Applied Health & Social Science BA (Hons) Top-up Degree
What makes Applied Health & Social Science at Worcester special?The Applied Health and Social Science Top-up degree will advance your knowledge and practice to prepare you for a career in health, care or welfare sectors. This programme is open to those who have completed a Foundation degree or diploma level qualification who are looking to achieve an honours level qualification. The course will enable you to apply compassion and human dignity to improve the welfare and wellbeing of service users.
- Available as a 1-year (full-time) or 2-year (part-time) degree.
- Benefit from the strong practice links already established across the institute and engage with practitioners and service managers
- Opportunities to develop networks across health, care and social welfare sectors.
- Supervisor support for your Independent Study.
- A supportive environment not only for who wish to top-up their foundation degree or return to education after a period out
Thank you to your all for your help and encouragement over the past academic year. I feel I have gained a great deal from my time at university both academically and personally.
Applied Health & Social Science BA (Hons) Top-Up Student
What qualifications will you need?
A Foundation degree, DipHE, HND or equivalent qualification in health, care or welfare or related subject.
Supportive academic reference.
We will also consider applicants from non-standard entry routes.
We encourage applications from candidates who can provide evidence of their ability to work at Level 6 and substantial experience of working within health, care or social welfare.
If your qualification is not listed, please contact Registry Admissions for advice.
We have learnt so much and we will take a lot of it away with us and use it in practice. The tutors really are brilliant, and played a huge part in this course being so enjoyable. The teaching was very interactive and we always had good discussions.
Applied Health & Social Science BA (Hons) Top-Up Student
What will you study?
Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.
I would like to thank you both for your time and teaching on the course. It has been an incredibly useful learning experience and I can certainly say that I have learned a significant amount about family law, domestic abuse and human rights.
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
Teaching and Learning
The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.
You are taught using a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work and independent learning. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures. Group work focuses on developing and applying subject specific skills. Independent learning includes an independent study that enables you to pursue research in a topic of interest under the supervision of a lecturer. Meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least three occasions over the academic year.
The course has been specifically designed to enable teaching to occur on one day a week. This means that in a typical week you will have up to eight or more contact hours on one day of teaching, depending on the optional modules you have chosen and meetings with your independent study supervisor. Typically, contact time will be structured around lectures during which student will work individually, in smaller groups or seminars.
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations.
A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, supports independent learning.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with practice experience and contributions from guest speakers who are experts in their fields. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and 56 per cent of University lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.
The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, presentations and a final year independent studies project.
The precise assessment requirements for an individual student will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for the course is:
1 Major independent study project of approximately 8000 to 12000 words
7 summative essays ranging from 500 to 3500 words
1 individual or group presentation
1 media tool
You will receive feedback on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback supports learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate. We aim to provide feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.
You will also receive feedback on formative assessments.
Where could it take you?
Study at Level 6 enables you to secure knowledge and experience within your field of interest. Students who successfully complete this course will have access to a wide range of employment opportunities, such as:
- Statutory, voluntary and independent sector health and social services
- Statutory and voluntary sector organisations working with older people, families and people with disabilities
- Advice and guidance services
- Advocacy and social justice services
- Social enterprise
- Housing support services targeting young people
- Community based provision and services
- Health promotion services
- Welfare services
- Care services
On completion of your award you may also consider further study at Masters level. Relevant Masters Programmes include:
- MA Social Work
- MA Transformative Practice
- MSc Public Health
- MA Social Work and Community Practice