There is an increasing demand for health and social care both in the UK and globally. This rapidly-growing industry requires individuals with a wide range of knowledge and experience.
This top-up course offers an opportunity to gain a more detailed understanding of the sector, as professionals need to be flexible and open to new ways of delivering high standards of care. This course covers a range of diverse subjects which include professional engagement and contemporary issues as well as the opportunity to tailor your studies to your ideal career.
Why should I choose this course?
- By taking this top-up, you can continue to develop your academic and practical skills in preparation for a successful career within the industry.
- You are able to specialise your knowledge by selecting your modules - you can choose to study both Health and Social Care, or you can specialise in one of these two areas.
- You will be supported by experienced lecturers to gain a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of working in the health and social care sector.
- Your modules will be focused on a range of vocational areas that can be directly applied to working within the industry.
- For your final project, you can research a topic that interests you and is relevant to your personal interests or intended future employment.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 11 teaching contact hours made up as follows:
- Large group teaching - 5 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 1st 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.
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.
You will attend one day per week. The timetable is made up of one module per semester with three semesters in total. The research module is started in semester one and completed in Semester three.
- Smaller group teaching - students are timetabled for a 5 hour session per week
- Tutorials - 1 hour is timetabled per week consisting of a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials.
You will need to apportion approximately 10 hours per week outside of the timetabled hours. Some weeks the amount of time you need for personal study will increase, especially when completing assessments. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.
The following assessment criteria applies to both the full and part-time route and is designed to provide you 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 - 80%
- Practical Assessment - 20%
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.
Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits.
GCSE / IGCSE English A*-C or grade 9-4 or equivalent.
If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or
Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer)
GCSE / IGCSE English language and maths grades A*-C or grade 9-4 or equivalent.
If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email
Students are able to choose a Health (H) or Social Care (SC) pathway.
Plus two options from:
In the final year students will have the option of choosing one of the following research modules:
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated,
the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2019/20. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs,
we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
UCB encourages you to seek as much industry experience and exposure throughout your studies and we work with industry providers to offer you a variety of opportunities (paid and voluntary).
Over the years, we have developed close working relationships throughout the health and social care sector. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding work that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.
Our BSc (Hons) top-up degree course provides an excellent platform for those who want a career working in health or social care in a professional capacity.
Graduating with this degree will enable you to go onto work in the health and social care industry in:
- Drug and alcohol services
- Health promotion
- Offender management
- Guidance and counselling agencies
- Family support
In such a diverse sector, many of our graduates go on to become community liaison officers, work in hospices and various charities both national and international in a wide range of roles.
If you would like to continue your study after graduation, UCB offers postgraduate study at PGCE and MA/PG Dip level in areas such as social work, education and other practitioner-based qualifications.
hired@UCB is our new student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills.
Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, in newly refurbished facilities, the hired team comprises of specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:
- Careers advice and guidance
- Placements, work experience and volunteering
- Employer engagement
- Part-time and seasonal work
- Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
- Graduate schemes and alumni support
- Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency
Find out more about hired@UCB services.
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