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BSc (Hons) Professional
Health Studies

2021

Award

BSc (Hons)/BSc

Duration

2 years full-time (BSc Hons)
1 year full-time (BSc)

Start date

January, May, September

Introduction

The BSc Professional Health Studies will help you to understand the relationship between integrated health and social care systems. This is an increasingly important area of health policy, holding the possibility of reducing healthcare costs and providing a better experience for healthcare system users.

You will develop critical and analytical problem-based learning skills as well as transferable skills which reflect the demands made of today’s healthcare professionals.

The course can also support individuals who wish to pursue a career within the health and social care system in roles such as healthcare project manager, patient advice and support officer, and senior clinical support worker. The degree achieves this by helping you to develop critical awareness of workplace factors that could be improved to improve the patient experience.

About the course

The course has been designed primarily for health and social care professionals such as support workers, nurses, social workers, paramedics and other allied health professionals such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, counsellors and those providing holistic therapies.

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 our course are aligned to three themes:

Theme 1: Research Skill Development

Theme 2: Professional Development

Theme 3: Contemporary Healthcare Issues

You will study at least one module from each theme which will allow you to acquire a holistic range of graduate and other transferable skills that are essential to work successfully and professionally within the health and social care sector.

Year 1 modules

In this year you will study the following modules:

  • Critical Research Appraisal
  • The Proactive Learner
  • Professionalism in Health & Social Care
  • Essentials of Dementia Care
  • Therapeutic Communication
  • An Introduction to Palliative Care
  • Supporting People Facing Loss

Year 2 modules

In this year you will study the following modules:

  • Effective Teaching in Practice
  • Improving Population Health
  • Effective Teaching Styles in Professional Practice
  • Global Population Health
  • The Honours Dissertation (double module)

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical workshops.

There will also be group work, literature reports and research projects in order to ensure our degrees provide a strong set of additional skills, such as presentational and communicative skills.

Our nursing degree uses a variety of assessment methods. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect:

  • Written examinations
  • Written reports
  • Coursework
  • Practical assessment

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

BSc (Hons) Professional Health Studies Course Structure

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

Further study

You may want to develop your skills and knowledge further by undertaking one of the University’s health-related master’s programmes.

You can also pursue a conversion course such as our MSc Adult/Mental Health Nursing or MSc Social Work to work as an adult/mental health nurse or social worker respectively.

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

  • SQA HND or BTEC Level 5 HND: Relevant qualification in healthcare such as HND in health and social care.
  • Entry into Year 4 may be possible for prospective candidates holding a BA/BSC in an appropriate health or social care discipline.

English language requirements

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 UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • Overall score 6.0
  • No sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent english language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)
  • TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than 17

For further information on English Language qualifications accepted click here.

For applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements above, there is an option to apply for the pre-sessional English language programme combined with chosen degree programme. Find out more here.

Duration

1 year’s duration (full-time) for the BSc

2 years’ duration (full-time) for the BSc Hons degree

Intakes in January, May and September

Fees for 2021

Home students course fees

£9,250 per year

International students course fees

Not available until January 2022

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.

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 (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.

Apply now

Apply now through our online application system. Before applying, you should check that you meet our entry requirements, and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first step is to create a profile. Then, after submitting your completed application, you will be required to upload your supporting documents listed in our documents checklist page.

Most courses don’t have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment.

Alternatively, if you would like further information or guidance, enquire with us to speak with one of our admissions advisers.

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