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Professional Studies

Health and Social Care Post-Qualifying Framework

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Nursing and Midwifery
Glenside Campus
One year full-time; two to four years part-time
Part-time; full-time

Page last updated 29 November 2016


Why study BSc(Hons) Professional Studies?

This course will enable you, as a health and social care practitioner, to develop and enhance your professional career in a constantly changing healthcare system that demands increasingly complex skills.

You will develop the skills to critically appraise situations and utilise research findings. You will have the opportunity to incorporate new ideas and concepts into practice as a reflective practitioner within a multiprofessional team.

This course will provide you with a flexible approach to studying by allowing you more choice in the short courses/modules you undertake.



The course aims to:

  • Provide the professional with a continuing education framework, allowing you to develop your academic and professional needs.
  • Develop critical analytical problem based learning skills and transferable skills through diverse learning opportunities.
  • Provide a range of theoretical and conceptual tools for the critical analysis of contemporary health care interventions and needs.
  • Provide an opportunity for the critical application of the social and health sciences to professional practice.
  • Help you develop an understanding of partnership working through shared and interprofessional learning.
  • Foster an understanding of and commitment to the use of research to underpin practice.
  • Enable you to adapt and respond positively to changes in policy and practice that broaden the remit of your role.

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

For more details, please see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.



You will continue to work in your respective organisation and will normally study at the Department on a part-time basis. If you wish to take the course on a full-time basis, you must have access to a relevant practice area.

Study facilities

The Department is superbly equipped with an extensive range of teaching and learning resources.

The library on the Glenside Campus is one of the best health and social care libraries in England, with a huge range of books, journals and audio-visual materials, including access to specialist health and social care software packages.

The inter-professional skills simulation suite provides excellent opportunities for the demonstration and practice of professional competencies in a range of areas.

Information Technology (IT) provision is in the form of multimedia laboratories, remote access links with placement areas, smart boards and innovative projects, such as 'multicasting'.

There is 24-hour access to computing facilities at the main Frenchay Campus.


Careers / Further study

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level.


Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.

Applicants should contact the Department's Continuing Professional Development Unit (CPD) for fee and funding information.


Typical offers

Entry requirements

BSc(Hons): You should be a registered practitioner, normally with two years' post-qualifying experience relevant to the chosen programme and 120 credits at Level two relevant to the subject areas to be studied.

Dip HE: You should be a registered practitioner with one year's full-time experience or equivalent and 120 credits at Level one, relevant to the subject areas to be studied. You should normally also be working in the relevant clinical area or specialism while undertaking the course or be able to guarantee access to clinical placements.

How to apply

Whether you are seeking support from your organisation or are self-funded, you can apply in the following way:

Online application

To undertake individual modules within the course, we would encourage you to use our online application process.

Additional Selection Criteria

Additionally, references may be sought from your most recent employer and/or an academic referee. In order to undertake some of the discipline-specific modules, you should normally have worked with a specialist group of people.


You may be invited to attend an interview.

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