Health and Social Care BSc (Hons) / FdSc

Overview (NV)

BSc (Hons)

Course length
3 years full-time
UCAS code
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Course length
2 years full-time
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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 course offers an opportunity to gain an overall 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 substance misuse, offender management, working with gangs and the management of long-term conditions. You will also have the opportunity to study how to promote healthy living and emotional intelligence in practice.

This course is delivered by expert staff with vocational experience in a variety of health and social care settings. There will be opportunities to increase your employability through completion of specialised work placements in a wide range of settings.

Why should I choose this course?

  • Your first year will provide you with a good foundation so that you can choose how to tailor your studies in your second and third year. 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.
  • You will gain substantial experience in a range of diverse placement areas which aim to help you link theory and practice.
  • 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.

Health Hub 

The University’s new Health Hub, a purpose-built facility at our Richmond House site, allows students to experience the full range of settings they are likely to encounter in practice.

In addition to high specification resources, the hub includes:

  •  A three-bedded ward area – allowing students to interact with simulation manikins in a virtual ward setting designed for adults and children
  • A clinical treatment area – a realistic environment to learn clinical skills such as patient assessment, administration of medication and wound care
  • A typical home area – allowing students to consider the challenges of delivering health and social care in the community
  • A 24-seat teaching area – for group work and debriefing, linked to activities in the virtual learning environment

The areas features camera recording equipment to allow students to view clinical skills demonstrations and practice in the teaching area.

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day. 

Teaching & Assessment (NV)

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 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.

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 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.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements  

Health and Social Care BSc (Hons)

Tariff: A minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. 

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

Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

Health and Social Care FdSc

Tariff: A minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points from at least one A Level or equivalent BTEC qualifications. 

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry. 

Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions.  

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

Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

Find out more information on tariff entry requirements for 2018/19 entry.

EU/international students

For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page. 

UCAS Tariff calculator

You can use our calculator below to convert your predicted/achieved grades into UCAS Tariff points.  

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Qualification Grade Points


Modules (NV)


Year 1

Academic Skills (SEHC) Acute and Chronic Illness Emotional Intelligence in Practice Health and Social Care Principles Promoting Healthy Living

Year 2

Plus three options from:
Managing Long Term Conditions Substance Misuse Community Studies Family Wellbeing Mentoring for Learning Criminology and Criminal Justice Working with Gangs

Year 3

Plus two options from:
End of Life Care Learning Disability Mental Wellbeing Professional Management in Health and Social Care Healthy Communities Managing Mentoring Youth and Community Development Counselling and Guidance Skills Offender Management Enhancing Employability for Professional Practice

Research option

In the final year students will have the option of choosing one of the following research modules:

Placements (NV)

Work Placement

In Semester 2 students attend a vocational placement 1 day per week. Learners complete 10 sessions throughout the semester. Placements vary from YMCA, Children’s Society, Children’s Centres, Gateway Projects, Youth Clubs and Domestic Violence Units. Learners are also encouraged to seek their own placement and the importance of experience linked to employability is highlighted. 

If you are looking for further work experience opportunities, our highly experienced hired@UCB staff members have a diverse mix of advisors with experience in a wide variety of areas including early years, education, learning disability, special education, child protection, community service development and management.

At UCB, we understand the importance of work placements within academic study, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field.

If you do well on your placement, there are additional opportunities available – such as recommendation for industry-supported mentoring schemes to guide you through your future career.

Employability (NV)


Our BSc (Hons) degree course provides an excellent platform for those seeking a career in health and social care working in a professional capacity.

Graduating with this degree will enable you to work in the health and social care industry in the areas of:

  • 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.


hired@UCB is our 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, the hired@UCB team comprises 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 and apprenticeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency

Find out more about hired@UCB services.


Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry. 


Maliha Somji

Health and Social Care

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Tasmin Choudhury

Tasmin Choudhury

Health and Social Care

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Staci Lawrence

Staci Lawrence

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KIS Data (NV)