Why study BSc (Hons) Professional Health Studies at UWS London?

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Exceptional career prospects
London is a global economic hub, which means there are abundant opportunities for professionals with various skill sets and backgrounds. UWS London careers department will help you to navigate the graduate job market during your studies and up to 2 years after you graduate.

Year 3

In year 3 you will complete one core module (Critical Research Appraisal) as well as five optional modules (from a list of 20 options) including:

  • Long-Term Conditions Management
  • An Introduction to Palliative Care
  • Therapeutic Communication
  • Pain Management
  • Essentials of Cancer Care
  • Supporting People Facing Loss

Year 4

You will complete the following core module:

Honours Dissertation
You will then need to undertake 4 optional modules:

  • Effective Teaching in Practice
    eHealth: Assessment from a Distance
  • Improving Population Health
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care
  • Utilising eHealth to support Healthcare

You may take 3 modules from the above list and one other module from our list of available modules (at SCQF Level 9) if appropriate.

This programme utilises hybrid learning approach to teaching and learning. This means you will be taught through a combination of online and on campus synchronous tutorials and workshops. You will also take part in a range of asynchronous activities using our virtual learning platform.

In this programme you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of the key concepts of working as a professional in health and/or social care. You will also gain transferable skills such as research, communication and working as part of a team.

This degree is assessed using a variety of assessment methods including:

LEARNING AND TEACHING:

  • Scheduled learning
  • Independent study

What it BSc (Hons) Professional Health Studies?

The programme is aimed at a range of health and social care professionals such as holistic therapists, support workers, nurses, social workers, paramedics, operating department personnel and other allied health professionals such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and counsellors.

You will develop critical and analytical problem-based learning skills and transferable skills that reflect the demands of today’s healthcare professionals. The development of graduate skills and attributes is an essential feature of our course and as such individual
module content will encourage you to explore new ideas and challenge existing views on contemporary health issues affecting everyday practice.

By the end of the course, you will have the ability to identify and propose solutions to problems which capitalise on the potential for enhanced health and wellbeing for patients, clients, residents, and wider groups; through the development of health improvement strategies at individual, organisational and wider societal levels.

The modules in this course are aligned to the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Research Skills
  • Theme 2: Professional Development
  • Theme 3: Contemporary Healthcare Issues

Programme Highlights

  • You will develop critical and analytical problem-focused learning skills as well as transferable graduate skills which reflect the demands made within contemporary health and social care organisations.
  • This degree will help you understand the interplay between health and social care services and explore ways providers can work together to deliver high-quality and connected services.
  • The modules reflect contemporary professional practice to provide safe, effective, value-based care which utilises a person-centred approach.
  • This degree provides excellent opportunities to learn with people from a variety of backgrounds and interests within a community of professionals and academics at UWS.

Career prospects

This degree prepares you for a successful career in a diverse range of job roles within the health and social services sector in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Previous graduates have achieved promotion in their current workplace while others have gone on to work for local authorities, health boards, local and national government agencies and charities.

Our aim is to provide an enjoyable and intellectually stimulating course of study that will prepare you for a successful career in the health & social care sector.

This may include career prospects in/as:

  • Providing therapies and support activities in specific areas of healthcare such as cancer and palliative care
  • Project management
  • A therapy assistant
  • A senior support worker
  • Clinical effectiveness
  • Bereavement support

Who is this course for?

A BSc in Professional Health Studies is typically designed for:

1. Healthcare professionals who are already working in the field and want to enhance their qualifications or progress in their careers. This often includes:

  • Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Paramedics
  • Allied health professionals

2. Individuals with some experience in healthcare who want to gain a broader understanding of health and social care systems.

3. Those looking to transition into healthcare management or leadership roles.

4. Professionals seeking to develop research skills in healthcare contexts.

5. Individuals who have completed a foundation degree or diploma in a health-related field and want to top up to a full bachelor’s degree.

Further study

After completing a BSc in Professional Health Studies, graduates have several options for further study. These include:

1. Master’s Degrees:

  • MSc in Advanced Healthcare Practice 
  • MA or MSc in Public Health
  • MSc in Health Management
  • MSc in Health Policy
  • MA or MSc in Health and Social Care Leadership

2. Professional Qualifications: 

  • Depending on their specific role, graduates might pursue certifications in areas like healthcare management, quality improvement, or specific clinical skills.

The choice of further study often depends on the individual’s career goals, current role in healthcare, and desired specialization. Some may choose to gain more work experience before pursuing additional education.

Our facilities

Our modern London Campus is located in London Docklands, a one minute walk from East India DLR station. The campus is well connected and only a few stops away from the exciting city centre.

Our technology-rich campus with light and airy study spaces is the optimal place for learning, making international friends, and taking one closer step to your future career.

Learn more about our London Campus, the history behind it and what areas are nearby for you to explore as a student at UWS London.

Course leader profile

Dr Elaine Stevens 5
Dr Elaine Stevens
Programme Leader: BSc (Hons) Professional Health Studies

Further information

We welcome UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here please contact one of our admissions officer to get the minimum entry requirements for a range of international qualifications.

Year 3

  • SQA HND or BTEC Level 5 HND: Relevant qualification in healthcare such as HND in Health and Social Care

Year 4

  • Entry into year 4 may be possible for prospective candidates holding a BA / BSc in an appropriate health or social care discipline

Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent. For more information on specific academic entry requirements per country, please contact one of our admissions officers.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWSInternational English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
Test Minimum Requirement IELTS (International English Language Testing System)IELTS Indicator Overall score of 6.0, with no less than 5.5 for each component
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)Grade C
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)Grade C
Cambridge English Level 2 Certificate in ESOL Int’lOverall score 170 with no element below 163
Cambridge AS and A LevelsGrade C or above
Trinity College London ISEIIReading: Pass; Listening: Pass
ibTOEFL78; no sub-test less than 17: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17
Pearson Test of English (Academic)PTE Overall score of 59 with no element less than 59
Password English Language testGrades equivalent to CEFR B2 for entry at L9 entry and above. Password scores of 6.0 or higher
LanguageCert International ESOLB2 Communicator pass/Communicator High Pass (postgraduate applicants at 6.0)
Oxford International English Language Level Test (ELLT)Overall 6, minimum 5.5 in all skills. Must be at a minimum of B2 and equivalent to IELTs of 6.
Skills for English (SELT)Overall 6, minimum 5.5 in all skills. Must be at a minimum of B2 and equivalent to IELTs of 6

UWS London provides a comprehensive range of student services dedicated to supporting you at every stage of your academic journey, ensuring your success and well-being throughout your studies.

Tuition fees

BSc (Hons) Professional Health Studies

2024/25
UK (excluding Scotland)
£9,250
International (including EU)
£15,500

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials and textbooks, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Note: The library will hold some copies of the textbooks but not enough for every student. Students can purchase second hand copies when possible or use older versions if advised by the module cordinator. Students can also sell their copies after the course. This helps manage the cost.

Year 3

Course materials (Optional)

Books and other printed materials are estimated a £50 for this year of study.

Technology & equipment (Optional)

It is recommended that you have access to your own laptop or desk top computer to help with assessments. Costs are variable but will start from around £250.

Uniform (Optional)

For those that require uniforms, these are currently free.

PVG Health Checks (Mandatory)

Your workplce should organise these on your behalf.

Photocopying (Optional)

It is estimated that over the course of the year, you may spend c.£40 on photocpying. This is not essential you may choose to spend more, or less accoring to your needs.

Graduation fees (Optional for those exiting with BSc award)

These fees are set annually by the University and are subject to review. For session 19/20 these were set at £10 Registration Fee. Academic dress and official photography (Optional) for graduation ceremonies is hired and arranged respectively from an external suppliers.

Year 4

Course materials (Optional)

Books and other printed materials are estimated a £50 for this year of study.

Technology & equipment (Optional for direct entrants to Year 4)

It is recommended that you have access to your own laptop or desk top computer to help with assessments. Costs are variable but will start from around £250.

Photocopying (Optional)

It is estimated that over the course of the year, you may spend c.£40 on photocpying. This is not essential you may choose to spend more, or less accoring to your needs.

Graduation fees (Mandatory)

These fees are set annually by the University and are subject to review. For session 19/20 these were set at £10 Registration Fee. Academic dress and official photography (optional) for graduation ceremonies is hired and arranged respectively from an external suppliers.

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