University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Health and Social Care

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Course summary

OVERVIEW Do you want a career that makes a real difference in people’s lives? Are you passionate about supporting others in their greatest time of need? Our Health and Social Care foundation degree will help you open the door to an extremely rewarding career meeting the care needs of others in society. This course will give you the skills and knowledge to be able to help a wide variety of people, including the most vulnerable individuals and those with complex care and support needs. Delivered by expert staff with a wealth of vocational experience, our Health and Social Care course covers the broad skills and knowledge fundamental to the health and care needs of society as a whole, adapting to the latest changes in this dynamic sector. To put your training into practice, you will have the chance to take on work placements throughout your studies. There is a vast array of additional qualifications and opportunities available for you to further expand your expertise and abilities, while you will also be able to tailor your studies to your career aims and interests with a range of optional modules to choose from. WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

  • Work placements – Gain essential real-world experience throughout your degree by going on placement one day per week, with opportunities in a huge variety of settings
  • Enrichment – Enhance your CV with further training and qualifications through Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership, covering themes such as coercive control, female genital mutilation (FGM) and child sexual exploitation (CSE)
  • Specialise your studies – Pick a research topic to study in depth and choose from a wide range of optional modules, including themes such as substance misuse or managing acute and chronic conditions
PLACEMENTS Throughout our course, you will undertake a vocational placement one day per week. A wide variety of opportunities are available, with our past students having supported children with autism, women with very premature babies, adults with mental illness, projects supporting asylum-seeking families and much more. Employers we have worked with include Barnardo's, Birmingham Women's & Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Anchor Homes, Heartlands Resource Centre and Wilson Stuart School. CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Family support worker
  • Community education officer
  • Community development worker
  • Learning mentor
  • Advice worker
Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of our full BSc (Hons) degree.
  • Please refer to our website www.ucb.ac.uk for the latest updates to this course

Course details

Modules

YEAR 1

  • Academic Skills (SEHC)
  • Foundations of Health and Social Care
  • Psychological Perspectives on Holistic Health
  • Risk and Ethics
  • Skills for Working with People
  • Sociology of 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:
  • Coaching and Advocacy
  • Managing Acute and Chronic Conditions
  • Substance Misuse
- Supporting Individuals, Families and Households

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: www.ucb.ac.uk ASSESSMENT Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course:

  • Coursework – 70%
  • Practical assessment – 30%
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
L551
Institution code:
B35
Campus name:
University College Birmingham
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact [email protected] 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. Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Other

Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic)BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own TestBA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

UCB English Language Requirements

http://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/english-language-requirements/english-language-requirements-table.aspx


Unistats information

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81%
Student satisfaction
40%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
60%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £12500 Year 1
International £12500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK: If you are a UK student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2021/22, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/undergraduate-fees/ EU and International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/tuition-fees-and-scholarships.aspx
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