BSc (Hons)

Contemporary Health Practice

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

If you are applying for this programme you should be working in health, social care or related fields, from a variety of organisational, hospital 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.

If you already have an existing Nursing diploma or professional qualification, this is a way to enhance your professional development and career opportunities by attaining an honours degree.

This programme provides the opportunity for you to source learning that meets both immediate and future practice needs. Designed to facilitate flexible, intra-professional learning opportunities, this degree programme can be studied at a pace suitable for you (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

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2018 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2019 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.

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, managers, health promotion and drug and alcohol workers).  It is an accessible 'top-up' for those with an existing diploma, or equivalent (see entry requirements), who wish to enhance their professional development and career opportunities by attaining an honours degree.

The programme provides the opportunity for you 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 you. 

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 

The programme is student centred, with only one mandatory unit.  Otherwise, you are able to construct your own portfolio of learning by selecting health-related units as electives available to you 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 you will, normally, have already completed at least 20 credits at level 6 prior to commencing the mandatory core unit.

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

Where students select a PSRB approved unit 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.

To complete the degree, you 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).

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

Additional information about this course

Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRB) require students to achieve results that demonstrate their ability to practice 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).

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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Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

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

Additional costs

Specialist 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 each year for books and printing.

Professional Costs

Some units may require Disclosure and Barring Service clearance. Responsibility for DBS on employment based and CPD programmes normally lies with your employer and not the University. It is possible to complete the degree without taking units that require DBS clearance.


For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Bursaries and scholarships

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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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


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

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