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University College Birmingham

Health and Social Care

UCAS Code: L551

Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

Entry requirements

A level


UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.

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.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff


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 [email protected]

About this course

Course option


Full-time | 2021


Health and social care

**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?**

- **WORK PLACEMENTS** – Gain essential real-world experience throughout your degree by going on placement one day per week, with opportunities in a huge variety of settings

- **ENRICHMENT** – Enhance your CV with further training and qualifications covering a wide range of contemporary health and social care issues

- **SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES** – Pick a research topic to study in depth and choose from a wide range of optional modules, including themes such as substance misuse or managing acute and chronic conditions

**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 as well as 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.


**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 methods


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.

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University College Birmingham


School of Education, Health and Community - FdA/FdSc

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Top job areas of graduates

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