University College Birmingham

Applied Health and Social Care Practice Top-up University College Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course snapshot

A career in health and social care is more than just a job - it's an extremely rewarding opportunity to meet the care requirements of others in society and support them in their greatest time of need. UCB's new Applied Health and Social Care Practice Top-up course will help support your regular employment by covering a broad range of subjects key to the work of health and social care practitioners. The flexibility of our course will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills alongside your work commitments, while work-based assessments are carried out by sector experts to allow you to strengthen your employability through practical demonstration of your high-level graduate skills.

Who’s the course for?

This course is designed for health and social care practitioners. It will provide you with an opportunity to widen your knowledge, experience and understanding, obtain a degree qualification and boost your future career progression. The course will appeal to anyone completing a Level 5 Care Leadership and Management Higher Apprenticeship or an Assistant Practitioner in Healthcare Higher Apprenticeship.

Why should I study the course?

  • This top-up course will allow you to develop your knowledge and higher-level practical skills to degree standard, supported by subject experts who seek to be innovative and meet workplace needs.

  • The course structure is flexible with a variety of learning approaches, helping you to fit your study around your work commitments and your particular professional demands, interests and specialisms.

  • We focus on the development of personal and practical skills in observation, interpretation, information processing and presentation - all of which are highly valued by employers.

  • Assessments focus on the next steps within health and social care practice, so opportunities for progression are emphasised.

Great. Tell me some more

This course complements your regular employment through studying a variety of traditional and contemporary specialisms. Key modules include Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care, Public Health and Professional Engagement.

Assessment is split between coursework and practical assessment. You will be assigned a work-based assessor who will visit your workplace, assess your learning and provide feedback.

What skills will I gain?

You will learn about three key areas of public health - protection, improvement and services. You will also examine the concepts, philosophy and legislation relating to contemporary health and social care issues, as well as designing and executing a research project.

Through our range of optional modules, you will also have the chance to learn about transferring your knowledge through practice teaching, develop your ability to apply person-centred care for specialist practice in the sector, or examine the context and practice application of infection prevention and control.

What about the future?

Completing this top-up course will open the doors for you to enter higher level positions in health and social care and broaden your professional skills. Careers you will be able to pursue include:

  • Health promotion

  • Adult social care

  • The health-care sector in general

  • Day services management

  • Residential management

You can also continue your studies into postgraduate level in fields such as health, social care and teaching.

Course details


  • Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care
  • Professional Engagement
  • Public Health

Choose one option from:

  • Teaching in Practice
  • Person-Centred Care in Practice
  • Managing Infection: Prevention and Control

Assessment method


Online materials support one day per month of formal teaching at University College Birmingham. Practitioners are assigned a work-based assessor who will visit your workplace, assess your learning against a set of criteria within each module and provide personalised feedback.

You will attend one day per month. The timetable is made up of one module per semester with three semesters in total. The research module is started in semester one and completed in semester three.

  • Smaller group teaching - Students are timetabled for a 7 hour session per month and online materials will be available
  • Tutorials - An allocated time will be given to students either face-to-face or through an online platform

Individual study

You will need to apportion approximately 10 hours per week outside of the timetabled hours. Some weeks the amount of time you need for personal study will increase, especially when completing assessments. UCB Online provides 24 hour access to learning and support material.


The following assessment criteria applies to both the full and part-time routes and 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 - 50%
  • Practical Assessment - 50%

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

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

Qualification Offer Further 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
HND (BTEC) Each HND assessed individually - 240 Credits from a suitable and relevant subject must be achieved for entrance onto Year 3.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be working a minimum of 15 hours per week in an appropriate role, and have one of the following:

A higher level apprenticeship at Level 5 with 120 credits
A foundation degree, preferably studied in Health and Social Care, or a related Level 5 qualification
If you have any queries, please email:

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

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

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 -

Provider information

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University College Birmingham
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B3 1JB

Course contact details

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0121 604 1040