Health and Social Care BSc (Hons) / FdSc

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. 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)

Students studying the FdSc will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BSc (Hons) at the end of year 2.

What our staff and students say



Why choose this course?

  • Placement experience - You’ll go on work placement one day a week to gain the essential experience you need to boost your employability
  • Enrichment opportunities - You will have access to additional qualifications and enhancement opportunities to enrich your studies and maximise your employability 
  • Specialise your studies - Tailor your studies in your second and third year through optional modules
  • Tailor your assessments - In a number of optional modules, you will have a choice of the method of assessment to allow you to focus on your strengths

Enrichment opportunities/additional qualifications

  • In Year 2, a range of training and industry networking opportunities are available through Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership. These will cover a variety of contemporary health and social care issues such as coercive control, female genital mutilation and child sexual exploitation
  • In Year 3, you will be supported to complete a range of CV-enhancing training opportunities through High Speed Training, such as first aid, manual handling and infection control
  • Also in Year 3, alongside the Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care module, you will be encouraged to complete an Award in Healthcare Leadership Foundations through the NHS Leadership Academy

Course-specific facilities

The University’s Health Hub, a purpose-built facility at our Richmond House site, is available to students on this course 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 and camera recording equipment to allow students to view clinical skills demonstrations and practice in the teaching area, the hub also 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 

Kick-Start Scheme

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 might even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

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 CD

BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of PPP. 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 – 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. 

UCAS Tariff calculator

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

If your total predicted/achieved points do not meet those outlined above or your qualification(s) do not appear on the UCAS Tariff please contact the admissions directly on 0121 604 1040 or email

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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 Person-Centred Interventions Psychological Perspectives on Holistic Health Risk and Ethics Skills for Working with People Sociological Influences on Holistic Health

Year 2

Contemporary Research for Enquiry Promoting Health and Wellbeing Public Health and Social Policy The Health and Social Care Professional
Plus two options from:
Substance Misuse Coaching and Advocacy Managing Acute and Chronic Conditions Supporting Individuals, Families and Households

Year 3

Plus one option from:
Plus two options 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 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.


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. 

Work Placement - School of Education, Health and Community - University College Birmingham

What our employers say

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. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding a placement that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.    

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)

Graduate careers

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. 

Graduate careers include:

  • Recovery and rehabilitation work
  • Criminal justice
  • Mental health support and advice
  • Family support, advice and guidance
  • Physical and learning disability support
  • Community liaison and development
  • Domestic violence and victim support

It will be possible for you to enter a wide variety of job roles, for example:

  • Community Centre Manager
  • Crisis Support Worker
  • Disability Project Officer
  • Domestic Violence Caseworker
  • Drug Worker
  • Early Action Advice Worker
  • Education Mentor
  • Education and Welfare Adviser
  • Family Support Worker
  • Fundraising and Communications Officer
  • Health Educator
  • Health Mentor
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Pupil Referral Unit Learning Support Worker
  • Recovery and Rehabilitation Practitioner
  • Refugee and Asylum Seeker Caseworker
  • Social Action Manager
  • Support and Development Manager
  • Victim Support Worker
  • Welfare Caseworker

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. UCB offer a range of postgraduate degrees and you may be eligible for a postgraduate loan.


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 in new facilities on the ground floor of Moss House, 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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Staci Lawrence

Staci Lawrence

Health and Social Care

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Course Stats Data (NV)