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Health and Social Care Practice

Applicants must be employed within a relevant healthcare setting to be eligible for this course.

Enquiries and applications for full-time study should be referred direct to City of Bristol College or University Centre Weston.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
UCAS for Full-time study via the relevant college
Tariff points:
Nursing and Midwifery
City of Bristol College or University Centre Weston.
Two years
Programme leader:
Rachel Gilbert
Key fact:
Advance your health and social care career on this two-year foundation course. You'll learn in college one day a week, so you can study while working and apply what you learn straight away in your job.

Page last updated 5 September 2019


Why study health and social care practice?

If you work in health and social care, investing in your professional development can be a powerful way to move your career forward. Getting a better understanding of client or patient conditions, and learning how best to improve their care, will put you in a much stronger position to progress.

Why UWE Bristol?

Drawing on the expertise of UWE Bristol staff in Allied Health Professions and Nursing and Midwifery, the course is delivered at our partner colleges, University Centre Weston and City of Bristol College.

You'll work with college tutors with extensive experience in health and social care, as well as teaching. They'll be there to support and guide you as you learn and develop your skills, through a mix of theory and practice modules.

During term-time, you'll spend a day a week studying in college. You'll also do practice-based modules at work so you can apply your new knowledge and skills in your job.

You'll receive support from a work-based mentor throughout.

If you work as an assistant practitioner, this is an excellent way to develop and move your career forward.

Where can it take me?

At the end of the two years, you'll be equipped to go for more advanced jobs with greater responsibility, or to study for a professional qualification.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Year one

You will study:

  • Essentials of Health and Disease
  • Foundations of Practice
  • Holistic Approaches to Care
  • Person Centred Practice.

Final year

You will study:

  • Extending Practice
  • Leadership for Quality Enhancement in Practice
  • An Introduction to Research Methodologies and Methods
  • Foundations of Assessment for Health and Social Care Practice
  • Working Effectively with People with Complex and Long Term Health needs
  • Evidencing Work-Based Learning.

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

We'll use a mix of lectures, seminars, practical learning and case studies to develop your technical and work related skills, as well as your skills in communication, team work, problem solving and IT.

Increase your understanding of the world of work. Improve your learning and performance.

Equip yourself to work with local, regional and national health and social care employers. 

As well as studying at college, you'll do practice-based modules at work. Work-based learning is an important part of the course, and your mentor will oversee and assess how you're doing.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Study time

There are two ways of completing this course:

1. You can study the whole course at work and spend half the time learning the theory and half practising your skills. A work-based mentor will oversee your work.

2. You can attend one of our partner colleges for the taught part of the course.


We'll assess you using a mixture of essays, presentations, project work and examinations.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year


Study facilities

Benefit from excellent study and support facilities at our partner colleges and at UWE Bristol.

Study in one of England's best health and social care libraries on our Glenside Campus. This has a huge range of books, journals, audio-visual materials and specialist health and social care software packages.

Access high-end software, tools, industry journals and resources through UWE Bristol's online portal.


Careers / Further study

By the end of this course, you'll be equipped to advance your career or to study for more professional qualifications.

Past graduates have gone on to more advanced jobs with greater responsibility. Others have pursued professional qualifications here.


There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Highers: No specific subjects required.
  • All applicants will also require:

  • GCSE subjects: Grade C/4 or above in English Language or Literature, Mathematics and Science, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    Applicants whose first language is not English must have a minimum of IELTS score of 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each section.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

Entry requirements

On commencement of the course all applicants must have an identified work-based practice mentor recognised and agreed as such by the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences.

We frequently accept the completion of further or adult education courses as an appropriate entry qualification. Completing an Access or Foundation course may be a good move for people who have been away from formal education for a number of years (please take a look at the Department's Health Professions Foundation Programme).

As well as meeting the academic entry requirements applicants should meet the following selection criteria:

Health Assessment/Declaration

Applicants must be in good health. Those offered a place are required to complete a questionnaire and be prepared to undergo a medical examination if necessary

Disclosure of Criminal Background

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions including those which are spent must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Applicants who are offered a place must undergo a Criminal Record Bureau check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.


Short listed applicants will be interviewed by their employer and partner college representative.

Additional Selection Criteria

We encourage applications from all those interested in nursing or midwifery. Nursing and Midwifery are both physically and emotionally demanding professions and we positively implement the principles of the Equality Act 2010.

Students on nursing or midwifery programmes are expected to engage in the full range of clinical duties whilst on placement, which constitutes half of the nursing or midwifery programmes. As a student on a professional nursing or midwifery programme you must be mindful of the requirement in the NMC code of Practice 2015, which states that registered nurses must maintain the level of health needed to carry out our professional role.

Offers of places are subject to occupational health clearance and students are expected to disclose pre-existing and historical health conditions. Students on professional programmes have to meet specific requirements related to the need to demonstrate certain knowledge, skills and competencies required by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies that cannot be compromised. In considering Reasonable Adjustments, these will be taken into account when agreeing what adjustments are possible.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information


City of Bristol College

University Centre Weston

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