Your future career in health and social care is more than just a job. It is an extremely rewarding opportunity to meet the care needs of others in our society and support them at their greatest time of need. This course explores the complex nature of the sector, providing students with an excellent basis to explore the theoretical and practical aspects of health and social care and apply these to maximise career opportunities. Through this course, you will become skilled and knowledgeable in working with the most vulnerable in our society, including those individuals with the most complex care and support needs.
Delivered by expert staff with vocational experience, the course takes a holistic view of health and social care and covers the broad skills and knowledge fundamental to the health and care needs of the whole of society. As planning, delivering and managing health and social care is a dynamic process and is ever-evolving, the course adapts to relevant changes, whether they are a result of socio-political, economic, commissioning or cultural shifts.
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.
As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You could even qualify for an additional £500 per year.
Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about University College Birmingham and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.
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.
The following assessment criteria 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 in the areas of Health and Social Care or Care in the community, 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
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 2020/21. 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.
Following successful completion of this course, graduates will have the knowledge and skills to work in a wide range of areas in the health and social care sector, within public, private and voluntary services.
- 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
Successful graduates may choose to continue with further postgraduate studies in areas such as social work, education and other practitioner-based qualifications, such as youth work.
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.
Located on the ground floor of Moss House, 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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