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University College Birmingham

Health and Social Care

UCAS Code: L550

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.

Access to HE Diploma


You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points. A minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE / IGCSE English language grade A*-C or grade 9-4 or equivalent.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff


Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email admissions@ucb.ac.uk.

About this course

Course option


Full-time | 2019


Health and social care

**Course snapshot**

Working in health and social care is so much more than just a job. By taking UCB's Health and Social Care degree course, you'll gain knowledge and skills that will open the doors to an extremely rewarding career meeting the care needs of others in society. Supported by our purpose-built Health Hub and our strong links with industry to boost your real-world experience, you will put yourself in prime position to help meet the increasing demand for highly qualified workers in this rapidly growing sector both in the UK and around the world.

**Who’s the course for?**

This course is ideal if you are looking for a career in health and social care, ranging from family and disability support or health promotion to substance misuse, offender management or working with gangs.

**Why should I study the course?**

- Delivered by lecturers with substantial experience across the sector, our course provides you with a holistic view of health and social care, adapting to industry changes and providing you with an excellent basis to explore theoretical and practical aspects of this field.

- After building a strong foundation in your first year, you'll be able to tailor your studies to match your interests and aspirations through our variety of optional modules, covering a range of vocational areas that can be directly applied to working within the industry.

- You'll have access to our dedicated Health Hub, where you can explore and practise in many of the settings you are likely to encounter in real life.

- Thanks to UCB's strong links with industry, you'll be able to link theory to practice by undertaking a diverse range of work placements, giving you substantial experience that will boost your employability.

**Great. Tell me some more**

UCB's Health Hub is a purpose-built facility at our Richmond House campus designed to support our Health and Social Care students by simulating the environments you may encounter in practice. It includes a three-bedded ward area with simulation manikins, a realistic clinical treatment area for learning clinical skills, and a typical home area allowing you to experience the challenges of delivering care in the community.

During each year, you'll undertake a work placement one day a week. Placement areas are wide-ranging, such as supporting children with autism, women with very premature babies or adults with mental illness, working with children in asylum-seeking families, daycare for the elderly, youth clubs and domestic violence units.

This course will require you to undergo vetting by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). However, UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of your DBS check prior to enrolment.

**What skills will I gain?**

You will gain a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of working in health and social care, as well as focusing on work-based practice and enhancing your interpersonal and communication skills.

You will become skilled and knowledgeable in working with the most vulnerable people in society, including those with the most complex support needs.

For your final project, you will develop specialist knowledge by exploring a topic that inspires you and is relevant to your personal and career interests.

**What about the future?**

This course will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to enter a wide range of areas in health and social care, within public, private and voluntary services. Career options include:

- Recovery and rehabilitation work

- Health promotion and education

- Criminal justice

- Mental health support and advice

- Family support, advice and guidance

- Physical and learning disability support

- Housing support

- Community liaison and development

- Public health

- Domestic violence and victim support

- Volunteer coordination

If you wish to continue your studies, you can also progress on to a postgraduate level course.


- **Year 1**: Foundations of Health and Social Care, Skills for Working with People, Psychological Perspectives on Holistic Health, Sociological Influences on Holistic Health, Vulnerability, Values and Ethics, Person-Centred Interventions

- **Year 2**: The Health and Social Care Professional, Public Health and Social Policy, Promoting Health and Wellbeing, Contemporary Research for Enquiry

Two options from: Criminology and Offender Management, Substance Misuse, Managing Acute and Chronic Conditions, Supporting Families and Households

- **Year 3**: Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care, Counselling and Guidance Skills, Project Management in Practice

One option from: Research Project, Mental Wellbeing, Learning Disability

Assessment methods

- **Teaching & assessment**
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 12 teaching contact hours, made up as follows:

- Large group teaching - 6 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
- Smaller group teaching - 3 hours of seminars in small groups discussing topics presented in lectures
- Tutorials - 3 hours including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week

Field trips and visits - during induction, a visit to the Black Country Museum is arranged for first year students and this is linked to a summative assessment within a first year module. The aim is to provide students with a local, historical perspective of health and wellbeing.

- **Individual study**
In addition, you are likely to need to commit 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24-hour access to learning and support material.

- **Assessment**
Assessment is designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used. There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course, including live project work and group assessment.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

- Coursework - 70%
- Practical Assessment - 30%

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

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University College Birmingham


School of Education, Health and Community - BA/BSc

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