Working in health and social care is so much more than just a job. By taking 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 our strong links with industry to boost your real-world experience, you will 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?
Delivered by lecturers with substantial experience across the sector, our course provides you with a holistic view of health and social care, adapting to industry changes and providing you with an excellent basis to explore theoretical and practical aspects of this field.
After building a strong foundation in your first year, you'll be able to tailor your studies to match your interests and aspirations through our variety of optional modules, covering a range of vocational areas that can be directly applied to working within the industry.
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.
Great. Tell me some more
UCB's Health Hub is a purpose-built facility at our Richmond House campus designed to support our Health and Social Care students by simulating the environments you may encounter in practice. It 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.
During each year, you'll undertake a work placement one day a week. Placement areas are wide-ranging, 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.
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?
You will 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 and knowledgeable in working with the most vulnerable people in society, including those with the most complex support needs.
For your final project, you will develop specialist knowledge by exploring a topic that inspires you and is relevant to your personal and career interests.
What about the future?
This course will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to enter a wide range of areas in health and social care, within public, private and voluntary services. Career options include:
Recovery and rehabilitation work
Health promotion and education
Mental health support and advice
Family support, advice and guidance
Physical and learning disability support
Community liaison and development
Domestic violence and victim support
If you wish to continue your studies, you can also progress on to a postgraduate level course.
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)
9 September 2019
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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:
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 provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways, 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:
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.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
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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.
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Students who are studying a combination of different qualification types will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.
Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.
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