School of Nursing and Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Health and Social Care

Gain a degree and advance your career with our BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Health and Social Care, a flexible programme aimed at a wide range of healthcare professionals at various stages of career and professional development. You will have the opportunity to choose from a large variety of modules to reflect diversity of practice and take an innovative approach to gaining specialist and advanced knowledge specifically aimed at your individual area of interest and expertise.

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This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

The Cumberland Centre

Key features

  • Study an up-to-date syllabus which intends to meet and exceed tomorrow’s, as well as today’s, workforce needs on a programme developed with stakeholder engagement through commissioners, employers and students on both content and delivery mode.
  • Become a critical thinking practitioner with a range of transferable skills who can effectively contribute to service enhancement.
  • Use the best available evidence, contemporary knowledge and high-level clinical decision-making skills to underpin interventions.
  • Develop confidence, competence and emotional resilience to consistently exercise personal responsibility and professional accountability for decision making and the provision of high-quality safe care.
  • Undertake a programme that enables choice and values prior experiential learning and experience; targeted at the career development needs of a wide range of healthcare professionals with excellent opportunities for inter-professional learning.
  • Select modules that enhance your specific work role with programme pathways offering over 100 module options addressing a wide range of specialist clinical areas.
  • Flexibly designed programme enabling you to ‘step on and step off’ over a five-year period in response to service need and professional circumstances.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • This programme offers the awards of BSc /BSc (Hons), Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma.

    BSc – to achieve a BSc you will need to earn 80 credits by undertaking up to four modules – one core 20 credit module and up to three optional modules adding up to 60 credits.

    BSc (Hons) – to achieve a BSc (Hons) you will need to earn 120 credits by undertaking up to five modules – two core modules adding up to 60 credits and up to three optional modules adding up to 60 credits.

    Students who have previously obtained a health related degree at 2:2 or above are eligible to access the programme via the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma route – please see panel below for further details.

    For further information on the modules that make up this programme please visit the BSc (Hons)/ BSc Professional Development modules.

    Examples of optional modules (not exhaustive)

    HEAC327 – Supplementary prescribing
    HEAC385 – The child and young person with mental health needs
    MENT604 – Confirming proficiency in professional practice

    The module 'HEAD361 - Independent study' is only a core module for students who wish to achieve the BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Health and Social Care award.

    Core modules
    • HEAD360 Understanding Evidence to Inform Clinical Decision Making

      The module is designed to extend students' knowledge around evidence-informed decision making. This will be achieved through students identifying and evaluating a body of research-based evidence relevant to clinical practice.

    • HEAD361 Independent Study

      This module extends knowledge of primary and secondary research and develops critical appraisal skills. Students construct an 8000 word integrative literature review of a practice focused research topic.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Hons Professional Development in Health Social Care overarching Programme Specification 6149

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the BSc or BSc (Hons) programme you will need to be either a registered health and social care professional or a health and social care worker in possession of previous study at level 5 (foundation degree /diploma of higher education).

If you wish to undertake the graduate certificate or graduate diploma award pathways you must already hold an honours degree at 2:2 or above in a health or health related subject.

If you wish to undertake any clinical skills modules as part of your programme you will need to be working in an environment where you can meet the learning outcomes.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University’s Admissions Code of Practice - IELTS minimum of 7 in each part.

Claims for credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential are accepted and will be assessed following University regulations and faculty procedures.

Fees, costs and funding

The fee for this programme is dependent on the modules undertaken. Please see the relevant module web pages for further information.

How to apply

This programme will commence in September 2017. For further information please contact the Professional Development Team.

Applications for this programme can usually be made throughout the year. Please check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Apply for this programme

To apply for this programme please contact the Professional Development Unit:

Professional Development Unit
4th floor, Rolle Building
Plymouth University
Drake Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA


Tel: +44 1752 586951

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information, to take part in an interview (which in the case if you are an overseas student may be by telephone or video conference) or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist website.

Support is also available if you an overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

Looking to enrol before September 2017?

This programme will be available to students who wish to commence study in the 2017/18 academic year. If you wish to begin studying in the current academic year please visit our BSc (Hons) Health Studies page.

Find out more about BSc (Hons) Health Studies

Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma

If you have previously obtained a health related honours degree at 2:2 or above, you are eligible to access this programme via the graduate certificate/diploma route:

Graduate Certificate Professional Development in Health and Social Care - 60 credits at degree level

Graduate Diploma Professional Development in Health and Social Care - 120 credits at degree level

Students seeking to achieve either qualification will be required to achieve the specified number of credits by choosing from a range of optional modules. 

Please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.