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In Short

Application for this course is via UCAS UCAS Institution/Course Codes: Institution Code: W66, Course Code: L510.

The BSc (Hons) Professional Studies (Health and Community) Top Up is designed to be the springboard to a professional career in the health, social care or educational sector.

It draws together theory and practice and is aimed at those who enjoy working with people, want to work in the ‘caring professions’ and wish to gain a relevant academic qualification. It is equally suited to those who want to keep their options open and those who may already have some idea of where their career aspirations lie.

Key principles of inclusion, development and partnership underpin the content of the course and our philosophy in working with students. The course will be particularly relevant for you if you are interested in widening your career opportunities as it is designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills and workplace learning to enable you to work effectively within the sector.

Additionally, students will be expected to undertake work experience within the sector, reflecting upon their existing and developing skills and qualities within their modules to fully enhance their personal learning journey.

The qualification content is dynamic and responsive to trends in the health and social care sector, ensuring student knowledge and experiences are contemporary and relevant. The Programme endeavours to have small group sizes, allowing a personal approach to tuition. The flexible delivery of the programme enables students to work and learn at the same time.

Benefits of studying at Weymouth College:

  • Flexible delivery enabling you to work and learn at the same time
  • Exciting and varied programme of theoretical and practical subjects
  • High-quality provision with access to University of Plymouth resources
  • Regular industry liaison and visiting speakers
  • Exciting programme of off-site trips and practical activities
  • Professional and inspirational staff
  • Dedicated work placement staff to support placement within the care sector.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have studied previously to Level 5 in a related subject. Applicants will be required to supply/undergo an enhanced DBS check. All applicants will be required to attend an interview.


Course Content

The following modules may be subject to change:

  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Research Skills and Reflective Practice (20 credits)
  • Global and Contemporary Issues (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management (20 credits)
  • Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion (20 credits)


How will I be assessed?

The course provides an academically rigorous and vocationally relevant student experience. Students engage in work-based experiential learning at level 6 enabling them to explore potential     career aspirations and build experience in the workplace. These opportunities aim to ‘embed’ issues of theory, welfare provision and policy into day to day practice, and enable students to gain valuable experience in a work-based setting, extend their employability and gain access to potential employers. You will study a number of compulsory modules with the opportunity to develop areas of interest and specialism through a series of options. Throughout the programme there is a combination of formative and summative assessments. Summative assessment is through a combination of ‘standard’ and extended essays; individual and group presentations; group reports; the dissertation; and examinations


The course full-time fees for all students for this course will be £6950 and the part-time fees will be £3475 per annum for 2024/25. Details of the student finance available for all higher education students can be found on the student finance website

Note this course is classed as full-time HIGHER EDUCATION

Additional Course Costs

Currently the cost of visits/trips are funded as part of this course, as well as application costs for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance which is an enrolment requirement of this course.

*Note – All costs may be subject to change and may vary dependent on place of purchase.

Please note International Students will be charged an additional £250 admin fee on top of their tuition fee.

Continuing Professional Development Award

The University of Plymouth Continuing Professional Development Award consists of up to 60 credits from  Degree modules delivered at Weymouth College.  If you are an employer and looking to offer your employees the opportunity to develop their existing skills we will be happy to discuss the options available

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