University College Birmingham

Health and Social Care University College Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate


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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 foundation 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?

  • Building a strong foundation in your first year, you can then tailor your studies to match your interests through our range of optional modules

  • You'll have opportunities to enhance your CV with extra qualifications in areas such as counselling, first aid and healthcare leadership.

  • You'll have access to our dedicated Health Hub, where you can explore and practise in many of the settings you are likely to encounter in real life.

  • Thanks to UCB's industry links, you'll have the chance to undertake a variety of work placements to boost your experience.

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 a Level 1 Award in Counselling and other training through Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership, covering issues such as coercive control, FGM and 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

Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of the full BSc (Hons) degree at the end of year two.

Course details


Year 1

  • Foundations of Health and Social Care
  • Skills for Working with People
  • Psychological Perspectives on Holistic Health
  • Sociological Influences on Holistic Health
  • Risk and Ethics
  • Person-Centred Interventions

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

Assessment method


Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers. A typical teaching week will have up to 12 teaching contact hours, made up as follows:

  • Large group teaching - 6 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
  • Smaller group teaching - 3 hours of seminars in small groups discussing topics presented in lectures
  • Tutorials - 3 hours per week, including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials
  • Field trips and visits - during induction, a visit to the Black Country Museum is arranged for first year students which is linked to a summative assessment within a first year module. The aim is to provide students with a local, historical perspective of health and wellbeing.

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 is designed to enable you to fully demonstrate your strengths to the best of your ability, and to help develop skills beneficial to your future career. A wide range of different assessment methods are used, including essays, reports, presentations, role plays, portfolios, seminars, practical assessments and research.

In a number of optional modules, you will have a choice of the method of assessment to allow you to focus on your strengths. Appraisals from your vocational placements also contribute to related module grades, allowing outstanding practice to be recognised and rewarded.

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 code L551
Institution code B35
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

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.

International applicants

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: 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

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 56 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
A level CD 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) PPP This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points
Scottish Higher You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE / IGCSE English language grade A*-C or grade 9-4 or equivalent.

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact 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


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

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Level B2 BA/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 Test BA/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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £10,300 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 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 -

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UG Domestic Home and EU Admissions

0121 604 1040

International Admissions

0121 232 4447