Health and Social Care - BA (Hons) [Top-Up] [Full-Time]

Level 6 - Honours Degree or BTEC Advanced Professionals or NVQ Level 6 or Equivalent

Subject Area Health and Care

Attendance Full-Time


The one year top-up degree in Health and Social Care is a vocational programme which aims to embed work-related placement opportunities to promote higher level work-related skills for the health and social care sector.

The aim of the programme is to assist individuals from a wide range of backgrounds to respond proactively and reactively to the rapidly changing agendas and policies in the sector whilst developing their skills.

The undergraduate programme is intended to develop independent and critical learners who are able to apply knowledge to working within a range of health social care contexts.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Ready Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee you will develop vital vocational skills on your placement and apply your knowledge to a real working environment. Our excellent work placement opportunities give you the knowledge and practical experience employers are looking for.

We offer you the opportunity to pursue your own interests in specialist areas with live projects via our strong employer links.

Who the course is for

This course is suitable for those wanting to pursue a career in the health or care sector, working with children, young people, adults and the elderly.

You will develop skills in workplace management and social policies as well researching modern social issues linked to vocational areas.

Qualification Gained

BA Health and Social Care from NCG

How to Apply


Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email

Course Content

The modules you will study (subject to validation)
Year one

Applied Psychology of Health and Well-Being

Inter-Professional Collaboration

Leadership and Management within Health and Care

Policy in Practice

Research Methods


Learning Methods

The programme will draw on a number of learning and teaching strategies including new theories and models. Frameworks will be presented and/or discovered through formal lectures, directed reading and peer learning.

Students have access to specialist books and computers in the college’s library as well as on-line journals and resources through a professional resource system.

You will learn from a number of highly experienced lecturers who are specialists in the field of health and social care. You will also benefit from a number of guest lecturers who are sector related and these guest lectures will be tailored to the modules studied on the Foundation Degree to assist you with assignments. The College is also equipped with state of the art health and social care simulation hospital and residential rooms where you can develop skills, demonstrate abilities and prepare for the workplace.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through a range of methods including, presentations, portfolios, assignments, essays.

Progression Opportunities

Students can progress onto further studies such as:

MA in Social Work
MSc in Nursing
MSc Health and Social Care Studies
MSc Occupational Therapy
PGCE (Primary, Secondary or Further Education)

Career Opportunities

There is an increasing demand for skilled health and social care workers who can work to accommodate the needs of a wide range of service users. You can be sure that the BA in Health and Social Care will open many doors for you within the sector!

Many of our Degree students have secured employment in a wide range of roles in the sector, including; drug and alcohol counselors, care workers and working within the NHS. Employers rate our links to industry and work placements as a benefit to gaining future employment. Other roles, such as Social Workers, Nursing or Occupational Therapists, require additional professional qualifications and further study; however this programme will prepare you for this study.

This programme also equips learners for roles in a number of organisations including;

• Charitable Organisations (MIND, NSPCC, Age UK etc)
• Social Care Organisations
• The NHS
• Public, Private & Voluntary organisations in the Health & Care Sector
• Primary Education/Childcare


Entry Requirements

A relevant Foundation Degree or the Level 5 equivalent (HND, Diploma in Higher Education).

Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.

Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 6.0 or the nationally recognised equivalent.

A satisfactory DBS clearance will be required to undertake this programme and must be obtained within the first term of enrolment.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.