Health and Social Care with Professional Practice with Foundation Year at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS

Birkbeck, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of London

Health and Social Care with Professional Practice with Foundation Year

There are other course options available which may have a different vacancy status or entry requirements – view the full list of options

Course summary

Health and social care are fast-growing areas of employment and academic investigation. Our new BSc Health and Social Care with Professional Practice has been designed to bring together the very best of this interdisciplinary area to provide you with a strong grounding in:

  • the national and international context of health and social care
  • the inequalities that shape changing needs
  • the policies that respond to them.
Taught by academic experts from across the social sciences and humanities, this course will enable you to gain work-relevant skills and to develop academic expertise through our wide choice of option modules and opportunities for individual study. The BSc Health and Social Care with Professional Practice is ideal if you are interested in the social context of the health and social care sectors, how policy develops and how it is implemented. You will have the chance to gain practical work-based experience during this degree by undertaking a work placement module as well as completing a work-based digital project. If you opt for the Foundation Year route, this will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. It is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree.  Highlights
  • This interdisciplinary degree is taught by academic experts actively involved in health and social care research in the UK and around the globe from across our schools of Social Sciences; Historical Studies; and Creative Arts, Culture and Communication; and the Birkbeck Centre for Counselling.
  • Teaching integrates key skills for employability in caring environments, for instance in the NHS, social care sector, voluntary organisations and many private sector organisations.
Careers and employability A degree in health and social care prepares you for a wide variety of careers in areas such as:
  • public health
  • mental health
  • criminal justice
  • management and administration
  • child protection
  • health promotion
  • housing.
You will find health and social care graduates in the following kinds of role:
  • family practitioner
  • healthcare support worker
  • public health practitioner
  • children and young people’s development officer
  • information, advice and guidance officer for vulnerable service users
  • learning and education facilitator
  • manager in social care or NHS.
We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.


For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

You will be assessed on group work, writing for policy makers and oral presentations as well as more traditional academic essays or reports. You will also have the opportunity to carry out a substantial piece of independent work on a health and social care topic of your choice.

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

Student Outcomes

Operated by the Office for Students

There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £17620 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their course. Tuition fees for students continuing on their course in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
Health and Social Care with Professional Practice with Foundation Year at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS