowledge within their own leadership role. The module explores how the effects of leadership on clinical teams influence the quality of healthcare. Research Design Students will have the opportunity to explore the research process, methods, data analysis and the ethical considerations associated with health and social care research. The module focuses on issues, techniques and skills for data collection and analysis in quantitative, qualitative or mixed-mode approaches to research. Facilitating Workplace Learning This module supports students who are registered health care professionals to develop confidence and skill in facilitating effective learning in the workplace. Students are expected to analyse the different ways in which adults learn with the aim of enabling them to develop competencies around facilitating and assessing workplace learning. They are required to draw on their own experience of being a learner as well as theoretical perspectives. The workplace is identified as where learners can be facilitated to develop the best opportunities for learning. Difficulties and challenges will be explored which may arise when helping learners in health care practice. Advanced Communication and Supportive Relationships This single module explores verbal and non-verbal communication, and the development of supportive relationships, within a health or social care related context. It aims to build on existing clinical or professional skills and develop them within the student's area of practice. The module promotes a critical approach to sources of knowledge about therapeutic and/ or professional communication and relationships, drawing from nursing, allied health, social care and psychotherapy. Work-Based Learning in Professional Development in Health and Social Care (Double) This work-based learning module enables students to gain recognition and academic credit for learning gained through professional practice or employment. Students develop a work-based learning agreement that specifies the learning outcomes to be achieved, the learning activities, resources required, and the evidence of achievement which will be assessed. The nature of work-based learning is that it is situationally specific and can enhance the student’s knowledge and skill in a relevant and applied way. Dissertation (Double) This dissertation module is designed to support students in developing a research project by exploring a critical area of the students' own practice. It aims to allow students to demonstrate their ability to argue coherently, to gather evidence, to evaluate critically, and to synthesise various sources of data within an appropriate framework. The dissertation should build on the student's past knowledge and experience, by evaluating changes in practice. It provides a vehicle through which students can define a health issue for in-depth analysis. Students will explore secondary data through a literature review.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is not available to applicants who require a visa to study in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants must hold a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE), Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent qualification. Applicants will normally be working in the fields of health or social care but we will consider applicants on an individual basis with recent and relevant work experience in health and social care.

English language requirements

Further information on our English language requirements can be found on our website.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £7570 Year 1
England £7570 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7570 Year 1
Scotland £7570 Year 1
Wales £7570 Year 1
Channel Islands £7570 Year 1

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Professional Development in Health and Social Care (New College Swindon) at Oxford Brookes University - UCAS