Professional Development in Health and Social Care
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This top-up degree is designed for students already working in health, allied health or social care. It allows you to build your qualifications up to a full university degree with Honours. Your workplace is important for learning and development. So, we encourage you to link your studies to your professional practice through discussion and work-based learning.
Our teaching is inspired by our staff’s excellent research. 95% of our research is of internationally recognised standard (Research Excellence Framework 2014). You can contribute to cutting-edge professional research within:
- allied health
- social care
- public health
working alongside experienced researchers.
Our students go on to have great careers. We align the course content with professional requirements and practice setting priorities. This means completion of the degree increases your employability and career progression. A university degree can also be a gateway to postgraduate study which is prized in many health and social care organisations.
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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.
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
This programme is taught online. All parts of the teaching curriculum have been designed for distance learning delivery, taking into account that students are not expected to have physical access to on-campus resources.
Teaching uses a combination of
- pre-recorded concise lectures in video format
- webinars allowing discussion with teaching staff
- asynchronous forums and activities allowing for feedback from teaching staff and peers
- formative online group work
- bespoke reading materials to address the learning needs of all students on the programme.
Although students may not meet face-to-face we provide support to link students with their peers and to facilitate a sense of belonging.
After you graduate
This course will provide you with the opportunity to engage, critically reflect and apply new learning related to contemporary Health & Social care provision; demonstrating your motivation & commitment to the further development of your role to enhance your career progression and employability.
Graduates from our programme sometimes continue their health and social care practice with a deeper understanding of how to develop themselves and others. Their studies also allow them to take up more senior roles within the workplace or to move into related-fields. Some graduates choose to progress to postgraduate study or research.
Many of our graduates choose to continue their studies at either master's or PhD level. Your tutors will be happy to advise you about further study.