Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 1-2 years

UK fee

£5,040 (2022/23)

International fee

£5,040 (2022/23)

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start dates

January, September, May

Location

Online

Online course description

This Integrative Health and Social Care BSc (Hons) Top-Up course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and support you need for a rewarding career within the health and social care sector, whilst allowing you to focus on what matters: making a real difference to people’s lives.

Ensuring your skills and knowledge are up to date has never been more important for professionals involved in today’s changing and expanding health and social care sector. Developed to closely reflect the changing requirements of the health and social care sector, the BSc (Hons) Integrative Health and Social Care course is designed to help skilled practitioners lead developments and implement positive changes in their own area of practice.

This specialist course is ideally suited to a wide range of health and social care professionals from family support workers, health promotion workers and probation officers to care home managers, volunteer co-ordinators and charity workers. It is also suitable for health scientists, practice managers, social workers, youth workers and other similar roles within the health and social care sector.

Ideal for health and social care professionals

Working in the health and social care sector can often be demanding and fast-paced, making it difficult to take time out to study. Studying online gives you the flexibility to study part-time, alongside your existing commitments from anywhere in the world so you can improve your career prospects whilst also focusing on making a difference.

Integrative Care is increasingly being practised around the world, it is a global trend which covers complex and comprehensive fields with many different approaches and definitions of the concept. More and more practitioners are being called upon to lead change towards this concept within their organisation, both practically and strategically.

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Flexible and supported learning

The flexibility of this course allows you to devise a coherent programme of study, guided by a specialist Academic team consisting of Academic Leads, Associate Academics and Online Learner Advisors, who will support your individual aspirations and your requirements. Individual modules within the programme may address the development of your professional skills and knowledge, management and leadership skills, teaching and research skills.

This programme provides you with the opportunity to study core modules in integrative care, including leadership, management, mental health and wellbeing and public health. The curriculum is designed to provide a structured and cohesive focus on the core areas and advanced aspects of integrative health and social care practice in the twenty-first century.

Practitioners within health and social care face both challenges and opportunities that require innovation and the need to work inter-professionally. This programme will be intellectually challenging and enable organisations and markets to develop a workforce that can deliver effective health and social care, inter-agency working, policy development, strategic intentions and an integrative way of working, ensuring that patient, client, family, social and community benefit as a result of these interventions.

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How Jackie's passion for helping others has led to a new career

Online learning was the best option for Jackie because she works full time. Jackie is now caring for people who have dementia, have had strokes or are alcoholics and she helps people with mental health problems.

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What you will study

The focus of this programme encapsulates the principle of integrative care, ensuring a workforce is developed with a secure level of knowledge and skills base in integrative care fit for the 21st century. This programme reflects the academic benchmarks for students in health and social care, ensuring defined standards in knowledge, practice and application of ethical principles are met. Consultation for this programme with industry partners, stakeholders and students strongly highlighted the demand for flexible, inter-professional programmes such as this.

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. In addition, where demand is high, some modules may be subject to a cap.

You will need to complete six 20 credit modules including 3 core modules and 3 optional modules.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Wednesday, 20 July 2022 10.10 - 10.40

If you're interested to find out more about our online Health and Social Care courses, join the live Q&A to hear from Sharon Walker, Programme Leader, and get your questions answered.

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How you will learn

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Should you decide to study on the accelerated rate you should ensure that you have the capacity to fully engage with your studies and achieve the best grades and final award. If you choose to study on the accelerated rate, you will need to balance approximately 40 hours of study per week alongside your professional and personal life and commitments.

It may be useful to consider studying one module at the standard rate of study before deciding whether to then increase to the accelerated rate of study.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, literature reviews, presentations, research proposals, group work and practical reports.

Student support and guidance

Whilst we encourage our students to become independent, life-long learners, we also recognise that offering the right support and guidance will help you to achieve your goals. There is a wealth of support available to you at the University, from your dedicated Personal Tutor and Online Learner Advisor, through to our:

All these services, and more, are available to you as an online student at the University of Derby.

Get a taste of the course content

Our Integrative health and social care (Top-Up) BSc (Hons) course taster will give you an idea of how online learning works. It includes a selection of content from a course module so you can see what some of our learning material looks like.

You will need to complete a short form to access the course taster.

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Entry requirements

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We are also accepting the following ATHE qualifications:

English Language Qualifications

Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not studied in an English-speaking institution, will need:

*If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5, you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.

Fees and funding

2022/23 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2022 and August 2023.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £840 6 £5,040

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three payment plan options:

Undergraduate funding options

Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for an undergraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to meet the cost of tuition fees.

If you already hold an honours degree, and you are looking to re-skill or up-skill, you may still be eligible for a loan to study this course.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.


Students should apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Documents to support your application

In order for your application to be assessed, you will need to provide the following documents when you apply:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Please note: failure to submit any documentation when requested, may result in your application being withdrawn.

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Short courses and CPD

You can easily fit your continuing professional development (CPD) around shift patterns with our online short courses and modules. Keep up-to-date with current practice without attending college or university.

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Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.

Careers

This course is ideal for anyone working in the health and social care sector who are looking to further their career and pursue a degree. This would suit workers who are looking to develop their career in health and social care, for example, non-registered health practitioners and those with a foundation degree, BTEC or Level 5 certificate.

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