Health and Social Care student at UCB


CACHE Level 3 Award/Certificate/Extended Diploma


Course Level

Level 3


2 years full-time


2 days per week


September (2021)


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Start your journey towards a hugely rewarding career in the health and social care profession. Whether you are interested in nurse training, working with the elderly or a role as a health care assistant, our Health and Social Care college course will set you on your way to making a real difference in people’s lives.

This course is not just about classroom learning. You will get hands-on, practical training in realistic environments within our purpose-built Health Hub at University College Birmingham, as well as putting your skills to use in the real world by going on placement each week, letting you explore many different areas of work and gain vital experience alongside your studies.

On successful completion of the Award, you may be eligible to enrol on to the Certificate. Upon completing the Certificate, you will then have the opportunity to enrol on to the Extended Diploma. By the time you finish our Health and Social Care course, you will have a great foundation to progress onto more advanced qualifications as well as openings within the industry, with work available in both the public and private sectors.

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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
There are lots of reasons why we think you should study with us, but here are our top 5. View video.

Our facilities

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

Course breakdown

Topics you will study:


  • Equality, Diversity and Rights
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Safeguarding


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

Extended Diploma

  • 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

Entry requirements


  • 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.

Key information

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.)


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Work placements

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.

Niamh Bucknall-Jones Health and Social Care CACHE Level 3

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Healthcare assistant

Average Salary: £17,500

Care worker

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

Aspiring to a higher level career? Complete this course and you could progress onto our Health and Social Care and Adult Nursing degree.


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