of graduate employers say relevant experience is essential to getting a job with them
Why choose this college course?
- WORK PLACEMENT – Give your CV a huge boost and experience the industry first-hand on work placements, with opportunities from care homes or hospitals to schools and more
- PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Take on projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations and activities, supported by our superb simulation facilities in our Health Hub
- MOVE UP TO UNIVERSITY – Want to keep studying at a higher level? This college course will support your progression to relevant degrees at university
Students on our college healthcare courses at University College Birmingham have access to the Health Hub, providing a specialist learning environment which replicates real-life care settings to enhance your practical training.
- Our facilities include a three-bed ward area complete with simulation manikins.
- The hub also includes a clinical treatment area, a typical home area simulating a community care setting and a 24-seat teaching area
Topics you will study:
- Equality, Diversity and Rights
- Human Growth and Development
In addition to the modules above:
- Communication in HSC
- Sociological Perspectives
- Infection Prevention and Control
- Psychological Perspectives
- Working in Health and Social Care
- Reflective Practice
- Dementia Awareness
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Protection of Children, Young People and Adults
- Nutrition for HSC
- Research Skills
- Personal and Professional Development
- Voluntary Organisations
- Mental Health and Well-being
- Public Health
- Empowerment in HSC
You will also have an individual study programme to help you build the skills and experience you need to progress onto higher education or gain employment.
Maths and English
To help you secure your dream career, you will also continue developing your maths and English skills alongside your full-time course. If you haven’t achieved GCSE grade 4/C in English and maths at age 16, you will continue to study these through resits or taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.
How maths will support your career
- Measurements are key in understanding prescriptions in pharmacies and administering drugs in nursing contexts
- Measurements are also key in determining and monitoring patient heights and weights
- Fractions are needed in calculating body mass index (BMI)
How English will support your career
- Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key in the presentation of documents relating to patients
- Good quality speaking and listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues and patients
- Customer service requires good English skills in speaking and written communication
- Accurate reading is a vital skill when following instructions and prescriptions
- Secure English is important when preparing a CV
- You will require at least 4 GCSEs, 2 at grade 4 (grade C) and 2 at grade 3 (grade D) or above, including English/English Literature and Maths at a minimum of grade 2 (grade E). On successful completion of the Award, you can apply for the Certificate.
- School applicants will be required to provide a good school report and references.
- You will require at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English/English Literature, and ideally maths at grade 3 (grade D) or above. On successful completion of the Certificate, you can progress on to the Extended Diploma.
- This course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Information about the DBS check and how to apply for it will be sent to you by our placement team.
If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and maths and you are under 19, you will be required to complete an assessment so we can ensure you receive appropriate support. Applicants over 19 are not required to complete maths and English.
This programme requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. University College Birmingham will coordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.
Teaching and assessment
Assessment methods for this course:
- Level 3 Award – A portfolio of evidence
- Level 3 Certificate – A portfolio of evidence and one extended assessment
- Level 3 Extended Diploma – A portfolio of evidence and two extended assessments
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
Uniform and kit costs
This course requires a uniform and kit costing approximately £30, depending on the items you purchase. (Prices are subject to change each year – exact costs and information on how to order required items will be provided to you prior to enrolment.)
Work placements offer a wealth of benefits alongside your studies, helping you put your learning into practice, develop your skills and understanding of the workplace, boost your CV for your chosen career or enhance your UCAS application for higher education. Our hired@UCB team can help find the ideal placement for you.
Students on our Level 3 Health and Social Care college course will need to complete two days per week on placement in an appropriate setting, with opportunities in residential homes, day-care centres, special schools, community centres, hospitals or youth centres.
Work alongside experts in your sector
A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:
- Barchester Healthcare Edgbaston Beaumont Care Home
- Age UK Birmingham
- Anchor Homes
- Cerebral Palsy Midlands
- Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
I did four placements at college, which were the highlight of the whole course. I loved having the opportunity to put everything I was learning in the classroom straight into action. My final placement, at a residential care home, led to me being offered a permanent position as a care assistant.
The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.
Average Salary: £17,500
Average Salary: £18,750
Social work assistant
Average Salary: £18,750
Residential support worker
Average Salary: £22,000
Senior care worker
Average Salary: £18,750
Care home advocate
Average Salary: £24,000
We are here to support your career goals every step of the way.