Professional Development in Health and Social Care (BA top-up)

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Key facts

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Start dates

September 2024 / September 2025

Course length

Full time: 1 year


This Professional Development in Health and Social Care 'top-up' degree is designed to provide a learning pathway for students who want to turn their previous studies and experience into a degree with honours. It is an opportunity to use relevant health and/or social care work experience as a foundation for academic study which is highly applied and relevant.

The modules focus on areas of quality enhancement, mentoring, leadership and evidence informed practice. We align the course content with health and social care roles and current practice priorities.

Successful completion of the degree will support student's continuous professional development, overall employability, further study at postgraduate level and career progression. The emphasis is on developinng a contextual understanding of health and social care provision and increasing the student's individual effectiveness.

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Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time off campus

Home (UK) full time off campus

Tuition fees

2024 / 25
Home (UK) full time off campus

2025 / 26
Home (UK) full time off campus

Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students. 

The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

  • For information on payment methods please see our Make a Payment page.
  • For information about refunds please visit our Refund policy page

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Applicants must hold a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE), Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent qualification. 

The crediting of existing qualifications into the programme shall be in line with University regulations and no applicant shall have Accredited Prior Learning equivalent to more than two-thirds of their target award recognised.

Applicants will normally be working in the fields of health or social care but we will consider applicants on an individual basis with recent and relevant work experience in Health and Social Care. 

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Students whose first language is not English will also need to demonstrate one or more of the following, or their equivalent: 

  • British Council IELTS at or above level 6.0 overall with 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking 
  • or University award taught and assessed in English 
  • or A-levels / high school diploma taught in English. 

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International applications

New College Swindon cannot accept international applicants at this time.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors.

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

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Programme changes:
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.