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BA (Hons) Professional Development (Health and Social Care)

Level 6
Course Code:
Brannams Campus
One year, full-time; Two years, part-time

The combined FdSc Health and Social Care and BA (Hons) in Professional Development (Health and Social Care) is intended to provide a comprehensive knowledge and a critical understanding of key health and social care concepts, services and provision and will enable the development of innovative practice within the professional environment.

This programme enables you to experience a wide range of current and thought-provoking health and social care issues and provides you with the opportunity to develop your practice-based skills by working alongside health and social care practitioners in the workplace environment and our distinguished Care Academy.


The programme is designed around building a critical awareness of the fundamental nature of health and social care provision and will enable those who would like to develop a career in the health and social care workplace to gain a deeper appreciation of the breadth, depth and scope of health and social care services.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to study Conceptual Elements of Health and Social Care in more depth and submit a dissertation focused on a specific area of professional practice.
A wide range of assessment modes are integrated into the programme of study such as seminars, reports, presentations, essays, academic posters, journal articles, academic scrapbooks, academic scrolls and concept fairs. No formal examinations are present within this programme of study.
Five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 5/4 or above, or equivalent, including English Language and Mathematics, plus one of the following:
A-levels (120 UCAS points), or equivalent vocational qualification, substantial work experience in the health and social care environment, or recent academic study at Level 3.

Entry is welcomed from mature students with relevant experience in place of these qualifications, they may also have the opportunity to retake Maths and/or English GCSE whilst on the Foundation Degree. Speak to our Advice and Guidance specialists or the Programme Manager if you have different qualifications, or results pending as you may still be eligible.

For application to the final level of study - the 'top up' year for the BA (Hons) Professional Development - learners need to have completed the FdSc Health and Social Care or a close equivalent at foundation degree level, or Level 5.
At present, this programme is the highest level qualification offered by Petroc for this specific field ; however, students who succeed on this qualification may be entitled to, and will be encouraged to, apply to post-graduate programmes such as MA in Social Work with the University of Plymouth, MBA, Step Up to Social Work, and PhD study at a range of UK universities.
Petroc's University Centre at the Brannams Campus offers a unique chance to study in a well-equipped, spacious and supportive Higher Education environment. With a wide range of learning resources and well-equipped classrooms to support Higher Education study, students will find the environment extremely supportive, friendly and conducive to their needs.
Students will be expected to bring with them suitable material for recording information, DBS certification and any other information which has been asked for whilst attending their initial induction prior to the start of the course. DBS checks can be applied for via Petroc with support providing students are eligible to work with vulnerable people.
Please contact the HE Team on 01271 852335 for more information.
Q: How much will this course cost?
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Q: What career opportunities does this course provide?
A: The purpose of this academic award is to enable individuals to progress into a variety of different fields (non-qualified health and social care practitioner fields with no clinical competences attached), such as manager of a care home, nursing home or residential home; youth support work; third sector support work; managers in areas such as Black and Minority Ethnic support services, or alcohol and drug third sector support agencies; Learning Support Assistants; H&SC teachers in schools and colleges; dementia advisors for Alzheimer's Society or Dementia Friends; clinical support workers; healthcare assistants; support assistants for social workers; re-homing managers for refugees/asylum seekers; family centre/children's centre services; family support workers; and, counsellors.
In addition, the BA (Hons) Professional Development (Health and Social Care) programme enables individuals (once qualified) to consider post-graduate degrees which could, in their own right, lead to vocational practice within a wide range of H&SC professions. Furthermore, several Petroc Foundation and BA (Hons) Degree graduates have gone on to progress and apply to other undergraduate degrees; these include mental health nursing, primary school teaching and nursing. On achievement of a 2:1 grade profile, students are eligible to apply for the government Step Up to Social Work training programme. An important point to note here is that qualified practitioners enrol onto the BA Hons Professional Development (Health and Social Care) to expand and develop their own practice further.

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Course Fees

Total Fee: £7400