Havant and South Downs College

Adult Social Care Level 6 (Top-up) Degree - BA (Hons) Havant and South Downs College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Chichester


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Course summary

The BA (Hons) Adult Social Care (Level 6 top-up) degree is a one-year full time programme of study, and has been developed to equip you with the knowledge and skills that are needed in today’s care workforce. We have worked closely with employers and key stakeholders to ensure the subjects covered within this top-up degree programme align with key priorities within the Adult Social Care sector. This programme provides a progression for those students who wish to top-up their Foundation Degree or equivalent Level 5 qualification, to a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) degree.

Entry Requirements:

● A Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care or other Level 5 qualification in a relevant subject, for example an HND in Health and Social Care.

● Be employed or doing voluntary work in a Health and Social Care setting for a minimum of 12 hours per week is essential.

● Have the support of their employer or voluntary setting (unless self-employed).

● A satisfactory enhanced DBS check.

● Access to a PC is required to complete coursework.

This one day a week programme is characterised by its vocational focus and provides an important grounding in social science perspectives, to inform your practice as a health and social care professional.

In addition to subject specific knowledge you will develop skills in critical thinking and analysis, problem solving, presentation skills, and direct work with individuals and groups. The programme is relevant for both experienced practitioners and those who are contemplating a career in Adult Social Care.

Your course will include psychological, historical, cultural, sociological, socio-political and philosophical viewpoints, delivered through a combination of taught sessions and employer-supported work-based learning, giving you an ideal combination of learning methods.

The top up year contains a range of core and optional modules focusing on more complex work with adults. In addition you will complete an independent research project on a topic of your choice, this will allow you to draw from your growing theoretical knowledge and complete empirical research supported by a supervisor.

Core modules:
● Dissertation
● The Resilient Reflective Practitioner
● Working with Complex Situations

Optional modules:
● International Perspectives and Human Rights
● Advocacy and Social Justice
● Management and Social Enterprise Skills
● Mentoring

Students will be able to develop problem solving, critical analysis and independent thinking skills as well as gaining knowledge of areas which are of particular interest. The degree equips graduates to explore a range of careers in the health and social sector, as well as completing postgraduate qualifications, in order to work within the fields of health, social care, education and social work.

Our campus has a range of modern facilities to enhance students learning experience including music recording studios, gym facilities, a nursery, to our own working restaurant and beauty salon and much more. There are frequent buses from the surrounding areas and local train stations in Havant and Cosham. Located off Junction 4 of the A3(M), the College has extensive free onsite parking.

Course details


Core modules:
● Dissertation
● The Resilient Reflective Practitioner
● Working with Complex Situations

Optional modules:
● International Perspectives and Human Rights
● Advocacy and Social Justice
● Management and Social Enterprise Skills
● Mentoring

Assessment method

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, including essays, reports, case studies, observations, an exam, individual and group poster presentations and a Dissertation.

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

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code 1122
Institution code S42
Campus name South Downs Campus
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is only available to UK residents

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information

Entry onto this course requires a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care

Additional entry requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4,600 Whole course
Northern Ireland £4,600 Whole course
Scotland £4,600 Whole course
Wales £4,600 Whole course

Additional fee information

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

Provider information

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Havant and South Downs College
College Road
Purbrook Way

Course contact details

The Admissions Team

023 9387 9999

Fax: 023 9279 4609