BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Health Care Studies)

The BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Health Care Studies) is a flexible top-up degree course for any registered health professional such as a physiotherapist, social worker, occupational therapist, nurse, midwife, complimentary therapist or podiatrist. 

It allows students who have a diploma or equivalent to work towards graduate status over a number of years whilst still working in practice. It provides practitioners with the opportunity to pursue a continuing programme of professional education and development which enhances their ability to function as efficient and effective members of their professions.

A key aspect of the Professional Practice course is the development of leadership abilities and analytical thinking skills. These will allow you to explore competence, critically examine your own efficiency and effectiveness in an evolving clinical environment, and challenge current practice.

What’s more, you will develop the ability to critically appraise research and other types of evidence used to inform clinical practice. The Professional Practice qualification offers good scope for career progression, and our graduates tend to lead service developments and enhance care practice, management and delivery.



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

The Professional Practice course is designed to be flexible and can be completed over a period of up to five years.

There are only two core modules both of which have to be completed to gain an Honours degree.

  • Research in Professional Practice (20 credits)
    This gives the student the skills and knowledge to be able to critique and understand the importance of the use of Research to inform evidence based practice. This is core to both an honours and a non honours degree.

  • Professional Practice Project (20 or 40 credits)
    This is a Change Management project that allows the student to propose a change in practice in their own environment, enabling them to evaluate the evidence and understand the theories of change so they can utilise this in practice to improve standards of care. This is core for the Honours degree. The remainder of the credits can be achieved by studying any other modules offered by the Faculty with agreement from the course leader.

There are two exit points - you must complete 60 credits (including Research) for a non-Honours degree; and 120 credits (including Research and the Professional Practice Project) for an Honours degree.


The Professional Practice course is delivered on a part time basis. The days and times of study will vary depending on the modules chosen. All students are expected to complete 200 hours of study for every 20 credits. This can be made up of direct contact time with the lecturer, tutorials, directed study and independent learning. Each module within the award is different so how this is made up differs for each student.



Assessments include written assignments, presentations, seminars, portfolio, reflective accounts, and exams. Key/common skills are generally incorporated within modules and related to relevant assessments as appropriate.


The University’s online learning environment, Unilearn, provides information about your course, including support materials and resources for each of your modules. There is a dedicated Librarian for the Care Science School, who can help students with many different queries, including relevant journals and books, or even assist with literature searches. The Library has an excellent range of online books and journals which can be utilised using the dedicated Find It system. 


You will be registered with a recognised professional body. For example the Nursing and Midwifery Council or The Health Care Professional Council (or an equivalent if you are an international student).

You 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.


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 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £680 per 20 credits

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • 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.

Students can further their career within their chosen profession, and move further into Advanced Clinical Practice, or Management. Many students go on to study one of our Masters courses such as MSc Professional Practice or MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner.