Health Sciences BSc (Hons) Top-up Degree
What makes Health Sciences at Worcester special?
Our programme has been developed in partnership with students, service users and practice partners to ensure that what we offer is not only up-to-date, but satisfies the complex needs of you, your patients and your employers.
At Worcester you will find a range of modules and University Advanced Diplomas designed to fulfill your personal and professional needs - whether you are looking to “top-up” your Foundation degree or Diploma in Higher Education to a full honours degree, or you are a practitioner wanting to update your clinical skills or develop expertise in an entirely new area of practice.
- Study flexibly - our programme can be studied full or part-time, with many modules combining face-to-face teaching with on-line learning
- The programme is delivered by our team of expert lecturers who maintain close links with practice
- If you are looking for practice focused Continuing Practice Development (CPD), there are a range of individual modules and short awards available for you to choose from
- You may register for the BSc (Hons) Health Sciences degree in either semester 1 or semester 2
What qualifications will you need?
For level 6 entry, 120 credits each at level 4 and level 5 is usually necessary.
Some modules also have specific entry requirements if they are associated with awards from a regulatory body.
There are opportunities for Recognition of Prior Learning/ Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning for the purposes of entry. Contact our Admissions Office for more details.
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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.
In any given year the availability of option modules will depend on student numbers. In the event of an option module not being able to run due to a low numbers, students will be able to choose an alternative option module or the negotiated study module as an alternative (where appropriate, and subject to the approval of the Programme Lead).
List of Awards
- BSc (Hons) Health Sciences
- University Advanced Diploma Mentorship
- University Advanced Diploma Tissue Viability
- University Advanced Diploma Non-Medical Independent and Supplementary Prescribing
- University Advanced Diploma Health Assessment
- University Advanced Diploma Minor Illness/Minor Injury
- University Advanced Diploma Care of the Acutely Unwell or Injured Patient
- University Advanced Diploma Return to Nursing Practice
- University Advanced Diploma Palliative Care
- University Advanced Diploma Chemotherapy
- University Advanced Diploma Nutrition and Health
- University Advanced Diploma Dementia Care
The Award of a University Advanced Diploma (UAD) requires the completion of 40 credits at level 6 within two years.
For further information on the modules required for the above awards please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have a range of workshops and conferences that may be of interest.
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
Teaching and Learning
You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures. Some modules will have a work based learning component where you develop the practical skills and competencies which have been underpinned within the indicative content of your module.
In addition, you will have a personal academic tutor who is available to discuss and support you through the course.
The precise contact hours will depend on the modules you have selected and the credit value they have attached to them. The final module you will normally have less contact time in order to do more independent study. Typically, contact time will be structured around:
- 6 x 6 hour taught days over a 14 week semester made up of seminars, lectures and workshops
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake personal self-study per week. Again, this will depend on the module and its credit value, but on average, this could be around 10 hours 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, as well as preparing for examinations.
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 professional experience, demonstrators and technical officers. Where there is an area of particular specialist knowledge required, external lecturers and professionals will undertake teaching sessions.
All the regular teaching team will be registered healthcare professionals and either hold or be working towards a higher education teaching qualification. Currently over 85% of the regular teaching team are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles [http://www.worc.ac.uk/discover/health-staff-profiles.html].
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 written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and a final year independent studies project.
The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in the programme will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each module of the course is:
- 1 essay of 3000 words
- 1 x 15 minute individual or group presentation
For the final module (the independent study), the summative assessment is typically a literature review on a research question of your choice of approximately 10,000 words.
You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. 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.
Where could it take you?
Many employers in health and social care are looking for employees with graduate skills. The programme is mapped to the Knowledge and Skills Framework which meets the requirements for NHS careers.
Undertaking a course within the Health Sciences programme is an excellent opportunity for you to develop the practical and theoretical skills necessary both to further advance your career, and provide options for further study at Master`s and Doctoral level in the future.
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How much will it cost?
For the tuition fees for individual module please email email@example.com.
Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.
Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.
We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £153 per week.
For full details visit our accommodation page.
How do you apply?
Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or firstname.lastname@example.org