BSc (Hons) Integrated Health & Social Care Top-up Degree (University of Northampton) subject to validation

BSc (Hons) Integrated Health & Social Care Top-up Degree (University of Northampton) subject to validation

Study Mode: Full Time
Course Level: Level 6

Where will this course lead?

This top up degree will equip you with the knowledge and understanding, skills and attitudes required to become a responsive health and social care practitioner capable of demonstrating critically reflective evidence-based approaches to health and social care practice. It is hoped that by the end of the programme, you would have acquired the academic skills and professional expertise required for employment in a range of health and social care settings, e.g., healthcare, social care, housing, community development or Non-governmental organisations and the charity sector. The course will also equip you with the necessary skills to continue your education at postgraduate level.

What will I study?

During the course, you will learn about health and social care problems, the contexts within which they arise and consider ethical, multidisciplinary solutions to these problems. The course integrates theory and health and social care practice closely, allowing you to develop the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in this sector.

The modules you will study have been designed carefully to reflect current issues and emerging trends within the field of health and social care, therefore, some variation within the module content should be expected from year to year. The current modules in full are as follows:

The modules in full are:

- Health & Social Care Practice Dissertation (40 credits)

- Integrated Perspectives of Disease (20 credits)

- Current Issues in Health & Social Care (20 credits)

- Housing and Community Living (20 credits)

- Health & Social Care Practice (20 credits)

Please note that all the modules listed above are compulsory, none are optional.

How will this course be delivered?

This is typically a one year full time programme but can also be undertaken over 2 years on a part time basis. The programme consists of a mixture of classroom and work-related learning and it is delivered one day a week but you will be required to undertake a minimum of 100 hours placement (or equivalent employment or work-related activity) within a health or social care setting. Placement must be undertaken within the first semester; therefore, you will be expected to arrange your own placement and confirm their support prior to the start of the course. You may use  own practice setting/employment (where applicable, following prior approval and an assessment of relevance to the course by the Programme Team - this will take place at the Interview Stage prior to any offer of a conditional place being made).

The main philosophy of the programme relates to the application of context-based learning, closely linking theory with practice and work-based learning/placements would support this - enabling you to apply knowledge from work-related learning to your assessments and support your academic development at level 6. Therefore, your practice setting/employment or work placement must facilitate the delivery and assessment of the Health & Social Care Practice module and by extension, the Dissertation, the learning outcomes of both are closely linked to practice; the other modules also have an emphasis on health and social care practice.

You will be allocated a designated work based learning team member to oversee your learning in the work place and you will be supported by regular reviews in your practice setting and in college, in collaboration with you and your  work place supervisor. It is hoped this would allow you to grasp health and social care in context and understand the issues and the situations within which they arise, in accordance with the overall programme learning outcomes. We also hope it would help improve your employability, whilst also fulfilling our key ethos of Employability as central to the delivery of Higher Education at Solihull College & University Centre.  

You will be taught in a variety of ways, including a mixture of face-to-face sessions (lectures, presentations, demonstrations, tutorials, and group seminars), online learning and guided self-directed/independent study. The global teaching, learning and assessment hours for the programme amount to 1200 hours per annum, including face-to-face sessions, online, guided/self-directed independent study and assessment preparation. Face-to-face contact hours for lectures/seminars/tutorials typically comprises 7.5 contact hours per week. Tutorial support is also provided by your personal tutor and academic advisor but your will also be supported by your dissertation supervisor.

What qualifications will I get?

On successful completion of the programme (120 credits at Level 6), you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Integrated Health & Social Care from the University of Northampton.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, using a combination of coursework assignments and skills-based practical tasks. The methods of assessment include reports, case studies, presentations, portfolios, essays and one examination. The majority of the assessment is individual; however there are requirements within some modules for group activities. The aim of the course is that at the end of the year, you can demonstrate understanding of health and social care problems through evidence-based critical reflection.

How do I get a place on the course?

In order to gain a place on this course, applicants must meet the entry criteria and attend a formal interview.  All are to be submitted via UCAS using the following codes:

INSTITUTION CODE: S26 (Solihull College & University Centre)


CAMPUS: Blossomfield Campus (Main Site)

In order to gain a place on this course, applicants must meet the entry criteria and attend a formal interview.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.

What are the entry requirements?

The programme welcomes applications from students with a wide variety of educational experience/qualifications and diverse social backgrounds; typically students wishing to pursue this programme must have completed at least two years or 240 credits points at level 4 and 5 in a related subject area.


Admission/selection criteria:

  • Applicants are selected for interview on the basis of information provided in the application form, qualifications, personal statement and academic reference. In some cases where the applicant has been out of education for a period of time (usually more than 3 years) a current employment reference may be accepted.


  • The following criteria are taken into account:


  • GCSE Grade 4/C or level 2 equivalents
  • You will need to be eligible to obtain a Disclosure Barring Service Check (DBS)
  • Commitment and enthusiasm for Health & Social Care









Foundation Degree











For entry into the third year of the BSc (HONS) Integrated Health & Social Care Top up course a minimum of 240 credits at Merit profile at level 5 or above and must be in a relevant subject Health and Social Care or Health and Social Care  disciplines


Successfully gaining 240 credits and a 55% grade average, Merit at level 5 in Foundation degree in Health and Social Care or related disciplines in Health and Social.

  • Selection criteria for the offer of a place following interview includes a clear understanding of what the programme will entail and demonstration of entry requirements.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

APL is dependent on the students' knowledge and experience and successful interview and references as required. Students will be required to produce evidence of modules completed, their content and grades achieved for successful entry.

All students who are non-native English speakers or who have not studied the final two years of school in English, can demonstrate capability in English at a standard commensurate to IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 being awarded on individual sections for a level 4, 5 or 6 qualification.


Additional entry requirements

Other qualifications and combinations of qualifications will be considered and maybe also acceptable - please contact

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have appropriate industry and life experiences will have their prior learning and skills taken into account. Applicants may be required to complete an Aptitude assessment (this will be advised at interview/enquiry stage).

What else do I need to know?

For the Health & Social Care Practice module, you will need the support of a work place supervisor to support you whilst on placement. They will work with the college work-based learning team to facilitate your learning in the workplace and provide feedback on your acquisition/development of skills, knowledge and professional attitude relevant to your role.

This course also offers students the opportunity to study and gain additional qualifications where students are encouraged to work towards industry specific qualifications/accreditation/professional membership within their programme of study, such as The Charted Institute of Housing, Care Certificate or NCFE distance learning packages that may be relevant to their practice setting or future prospects

If you require any external certification, then these costs are not included in the course fee and information on these costs can be obtained from directly from the relevant body.

This course is a full time program and you will be expected to attend 1 full day per week between the hours of 9-6, timetables will be issued to successful applicants either at enrolment or during induction in September of the current Academic year.

If you are applying for financial help from Student Finance England then you should do this as soon as possible to ensure your funding is in place for the start of your course.

If you need support in your application to Student Finance England, Solihull College & University Centre will be able to offer this.

Is there anything else I will have to pay for in order to do this course?

Other extra costs students are likely to incur, e.g. field trips, equipment, materials, printing and photocopying costs, etc. You will be need to access the relevant text books, learning resources and provide all basic stationery including pens, pencils, paper, plastic wallets, folders for the production of coursework. Costs depend on the direction and ambition of your work. We suggest budgeting approximately £250 for course materials for the academic year.

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What can I do after this course?

You may seek to gain employment within a huge variety of health and social care settings in the public, private and voluntary sector. The skills and attributes gained from the course will ensure you have the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge for employment in a variety of health and social care settings such as the NHS, with private Health/Social Care providers (supportive /independent living, substance abuse/misuse etc.), the Charity Sector/NGOs (e.g., Bernado's) , Education & Research, Youth Work, Housing, Community Projects etc.

As a graduate of a Health Science degree, a variety of options are open to you and example career paths may include but are not limited to the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (and other similar schemes), Health Care Manager/Care Home, Housing Officer , Health Promotion Officer, Community Project Manager, etc. You may also wish to pursue further education and training, for e.g., Nursing or Social Work or postgraduate study at masters levels and beyond at Solihull College and many other institutions

Have a question about the course?
Please contact Admissions on 0121 678 7000 with any queries.
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Blossomfield Campus

Sept- 18





Full Time

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