PgDip Contemporary Health Practice

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This degree is available as a top up degree (level 6 only)

Students applying for this programme should be those working in health, social care or related fields, from a variety of organisational or community settings. This includes hospital, community-nursing staff, paramedics, those in professions allied to medicine, health trainers, smoking cessation advisors, public health or health promotion practitioners, drug and alcohol workers.

For students with substantial experience who already have an existing Nursing diploma and professional qualifications this is a way to enhance their professional development and career opportunities by attaining an honours degree.

This programme focuses on the professional development needs of the student .It provides the opportunity for students to source learning that meets both immediate and future practice needs.  Designed to facilitate flexible,intra and inter-professional learning opportunities, this degree programme can be studied at a pace suitable to the student (minimum normally two years, maximum normally three years).

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

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

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Entry requirements

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.

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Course details

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, intra and 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

2019/20 Academic Year

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

At the Induction day, you will be introduced to the programme and units, so you can confirm your unit(s) of study and gain insight into the learning resources that are available to you, whilst you are studying at Manchester Met. Information will also be given about the process of online enrolment.

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

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


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. 

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

Department of Nursing

Our Department of Nursing is a large team of specialists, covering many aspects of nursing and healthcare, offering real insight and experience of professional practice.

The department is passionate and enthusiastic about helping students achieve their goals, working to the mission statement of not just providing academic qualifications, but equipping students with the tools to become professionals.

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Taught by experts

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.

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UK and EU students

Fees for this course have yet to be confirmed and will be updated shortly.

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £1723 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

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How to apply

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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


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