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Build a career as a healthcare professional

The BSc Professional Health Studies will help you to understand the relationship between integrated health and social care systems. This is an increasingly important area of health policy, holding the possibility of reducing healthcare costs and providing a better experience for healthcare system users.

You will develop critical and analytical problem-based learning skills as well as transferable skills which reflect the demands made of today’s healthcare professionals.

The course can also support individuals who wish to pursue a career within the health and social care system in roles such as healthcare project manager, patient advice and support officer, and senior clinical support worker. The degree achieves this by helping you to develop critical awareness of workplace factors that could be improved to improve the patient experience.

The course has been designed primarily for health and social care professionals such as support workers, nurses, social workers, paramedics and other allied health professionals such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, counsellors and those providing holistic therapies.

 

The School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery

The School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery at UWS offers a variety of innovative courses with hands-on experience and work in virtual and real-life ward situations.

Our modern healthcare facilities across our Scottish campuses simulate clinical environments as well as home settings to teach caring for the elderly and people with dementia. If you’re learning in London we have face-to-face and online courses that will enable you to accelerate your career in the healthcare sector.

The School’s work on breastfeeding has been internationally recognised by UNICEF and our research into dementia policy and practice won best educational initiative at Scotland's Dementia Awards 2016.

Our students graduate ready to achieve their ambitions in the healthcare sector.

94%

of all UWS students in work and/or further education 6 months after graduating

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need? 

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Year 3

  • SQA HND or BTEC Level 5 HND:Relevant discipline in health and/or social care

Year 4

  • Entry into year 4 may be possible for prospective candidates holding a BA / BSc in Health and Social Care.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0


For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0


For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

This course aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to enhance your career in the health and social care sector. Over two years you will develop your knowledge and understanding of health and social care policy and practice, and develop solutions to enable delivery partners to work together in a more efficient and patient-centred way. 

The core themes of the degree are research skill development, professional development and contemporary healthcare issues. These themes help you to develop the graduate competencies and attributes that will help you to develop your career in health and social care and can be tailored to meet your individual interests or career goals. 

Additionally, this course can help you to gain accelerated entry onto a programme leading to a recognised nursing or professional qualification.

* a range of flexible, part-time delivery routes are available for this course. Please contact us for more information.

Year 3

In year 3 you will complete one core module (Critical Research Appraisal) as well as five optional modules (from a list of 20 options) including: 

  • Long-Term Conditions Management 
  • An Introduction to Palliative Care 
  • Therapeutic Communication 
  • Pain Management  
  • Essentials of Cancer Care 
  • Supporting People Facing Loss  

 

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning: 22% 
  • Independent study: 67% 
  • Placement: 11% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Practical: 7% 
  • Coursework: 93%

Year 4

In year 4 you will complete the following core module: 

  • Honours Dissertation

You will then need to undertake 4 optional modules: 

  • Effective Teaching in Practice
  • eHealth: Assessment from a Distance
  • Improving Population Health
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care
  • Utilising eHealth to support Healthcare

You may take 3 modules from the above list and one other module from our list of available modules (at SCQF Level 9) if appropriate. 

Teaching & Assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical workshops. 

There will also be group work, literature reports and research projects in order to ensure our degrees provide a strong set of additional skills, such as presentational and communicative skills. 

Our nursing degree uses a variety of assessment methods. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect: 

  • Written examinations 
  • Written reports 
  • Coursework 
  • Practical assessment

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Career prospects

Jobs

This degree prepares you for a successful career in a diverse range of job roles within the health and social services sector in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Previous graduates have achieved promotion in their current workplace while others have gone on to work for local authorities, health boards, local and national government agencies and charities.

Further Study

Some graduates choose further study including an MSc in Health Studies.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees

Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£1,820 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,300 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

London Campus 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£9,250 per year of study

English, Northern Irish, Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,300 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses


The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

HOW TO APPLY

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40

GO TO UCAS


If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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Course Leader

Elaine Stevens

Health, Nursing and Midwifery

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