Manchester Metropolitan University

BSc (Hons)

Contemporary Health Practice

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • A flexible, challenging programme of learning, which will develop skills and knowledge pertinent to the students’ health and social care practice and professional development needs.
  • A contribution to students’ practitioner-development, facilitating engagement with evidence-based change within service provision and delivery of care. 
  • Engagement with life-long learning and development of transferable professional and intellectual skills necessary to ensure enhancement of contemporary health and social care practice.
  • There may be opportunities for students to bring existing level 6 units into the programme (Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning - RPCL) - subject to regulations under the university RPL policy.

About the course

The BSc (Hons) Contemporary Health Practice (CHP) provides a programme of Level 6 study that focuses on the professional development needs of a broad range of practitioners from the health services, social care services, professions allied to medicine, ‘non-professional’ managers, health promotion and drug & alcohol workers. It is an accessible ‘top-up’ for those with an existing diploma, or equivalent (see under entry requirements), who wish to enhance their professional development and career opportunities by attaining an honours degree.

The programme provides the opportunity for students to source learning that meets both immediate, but also future, practice and career development needs. This degree programme contributes to the growth of the ‘knowledge economy’ with learning linked to real-world needs, thereby enhancing professional as well as personal development.  With the professional/practitioner in mind, the programme is designed to facilitate flexible, inter-professional, learning opportunities (as appropriate) and can be studied at a pace, and sometimes a place, suitable to the student. 

Attendance varies according to each unit.  The information about the units can be located via:   (select the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care ) or under   or via

 The programme is student centred, with only one mandatory unit.  Otherwise, students are able to construct their own portfolio of learning by selecting health-related units as electives available to them from within the Flexible Curriculum Framework for CPD (specific unit availability can be accessed via the links noted above).

To exit with the BSc (Hons) Contemporary Health Practice award, students must have completed the mandatory 20 credit unit Evidence-Based Practice (EBP): Understanding, Critiquing and Applying EBP.  While this unit could be taken at any time during the period of enrolment, it is anticipated that students will, normally, have already completed at least 20 credits at level 6 prior to commencing the mandatory core unit.

If students do not enrol on the degree from the commencement of their study i.e. they take units on a stand-alone basis, they would be expected to enrol for the degree once they had accumulated 60 credits at level 6.

Where students select a PSRB approved units as one of their electives, the specific entry requirements for the unit will take precedence.  For example, the applicants’ professional registration will be checked prior to acceptance on all prescribing units.

Application deadline dates: 

There are three entry points during the academic year and the application deadline dates are as follows:


2018/19 Academic Year

  • For units starting in the Autumn Term,  15th June 2018
  • For units starting in the Spring Term (after Christmas) 12th October 2018
  • For units starting in the Summer Term (after Easter) 18th January 2019

If you are offered a place, the Induction days are as follows

  • For Autumn term start (September to December)  20th July 2018
  • For Spring term start (post-December) 23rd November 2018
  • For Summer term start (post- Easter) 22nd February 2019

Please make a note of the relevant induction day in your diary to ensure you can attend if you are offered a place


Typical units of study may include

Year 1

To complete the degree, a student must study 120 credits at level 6. Most units available for study on the degree are worth 20 credits (a few are worth 10 and one offers 40 credits).

All students must undertake one mandatory core unit Evidence-Based Practice (EBP): Understanding, Critiquing and Applying EBP. (20 credits) .

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Methods of Assessment

Formal written academic essays, presentations and portfolio work. Each unit will have its own assessment plan.

Additional Information About this Course

Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRB) require students to achieve results that demonstrate their ability to practise safely. If you choose a unit with PSRB requirements there may, therefore, be some exceptions to the standard University Assessment Regulations, for example limitations on resits and on compensation of failed marks. It is possible to study on the programme without taking units that are subject to PSRB requirements. Each unit lasts one term (not including submission). We recommend students take no more than one unit per term (although they can discuss this with the programme leader).

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

Further information

The standard entry requirements for HE6 are that:

Applicants should be able to demonstrate their ability to study at the appropriate academic level and, where appropriate, would normally be employed in a field of health or social care practice.

The standard entry requirement is a relevant, UK (or equivalent) Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) (120 HE level 5 credits).  However, one of the core principles of the CHP degree is that it provides a programme of learning for practitioners working within health and social care, not all of whom will have professional qualifications or have completed DipHE level studies.

In order to maintain accessibility of the degree, but also be able to assess equivalency of attainment and preparedness for learning at level 6, students applying for the degree without a formal Diploma in Higher Education (HE5) will be considered individually. These students will be required to provide a portfolio of evidence, which will be mapped against the university standard descriptors for entry to level 5 (Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning RPEL).  If this is the case, the programme leader will explain the process and what you need to provide.

Your career prospects after the course

The programme provides opportunities to develop professional portfolios, enhance career progression and the fulfilment of personal or professional development needs and interests.


In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Download an application form

Application deadline dates

2018/19 Academic year

For units starting in the Autumn term- 15th June 2018

For units starting in the Spring Term (after Christmas)- 12th October 2018

For units starting in the Summer Term (after Easter) 18th January 2019

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.

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