Practice Development (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

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Improve your current health care qualification. Enhance your career prospects. Top-up your current health care diploma to an honours degree in only one year of study.

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This Practice Development course covers the concepts of clinical governance, critical appraisal, reflective practice and public health.

Your learning is underpinned by evidence-based practice, which promotes the development of high-quality health care provision. You will also consider health care in the wider social context of health and wellbeing. A key emphasis of this course is on relating theory to practice and enhancing the patient/service user experience.

Why us?

  • Our graduates have gone on to secure many senior positions in a range of healthcare settings
  • 94.2% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2015/16 (based on UK undergraduate students)

Course structure

You will be taught by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team of highly skilled professionals, who are actively involved in consultancy work and healthcare research. Each member of the team has at least one specialist area of clinical and teaching expertise.

Teaching methods include: Lectures, seminars, group work presentations and one to one tutorials.

You’ll be assessed using a range of assessment methods including: written assignments, group presentations and individual presentations and exams.

Modules on this course include:

  • Research Methods
  • Theory and Practice in Health Care
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Management of Care
  • Preparation for Mentorship
  • Law and Ethics in Healthcare
  • Dissertation


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

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    Library resources which you might find particularly useful include:

    • JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
    • Project Muse, which provides over 180 full-text humanities and social sciences journals
    • SocINDEX with full-text articles, which is probably the world's most comprehensive and highest-quality sociology research database
    • Archival Sound Recordings with over 12,000 hours of recordings
    • Lexis, which provides access to legal information as well as full-text newspaper articles
    • Psychology and Behavioural Sciences Database, which includes full-text journal articles on topics spanning emotional and behavioural sciences, psychiatry and psychology
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  • This course is based in the Sciences Complex in our City Campus, which has benefited from multi-million pound investment in modern facilities.

    IT facilities are excellent with hundreds of workstations available as well as wireless internet access. If you have any computer problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    The Sciences Complex


The University of Sunderland offers modern and well-equipped facilities at our Sciences Complex.

Entry requirements

  • Your qualification will need to be assessed by the course tutor to ensure the programme content meets the required learning outcomes for accreditation of prior learning from HND, Diploma, Foundation Degree or other NQF Level 5 qualification in a related subject

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

£9,250 if you are from the UK or EU
£10,750 if you are from outside the EU

The annual tuition fee for this course is tbc.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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Qualifications at degree-level are becoming increasingly vital for moving up the career ladder. Our graduates have gone on to secure many senior positions in a range of healthcare settings.

This course will enhance careers in areas such as Health and Social Care, Childhood and Family Studies, Criminal Justice, Social Work and Community and Youth Work.

The Enterprise Place

If you have a good idea for a new business and have the dedication and motivation to make it happen, then we want to hear from you. The Enterprise Place, based on-campus at St Peter's Gate Business Centre, is the perfect environment for entrepreneurial students and graduates to turn their business ideas into reality. You will have access to free hot desk space, IT facilities, specialist advice and support and business mentors and networking opportunities.

To find out more about how we can help you start a business, please contact the University's Enterprise Team:

0191 515 3751