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Health & Social Care courses

When you study to become a healthcare professional, you commit to making a lasting difference to people’s lives – and we’re committed to offering the best environment for you to flourish in your studies.

That’s why we invest in state-of-the-art facilities that mirror professional settings to provide hands-on learning that’ll prepare you for your new career – from practice wards to our maternity suite, ambulance and nutrition lab.

To complement these settings, we’ve also forged strong links with local and national healthcare providers, as well as community organisations and private practices. This means our students benefit from placements that set them up for career success, with high employment rates across all our courses in this area.

With a brand-new £48 million building currently under development, now is a great time to join BU and start your journey towards a career in healthcare.

Postgraduate degrees

If you already have an undergraduate degree, choose from one of our postgraduate options below:

See all of our postgraduate degrees

Health & Social Care at BU in numbers

Graduate employment rate on Nursing, Operating Department Practice, Paramedic Science, Physiotherapy and Social Work courses
The number of qualified healthcare professionals that have graduated from BU since we became a university in 1992
Square feet of space to be provided by Bournemouth Gateway, the new home of the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, opening in 2021

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Our courses are accredited by a range of national organisations relevant to their specialist areas; see individual course pages for more information.

Jasmine Hart, Paramedic Science student

“We interact a lot with our local trust... At BU, it’s a bit like a three-year job interview and by the time you finish, a trust has a very good idea of what you are like as a person and your level of performance.”

Jasmine Hart, Paramedic Science student. Read more Healthcare Hero stories.

More about health and social care at BU

Portsmouth Hospital

NHS placement locations

Find out more about our NHS locations and where you may be based for some of your NHS placements.

Studland house at night

NHS finance information

If you’re starting a nursing, midwifery or allied health professional pre-registration course, you’ll be able to apply for loans to cover your tuition fee and living costs.