Undergraduate Course

BSc Health Care Practice

BSc Health Care Practice


The details
Health Care Practice
October 2019
5 years
Colchester Campus

Our BSc Health Care Practice is for you if you’ve already started learning with us; your prior courses and experiential learning will both be taken into account, and we will assess what additional learning you need to complete to qualify for our degree course.

As a flexible programme, you can arrange to study in the way that accommodates your prior learning and which will best suit your individual needs. To guide you in planning your studies to suit your role and career aspirations, we recommend you get in touch to arrange a “pathway discussion” with the Programme Lead, Vikki-Jo Scott, by emailing cpd@essex.ac.uk.

Our course provides you with a degree-level qualification and advances your knowledge of health care. You gain the knowledge and skills to help improve health and social care, and consequently patient care, and develop your confidence in professional practice.

Professional, statutory and regulatory bodies

We are committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values (which are strongly reflected in our University values) into everything we do. They define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students underpinning the work we do in the university, clinical arena and other workplaces.

We understand that not all of our students and staff are employed within the NHS but these values uphold the underlying principles of excellent care as a standard, and as such we expect that anyone who cares for others will aspire to uphold these values.

For us, involving not only our students, but service users, experts by experience, carers and NHS/non NHS professionals in the creation and delivery of all programmes is vital.

Why we're great.
  • Gain a degree-level qualification and advance your knowledge of health care
  • As a flexible programme, you can arrange to study in the way that accommodates your prior learning and which will best suit your individual needs
  • Benefit from the expertise of staff from a wide range of clinical and academic backgrounds
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Our expert staff

With us, you benefit from the expertise of staff from a wide range of clinical and academic backgrounds. This means that you gain a well-rounded education that is research-led and clinically relevant. Where we feel you will benefit, we bring in additional specialists direct from the field.

Specialist facilities

The School of Health and Social Care is located at two sites; in the Kimmy Eldridge building on the Colchester campus and in the Gateway Building on the Southend campus.

As one of our CPD students, you may be taking modules at either campus or online to suit your needs, which means that you can access facilities across both campuses as required.

Your future

Our programmes can form the basis for fast-track graduate conversion within our School into nursing (adult and mental health), occupational therapy, physiotherapy or speech and language therapy.

You will also be well placed to obtain jobs working in the health, social care or voluntary sectors, such as health promotion, management, research and development, IT and audit.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

Students entering the programme must:

  • possess a recognised professional qualification
  • have current registration as a practitioner
  • have one year’s post registration experience
  • be employed in a health related setting

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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Example structure

We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of compulsory and optional modules chosen from lists. Below is just one example structure from the current academic year of a combination of modules you could take. Your course structure could differ based on the modules you choose.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore all modules listed are subject to change. To view the compulsory modules and full list of optional modules currently on offer, please view the programme specification via the link below.

Developing Critical Appraisal Skills

The aim of this module is to equip you with the key skills to locate, understand and critically appraise research in your practice area. The module develops the foundations of literature searching, and understanding, reviewing and critiquing the research process, using a range of critical appraisal tools.

View Developing Critical Appraisal Skills on our Module Directory

Return to Practice (Adult and Mental Health Nursing) (optional)

We prepare you, as a qualified adult or mental health nurse, to return to professional practice in acute or community settings. If your registration has lapsed, you can work with us to gain the skills to re-establish your nursing career. This module is also suitable for nurses with current registration who want to update their knowledge and skills with a view to a career in acute care.On completion of this module you will be able to re-apply for current NMC registration and will be prepared for the application and interview process in collaboration with local employers.

View Return to Practice (Adult and Mental Health Nursing) (optional) on our Module Directory

Introduction to Health Psychology (optional)

Health psychology is a rapidly evolving branch of psychology that can be defined as the practice and application of psychological approaches to the study of behaviour relevant to health, illness and health care (British Psychological Society). Your seminars combine formal lecture materials with group work and class discussion to allow you to explore and debate the application of psychology to health and illness.

View Introduction to Health Psychology (optional) on our Module Directory

Preparation for non-Medical Prescribing - Nurses, Midwives and SCPHNs (optional)

This NMC-accredited module will prepare nurses to prescribe as both an Independent Prescriber, and a Supplementary Prescriber working in partnership with an Independent Prescriber and the patient. This programme has been designed for qualified nurses working in a variety of healthcare settings.Its underpinning philosophy is that successful participants will be able to enhance patient care by providing quicker and more efficient access to healthcare, by making better use of your own skills, and allowing doctors more time to deal with more complex and serious health problems.

View Preparation for non-Medical Prescribing - Nurses, Midwives and SCPHNs (optional) on our Module Directory

Leadership in Health and Social Care (optional)

The aim of this module is to provide you with the theoretical basis of leadership as applied to practice, which supports health and social care organisations in meeting the needs of patients and service users. This course is suitable for health and social care practitioners including nurses, allied health professionals, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and, speech and language therapists and other health professions, as well as social care staff working in relevant roles.

View Leadership in Health and Social Care (optional) on our Module Directory

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee


This is a modular study course and fees will be charged per module.

International fee


This is a modular study course and fees will be charged per module.

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

Home and EU fee information

International fee information

What's next

Open Days

Our events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. We run a number of Open Days throughout the year which enable you to discover what our campus has to offer. You have the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

Check out our Visit Us pages to find out more information about booking onto one of our events. And if the dates aren’t suitable for you, feel free to book a campus tour here.

2019 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Saturday, September 21, 2019
  • Saturday, October 26, 2019


If you are intending to follow a modular programme, please email cpd@essex.ac.uk. You will be guided through how to apply and we will refer you to the relevant programme or module lead to discuss your plans.

From this discussion, a formal outline of the most suitable modules for your professional and personal circumstances will be produced, called a pathway plan. Although your plans may change over time, this formal document helps us plan delivery of modules over the coming years, and it helps your sponsor to plan funding arrangements as appropriate.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We recognise the importance of your previous academic learning and professional experience, and you can use both to gain credit value towards the specific programme you are interested in, known as Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning or APEL.

APEL is dependent on many factors. If you are interested in this option please email us at cpd@essex.ac.uk before you apply. It is necessary to highlight any prior learning before you apply as the modules you wish to study may be dependent on this. For further information on our AP(E)L procedure, please review the University’s Quality Enhancement information.

Please note: there is an administration fee for the APEL process request which can be found on our fees document (.pdf)

Application forms and supporting documents

Once you have had your pathway discussion with the relevant programme lead and, if relevant, spoken to the CPD Lead about APEL, you will need to fill in an application form and send it through to our School.

Note: Please initially check the module you are interested in as there may be additional documents required:


To apply for the programme, please supply the following documents:

  • Completed BSc Health Care application form
  • Details of any relevant previous courses or training completed (copies of certificates including your Foundation Degree)

BSc Health Care Application form

Module application

If you are interested in applying for a specific module, you will need to complete the module application form:

Your application and funding

If you are being funded by your employer, please obtain your line manager’s signature once you have completed the application form including how payment will be made and, if you work within the NHS, forward to your Education Liaison Manager for processing.

If you are self-funded, please complete the application form providing the required information and forward to our contracts administrator, who will then instruct you on how to make payments.

If you are being funded by a charitable organisation, please complete the application form, with the signature of the person providing the funds and the way in which they will be paying, and forward to our contracts administrator, who will then instruct your sponsor on how to make payments.

Once we have received your signed and completed application form we will write to confirm if you have been successful in gaining a place.

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