Health and Social Care BSc (Hons) / FdSc

This degree course is accredited by University College Birmingham.

This course is subject to validation and approval.

Overview (NV)

BSc (Hons)

Course length
3 years full-time
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Course length
2 years full-time
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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. 

There will be opportunities to increase your employability through work placements, which are a crucial part of every year of the course.



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 through your optional modules.
  • You will be supported by lecturers with substantial experience across the sector to gain a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of working in the health and social care field.
  • You will gain extensive experience in a range of diverse placement areas, which help you link theory to practice and gain the essential experience you need to boost your employability.
  • 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 specialise in a topic that inspires you and is relevant to your personal interests or area you would like to find employment. 

If you are interested in public health and delivering projects and interventions to help the wider community, you may also be interested in our Public Health and Health Promotion BSc (Hons)

Health Hub 

The University’s Health Hub, a purpose-built facility at our Richmond House site, is available to degree-level students as an additional resource should they want to explore many of the 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 area features camera recording equipment to allow students to view clinical skills demonstrations and practice in the teaching area.

Kick-Start Scheme

All new students studying a full-time, undergraduate or PGCE course, paying fees at the maximum rate (£9,250), and with a student status of Home, EU or Channel Isles are eligible to receive £300 per year via the Kick-Start Scheme. To find out more about how these funds can support your studies and your future career, and to find out if you are eligible for an additional £500 per year, visit Kick-Start FAQs

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 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 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.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements  

Health and Social Care BSc (Hons)

A Level: An A level grade profile of CCC

BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of MMM, this can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 96 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.


  • GCSE/IGCSE English grade A*-C or grade 9-4 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

A Level: An A level grade profile of DC

BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of MPP, this can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points will be required for entrance.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 56 UCAS Tariff points

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact to check your eligibility.

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 grade A*-C or grade 9-4 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 2019/20 entry.

EU/international students

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

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Qualification Grade Points


Modules (NV)


FdSc students will study modules for years 1 and 2. Upon successful completion FdSc students will have the option of progressing onto the final year.

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

Plus two options from:

Year 3

Plus one option from:
  Please note
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.


Placements (NV)

Work Placement

In all years of study, you will complete a substantial, vocational placement one day a week. Placements are wide-ranging, including a residential unit for children with autism, a centre for women with very premature babies, residential care of adults with mental illness, projects supporting children of asylum seeking families, daycare for the elderly, youth clubs and domestic violence units. 

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)


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. 

Careers 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 

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 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

Health and Social Care

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Unistats Data (NV)