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Support Work
Undergraduate course

Support Work

Applications for this should be made by 31st August. Applications after this date may still be considered.


Support workers play a crucial part in today's society. There's growing demand to work with a diverse range of clients, provide an increasing range of care, and positively contribute to the public's health and wellbeing. It's therefore important that you're equipped with the knowledge and experience to do just that.

Our course - developed in conjunction with Yorkshire's leading health care organisations - gives you valuable skills that directly relate to both the changes in your workplace and in your role. It will provide you with the expertise needed to deliver quality care provision.

There's a mix of academic study and practice-based learning, and you'll be studying alongside people from all kinds of backgrounds and roles, meaning you'll benefit from shared experience and knowledge. You'll attend our University for taught classes, and then return to your workplace to practice and develop the skills you've learnt.

You'll also have the opportunity to see other clinical environments and approaches to care in areas such as nutritional health, maternity support and mental health. All of this will contribute to your own e-portfolio of personal and workplace development.

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You'll have the chance to work in a host of simulation environments - a living space with fully fitted kitchen, bathroom and living area, a hospital environment with high specification equipment, and a clinical skills suite boasting a lung-auscultator, heart sound auscultator, catheterisation manikins, venepuncture arms and resuscitation trainers.

You'll be taught by an enthusiastic and well respected team who have been care practitioners themselves, and you'll have full access to our University's library, online learning facilities and support network.

Course Features

  • Part-time study available
  • Specialist facilities
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • TEF Silver Award

Entry Requirements

Additional Requirements: Applicants should normally have completed one of our Certificate Support Work courses, be working in or about to commence work in in a support worker role in a field commensurate with the course. Applicants should normally have GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Maths, applicants who do not have English as their first language should have IELTS 6.0 with no skill below 5.5 or an equivalent award. Written support is required from your manager for completion of the course including proficiency in literacy and numeracy to the required standard, access to and ability to carry out word processing, use of online learning tools in a virtual learning environment, allocation of a mentor in practice, approval for release to attend the taught sessions and also time to complete the assessments associated with the course. You are also required to submit a 250-500 word personal statement detailing your reasons for applying for this course, your relevant communication, numeracy and ICT skills, your knowledge skills and values which are compatible with working in this area, a commitment to personal development and learning and reflection on how the course will be of benefit to you.
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Lucy Davies


Lucy Davies
Community Mental Health Nurse Leeds and York Partnership, NHS Foundation in Leeds

BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

“I've always wanted to use my compassion to care for people. My course taught me the communication and clinical skills needed to assess people's mental health and identify their needs. As a student, I had a lot of support, helpful placements, a great city with many career opportunities and strong job prospects anywhere in the world upon graduation.

Modules & learning

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You'll understand and explore government policy and the roles and responsibilities of health and social care workers in their contribution to ensuring effective delivery of patient and client centred care.

Through workshops, you'll develop your knowledge and skills in your specific role, and in the treatment of the diverse population within Health and Social Care Services.

By learning in an area within your own scope of practice, you'll explore how specific identified interventions can contribute to enhancing health outcome in the effective delivery of diverse patient and client centred care.

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Fees & funding

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most undergraduate modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2017/18 on this course is £921.8 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £46.09. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.


  • Nutrition Laboratories
    Nutrition Laboratories

    Our nutrition labs will allow you to develop your practical nutritional skills.

  • Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Community Living Area
    Community Living Area

    Used to demonstrate rehabilitation activities, it contains a functioning kitchen, living area, bathroom and bed, and is equipped with a ceiling hoist, emergency lifting cushion, bariatric chair and a range of adapted equipment.


City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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