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Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 1-2 years

UK fee

£5,040 (2020/21)

International fee

£5,040 (2020/21)

Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start dates

January, September, May



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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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.


Code: 6CL513

Integrating Practices

This important module is shared across subject disciplines related to health and social care.

The module attracts a wide range of professionals involved in the provision and delivery of a global, changing and expanding health and social care agenda. One of the ways things are changing is with increased integration. Attempts at integrating practices may bring together various kinds of approaches and services related to diagnosis, therapy, treatment, care, rehabilitation and health promotion. Hence, it is possible that ‘integration can lead to improved services in relation to ones such as; access, quality, user satisfaction and efficiency’ (WHO, 2020). It is advisable to study this module within the first year of the programme as it sets the foundation for developing integrative practices within practice. This is important whether working within therapeutic practice (at micro levels), or integrating care pathways with other practitioner groups and organisations (at more macro levels).

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse person centred integrative care and practice
  2. Critically evaluate contemporary approaches towards, and barriers to, integrative working within own sphere of practice
  3. Reflect on the self-development needed to support integrative working practices.

Module content

During this module you will have the opportunity to work with other learners in order to both learn and collaborate on an assignment. There is a focus on concepts and theory in areas such as: person centred integrative care and practice; ethical (principles and dilemmas); legal duties and responsibilities; professional and organisational contexts; power, communication, subjects, disciplines and the organisation of labour. A wide range of factors will be analysed that support and hinder integrated working such as: philosophical, power based, social, cultural, financial, procedural, legal, relationship and interpersonal factors. You will assess your own working or workplace and will consider and present ideas towards change. There is a focus on self, origins, attitudes and values, prejudices and biases that influence working with different people and groups. Different aspects of ethical principles and codes will be considered as well as personal development, reflection and self-awareness. Also considered will be what needs to be done to ensure the following can be created: healthy boundaries (with others); self-care strategies; to include adequate forms of mentoring, clinical supervision, personal therapy and continuous professional development dependent upon practice area.

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20 Credits

Code: 6HC508

Preparing for Research and Evidence Based Practice

Health and social care practice requires a good knowledge of high-quality evidence in order to provide evidence-based care and services. Conversely, improving health and social care services is of great importance.

Innovation and creativity in practice can help to improve the quality of care but such change and improvement cannot be made without a thorough understanding of evidence and research. This module will enable you to understand and critically discuss the importance of evidence and research in your practice environment. It will enable you to consider the evidence used in your practice and how you decide upon this. It will also allow you to consider the process of research in the generation of evidence. Frameworks that underpin the processes of research and evidence-based practice will be presented and you will begin to apply them to a topic of your choice, that relates to your own area of practice. This module will develop skills in critical appraisal of research and evidence directly related to your area of practice. This ethos forms the basis of the level 6 module: Research and evidence base for practice. The content of the following module 'Research and evidence in practice' combined with this module will provide you with the knowledge and structure of a research and/or service improvement/evaluative framework that you may employ to improve quality of care and services.

Module learning outcomes

  1. Critically evaluate a body of evidence or research in relation to your chosen environment

Module content

This module will build on your knowledge of evidence and research-based practice. In doing this it will enable you to conduct a short desk based project that requires you to critically appraise research literature or wider evidence that directly informs your practice. Through this first module and the following module, you will follow either an evidence-based practice framework or a research framework.

By the end of this module you will have covered:

  • The role and importance of research and evidence-based practice
  • The types of evidence and approaches research
  • How evidence-based practice and research are inter-related
  • Debates surrounding the implementation of evidence and research, eg legal, ethical and professional issues
  • Methods to critically appraise research and/or evidence-based practice
  • The evidence-based practice cycle
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20 Credits

Code: 6HC511

Research and Evidence in Practice

You will build on your prior learning and progress through the evidence-based practice cycle or research process.

This module will guide you through the process of writing a research proposal or plan for a practice-based investigation. You will not conduct primary research or service evaluation in your area of practice but studying this module will enable you to synthesise theoretical concepts, research and evidence-based practice processes on a topic that is directly relevant to your practice. This will form the basis of the skills and experience required to conduct primary research/service evaluation projects to improve health and social care/practice. The content of the preceding module 'Preparing for research and evidence-based practice' combined with this module will provide you with the knowledge and structure of a research and/or service improvement/evaluative framework that you may employ to improve quality of care and services.

Module learning outcomes

  1. Synthesise knowledge of the processes of evidence or research into your environment
  2. Critically reflect on the process of research or evidence generation, identifying strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for your own development

Module content

You will build on the chosen pathway from the preceding module 'Preparing for research and evidence-based practice'.

You will study one of two pathways through guided activity (although both will be available to everyone).

Building on the evidence-based practice cycle:

  • Ask
  • Acquire
  • Appraise
  • Analyse
  • Apply

The research process:

  • Define and describe a problem
  • Develop a plan to gather data
  • Implement the plan
  • Analyse the data
  • Conclude and disseminate findings
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20 Credits

Code: 6CL514

Relationships Informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

This module is located within health and social care-related programmes. Thus, the module may be studied by a wide range of practitioners and professionals involved in different caring roles.

In studying this module you will learn some important components of what it is to be a practitioner who can integrate knowledge and skills from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approaches into your current practice. In short, you are becoming a CBT informed helper who can make safe decisions about when to work using knowledge and skills from CBT and when not to. You will learn about how CBT practitioners make sense of and also the use of therapeutic relationships and skills. In addition, you will analyse in interviewing and assessment skills. You will then go on to determine how you may integrate this knowledge and skills into your current professional practice.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate your participation in self-development and peer supervision activities
  2. Identify how the learned skills and insights from CBT approaches can be integrated safely within your current practice
  3. Critically analyse the use of relational and interviewing skills in work with others that is informed by CBT approaches

Module content

During this module you will work with other learners in order to explore the importance of the therapeutic relationship within CBT approaches. You will discover the crucial role that your own self-awareness and self-development has in this. You will learn about the different skills (informed by a CBT approach) that may be employed in forming and developing therapeutic relationships and also in interviewing, assessing and formulating with people. In addition, you will have the chance to work with peers to critically reflect on your own practice and assess how the above ideas and skills maybe appropriately and safely integrated within your own current practice.

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20 Credits

Code: 6CL515

Working with People with Distress and Disorder

This module is located within health and social care-related programmes. Thus, the module may be studied by a wide range of practitioners and professionals involved in many different caring roles.

In studying this module you will learn about how all people can experience a range of different forms and degrees of emotional and psychological distress and disorder. There is an even wider range of historically, politically and socially, and culturally informed ways of making sense of this experience. You will study a range of the issues and debates in how we have, and now do, diagnose and then treat people. In addition, the module will also enable you to critically reflect on your work role and your workplace and on how you and your colleagues can work with people who experience distress and disorder in a facilitating way.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse a range of different ways of making sense of complex forms of emotional, physical and psychological distress
  2. Critically evaluate the possible causes of, and treatments for people who experience specific distress, disorders or psychopathologies
  3. Critically reflect upon your role, when using insights from CBT approaches to therapeutically support people who are considered to have a mental disorder

Module content

During this module you will work with learners from different health, nursing and social care courses in order to study a range of what we may currently term mental and emotional distress or disorder. You will pay particular attention to a range of historical and cultural ways in which humans have identified and categorised these areas of experience, and reasons why we may have done so. You will study mainstream approaches such as DSM (APA 2013) and ICD (WHO 2010), alongside ideas from critical psychology and anti-psychiatry. Within these, you will consider issues around power, diversity, equality and personal (as opposed to just clinical) recovery. You will analyse a wide range of ideas about what may cause different disorders and distress and an even wider range of possible treatments, medications and therapies that may treat, help and support people in different ways. Finally, you will make sense of what you have learnt in terms of a specific workplace setting. You will focus on information sharing, risk assessment and management, and also referral and signposting.

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20 Credits

Code: 6HC507

Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care

This module will introduce you to a variety of leadership and management theory and models that can be implemented into your practice.

You will participate in ongoing reflection of your own leadership and management style/approach and consider how theory influences this or might improve your leadership and management strategy in the future. You will also discuss the role of leadership and management in maintaining and improving the quality of services.

Module learning outcomes

  1. Critically reflect on the role of leadership and management theory in your health and social care practice
  2. Synthesise leadership and management theories or models in into your own practice

Module content

This module will cover a range of leadership and management theories and models along with methods to reflect on your leadership/management practice (including some of the following):

  • Microsystems
  • Adaptive leadership
  • Team dynamics and culture
  • Change, eg Lewin’s model
  • Professional accountability and quality care
  • Conflict management and negotiation
  • Models of reflection
  • What kind of leader are you? What does this mean?
  • Process mapping
  • Lean approach and PDSA
  • Political astuteness
  • Understanding emotions
  • Stakeholder analysis

You will be encouraged to reflect on your practice and apply some of these theories to analysis of situations and your leadership development.

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20 Credits

Code: 6HC510

Working with Vulnerable People

The ability to identify and work positively with vulnerable people is a core requirement within the health and social care arena.

Managing and understanding the concepts of abuse, risk and vulnerability within both a historical and practical context is, therefore, a requirement. There is a duty to assess and protect vulnerable service users. Recent significant cases in the adult and child sectors have highlighted a lack of skills in identifying, assessing and managing risk. In this module, you will cover a wide range of concepts including vulnerability, safeguarding, disability, inequality, poverty, mental health and substance abuse. The module will also introduce you to the policy, legal and ethical perspectives surrounding vulnerability and teach you how to identify, assess and manage risk within frameworks and theories.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate multiple dimensions of risk and vulnerability
  2. Collaboratively analyse the interrelationship between social agencies and practitioners to establish a framework of risk management.

Module content

  • Political and social dimensions of abuse, neglect and violence
  • Hidden/underreported forms of harm
  • Familial violence
  • Violence towards children and vulnerable adults, partner violence
  • Ethnicity and cultural relativism
  • Serious case reviews
  • Recognition of signs and indicators of abuse (including antecedents and indirect indicators)
  • Risks and vulnerabilities in context
  • Models of assessment including risk assessment models and tools
  • Working with complexity, fear and uncertainty
  • Disability and barriers
  • Poverty
  • Fabricated and fictitious illness
  • ‘Hidden’ contexts
  • Institutional abuse
  • Migrant and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
  • Sexually exploited and trafficked children
  • Best interests decisions
  • Removal, reunification, rehabilitation
  • Alternative care provision
  • Development of plans that address risk and vulnerability and promote change
  • Balancing benefits of different interventions
  • Communicating across ages and building relationships
  • Assessment of capacity
  • The role and opportunities for therapeutic engagement
  • Inter-professional perspectives and referrals
  • Frameworks for action and planning
  • Challenges of objectivity, managing personal and professional responses
  • Primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies
  • Power inequalities and why they arise
  • Consequences of inequality
  • Power differentials
  • Law and policy
  • Oppression
  • Stigma and stereotyping
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20 Credits

Code: 6HC514

Educating in health and social care

This module prepares you the practitioner with a remit for education to develop the skills and knowledge to facilitate effective learning and holistically assess the total performance of a range of learners in their health or social care workplace. Development of an interprofessional learning culture underpinned by evidence based practice and reflection on the role of a practitioner educator will be integral to this module.

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse a range of teaching and learning theory and apply to your own practice
  2. Identify barriers to assessment in your workplace and critically review assessment theory related to practice based assessment
  3. Develop a learning culture in your workplace supporting colleagues and learners to achieve their goals.

Module Content

This module will focus on the following areas:

  • The role of the practitioner educator in learning and assessment in the workplace
  • Reviewing the range of learning theory and application to adult learning in health and social care
  • Analyse findings from literature and research on current issues in practice based assessment
  • Development of a quality learning environment where learners thrive
  • Reflection on current policy issues and opportunities for practitioner educators within an interprofessional health and social care team
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20 Credits

Code: 6NU503

Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Policy and Practice

The current policy agenda and developing culture in health care increasingly encourage the exposure and debate of ethical and legal issues. The development of mechanisms for ethical review within the machinery of Clinical Governance, and the changes in ethical governance of professions have highlighted the importance of ethical issues and are contributing to a culture of more open discussion. In an increasingly litigious culture, the interface between health care and law is also becoming increasingly important. Professional practitioners need to be able to engage with these issues in a coherent and confident way. Such issues arise at all levels, policy, organisation, team and individual patient care, and the module programme also seeks to address all these levels. This module will assist you the practitioner to recognise and engage with these issues by application of the principles to the practice situation.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse ethical and legal issues relevant to health care practice and policy, incorporating critical application of selected theoretical perspectives relevant to ethics in health
  2. Understand and apply relevant ethical arguments and legal perspectives to a specific practice situation

Module content

  • Theories of ethics
  • Professional and interprofessional ethics
  • Legal principles relevant to health care
  • Autonomy, consent and confidentiality
  • Duty of care
  • Quality of life
  • Decisions at the beginning and end of life
  • Rationing of health care
  • Organisations in health care
  • Professional standards and guidance

Graduate skills

  • Decision making
  • Responsibility
  • Accountability
  • Adherence to laws

Digital skills

You will also be given the opportunity to develop digital skills through the use of interactive technology, eg discussion forums, personal blog. This module will enable you to:

  • Participate in online discussion forums and activities
  • Share information safely and appropriately online
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20 Credits

Code: 6NU519

Public Health: UK and International Perspectives

Although there have been improvements in public health across the globe there still remain great inequalities within regions and countries of the world.

Social, environmental and medical determinants of these inequalities impact on the health of communities and environment. Public Health activities play a key part in improving the health of families, communities and neighbourhoods. You will gain a critical understanding of health surveillance, key public health initiatives, health protection, governance and legislature. You will explore and examine the issues that relate to public health through an international lens in terms of determinants of health and through reflection on your own practice. Using essential elements of public health as a framework, you will be able to compare activities between regions and countries to apply your own knowledge in relation to your own area of public health.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss and critically reflect on how key public health initiatives may impact on the wider determinants of health to control or remove health effects
  2. Propose further recommendations to an identified global health issue

Module content

  • Definitions and scope of public health
  • Foundations of modern public health
  • Communicable disease
  • Public health and the new public health agenda Individual, Community and Population level approaches
  • Reflection for learning and public health practice
  • Disposal of the dead and welfare funerals
  • Pest control and zoonosis
  • The organisation of public health nationally and internationally
  • Accessing and using demographic and epidemiological data and information for public health
  • Exploring inequalities in health – the socioeconomic determinants of health
  • Multidisciplinary public health
  • Exploring global public health activities
  • Barriers to public health practice
  • Public health in a digital world
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20 Credits

Code: 6NU537

Partnerships in Dementia Care

The module introduces the professional, ethical and legal dilemmas within the context of quality of life, age and culture surrounding dementia.

Through collaborative exploration of leadership structures, models of practice, management, efficiency, effectiveness and consistent quality and performance you will propose interventions to enhance dementia care within clinical practice. The theme 'person centred care' will underpin the module and you will explore cognitive and behavioural methods of intervention for the client.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate frameworks for effective, collaborative high-quality interventions based on person-centred care
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of multidisciplinary perspectives of dementia and approaches to care

Module content

  • The professional, ethical and legal dilemmas associated with the care of individuals living with dementia in relation to context, quality of life, age and culture
  • Leadership structures
  • Models of practice management
  • Person-centred care including cognitive and behavioural methods of intervention
  • Underpinning practice and use of evidence in dementia care
  • Communication and compassion
  • The impact and involvement of caregivers and their families
  • How a town 'social network organisation' could become a supporter of dementia care
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20 Credits

Code: 6NU538

Social Consequences of Dementia Care

Recognition of the trajectory of the disease and the challenges associated with assisting people to maintain as much independence as possible, through the stages of dementia, is a key focus of a modern health and social care system. The module aims to develop skills required of an advanced practitioner capable of autonomous working within your practice setting. You will build on your understanding of dementia as an ‘impairment’, differentiate between approaches and models of care, understand the barrier to the maintenance of personhood and apply evidence to practice appropriate to your health or social care context. This module is suitable for a range of staff from health and social care settings such as adult nurses, mental health nurses, social workers and occupational therapists, but also including those who work in nursing homes and community settings, those who provide integrated services, Prison services and care for people with a diagnosis of dementia.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the context of local and national health and social care initiatives in dementia care and explore the implications for practitioners
  2. Critically evaluate barriers to maintaining personhood
  3. Critically reflect on your own role in developing a service improvement project/initiative

Module content

  • Models of reflection
  • Communication, compassion and courage
  • Introduction to dementia, diagnosis trajectory and treatment
  • Different approaches, eg bio-medical explanations of dementia as an 'impairment' and social model of disability
  • Understanding dementia from a socio-cultural perspective/psychological perspective
  • Factors influencing a loss of personhood
  • The impact of stigma and attitudes towards individuals, their families and care givers
  • Different models of care, eg person-centered care/recovery model
  • The role of the professional in developing and applying best practice standards and the application of evidence and research
  • Consider the measures of control and release of control over the quality of life.
  • Maintaining independence
  • Self determination
  • Right to life
  • Government legislation, eg Mental Capacity Act (2005) and European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights (2013)
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20 Credits

Code: 6NU545

Advanced Concepts in Palliative Care

In this module you will consolidate your learning, drawing on previous knowledge and skills to develop confidence and competence in holistic support of a patient and their carers at the end of life. Within all health care environments, practitioners are at the forefront in caring for the dying patient. Practitioners are required to work closely with family members in order to support them through the process of the illness and subsequent bereavement. Managing symptoms, supporting client and carers and utilising one’s own and others' expertise to the benefit of the client are all important aspects of the role of the palliative care practitioner. Contemporary frameworks demonstrate the need to provide the right level of care at the right time and in the right place, which is of paramount importance to all concerned.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of external influences which have a direct effect on end of life care, and the strategies employed by the practitioner to facilitate the delivery of quality palliative care services
  2. Critically evaluate a variety of physical, psychological, spiritual and social factors which impact on the client’s experience in relation to palliative care

Module content

Module content will include:

  • Concepts of loss and bereavement assessment in palliative care
  • Holistic care delivery strategies
  • Ethical and professional issues at the end of life
  • Contemporary frameworks and evidence in palliative care
  • Methods of relieving pain
  • Stages of grief
  • Symptom management
  • Anticipatory grief
  • Communication
  • Physical, psychological and social factors
  • Supporting family and carers
  • Co-ordination of care

Graduate skills

  • Using case studies
  • Identifying and sharing best practice
  • Consideration of influences and factors
  • Communication skills
  • Dealing with difficult or unexpected events

Digital skills

You will also be given the opportunity to develop digital skills through the use of interactive technology, eg discussion forums, personal blog. This module will enable you to:

  • Using a digital learning environment
  • Managing confidential or sensitive information
  • Using technology to provide a peer support network
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20 Credits

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.

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.

Assessment method

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

Who will teach you

Pauline Green

Dr Pauline Green
Programme leader

Dr Pauline Green is a registered Social Worker and a member of the British Association of Social Workers. She has worked at the University of Derby since 1999 and is presently Academic Lead of Social Work/Social Care at the University of Derby Online Learning Department. She has published in the British Journal of Social Work and delivers resilience training for Derby Social Services.

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Entry requirements


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.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

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

2021/22 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

 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

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*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.

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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.


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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