BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Health Care Studies)

The post-qualification BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Health Care Studies) offers career enhancement and progression by enabling you to exercise higher levels of judgement, discretion and decision making in clinical care.

It can be taken by any healthcare practitioner e.g. physiotherapist, social worker, occupational therapist, nurse, midwife, complimentary therapist or podiatrist. You can tailor your study to increase your expertise in relation to your specific work setting/client group, and all professional practice modules allow you to apply theories to your own practice.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Glyntaff A
N/A Part-time 5 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years February Glyntaff A
Full-time 1 Years September Glyntaff A
N/A Part-time 5 Years September Glyntaff A

Full Time Study (1 year)

Core modules

  • Research in Professional Practice
  • Professional Practice Project
  • And any other health and social care module

Module choices must be agreed with the award leader. There is also opportunity to select modules from other subjects.

Part Time Study (2-5 years)

Part One - Core modules

  • Research in Professional Practice
  • And any other health and social care module

Part Two - Core modules

  • Professional Practice Project
  • And any other health and social care module


Teaching and learning approaches will be vary according to the topic, student needs and the module chosen. Methods include lectures, tutorials, student-led seminars, group work, simulation, critical incident analysis, individual academic and clinical supervision. Some modules use service users/patients (who also participate in the delivery and planning of modules).

All students will be assigned a personal tutor for pastoral and professional development support. Module content will be facilitated by specialised tutors, who will act as the academic supervisors for each module.


Assessments include written assignments, exams, presentations, seminars, portfolio and reflective accounts.

You will be registered with a nursing/midwifery professional body (or equivalent if you are an international student) e.g. Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC).

Must have a credit rating of 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5, or enter via the Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) route.

The course starts in September for UK domiciled students and February for international students.

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component. However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our  international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 
  • Part-time UK and EU:  £620  per 20 credits.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Employers value highly and are attracted to international nurses who have gained a Masters degree within the UK. To support employability the course maximises the potential to develop your career within nursing, by offering a Learning in the workplace module which includes a period of work experience.

Employer engagement has led to high levels of post-study employment both within the NHS and within the independent sector. In addition many international nursing graduates gain employment in other countries, such as Canada, Australia and the Emirate States. The University runs a number of nursing employer events which are attended by employers from independent, NHS and nursing agencies.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.