Applied Studies in Integrated Health and Social Care (Online) - AdvDip / BSc / BSc (Hons)

Attendance:
AdvDip - Distance Learning (2 years)
BSc - Distance Learning (3 years)
BSc (Hons) - Distance Learning (15 months)
Starting:
September 2020
Campus:
Online Learning

Please note

This course and the information on this page is indicative based on the 2019/20 academic year. The final details for this course starting in 2020/21 may be subject to change and will be confirmed in June 2019.

Are you a practitioner or professional working in a health and social care setting within the UK, EU or Overseas and you wish to gain an Advanced Diploma or a degree? This part-time course offers you the flexibility to study at a pace that fits learning around your work and personal commitments. 

What's covered in the course?

The course is delivered entirely online and will develop your academic and reasoning skills whilst working within your own field of practice. There is no requirement to attend the University. You will experience a high level of interaction and contact with tutors and fellow students. It is recognised that active engagement is key to your success on the course. Emphasis is placed on student-centred learning in which you will have the opportunity to consider, in significant depth, the development of personal and practice goals.   

The course gives you the opportunity to enhance your employability whilst developing transferable graduate skills in independent learning and time management, digital literacy, communication and goal sharing within a community of learning. The course will increase your confidence to contribute more effectively to workplace initiatives and give leadership to re-evaluate practice and improve services. 

The course provides a set of non-competency based modules to meet the diverse needs of practitioners working across the health and social care environments. Global, national and local practices are at the forefront of our teaching, learning and assessment activities. We offer you access to a multidisciplinary teaching team with a portfolio of national and international teaching and research experience. We ensure our students feel supported and have access to a Personal Tutor throughout their study.    

Advanced Diploma

The full award comprises of three, 20 credit modules all studied at level 6, all of which are Core and therefore Compulsory. The modules provide a strong focus on critical reflection and evidence based skills, communication, personal and practice development through personal development planning and leadership for service improvement. There is also opportunity to accredit prior learning. 

BSc (Hons)

The full award comprises of six, 20 credit modules all studied at level 6, five of which are Core and one is an Optional module which is chosen from a menu of options. The Core and compulsory modules provide a strong focus on critical reflection and evidence based skills, communication, personal and practice development through teaching, education and leadership for service improvement. Amongst the options we offer applied physiology and pharmacology, Long Term Conditions, Audit and Specialist Practice. There is also opportunity to accredit prior learning. 

Why Choose Us?

  • Our course enables working health and social care practitioners to study flexibly online at a pace and place that suits personal work-life commitments   
  • Our course gives practitioners opportunity to top up their qualifications to degree level
  • We welcome overseas, EU and UK students
  • Our learning experience provides highly interactive, collaborative and inter-professional opportunities
  • Global, national and local practices are at the forefront of our teaching, learning and assessment activities  
  • We offer you access to a  multidisciplinary teaching team with a portfolio of national and international teaching and research experience
  • We ensure our students feel supported and part of the whole University experience
  • Student loan finance - have you already studied an undergraduate degree but would like to do a second one in Applied Studies in Integrated Health and Social Care (Online)? You may be eligible for funding.

This course is open to International students

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Entry Requirements

Advanced Diploma (Professional Studies)

Applicants with 120 credits L4 for example gained from registered Professional Award (certificate level) obtained overseas, in the EU or UK or equivalent qualifications and accredited awards. 

BSc (Ordinary degree)

Applicants with 180 credits L4 & 5 or equivalent for example gained from a Higher National Certificate or HND, Diploma HE or other.

BSc (Hons)

Must have or equivalent for example gained from Diploma HE, FdSc or HND. 

All pathways

IELTS average score of 6.0 with lowest score of 5.5, or equivalent

Must be working full or part time in a health and social care-related setting

International Students

Entry requirements here

More information

Applicants may include Registered Professionals (Eg Dip HE nurses, Dental Nurses, ODP, Paramedics, Social Workers, Dental Hygienists, Assistant Practitioners with FdSc etc)

All non-standard or overseas, UK  or EU qualifications can be assessed on a case-by-case basis for meeting the Entry Requirements.

Don’t meet our entry requirements?

You could apply for a foundation course or a course at our International College. These routes have lower entry requirements and act as the bridge to a full degree. To find out more, please select your status:

Home student International student

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
AdvDip Sep 2020 DL 2 years
TBC
Register your interest
BSc Sep 2020 DL 3 years
TBC
Register your interest
BSc (Hons) Sep 2020 DL 15 months
TBC
Register your interest

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
AdvDip Sep 2020 DL 2 years
TBC
Register your interest
BSc Sep 2020 DL 3 years
TBC
Register your interest
BSc (Hons) Sep 2020 DL 15 months
TBC
Register your interest

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for this course or have any queries please email the course leader, Cathy Kitchen on: cathy.kitchen@bcu.ac.uk

Find out about entry qualifications in your country. 

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

Personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Fees for part-time students

Several undergraduate degrees are available on a part-time study basis. These are usually studied over five or six years with fees due based on credit requirements each year.

If you study over six years, the you will pay 50 per cent of the full-time annual fee each year.

If you study over five years, you will pay 50 per cent of the full-time annual fee for years one and two, and 66 per cent of the full-time annual fee for years three to five.

Workplace experience

Applicants must be in a working capacity in a relevant field of practice to enable the achievement of the course learning outcomes. All learning and assessment activity is related to the students’ workplace experience. 

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Student loan finance - have you already studied an undergraduate degree but would like to do a second one in Applied Studies in Integrated Health and Social Care (Online)? You may be eligible for funding.

Advanced Diploma

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 60 credits):

Essential Skills for Evidence Based Practice
20 credits

This module will build upon the academic skills that you have acquired from previous study. It is specifically intended that by studying this module you will develop the ability to make decisions about your professional practice based upon the best evidence available.

Leading Service Improvement in Contemporary Practice
20 credits

This module promotes the improvement of health and social care service provision through personal and professional development of staff working in dynamic health or social care settings. It acknowledges that effective leadership skills need to be embedded at all levels in care-providing organisations if service delivery is to be continually developed and improved. This is a module which takes into account the needs of multi-disciplinary practitioners and facilitates inter-disciplinary learning to ensure effective and efficient services are delivered across both clinical and non-clinical settings.

Communication in Health and Social Care
20 credits

This module aims to develop your collaborative skills both as a learner and as a health and social care practitioner. Therefore, whilst studying this module, you can expect to work with and learn from students and tutors from other health and social care disciplines.

BSc (Hons)

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 100 credits):

Essential Skills for Evidence Based Practice
20 credits

This module will build upon the academic skills that you have acquired from previous study. It is specifically intended that by studying this module you will develop the ability to make decisions about your professional practice based upon the best evidence available.

Leading Service Improvement in Contemporary Practice
20 credits

This module promotes the improvement of health and social care service provision through personal and professional development of staff working in dynamic health or social care settings. It acknowledges that effective leadership skills need to be embedded at all levels in care-providing organisations if service delivery is to be continually developed and improved. This is a module which takes into account the needs of multi-disciplinary practitioners and facilitates inter-disciplinary learning to ensure effective and efficient services are delivered across both clinical and non-clinical settings.

Communication in Health and Social Care
20 credits

This module aims to develop your collaborative skills both as a learner and as a health and social care practitioner. Therefore, whilst studying this module, you can expect to work with and learn from students and tutors from other health and social care disciplines.

Studying a Negotiated Topic
20 credits

This module is aimed at healthcare practitioners who wish to negotiate learning of a bespoke topic.

Under the guidance of facilitators, you will be able to direct your learning and identify relevant learning opportunities that you feel enable you to learn more about a specific field of study.

Developing Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care
20 credits

This online module is aimed at meeting the needs of practitioners involved in the training and education of practitioners both within the practice and academic setting to provide high standards of care. Since 2012 the changes in health care education to all-graduate programmes for both NMC and AHP registrants alongside a call for practice-based learning to form a higher proportion of student learning means that effective and valuable clinical education is an essential part of undergraduate curriculums.

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 20 credits from the following list of OPTIONAL modules.

Applied Physiology and Pharmacology in Health and Social Care
20 credits

In this module you will develop your knowledge of the physiological basis of disease and current available strategies to treat ill health. Particular emphasis will be placed on the physiological origins of chronic diseases and current and emerging strategies to treat and manage patients will these conditions. In addition to these chronic conditions, you will also explore the impact of threats to global health such as antibiotic resistance, TB and influenza.

Developing Specialist Practice in Health and Social Care
20 credits

This multi-professional module can be accessed as a stand-alone option or part of a structured degree course. It is a multi-professional module for those who are already working in a specialist role; are planning to become a specialist or are working within a specialist area of care. It is provided completely on line; there is no requirement to attend the University. Work is provided in a wide range of weekly e-activities which are varied and stimulating. 1-1 tutorials are provided via Skype or FaceTime. It is run alongside the Level 7 module.

Management of Persons Affected by Long Term Conditions
20 credits

This module will build upon practice and academic skills that you have acquired from previous study. It is specifically intended that by studying this module you will develop the ability to make decisions about your professional practice in relation to managing Long Term Conditions based upon the best evidence available.

 
APL previous study / Or APL a module that reflects the course outcomes
20 credits

Advanced Diploma and BSc (Ordinary top up degree) Applied studies in integrated health and social care

You will be learning entirely online.

The awards Advanced Diploma and the BSc Applied studies in integrated health and social care (top-up degree) is comprised of 3, 20 credit modules studied at level 6 (degree).

Therefore a total of 60 level 6 credits is gained through study of this course.

All 3 modules are Core therefore compulsory to the award.  The modules have scheduled start and finishing dates and are offered only once per academic year. Study of the 3 modules can be undertaken over 6 months and maximum of 2 years (Advanced Diploma) or 3 years ( BSc Ordinary degree).  

BSc (Hons) Applied studies in integrated health and social care (top-up degree)

You will be learning entirely online.

The awards BSc (Hons) Applied studies in integrated health and social care (top-up degree) is comprised of 6, 20 credit modules studied at level 6 (degree). You will study 5 Core modules and select 1 option from a menu of modules.

Therefore a total of 120 level 6 credits is gained through study of this course.

All 5 Core modules are therefore compulsory to the award.  There is opportunity to accredit prior learning: this must reflect the programme aims and will be assessed on a case by case basis.

The modules have scheduled start and finishing dates and are offered only once per academic year. Study of the 6 modules can be undertaken over 15 months and maximum of 3 years.

Assessment

There are a wide range of assessments across the programme to include e-portfolio, Critical Incident Report, Reflective Account and an oral presentation.

Each module offers Formative Assessment opportunities for receiving feedback and a Summative graded Assessment.

There are no competencies attached to the programme. 

Course Specifications

Download the course specifications for your award: 

Employability

This programme sets out to enhance your skills, understandings and personal attributes that make you more employable including graduate attributes such as creative problem-solving, enterprise, working collaboratively or independently with initiative

As an interdisciplinary programme in which collaborative learning is central to its philosophy, you will gain further skills and understandings of inter-professional working within systems and services for health and social care across the sectors of the UK, EU and overseas.

The programme is entirely online in which a range of technologies support the teaching and learning experience delivered within a constructive collaborative framework. Digital Literacy is key to inter-sector networking and the service infra-structure as invaluable knowledge and skills to be gained on this programme.

Recruitment of students nationally and internationally aims to provide opportunities to develop a global outlook on health and social care practices.

Links to Industry

This programme is practice-driven thereby requiring part-time students to draw upon their work experiences. Learning, teaching and assessment is contextualised and meaningful to current practices in the health and social care sectors. The programme is facilitated by a team of multi-professional academics with research and teaching experience in international studies.  

Student loan finance - have you already studied an undergraduate degree but would like to do a second one in Applied Studies in Integrated Health and Social Care (Online)? You may be eligible for funding.

International

This programme previously recruited from across the United Kingdom and Canada, New Zealand and Qatar.

The newly approved BSc Hons, incorporating the Advanced Diploma and BSc Ordinary Degree now provides opportunities for candidates holding a certificate level qualification in a Registered Profession (Nursing, Allied Health such as ODP or Paramedic Science; Social Work) to apply for an Advanced Diploma.

This is a unique opportunity for UK, EU and International health and social care professionals to study online whilst working overseas and gain a UK University degree related to their workplace practice.

All students studying online will have access to University resources and department services provided also for campus-based students, including access to Library and IT Helpdesk as required. 

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.

The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Cathy Kitchen

Senior Lecturer, Course Leader

Cathy's professional interests include chronic kidney disease, patient education for LTCs, aspects of urology and urogynaecology/continence, Teaching and Learning, e-learning pedagogy and research methods.