Applied Studies in Integrated Health and Social Care (Online) - AdvDip / BSc / BSc (Hons)

AdvDip - Distance Learning (2 years)
BSc - Distance Learning (3 years)
BSc (Hons) - Distance Learning (15 months)
September 2018
Online Learning
£656 per module for UK/EU Distance Learning 2018 entry (view all fees)

The course is delivered entirely online and will develop your academic and decision-making skills whilst working within your field of practice. You will experience an enriching student-centred approach to your learning experience that supports the achievement of personal and workplace goals.   

The course enhances your employability in practice through developing transferrable graduate skills in independent learning, self-assessment, reflection, taking initiative and managing your time, taking leadership and responsibility towards workplace initiatives whilst communicating and co-operating with relevant practitioners across sector.

What's covered in the course?

Advanced Diploma and BSc (Ordinary top up degree)

This 6-month course is delivered via 3 core modules, delivered entirely online. All 3 modules are required to gain an Award of Advanced Diploma. The 3 modules include Essential skills for Evidence Based Practice; Communication in health & social care and Leading service improvement in contemporary practice. There is opportunity to APL previous level 6 study and is assessed on a case-by-case basis. All module dates and assessments are scheduled throughout the term.

BSc (Hons) top up degree

This 15-month course is delivered via 6 modules (5 core modules and 1 optional module), delivered entirely online. All 6 modules are required to gain an Award of BSc (Hons) degree (120 credits level 6). The 6 modules include Essential skills for Evidence Based Practice; Communication in health & social care and Leading service improvement in contemporary practice; Developing learning and Teaching; Studying a negotiated topic. The menu of options include Long Term Conditions; Applied physiology and pharmacology and Developing Specialist practice.

There is opportunity to APL previous level 6 study and is assessed on a case-by-case basis. All module dates and assessments are scheduled throughout the term.

Applicable to 3 courses

There are no competencies assigned to this mode of study.

The course is facilitated by a range of health and social care tutors who have experience in national and international teaching and research.  You will also have a Personal Tutor to support you throughout your studies.

You can expect a high level of interaction and contact with tutors and fellow students: It is recognised that active engagement is key to student success on their course.  You will experience a varied diet of facilitated independent and collective self-paced and structured teaching, learning and assessment activities which aims to promote meaningful learning. The course will apply audio, video and text-based lectures, quizzes and forum activities for practice sharing and feedback purposes.  

There is a strong focus on academic and evidence based skills, communication and leadership service improvement skills across health and social care.

As a University student, you will have access to student support and academic services and departments.  

Why Choose Us?

  • Our course enables working health and social care practitioners to study flexibly online at a pace and place that suits personal work-life commitments   
  • Our course gives practitioners opportunity to top up their qualifications to degree level
  • We welcome overseas, EU and UK students
  • Our learning experience provides highly interactive, collaborative and inter-professional opportunities
  • Global, national and local practices are at the forefront of our teaching, learning and assessment activities  
  • We offer you access to a  multidisciplinary teaching team with a portfolio of national and international teaching and research experience
  • We ensure our students feel supported and part of the whole University experience

To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2018 or 2019, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid.

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This course is open to International students

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Entry Requirements

Advanced Diploma (Professional Studies)

Applicants with 120 credits L4 for example gained from registered Professional Award (certificate level) obtained overseas, in the EU or UK or equivalent qualifications and accredited awards. 

BSc (Ordinary degree)

Applicants with 180 credits L4 & 5 or equivalent for example gained from a Higher National Certificate or HND, Diploma HE or other.

BSc (Hons)

Must have or equivalent for example gained from Diploma HE, FdSc or HND. 

International Students

Entry requirements here

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Applicants may include Registered Professionals (Eg Dip HE nurses, Dental Nurses, ODP, Paramedics, Social Workers, Dental Hygienists, Assistant Practitioners with FdSc etc)

All non-standard or overseas, UK  or EU qualifications can be assessed on a case-by-case basis for meeting the Entry Requirements.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
AdvDip Sep 2018 DL 2 years £656 per module
BSc Sep 2018 DL 3 years £656 per module
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 DL 15 months £656 per module

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
AdvDip Sep 2018 DL 2 years £656 per module
BSc Sep 2018 DL 3 years £656 per module
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 DL 15 months £656 per module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for this course or have any queries please email the course leader, Cathy Kitchen on:

Find out about entry qualifications in your country. 

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

Personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

This course is available part-time

Workplace experience

Applicants must be in a working capacity in a relevant field of practice to enable the achievement of the course learning outcomes. All learning and assessment activity is related to the students’ workplace experience. 

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year One (Term One)

Essential skills for Evidence Based Practice (Core)
20 credits

This module will build upon the academic skills that you have acquired from previous study. It is specifically intended that by studying this module you will develop the ability to make decisions about your professional practice based upon the best evidence available. 

Communication in Health and Social Care (Core)
20 credits

This module is applicable to health, social and educational practitioners which aims to the heighten awareness of effective communication in multidisciplinary and diverse health care environments in the United Kingdom and overseas. You will focus on communication within your work environment, critically analyse practice and make recommendations to promote evidence-based best practice.

Managing Persons with Long Term Conditions (Optional)
20 credits

In this module you will develop the ability to make decisions about your professional practice in relation to managing Long Term Conditions based upon the best evidence available. You will have opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the extent of long term, degenerative conditions affecting populations in the UK and overseas; appraise the impact of the problem for individuals and the wider society; recognise the demands on Public Health services and other sectors; to evaluate the effectiveness of health care strategies.   

Year One (Term Two)

Leading Service improvement in Health and Social Care (Core)
20 credits

This module promotes the improvement of health and social care service provision through personal and professional development of staff working in dynamic care settings. It acknowledges that effective leadership skills need to be embedded at all levels in care providing organisations with continual service improvement. The module facilitates inter-disciplinary learning to ensure effective and efficient services are delivered across both clinical and non-clinical settings.

Applied Physiology and Pharmacology for Health and Social Care (Optional)
20 credits

The Shape of Caring review (2015) has highlighted specific challenges in relation to management of chronic diseases that the health service will face over the next decade.  In this module you will develop your knowledge of the physiological basis of disease and current available strategies to treat ill health. Particular emphasis will be placed on the physiology of chronic diseases, strategies to treat and manage patients. You will also explore the impact of threats to global health such as antibiotic resistance, TB and influenza.

Developing Specialist Practice in Health and Social Care (Optional)
20 credits

This module can be accessed as a stand-alone option for CPD purposes or part of a degree programme. It is a multi-professional module for those who are already working in a specialist role; are planning to become a specialist or are working within a specialism field with responsibilities in quality and practice/service improvement.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

Year Two (Term One)

Studying a Negotiated Topic (Core)
20 credits

This module is aimed at healthcare practitioners who wish to negotiate learning of a bespoke topic.

Under the guidance of facilitators, you will be able to direct your learning and identify relevant learning opportunities that you feel enable you to learn more about a specific field of study. 

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

Developing learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care (Core)
20 credits

This module is designed to support teaching and training within the health and social care environment by focusing on the principles of educational theory and application with the aim of enhancing educational / teaching practice thus promoting further personal and professional development. 

It aims to develop proactive, innovative and visionary  educators who are equipped to design and deliver high quality teaching and training provision. 

Advanced Diploma and BSc (Ordinary top up degree) Applied studies in integrated health and social care

You will be learning entirely online.

The awards Advanced Diploma and the BSc Applied studies in integrated health and social care (top-up degree) is comprised of 3, 20 credit modules studied at level 6 (degree).

Therefore a total of 60 level 6 credits is gained through study of this course.

All 3 modules are Core therefore compulsory to the award.  The modules have scheduled start and finishing dates and are offered only once per academic year. Study of the 3 modules can be undertaken over 6 months and maximum of 2 years (Advanced Diploma) or 3 years ( BSc Ordinary degree).  

BSc (Hons) Applied studies in integrated health and social care (top-up degree)

You will be learning entirely online.

The awards BSc (Hons) Applied studies in integrated health and social care (top-up degree) is comprised of 6, 20 credit modules studied at level 6 (degree). You will study 5 Core modules and select 1 option from a menu of modules.

Therefore a total of 120 level 6 credits is gained through study of this course.

All 5 Core modules are therefore compulsory to the award.  There is opportunity to accredit prior learning: this must reflect the programme aims and will be assessed on a case by case basis.

The modules have scheduled start and finishing dates and are offered only once per academic year. Study of the 6 modules can be undertaken over 15 months and maximum of 3 years.


There are a wide range of assessments across the programme to include e-portfolio, Critical Incident Report, Reflective Account and an oral presentation.

Each module offers Formative Assessment opportunities for receiving feedback and a Summative graded Assessment.

There are no competencies attached to the programme. 


This programme sets out to enhance your skills, understandings and personal attributes that make you more employable including graduate attributes such as creative problem-solving, enterprise, working collaboratively or independently with initiative

As an interdisciplinary programme in which collaborative learning is central to its philosophy, you will gain further skills and understandings of inter-professional working within systems and services for health and social care across the sectors of the UK, EU and overseas.

The programme is entirely online in which a range of technologies support the teaching and learning experience delivered within a constructive collaborative framework. Digital Literacy is key to inter-sector networking and the service infra-structure as invaluable knowledge and skills to be gained on this programme.

Recruitment of students nationally and internationally aims to provide opportunities to develop a global outlook on health and social care practices.

Links to Industry

This programme is practice-driven thereby requiring part-time students to draw upon their work experiences. Learning, teaching and assessment is contextualised and meaningful to current practices in the health and social care sectors. The programme is facilitated by a team of multi-professional academics with research and teaching experience in international studies.  


This programme previously recruited from across the United Kingdom and Canada, New Zealand and Qatar.

The newly approved BSc Hons, incorporating the Advanced Diploma and BSc Ordinary Degree now provides opportunities for candidates holding a certificate level qualification in a Registered Profession (Nursing, Allied Health such as ODP or Paramedic Science; Social Work) to apply for an Advanced Diploma.

This is a unique opportunity for UK, EU and International health and social care professionals to study online whilst working overseas and gain a UK University degree related to their workplace practice.

All students studying online will have access to University resources and department services provided also for campus-based students, including access to Library and IT Helpdesk as required. 

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.

The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Cathy Kitchen

Senior Lecturer, Course Leader

Cathy's professional interests include chronic kidney disease, patient education for LTCs, aspects of urology and urogynaecology/continence, T&L, e-learning pedagogy and research methods.

UK prospective students:

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+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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