Health and Community Care

Entry requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Care, including nursing, social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech & language therapy, dietetics, paramedic practice or radiography, or at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for. Applicants who do not meet this academic requirement are advised to undertake the Professional Profile Development module in order to apply for recognition of prior (experiential) learning.

Applicants who successfully completed a PG Diploma Community Specialist Practitioner or PG Diploma Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course at Leeds Beckett in the last five years will be considered for advanced entry and will only need to complete a further 60 level 7 credit points for the dissertation module. Applicants who successfully completed their PG Diploma course more than five years ago or completed a similar PG Diploma course at another university can apply for credit transfer through the Recognition of Prior Learning route.

All students will normally be working, in paid or unpaid employment, within health and/or community care as students need to be able to reflect on their experience and relate theory with practice. All applicants should be able to evidence recent professional development/study; of working with different patient/client groups; awareness of current policies affecting the sector and potential implications for service delivery.International Applicants will be interviewed by telephone/skype to discuss this requirement with a member of the course team.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; you can download our reference template for completion.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements.


IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 6.0. 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. If you have recent relevant work experience and/or professional qualifications, we may be able to consider you for entry through our ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ policy. Please ensure that you list both your qualifications and relevant work experience in your application.

All applicants should meet our standard entry requirements of GCSE grade C in English language and, where specified, Maths. Alternative qualifications such as functional skills are accepted in lieu of GCSEs for most courses.