Health and Social Care Top-up at University College Birmingham - UCAS

Health and Social Care Top-up

University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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Course snapshot Working in health and social care is so much more than just a job. By taking UCB's Health and Social Care Top-up course, you 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 our strong links with industry to boost your real-world experience, you will put yourself in prime position to help meet the demand for highly qualified workers in this sector both in the UK and around the world. Who’s the course for? If you are looking to enter a professional career in health or social care and have studied a relevant subject before, this course is ideal for you. Why should I study the course?

  • Delivered by expert staff with vocational experience and always adapting to relevant changes in the sector, our course takes a holistic view of health and social care, covering the broad skills and knowledge fundamental to the sector as a whole.
  • The course offers a range of optional modules to allow you to specialise your knowledge, either in both health and social care or within one of these two areas.
  • For your final project, you will have the chance to research a topic that interests you and is relevant to your personal or career interests.
  • Your modules will be focused on a range of vocational areas that can be directly applied to working within the health and social care industry.
Great. Tell me some more As a Health and Social Care Top-up student, you will have access to UCB's Health Hub, our purpose-built facility at our Richmond House campus where you will be able to explore many of the settings you are likely to encounter in practice. Our hub includes a three-bedded ward area with simulation manikins, a realistic clinical treatment area for learning clinical skills, and a typical home area allowing you to experience the challenges of delivering care in the community. With the support of UCB's industry links and our dedicated hired@UCB employability service, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable working experience to support you in linking theory to practice, greatly enhancing your employment prospects when you graduate. This course will require you to undergo vetting by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). However, UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of your DBS check prior to enrolment. What skills will I gain? Through this course, you will become skilled and knowledgeable in working with the most vulnerable people in society, including those individuals with the most complex support needs. You will develop an excellent understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of health and social career with application to career opportunities. You will develop your knowledge and practical application of skills in supporting individuals therapeutically, as well as managing services and people. What about the future? After successful completion of this course, you will possess the knowledge and skills to work in a wide range of areas in the health and social care sector within public, private and voluntary services. Career pathways open to you include:
  • Recovery and rehabilitation services
  • Health promotion and education
  • Offender management
  • Guidance and counselling agencies
  • Recovery and rehabilitation work
  • Criminal justice
  • Mental health support and advice
Many of our graduates go on to become community liaison officers or take on a range of roles in hospices and various charities both nationally and internationally. If you wish to continue your studies after graduation, you can progress to a postgraduate level course, including MA/PGDip and PGCE courses at UCB covering areas such as social work, education and other practitioner-based qualifications.

Course details


  • Contemporary Issues in Social Context
Choose one option from:
  • Professional Engagement
  • Research Project (SEHC)
Plus two options from:*
  • End of Life Care
  • Enhancing Employability for Professional Practice
  • Counselling and Guidance Skills
  • Learning Disability
  • Mental Wellbeing
  • Offender Management
  • Professional Management in Health and Social Care
  • Healthy Communities
  • Managing Mentoring
- Youth and Community Development

Assessment method

  • Teaching - Full-time route
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers. A typical teaching week will have up to 11 teaching contact hours made up as follows:
  • Large group teaching - 5 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
  • Smaller group teaching - 3 hours of seminars in small groups discussing topics presented in lectures
  • Tutorials - 3 hours including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week
Individual Study In addition, you are likely to need to commit 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides 24 hour access to learning and support material.
  • Assessment
The following assessment criteria is designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways, with a variety of assessment methods used. There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course including live project work and group assessment. An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:
  • Coursework - 80%
  • Practical Assessment - 20%
Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction. Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Unistats information

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How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • 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 -> **** 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.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE / IGCSE English A*-C or grade 9-4 or equivalent.
HND (BTEC) P A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Health and Social Care or Care in the community, with 240 credits.

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 email: EU/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 or grade 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 email EU: International:

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English language requirements

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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £10300 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 2019/20, 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 - International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -
Health and Social Care Top-up at University College Birmingham - UCAS