Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment) - FdSc

UCAS Code:
B931
Attendance:
Full Time (2 years)
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:
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Become a specialist in enabling people who are blind or partially sighted to be as independent as possible in their day to day lives by studying this foundation degree in Rehabilitation Work.

Visual impairment is a life changing experience and very often you will be working with people who are at a crisis point in their lives. A qualified Rehabilitation Worker's strength is to be a problem solver and to respond to a person's unique and complex situation. You will develop individual training programmes based on the person's needs and aspirations.

Your initial learning focuses on the individual and the impacts of visual impairment on all aspects of life. You will look at how to work in partnership with your clients and their families, and how to work inter-professionally to promote the needs of experiencing sight loss.

You will also learn how to enable people with a visual impairment to become independent in their daily lives. This may be through teaching orientation and mobility skills, safety and independence in the kitchen and the home, techniques to overcome communication barriers and making the best use of a person's strengths and any remaining vision.

You will attend the University’s City South Campus for block learning weeks that are spread throughout each academic year. During these weeks you be involved in lectures, simulation sessions and a range hands on group activities on this practical course.

You will benefit from learning from an experienced teaching team and specialists from the sector as well as using our specialist resource rooms and training kitchens. In between teaching weeks you will be able to access extensive online materials and take part in valuable work based learning placements.

Students who successfully complete this course have the opportunity to progress their studies to achieve a full BSc (Hons) degree by joining on of our two part-time top-up courses:

BSc (Hons) Habilitation Work- Working with Children and Young People (Top-Up Degree)

Specialist Complex Needs Rehabilitation Work (Top-Up)

 

  • The course teams excellent student satisfaction scores reflect the quality of our teaching and our commitment to placing students at the heart of everything we do. The FdSc Rehabilitation Work course achieved a 100 per cent satisfaction score in the 2015 and 2016 National Student Survey.
  • The foundation degree is accepted as the trusted qualification to be employed as a Rehabilitation Worker in local authorities and non-statutory agencies across the UK. The course is delivered through seven block teaching weeks spread throughout each academic year. These are blended with work placements in each academic year and online study.
  • You can study alongside your present employment. If employed within the sector you may be able to continue working full-time with dedicated study days. For those in unrelated job roles you may be able to manage studies and placement commitments alongside a part-time job role. Our virtual learning environment (Moodle) provides resources for each module to guide self-directed study in-between University attendance weeks.
  • Dedicated work placements in each academic year ensure you qualify with the competence and confidence to work effectively in practice. Many parts of the course are very practical and hands-on. Lectures and online support will enhance your learning and you will be putting skills into practice from week one.
  • Working with the individual, and as part of the professional community, you develop specific skills to improve the mobility, independent living and communication skills of people with all levels of visual impairments.
  • Experts from outside the University are involved to provide additional specialist knowledge and experience.Engagement with people who have a visual impairment ensures you gain in-depth insights, invaluable feedback and a sense of personal satisfaction from supporting people to live independently.
  • Being part of the University’s Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences within a large higher education institution means there are many extra resources from which our students can benefit. These include extensive IT services and support, library resources including help with researching, our Personal Development Department.

 

Fees

This course costs...

£6,000 per year

To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate students starting in 2017 or 2018, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid.

This course is open to International students

Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Local Authorities
  • National and regional charities
  • Royal National Institute for the Blind, Guide Dogs and Blind Veterans

And in jobs such as:

  • Rehabilitation Worker (Visual Impairment)
  • Rehabilitation Officer (Visual Impairment)
  • Mobility Instructor

Changes to funding

In the Government's Autumn Statement (25 November 2015), Chancellor George Osborne announced changes to funding for students starting nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects from Autumn 2017.

Get more information on changes to NHS funding

Do you have questions about funding or student loans?

Download information about fees for health students in 2017/18

Entry Requirements

Applicants require one of the following:

  • Level 3 NVQ or Diploma or equivalent (full award)
  • 2 or more A-Levels (at least DD/48 UCAS tariff points from 2 A Levels)
  • Level 2 NVQ or Diploma (full award) plus a written paper (details of content will be provided by the admissions tutor post application)
  • 5 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above plus a written paper (details of content will be provided by the admissions tutor post application)

PLUS

GCSE at grade 4 or above at English Language (or equivalent e.g. key skills level 2, adult literacy level 2 or CSE grade 1 will be accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

  • Prospective students should demonstrate the ability to undertake studies at Foundation Degree level.
  • Personal experience or experience of working with people with visual impairment is desirable. Relevant experience in other health and social care settings will also be taken into consideration.
  • All applicants are required to be aged 18 years or above on entry
  • All applicants must have access to, and be able to use broadband internet and e-mail facilities, as a proportion of this course is delivered through these media. Please see IT specifications for further details.
  • This course requires students to learn to teach people with visual impairment in high-risk situations, such as crossing roads independently, working safely in the kitchen and managing home and personal care. It is a requirement that students will already be competent themselves in these daily activities, and have the capacity to monitor the safety of those they are learning to teach. The application form asks you to confirm this requirement.
  • If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall (or equivalent) is required.
International Students

Entry requirements here

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Mature students with no formal qualifications

  • Most of our students are not school leavers and a number have chosen this course in order to change their career or return to work.
  • Mature applicants without formal qualifications must demonstrate personal or professional experience of any of the caring professions and the ability to study at Foundation Degree level.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
FdSc Sep 2017 FT 2 years £6,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
FdSc Sep 2017 FT 2 years TBC

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

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.

How to apply

You can apply directly to join this course by downloading and completing the application form below. Also, please email the reference template to a referee for completion.

Your application will be considered for one of our course selection days. These days include the following activities:

  • A check of your entry requirement qualifications and personal identification.

  • An overview of the course

  • A tour of the Faculty

  • An observed group discussion activity and IT task for applicants

  • A short individual interview and observation of your guiding skills.

To support your application and your prospects for being successful at selection please consider the following suggestions: 

  • Consider carefully how you will manage the demands of attendance at University, work placements, independent study and your other life commitments.

  • Work shadow a Rehabilitation Worker (Visual Impairment) in your local area to learn more about the profession.

  • Read more about the profession, for example, use web searches.

  • Volunteer with local or national agencies that support people with a visual impairment. This can help build up your experience of working with people who have a visual impairment.

To find out more about services that support people with a visual impairment in your local area please follow the link below:

http://www.sightlinedirectory.org.uk

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Personal statement

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:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

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.

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

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.

Year 1

Visual Impairment and Professional Practice

This module will focus on your individual learning style, interpersonal skills and reflective practice. Instruction will be given to enhance your academic skills in relation to searching for appropriate materials, academic writing and independent learning. Content will include confidence building, personal development planning and communication/presentation skills and links with professional skills relating to your first year placement.

You will focus upon the complexities of the associated impacts of visual impairment on the individual. A broad range of topics will be studied such as how the eye is affected, psychological theories of adjustment to sight loss and functional implications for the client group. You will study how the environment may affect the individual and how it may be utilised to improve independence. Importantly, you will also assess how a range of additional health conditions and disabilities may affect the rehabilitation process.

Orientation and Mobility Theory and Practice

This module will introduce you to teaching a range of skills to enable people with a visual impairment to travel safely and independently. These are practical experiential learning sessions where you will develop your planning, teaching and evaluation skills. Two days of each group learning week you attend University will be dedicated to the study and delivery of the techniques in this module.

Independent Living Skills

This module will enable you to apply concepts relating to learning and teaching to a broad range of skills based sessions. In particular you will learn new techniques to promote independence and safety for people with a visual impairment when preparing and cooking food and when managing a range of other household tasks. You will be introduced to Braille and other tactile communication systems. Adaptive equipment will feature strongly as well as an introduction to assessment of individuals with a visual impairment.

Year 2

Professional Rehabilitation Work Practice

This module covers key issues relating to rehabilitation practice such as professional values, legislation, person centered approaches, models of disability and discrimination. The module is designed to be very interactive with stimulating group discussion, debate and case study analysis.

You will investigate and demonstrate the skills required to conduct a specialist visual impairment rehabilitation assessment. There is particular attention focused upon information gathering abilities, interpersonal skills, positive risk management, working with people in distress and designing agreed rehabilitation programmes.

Independent Living Skills and Low Vision Therapy

This module will extend your knowledge from year one study in relation to reading, writing and teaching braille as well as other tactile communications mediums. In addition there is a strong emphasis on learning how to introduce a broad range of the latest technology to people with sight impairment. This includes sessions about electronic magnification equipment, tablets and iPads, computer accessibility, specialist IT software, mobile phone accessibility features and GPS systems.

You will explore the prescribing and use of near distance low vision magnification aids. These sessions will encompass opportunities to try out your assessing and teaching skills with particular attention to eccentric viewing techniques.

Orientation and Mobility for Complex Environments

This module will introduce you to teaching techniques to enable people with a visual impairment to orientate safely and independently in an outdoor environment. Skills will be taught to a high level, with opportunities to teach bus and train travel as well as complex town and city centre routes. You will develop abilities to assess a person’s functional vision, teach the use of low vision strategies and how to incorporate distance vision aids and technology into your rehabilitation programmes.

The course is a blend of face to face teaching blocks, independent study and work-based learning placements.

Face to face teaching blocks

Teaching is organised into seven week-long blocks spread throughout each of the two academic years. These intensive group learning weeks (GL weeks) gives you the advantage of uninterrupted training in a convenient form. This allows students to travel to Birmingham from all over the UK to attend teaching weeks. During these weeks many students stay in local hotel accommodation.

There will be interactive classroom based lectures, group discussions, debates and presentations that may range from the application of theoretical concepts to the study of practical rehabilitation programmes. Due to the nature of the role, you will experience many practical teaching sessions through simulation activities in order to ensure that you are adequately prepared for practice. The sessions tend to be in small groups and very often you will work in pairs with fellow students. You will learn new skills and the techniques to teach these skills to a high standard. Specifically these types of sessions are used in the teaching of orientation and mobility, communications and kitchen based skills. These sessions will use our resource rooms, training kitchens and specialist facilities as well as Faculty buildings and the wider area.

Here’s an example of teaching dates for first year students in the upcoming 2017/18 academic year:

GL1: 11 - 15 September 2017

GL2: 16 - 20 October 2017

GL3: 20 - 24 November 2017

GL4: 8 - 12 January 2018

GL5: 12 -16 February 2018

GL6: 9 - 13 April 2018

GL7: 14 - 18 May 2018 (Assessment week).

As a guide, times for teaching sessions within each week will run as below, however there are often occasions when additional sessions are added at the start or end of the teaching day:

Mondays 11am - 5pm

Tuesday to Thursdays 10am - 4pm

Fridays 9.30am - 3.30pm.

In addition, during these weeks, you’ll have the chance to take part in the following activities:

  • Skills practice time in our resource rooms and training kitchens.
  • Group sessions.
  • One to one tutorials.
  • Library research sessions.
  • IT support and training.
  • Support with academic writing.

Independent study

When away from University, we recommend you have at least one or two study days per week. This is to allow dedicated time for independent study and preparation of work for upcoming GL weeks as well as time to complete placement workbook tasks and assessment related study.

All the course and module information can be accessed and downloaded from our virtual learning environment called, Moodle. Following each GL week, Moodle is updated with useful information, key resources, assessment briefs and forthcoming teaching resources. You can interact with other students via online forums to discuss module content and to ask general questions to course tutors. Your assignments will also be submitted through Moodle.

Placements

You will complete a work-based learning placement in each academic year. This takes the form of a 40 day work placement in year one and a 60 day placement in year two. These are invaluable opportunities to build up hands-on experience and skills from the visual impairment sector.

First year placement:

This 40 day work placement may take up to two or three days per week between October and May during the first academic year. This work involves building up experience of working with people who have visual impairment and other disabilities. As part of the placement workbook there will be several related tasks to complete to maximise your learning experience. For example, observing and reflecting on the practice of qualified professionals. Please note that the first year placement is not concerned with the teaching of rehabilitation independence skills, it helps build the foundations for the delivery of these services in year two of the course.

You’ll have the chance to volunteer with local charities and may be involved with befriending and volunteer visiting schemes as well as supporting social groups and hospital information services. Your current job role may meet the requirements of the first year placement – this may allow you to continue working full time with a study day each week. If you are not in a related job role you will need to ensure you have enough time during your working weeks to fulfill placement and study requirements in between the group learning weeks. This may be manageable if you are working in a part time role three days a week. In this instance you will have to set aside evenings and weekends for independent study time.

Second year placements:

You will complete a 60-day work placement usually between February and May in year two of study. This is usually four days a week for 15 weeks with a study day each week. The first two weeks take the form of induction activities that often occur in November prior to the block placement beginning in February.

You will be expected to perform the role of a Rehabilitation Worker (RW) (Visual Impairment) delivering specialist assessment and independence training to people who have a visual impairment. This will be as part of an active Local Authority Sensory Services team or with a voluntary organisation that hold the contract for the provision of rehabilitation services. Each placement has a qualified RW as a mentor who will provide an induction into the agency and work shadowing opportunities as well as allocating and supervising your caseload.

When you start the course, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will support you in finding suitable organisations to meet the requirements of the year one and two placements.

At selection days, you will be asked how you plan to manage the time requirements of work placements, University attendance and independent study alongside other employment and life commitments.

Assessment

You will be provided with detailed assessment instructions through dedicated face-to-face assessment briefing sessions and written assessment documents.

The course team use a broad mix of assessment methods to reflect the types of work students will be doing in practice. These include:

  • Written assignments
  • Placement portfolios
  • Observations of practical skills teaching sessions
  • Video analysis tasks
  • Viva voce (oral question and answer exams)
  • Case study analysis
  • Presentations

If you wish, please contact the admissions tutor to discuss your options.

Peter Cooke: Senior Lecturer/Admission Tutor

Tel: 0121 202 4223

Email: rehabadmissionsquery@bcu.ac.uk

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

 
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Student stories - Michelle

Michelle Lofthouse shares with us why she chose to study at Birmingham City University, what she has enjoyed about the course and how studying here has given her the confidence to succeed and have a great career in working in the rehabilitation field.

Study and work abroad

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.

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Further study

Students who successfully complete this course have the opportunity to progress their studies to achieve a full BSc (Hons) degree by joining one of Birmingham City University’s two top up courses. There is scope to continue your studies with an optional third year or to take a two year part time option.

The two 'top up' degree pathways are:

BSc (Hons) Habilitation Work – Working with Children and Young People – Top up Degree

BSc (Hons) Specialist Complex Needs Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment) – Top up degree

Student stories Fiona Kilbey

There are not many courses in my chosen subject and I felt that Birmingham City University was the best one that offered a course that I could feasibly fit into my life. My local social services sensory team also recommended the course. I could not move away, so being able to attend the University was a very attractive prospect. I also feel that it is important that some of the lecturers are visually impaired themselves.

Enhancing Employability Skills

You'll graduate from this course with a recognised and valuable rehabilitation worker qualification. You will have the competence and skills to enable people who have sight loss to be as independent as possible in their day to day lives. You will develop a range of problem solving skills that will be crucial in your practice. Also, you will gain knowledge and experience from work with a range of professionals who work within a wider multi-disciplinary setting. 

Our graduates find jobs with organisations including local authorities, sensory services teams and national and local charities.

As a rehabilitation specialist, you would be qualified to apply for work outside of the UK, for example, New Zealand.

Placements

You will complete a work-based learning placement in each academic year. This takes the form of a 40 day work placement in year one and a 60 day placement in year two. These are invaluable opportunities to build up hands-on experience and skills from the visual impairment sector.

First year placement:

This 40 day work placement may take up to two or three days per week between October and May during the first academic year. This work involves building up experience of working with people who have visual impairment and other disabilities. As part of the placement portfolio there will be several related tasks to complete to maximise your learning experience. For example, observing and reflecting on the practice of qualified professionals. Please note that the first year placement is not concerned with the teaching of rehabiltation independence skills, it helps build the foundations for the delivery of these services in year two of the course.

You may have the opportunities to volunteer to work with local charities. You may be involved with befriending and volunteer visiting schemes as well as supporting social groups and hospital information services. Your current job role may meet the requirements of the first year placement – this may allow you to continue working full time with a study day each week. If you are not in a related job role you will need to ensure you have enough time during your working weeks to fulfil placement and study requirements in between the group learning weeks. This may be manageable if you are working in a part time role three days a week. In this instance you will have to set aside evenings and weekends for independent study time.

Second year placements:

You will complete a 60-day work placement usually between February and May in year two of study. This is usually four days a week for 15 weeks with a study day each week. The first two weeks take the form of induction activities that often occur in November prior to the block placement beginning in February.

You will be expected to perform the role of a Rehabilitation Worker (RW) (Visual Impairment) delivering specialist assessment and independence training to people who have a visual impairment. This will be as part of an active Local Authority Sensory Services team or with a voluntary organisation that hold the contract for the provision of rehabilitation services. Each placement has a qualified RW as a mentor who will provide an induction into the agency and work shadowing opportunities as well as allocating and supervising your caseload.

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OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

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.

Careers

Examples of some of the skills rehabilitation workers can offer their clients:

  • Teach individuals how to cross roads independently and negotiate complex routes
  • Demonstrate a range of adaptive equipment. This could include new technology such as smart phones and tablets.
  • Instruct in safe cooking methods and daily living skills, for example, ironing.
  • Provide group training programmes to fellow professionals such as Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Hospital staff.
  • Teach a range of communication skills, for example, Braille and Deaf Blind alphabet signing.
  • Give advice and reinforce training in relation to the use of magnifiers and low vision aids
  • Provide support and advice to individuals with a sight loss, carers, family members and parents of children with a visual impairment.
  • Advise about design and modifications to specific environments to make them more accessible to those with visual impairment, for example, a person’s home or a soon to be built shopping centre.

This innovative and unique course offers you the opportunity to develop teaching skills to work with people who have a sight loss. This course will develop your specialist skills, knowledge and understanding to enable you to qualify as a professional rehabilitation worker who may gain employment in a social services department or a voluntary organisation. You will learn about not only the problems of sight loss, but also how to help people experiencing sight loss in a much broader context.

Work based learning is an integral part of the course. There is the requirement to attend a minimum of 60 days with an organisation that provides services linked to sight loss in year one. There will be opportunities to observe practice and interactions with individuals with a sight loss. In year two, there is the need to attend 60 days with an organisation that provides dedicated rehabilitation services. This is where you will start to manage a case load and deliver tailored services in relation to the individual’s needs.

If you are already employed by an organisation that provides services then it would be likely that you would stay with your existing employer while on the course. However, year two work based learning requires you to carry an actual case load - so the organisation must hold the contract to deliver the localities rehabilitation services for second year work based learning.

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BCU Graduate+

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.

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Graduate Jobs

Our graduates have progressed to the following type of roles:

Senior Rehabilitation Workers

Several former students have progressed within their agency to become a senior practitioner. This can involve taking on more complex cases and developing a wide range of projects.

Team managers

Our graduates have become mobility instructor managers within further education college’s that specialise with working with people who have a visual impairment. Other graduates have broadened their expertise to become Reablement team managers within Local Authorities and Sensory Service team managers.

Rehabilitation Workers Professional Network (RWPN)

Several of our graduates who are practicing Rehabilitation Workers (Visual Impairment) are now executive members of the professions professional body. They are involved with supporting the development of the profession. One former student is now the chair person for this organisation.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

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Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

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Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
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Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Kitchen

Our training kitchens allow Rehabilitation Work students to develop and practice skills to enable people with a visual impairment to prepare and cook food independently. You will have access to the kitchens for your independent study and you will be able to experience what it may be like to use these techniques. 

Visual Rehab Resource Room

This room allows the Visual rehab students to learn to use a whole variety of equipment such as braille machines and specialist adaptive equipment.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Our staff

All of our teaching staff have had real-world practice experience in either local authority or non-statutory care settings. Many are themselves visually impaired or been pre-diagnosed with sight loss and have direct knowledge of many of the issues service users encounter around types of visual impairment and blindness.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295