Health and Social Care Studies (top up)
Faculty of Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
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Higher Education - BSc Hons (top up) Hele Building This is a one-year top-up programme or two year, part-time programme T28V Click here for info

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

The BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care (top-up) programme will provide you with the critical skills and experience required for a variety of roles within the health and social care sector, including health education and promotion, housing, community work, residential care and drug and alcohol services. You will benefit from our strong industry links, with expert guidance and assessment feedback direct from employers. You will also complete vocational experience in the health and social care sector and reflect on your personal and professional development. The broad subject area allows you to tailor your assignments to your specific vocational interests.

You will have access to dedicated higher education facilities, e-learning and mixed media resources within the faculty and enjoy visits from guest speakers and employers. You will demonstrate your skills using reflection, presentations, IT and guided research. Assessment is completely coursework based and you will attend a mixture of lectures, tutorials, demonstrations and seminars.

What topics will I study?

Year 3 models:

  • Health and social care futures
  • Work based learning
  • Working with service users with additional needs
  • Interagency and partnership working
  • Research methods (dissertation)

Click here to view the programme specification for this course.

What experiences will I get?

You will complete a minimum of 100 hours of professional development in a relevant health and social care setting. You will benefit from guest speakers from the industry and be taught by lecturers with relevant and up-to-date industry experience.

What are the entry requirements?

For this Level 6 top-up qualification a Level 5 qualification or equivalent is required.


What facilities are there?

You will have access to three different Learning Centres that will provide you with access to computers, books, E Books and Journal articles. There are also a number of coffee shops on site. 

What can the course lead on to?

On successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care (top-up), students have the opportunity to continue their learning and progress on to a Level 7 Masters degree programme. Progression to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is also an option. Alternatively, students may progress directly into employment in the health, care, voluntary and charitable sectors.

Are there any additional costs?

You will need an enhanced DBS check completed through the College (the cost is currently (£44.00).

What do our students think?

I started the Foundation degree in Health and Social Care Studies with trepidation, not sure I could meet the demands of studying at degree level. The first year was definitely a big step-up from Further Education but the biggest challenge I faced was the second year which required another leap in level. Now at the end of the second year, I feel prepared and empowered and am looking forward to the third and final year. I have now been at Exeter College for five years and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. I have grown and developed as a person and a professional. Thank you for the opportunities and believing in me."

My main achievements have been gaining academic and educational confidence, personal skills - a list that is never ending. Dealing with life situations are now easier as I look at all situations from a myriad of differing opinions and objectives. I have met new people, new friends and developed skills. You have great access to tutors who are always on hand to help either face to face or by email.”

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