University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Health and Social Care

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Course summary

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Course snapshot Working in health and social care is much more than just a job. On UCB's Health and Social Care degree course, you'll gain knowledge and skills that will open the doors to an extremely rewarding career meeting the care needs of others in society. Supported by our purpose-built Health Hub and strong links with industry to boost your real-world experience, you'll put yourself in prime position to help meet the increasing demand for highly qualified workers in this rapidly growing sector both in the UK and around the world. Who’s the course for? This course is ideal if you are looking for a career in health and social care, ranging from family and disability support or health promotion to substance misuse, offender management or working with gangs. Why should I study the 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, including areas such as first aid, manual handling, infection control and safeguarding children
  • 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, mental wellbeing and criminology
Great. Tell me some more UCB's purpose-built Health Hub at our Richmond House campus is designed to support your studies by simulating environments you may encounter in practice. It includes a three-bedded ward area with simulation manikins, a clinical treatment area for learning clinical skills and a typical home area allowing you to experience the challenges of delivering care in the community. Each year you'll undertake a work placement one day a week, covering areas such as supporting children with autism, women with very premature babies or adults with mental illness, working with children in asylum-seeking families, daycare for the elderly, youth clubs and domestic violence units. You can further enhance your CV with a range of additional qualifications, including:
  • Award in Healthcare Leadership Foundations (NHS Leadership Academy)
  • First aid
  • Manual handling
  • Infection control
  • Training through Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership (e.g. coercive control, FGM, CSE)
This course will require you to undergo vetting by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of your DBS check prior to enrolment. What skills will I gain? You'll gain a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of working in health and social care, as well as focusing on work-based practice and enhancing your interpersonal and communication skills. You will become skilled in working with the most vulnerable people in society, including those with the most complex support needs. Through a range of work placements, you'll build extensive real-world experience required to work in the sector. What about the future? Completing this course will enable you to enter a wide range of job roles, such as:
  • Advocate Educator
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Crisis Support Worker
  • Disability Project Officer
  • Domestic Violence Caseworker
  • Drug Worker
  • Education and Welfare Adviser
  • Family Support Worker
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Housing Support Worker
  • Learning Disability Support Worker
  • Mental Health Advocate
  • Recovery and Rehabilitation Practitioner
  • Refugee and Asylum Seeker Caseworker
  • Sexual Health Outreach Worker
  • Social Action Manager
  • Victim Support Worker
  • Welfare Caseworker
  • Wellbeing Officer
If you wish to continue your studies, you can also progress on to a postgraduate level course.

Course details

Modules

YEAR 1

  • Academic Skills
  • Foundations of Health and Social Care
  • Skills for Working with People
  • Psychological Perspectives on Holistic Health
  • Sociological Influences on Holistic Health
  • Risk and Ethics
YEAR 2
  • The Health and Social Care Professional
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • Public Health and Social Policy
  • Contemporary Research for Enquiry
Plus two options from:
  • Substance Misuse
  • Coaching and Advocacy
  • Managing Acute and Chronic Conditions
  • Supporting Individuals, Families and Households
YEAR 3
  • Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care
  • Counselling and Guidance Skills
Choose one option from:
  • Research Project
  • Research in Health and Social Care Practice
Plus two options from:
  • Mental Wellbeing
  • Learning Disability
- Criminology and Offender Management

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Teaching Example of a typical teaching week (up to 12 contact hours):

  • Large group teaching – 6 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. 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 2015-2020.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeL550
Institution code B35
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Transferring from another university At University College Birmingham, we consider applications from students who have studied, or are currently studying, a Higher Education course and now wish to transfer universities. What do I need to do? To make an enquiry about studying at University College Birmingham, you will need to complete our online enquiry form -> https://portal.ucb.ac.uk/#/admissions/ucb-direct-apply Consideration for advanced entry will be dependent on the modules of your previous course, and how well this matches to the content of the course you wish to transfer to at University College Birmingham. Additionally, the process will be dependent on the number of credits achieved on your current course. Where similar study is apparent, it may be possible for us to award Accreditation for Previous Learning (APL) and, therefore, advanced entry onto a course at UCB will be permitted. Please note; due to the nature of this process, all applications are considered on an individual basis.

International applicants

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: - **https://public.dataharvesting.com/ucb/io/aps/1255/v1/index.php** Undergraduate applicants can also apply via UCAS, if they wish to apply to more than one university. The International Admissions team aim to respond to any new application made directly via the online application form within 5 working days of receipt. However, this can vary during peak application periods (particularly January-March) or if the team require additional information to process your application. Applicants who apply to transfer to University College Birmingham on to a second year or final year of a course will have their course mapped for entry and the conditions of entry will be stated on UCAS track. Each application is considered individually and careful consideration is given to all information on your application form, particularly your personal statement, reference and the qualifications you have taken or are in the process of taking. In most cases, a decision to make an offer can be based on this information alone, however we may need to make further enquiries, particularly relating to your immigration status or previous studies in the UK.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 points Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email [email protected]
A level CCC UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points. A minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.
Scottish Higher You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE / IGCSE English language grade A*-C or grade 9-4 or equivalent.
HNC (BTEC) P A relevant HNC or a foundation degree with 120 credits.
HND (BTEC) P A relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits.

Year 1 Entry: Students who are studying a combination of different qualification types will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications. Advanced Entry: If you are unsure if your previous higher education qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email: [email protected]

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


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £11500 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK/EU If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2020/21, 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 or EU 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/EU Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/undergraduate/fees-funding-and-scholarships/full-time-tuition-fees-and-finance/full-time-tuition-fees.aspx 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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