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Nursing & Health

Integrated Care Studies BSc (Hons)

Integrated care studies is a multidisciplinary course which will appeal to anyone currently work in a health and social care capacity looking to top-up your existing qualifications to degree level.


Course overview

If you have a diploma or equivalent (Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) portfolio) you could complete this course in two years. If you have achieved an Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies in the last five years, you can complete this course in one year. This course allows you to complete the extra study required to top-up to graduate level. Throughout the course you explore integrated healthcare delivery in changing healthcare settings.

Before starting the course, you should have evidence of completed study worth 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5.

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Course details

The first core module in semester 1 introduces you to evidence-based practice. It facilitates your skill development in reading and effectively using research to enhance patient care. You can select modules worth 40 credits to study during semester 2. If you already have successfully achieved Level 6 study within the last five years, you could be eligible to transfer those credits into the course. The second year of study requires you to study the final two core modules – a 20-credit Integrated Care module and the 40-credit Dissertation. This is an independent project that links all core module study together.

Course structure

Core modules

Enhancing Integrated Care Provision

You plan a self-managed practice project, enabling you to consolidate and synthesise your learning from the core and optional modules.

Evidence Appraisal for Integrated Care

The module aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge that will enable you to critically appraise and evaluate published health and social care research relevant for integrated care. You will develop key skills in critical appraisal, academic writing, information retrieval and the application of research knowledge to underpin evidence-based practice.

Integrated Care

You will explore the broad social, political and economic factors that underpin health and social care and the development of integrated care pathways and, ultimately, the impact of this on service users.

Indicative content is focused upon key topics such as the political factors affecting health and social care delivery including health inequality and service user perspectives.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

This course enables you to plan, manage and evaluate your learning through clear learning outcomes and assignment criteria. You are provided with creative and innovative learning experiences and, depending on the option modules you select, you could experience learning by using simulations, problem solving and role play.

Modules encourage you to learn from your peer group which is made up of other students who may be from the acute, community and independent sectors. You are supported throughout your course by the programme team. We also use the virtual learning environment to support you by providing session information and lectures.

How you are assessed

We use a range of assessment strategies depending on the modules you select. The core module assessments range from an exam in Year 1 to two written assignments of 3,000 words, the dissertation of 4,000 words and a recorded video presentation.

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

For the two-year route you should normally have a diploma or equivalent (Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) portfolio) which includes 120 credits at Levels 4 and 5. Find out more about RPL

For the one-year route you should have 60 credits at Level 6 or equivalent (for example, Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies within the last five years) which includes 120 credits at Levels 4 and 5.

For more information contact

Graeme Brennan on 01642 384159.

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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