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BSc (Hons) Top-up

Accredited by University College Birmingham


BSc (Hons)


1 year FT




200 hours




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Customise your course with a range of optional modules to suit your career interests

Undertake a research project on an industry topic that interests you

Are you passionate about supporting others in their greatest time of need? Do you want a career that makes a real difference in people’s lives? Our Health and Social Care top-up degree course will enhance your skills and knowledge to help you open the door to an extremely rewarding career meeting the care needs of others in society.

Designed for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject (up to Level 5), our Health and Social Care top-up course expands upon your current understanding of how to support a wide variety of people, including the most vulnerable individuals and those with complex care needs. You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge fundamental to meeting the health and care needs of society as a whole, adapting to the latest changes in this dynamic sector.

To enable you to tailor your studies in line with your career aims, our top-up degree offers you a variety of optional modules to choose from, ranging from issues of wellbeing to working with offenders. You will also study a topic of your choice in depth for your final research project, as well as boosting your real-world experience on a work placement.

Why choose this degree course?

  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – From Mental Wellbeing to Learning Disability or Criminology, choose from our optional modules to tailor your learning
  • WORK PLACEMENT – Gain valuable real-world experience by undertaking a work placement as part of your top-up course
  • IN-DEPTH RESEARCH – Carry out your own in-depth research project on a topic that interests you and is relevant to your career aspirations
  • EXPERT TUITION – Receive support and teaching from expert staff with a wealth of vocational experience in the health and social care sector
  • AWARD-WINNING UNIVERSITY – Study at the highest-ranking university in the region according to student choice (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023)

Our facilities

Our learning spaces at University College Birmingham ensure you have the right environments to build your knowledge, from lecture theatres to interactive group working spaces and extensive library resources.

Course breakdown

  • Modules

Core Modules

Counselling and Guidance Skills

From informally giving advice and information to a more in-depth addressing of emotional issues, counsellors support others in a wide range of capacities. You will develop an understanding of the use of counselling, its practicalities, the necessity of self-development and boundaries as well as essential skills.

Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care

Studying on this module you will develop your skills and understanding of leadership and management in health and social care settings. You will undertake a range of tasks which will culminate in you to creating a leadership and management portfolio. These tasks will develop your skills, so that you become a more effective practitioner, better equipped to lead and manage in the current professional field.

Choose 2 optional modules

Criminology and Offender Management

This module provides students with an introduction and overview of offender rehabilitation and the core principles of offender management that underpin the offender's journey through the criminal justice system. It also explains interventions to motivate them to stop offending. This will include concepts of offender need, core principles of offender management and the practice of managing different offender groups

Learning Disability

You will develop your knowledge and skills in supporting individuals with learning disabilities. You will gain an informed perspective on past and present issues and examine the policies and theory behind the service. You will learn strategies for supporting people with complex needs as well as the role and responsibilities of practitioners in leading and developing practice.

Mental Wellbeing

This module will raise your awareness of mental health issues within society. It will enhance your understanding of historical context and the development of policy and practice in relation to mental wellbeing.

Choose 1 optional module

Research in Health and Social Care Practice

You will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge within a chosen area of the course and the related industry. Using your creativity, problem-solving abilities and data analysis techniques, you will communicate the application, management of research and appraisal of your chosen area under the supervision of an experienced tutor.

Research Project (SEHC)

You will develop your independent learning, problem solving and analytical skills by choosing a particular area of the course and related industry to study in greater depth. You will be encouraged to integrate concepts and knowledge from previous modules and draw on wide range of academic and industrial resources, supported by a lecturer within personal tutorials.

The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Health and Social Care or Care in the Community, with 240 credits.

GCSE/IGCSE English grade A*-C (grade 9-4) or equivalent.

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable, please contact us before completing an application. You can complete our enquiry form here or call us on 0121 604 1040 

International students

Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered. Applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer).

GCSE/IGCSE English language and maths grades A*-C (grades 9-4) or equivalent.

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable, please contact us before completing an application. You can call us on 0121 604 1040 or complete our enquiry form:

Enquiry Form

Key information

Teaching and assessment

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. 


Example of a typical teaching week (up to 11 contact hours): 

  • Large group teaching – 5 hours 
  • Smaller group teaching – 3 hours 
  • Tutorials – 3 hours 
  • Field trips and visits 

You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time. 


Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course:

  • Coursework – 80%
  • Practical assessment – 20%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Tuition fees

UK students

If you are a UK student enrolling on a standard-length Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham, your 2024/25 academic year fee will be £9,250. A half-year tuition fee is £4,625. 

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International students

If you are an international student enrolling on a full-time Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc in 2024/25, your fee for this academic year will be £14,000 per year. If you complete a placement year, there will be an administration fee of £500 for a full year or £250 for a half-year placement.

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Kick-Start Scheme

As a new student studying this course full-time, you will receive £300 per year through our Kick-Start Scheme (UK students only, eligibility criteria applies). This scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You may also qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Find out more about the Kick-Start Scheme here.

Unibuddy Community - meet other students on your course

Starting university is an exciting time, but we understand that it can sometimes feel a little daunting. To support you, you will be invited to join our Unibuddy Community, where you can meet other students who have applied for the same course at University College Birmingham, before you start studying here.

As soon as you have been made an offer, you will be sent an invitation email to complete your registration and join the Unibuddy Community. For more information, check out our Unibuddy Community page.


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Work experience

Work experience is vital for learning how to apply your training in the real world and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and it may even lead to a job when you graduate. Our Hired team can help you find suitable work experience.

As part of the BSc Health and Social Care top-up course, you will complete 200 hours on work placement with one of our industry partners.

Work alongside experts in your sector

A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:

  • Barnardo's
  • Birmingham Women's & Children's NHS Foundation Trust
  • Anchor Homes
  • Heartlands Resource Centre
  • Wilson Stuart School

I loved the look of the modules on University College Birmingham’s Health and Social Care degree course, and after having a tour of the University and seeing how helpful, approachable and friendly all of the staff were, I knew it was the place for me.

Staci Lawrence Health and Social Care BSc (Hons)

Career opportunities

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

Family support worker

Average Salary: £21,000

Community education officer

Average Salary: £28,000

Learning mentor (school)

Average Salary: £18,750

Health promotion specialist

Average salary: £24,907 – £44,503

Community development worker

Average Salary: £28,500

Advice worker

Average Salary: £28,000


We are here to support your career goals every step of the way. 

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