Health and Social Care University College Birmingham


  • Course snapshot

Our Health and Social Care foundation degree is designed to meet the increasing demand for health and social care professionals in the UK and globally. This rapidly growing industry requires individuals with a wide range of knowledge and experience. This course offers students an opportunity to gain a holistic understanding of health and social care.

  • Who’s the course for?

This course, accredited by University College Birmingham, is ideal for those looking for a career in health and social care and the extremely rewarding opportunities it opens up to meet the care needs of others in our society and support them at their greatest time of need. This course leads to a diverse range of careers including offender management, substance misuse, working with gangs and the management of long-term conditions. You will also have the opportunity to study how to promote healthy living and emotional intelligence in practice.

  • Why should I study the course?

Delivered by expert staff with vocational experience, the course covers the broad skills and knowledge fundamental to the health and care needs of the whole of society. As planning, delivering and managing health and social care is a dynamic process and is ever-evolving, the course adapts to relevant changes, whether they are a result of socio-political, economic, commissioning or cultural shifts. There will be opportunities to increase your employability through work placements, which are a crucial part of the course.

  • Great. Tell me some more

Your first year will provide you with a good foundation so that you can choose how to tailor your studies in your second year.

The University’s Health Hub, a purpose-built facility at our Richmond House site, is available to degree-level students as an additional resource should they want to explore many of the settings they are likely to encounter in practice.

In addition to high specification resources, the hub includes:
• A three-bedded ward area – allowing students to interact with simulation manikins in a virtual ward setting designed for adults and children
• A clinical treatment area – a realistic environment to learn clinical skills such as patient assessment, administration of medication and wound care
• A typical home area – allowing students to consider the challenges of delivering health and social care in the community
• A 24-seat teaching area – for group work and debriefing, linked to activities in the virtual learning environment

  • What skills will I gain?

You will gain underpinning knowledge in the principles and practice of working in health and social care as well as focusing on work-based practice and enhancing your interpersonal and communication skills. It is an excellent basis to explore the theoretical and practical aspects of health and social care and apply these to maximise career opportunities. Through this course, you will become skilled and knowledgeable in working with the most vulnerable in our society, including those individuals with the most complex care and support needs.

  • What about the future?

The FdSc (Hons) degree course will give you the confidence and know-how to move into a wide range of areas in the health and social care sector. Future jobs could include careers in recovery and rehabilitation work, health promotion and education, criminal justice, mental health support and advice, family support, advice and guidance, physical and learning disability support, housing support, community liaison and development, public health, domestic violence and victim support and volunteer coordination, in a wide range of roles.

  • UCB Disclosure and Barring Service Process

Applicants who secure a place on this course will be invited to UCB to complete the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) process. This will also be funded by UCB with no charge to applicants.

  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    9 September 2019

  • Duration

    2 years

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, Vulnerability, Values and Ethics, Person-Centred Interventions

  • Year 2: The Health and Social Care Professional, Public Health and Social Policy, Promoting Health and Wellbeing, Contemporary Research for Enquiry

Two options from: Criminology and Offender Management, Substance Misuse, Managing Acute and Chronic Conditions, Supporting Families and Households

Assessment method

  • Teaching & assessment
    Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and 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 including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week

Field trips and visits - during induction, a visit to the Black Country Museum is arranged for first year students and this 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 a 24-hour access to learning and support material.

  • Assessment
    Assessment is designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are 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 - 70%
  • Practical Assessment - 30%

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.

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 -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

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 The entry criteria at UCB can be met using different and multiple Level 3 qualifications.

If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040.
A level You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points from 1 A levels (or their equivalent)

We do not specify specific grades in our Admissions offer for A level learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

We do not specify specific grades in our Admissions offer for BTEC learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.
Access to HE Diploma You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

We do not specify specific grades in our Admissions offer for Access to HE learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.
Scottish Higher You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

We do not specify specific grades in our Admissions offer for Scottish Higher learners we will look at your total achievement and or predicted grades.

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.

Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications. For example, our standard offer would be - A minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points, from a combination of your Level 3 Qualifications

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 -