Our flexible Health and Social Care course is designed for those employed in the sector, and will provide you with the work-based skills you need to further your career.
Delivered via work-based learning, this course will give you knowledge in a range of fields, such as mental health, maternity and social work, with previous students progressing into roles as patient experience advisors at institutions such as Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
This full-time, two-year foundation degree has been designed to teach you the skills you need to progress academically. You’ll be equipped to work in a range of health care roles, whether that be in local authorities, the voluntary sector or private care settings.
The course offers an introduction to anatomy and physiology, and examines social, psychological and cultural influences relevant to your area of work. It covers professional issues relating to the boundaries of practice, patient and client assessment. It also provides a thorough understanding of standard operating procedures and relevant national service frameworks.
Throughout the course, you will be advised and encouraged by our personal tutors, and you will showcase your development by completing a portfolio.
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Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:
This full-time work based learning programme is aimed at people who are currently working in a health and social care setting
|You must have:|
|GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics.
(Equivalent qualifications such as Key Skills Level 2, Adult Numeracy Level 2, Adult Literacy Level 2, Functional Skills English and Maths Level 2 or CSE Grade 1 will be accepted).
|Irish Leaving Certificate - Mathematics and English Ordinary Level passes at Grade B3 or above.|
|Scottish qualifications – Mathematics and English passes at Intermediate Standard 2 or above.|
|In addition to the above you must have one of the following:|
|GCE A/A2 level
Minimum of one A/A2 Level pass at Grade D or above. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.
|GCE AS/A1 level
Minimum of two AS/A1 Level passes at Grade D or above. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.
|GCE/AVCE Double Award
GCE/AVCE Double Award minimum pass at Grade DD. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.
|BTEC National Award
Minimum pass Grade M required.
|BTEC National Certificate
Minimum pass Grade PP required.
|BTEC National Diploma
Minimum pass Grade PPP required.
|International Baccalaureate Diploma
Minimum pass Grade 24 required.
|Cache Award, Certificate or Diploma
|Access to HE Diploma in Health and Social Care
Full award (60 credits) must include 12 Level 2 Mathematics credits + 12 Level 2 English Language credits if not already achieved at GCSE or equivalent.
|NVQ Level 2
Full award plus a written paper – details of the content will be provided by the admissions tutor post application.
|NVQ Level 3
Full award, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above or equivalent.
|14 –19 Progression Diploma in Society, Health and Development
|14-19 Advanced Diploma in Society, Health and Development
Applicants’ qualifications that are not listed will be considered on an individual basis.
A Portfolio route has been devised for those applicants who are already working in a social care setting and who do not meet the formal entry requirements. To follow this route you are still expected to possess GCSE Mathematics or equivalent.
The Portfolio should include:
The portfolio is to be submitted within 4 weeks post application, following discussion with the Admissions Tutor.
This course has been designed to allow for intermission ('stepping back') at the end of year one at which point a Certificate in Higher Education (Cert HE Health and Social Care) will be awarded on successful completion of 120 credits at level 4. 'Stepping back' on to the course can only occur with the agreement of the programme director. Advanced Diplomas and Progression Diplomas are acceptable as all or part of the required tariff points.
If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.
UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.
One of the requirements of the programme is that you must be employed in an appropriate post within the Health Care and Social care sector. You are therefore subject to your employer’s policies and procedures regarding attendance at work. A further requirement is that you attend all university-led sessions that are timetabled.
Your hours of attendance will be as per your contract with your employer. You are entitled to one day protected study time per week. This day may be spent in group tutorials, individual tutorials or personal study time. Work-based learning is supported through a portfolio, workbooks, CD ROM video lectures and on-line conferences.
Support on how to use all these technologies will be provided within the first few weeks of your course. Throughout the programme you will be expected to maintain a portfolio that will not only contain work and assessments throughout the course, but will form an assessment in its own right. The portfolio will enable you to develop lifelong learning and reflective skills.
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If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
Sorry, this course is not available to international students.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.
The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.
All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
Please indicate on your personal statement which pathway you would like to apply for. See course structure for details on pathways.
All prospective students will be invited to a Foundation degree applicant's day.
Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.
We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
The programme is delivered via work-based learning. As a work-based learner, students will receive continuous support from both their personal tutors based in the university and within the workplace. The team will provide support both academically and practically through direct contact and online learning.
You will spend an intensive one day a week on campus, and the rest of the time in your current workplace. You’ll study 16 modules throughout the programme, which will include group tutorials, individual tutorials and self-directed study time.
Students studying the Foundation Degree will study the equivalent of 16 modules throughout the programme. Each student will require one day protected learning time per week, which will include University attendance, group tutorials, individual tutorials or self directed study time.
In order to complete the programme the student will have successfully achieved the academic assignment requirements and the clinically based competencies. Students are also expected to complete module workbooks and engage with the universities online virtual learning environment (Moodle).
If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.
We offer extra technical and learning support.
The modules on the programme are either core or role-related. You may also have a choice of optional modules. A single module has a credit rating of 15 credits and a double module has a credit rating of 30 credits. Each 15 credits in a module equates with 150 hours and this is broken down into teaching and learning activities, self directed study and work book learning.
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The course is aimed at people who are employed in a health or social care setting. Once accepted onto the course, you will benefit from high levels of support from a friendly and approachable team. You will also benefit from our flexible approach to learning and teaching and the in-built versatility of the course.
If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.
It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.
Some students use this course as the basis for a move either into other degrees or different forms of study. Successful completion can see you progress onto a BSc Honours programme, or programmes that lead to registration as a health care professional.
The following spreadsheet gives 2015/16 dates for all Health-related modules:
The course’s flexible, work-based nature means you’ll become competent as an assistant practitioner in one of a number of areas, such as:
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.
Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.
Our students progress into roles as social workers and healthcare professionals, working in both the private and public sector.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
Specifically, you will be based in the £30 million award-winning Seacole Building, with mock hospital wards, mock Operating Theatre, Home Environment and laboratory.
Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.
The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.
We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.
The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.