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Nursing & Health

Health and Social Care (Top-up) BSc (Hons)

This course provides you with the unique opportunity to engage with and learn about the wider concepts and developments within the health and social care sector, particularly in light of recent legislative and social policy developments.


Course overview

This course is aimed at improving the existing provision, along with the outcomes for service users and ultimately development of the health and social care workforce to the highest possible standards – maximising personalisation, person-centred care and key quality care concepts.

This is a Teesside University award delivered at Stockton Riverside College.

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Improving Health and Wellbeing in Communities

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of ways to engage with individuals to help them take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.

Individual Practice Project (Dissertation)

You research a negotiated topic area relevant to Health and Social Care and further develop your knowledge and skills to produce a 6,000 word literature critique.

Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care

You develop your knowledge, leadership and management skills and prepare for employment. You explore and critique a range of leadership and management theories utilised to lead the strategic direction of service improvement initiatives within the Health and Social Care sector.

Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care

You develop your knowledge of current policies and how they impact upon organisational practice within a Health and Social Care setting.

Research in Health and Social Care

You develop your knowledge and understanding of the skills required to undertake an in-depth literature review critique of an appropriate study relevant to Health and Social Care.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Learning is classroom based with a variety of lectures, electronic resources, group work, presentations and a small-scale independent research study.

You access a range of resource materials accessible online using the virtual learning environment, the learning resource centre at Stockton Riverside College and Teesside University’s Library Services.

All assessments are submitted using the virtual learning environment. Online submission is through Dropbox available through the College’s digital learning platform.

How you are assessed

Assessment and feedback include a variety of methods including academic and reflective essays, presentations and producing a dissertation. Also:

  • Availability of formative assessment – structured formally throughout individual modules in the form of one-to-one tutorials.
  • Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care is assessed through an individual 15-minute presentation on a negotiated topic area linked to service improvement and your own leadership style.
  • Policy and Practice is assessed through a 3,000-word essay on a negotiated area of policy within the sector.
  • Research in Health and Social Care is assessed through a 3,000-word literature critique of a selected Health and Social Care focused paper.
  • Improving Health and Wellbeing in Communities is assessed through a 3,000-word electronic health information resource for service users.Individual Practice project is assessed by a 6,000-word literature review on an agreed subject area within Health and Social Care practice.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Work placement

Candidates are expected to be working with clients or have experience of working within a professional framework to apply their learning on this course.

Career opportunities

  • Management roles in social care
  • Non-clinical lead roles in healthcare
  • Service managers



Entry to 2022/23 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 1 year
  • UCAS code: B993 BSc/HSC
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates

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Service user and carer involvement

Service users and carers support all aspects of our students' lifecycle from recruitment to graduation.

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