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Health and Social Care - CertHE / FdSc / Module

  • UCAS Code: Not available through UCAS - apply straight to the university.
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Study mode: CertHE - Full Time (1 year)
    FdSc - Full Time (2 years)
    Module - Part Time
  • Location: City South

Do you want to enhance your career in health and social care? Our Certificate in Higher Education/Foundation degree is ideal for those already working a minimum of 30 hours per week within a health and social work setting. You can develop your knowledge and skills to enable you to progress to Assistant Practitioner level or equivalent.

A variety of pathways can be studied including:

  • mammography
  • diagnostic radiography
  • surgical care support
  • maternity
  • learning disability*
  • mental health*
  • adult care*
  • children*

*We are currently updating our pathways for adult, mental health, learning disabilities and child in line with the updated NMC standards to map them to the Future Nurse from 2021.

What's covered in the course?

The Cert HE/FdSc Health and Social Care are full-time programmes delivered at the City South campus, and have been carefully-designed to provide the skills you and your current or future employer need.  

Expert teaching staff in our School of Nursing and Midwifery and School of Health Sciences provide the guidance needed to make sure you secure the necessary academic requirements and clinically orientated competencies that will advance your career.

The course equips successful candidates for a range of roles in health or social care settings, local authorities, the voluntary sector and private care settings.

In securing this Foundation Degree you will complete an e- portfolio that offers clear evidence of your development. You explore the scope of professional practice in the areas of compassionate care delivery ,risk management,  responsibility and accountability,  infection control, confidentiality, consent, and many more.

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.

You can also choose a negotiated module, if appropriate, that will enable you to undertake more study in an area relevant to your role, practice and service user group.

Why Choose Us?

  • We offer a very supportive environment here, especially for anyone returning to education after a gap or progressing to a university setting for the first time.
  • We offer personal tutors based in the University, ensuring support is on hand to offer advice and encouragement.

  • We provide a wide range of support to introduce you to University level study, including the Maths, English and wider study skills to help you to be successful on the Foundation Degree.

  • This full-time work based learning programme is aimed at  people who are currently working in a health and social care setting.

  • The course is based in the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences in the recently extended £71 million City South Campus, which features mock hospital wards, a mock operating theatre, a home environment room, a radiography skills suite with working x-ray machines, and laboratory for you to practice in.

This course is not open to International students

Rated Good by Ofsted 

This course was rated Good by Ofsted in 2019. 

Ofsted Good

Full report 

Where our students go

Our students have gone on to further study and training in areas such as:

  • Nursing
  • Radiography

Entry Requirements

This full-time work based learning programme is aimed at people who are currently working in a health or social care setting

Essential Requirements
You must have:

GCSE at Grade 4 (previously a 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).

Please note, if you are wish to undertake the FdSc to progress onto an undergraduate programme then some courses (including midwifery) will only accept GCSE's and no equivalents. 

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
Full award.
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 and English Language at Grade C or above or equivalent.
14 –19 Progression Diploma in Society, Health and Development
Full award.
14-19 Advanced Diploma in Society, Health and Development
Full award.

Please check the transferable skills document from Apprenticeship Certificates England to see if your qualifications meet the requirements for a Higher Apprenticeship. 

Other qualifications:

Applicants’ qualifications that are not listed will be considered on an individual basis.

Portfolio route

A Portfolio route has been devised for those applicants who are already working in a Health or Social Care setting and who do not meet the formal entry requirements. To follow this route students are still expected to possess GCSE Mathematics and English Language or equivalent.

The Portfolio should include:
  • Two written testimonies (one of which must be from the employer) supporting the application.
  • A reflective piece that draws on current practice, no more than 1500 words.
  • All pieces of work should be endorsed by the line manager.
  • The portfolio is to be submitted within 4 weeks post application, following discussion with the Admissions Tutor.
Stand-alone modules:

Students who wish to enrol for any module on a stand-alone basis will not be required to meet the full entry criteria. Where students wish to enrol for modules above the equivalent of 40 credits, the entry criteria above will still apply.

In addition:

Applicants are strongly advised to attend an applicant day or attend a meeting with the
Admissions Tutor. Applicants must be employed in a Heath or Social Care support worker role (or equivalent) for a minimum of 30 hours per week and have support from their Line Manager in order to apply for this course.
 
Declaration of satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service clearance is required.

Applicants who are self-funding their course will be required to complete satisfactory Occupational Health and Disclosure & Barring Service checks.

You will be required to complete your Care Certificate via your Trust within the two year programme.

Attendance

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.

Hours of attendance

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.

  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: CertHE

Starting: Sep 2020

Pathway: Health and Social Care

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • £6,000 per year

Award: FdSc

Starting: Sep 2020

Pathway: Health and Social Care

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 2 years
  • £6,000 per year

Award: CertHE

Starting: Sep 2020

Pathway: Mammography

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • £6,000 per year

Award: Module

Starting: Sep 2020

Pathway: Module Only

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • TBC
  • £800 per 20-credit module

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Application notes

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.

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.

Fees for part time students

If you study this course part-time or via distance learning, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis. This means your fee will be calculated per module.

Additional costs

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.

Find additional costs for your course

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Apprenticeships 

We also offer this course as an apprenticeship. If you are an employer or employee who wants to find out more about this course as an apprenticeship, please get in touch with the admissions tutor, Marie Clancy:

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.

We also have pathways in adult, child, mental health and learning disabilities. We are currently rewriting these pathways to reflect the new NMC standards, and will relaunch in 2021. If you would like further information about these pathways, please contact the admissions tutor: Marie Clancy.

Course structure

The two year FdSc Health and Social Care programme will incorporate a variety of learning methods in order to support your individual learning style.  The primary focus will be on work-based learning, with the addition of face to face taught sessions, group work; Moodle based activities and paper resources and tutorials.

A variety of approaches to teaching and learning will be utilised to reflect your academic level, session content and outcomes, taking into account your individual leaning needs. The learning methods employed will allow the specific subject matter in the route to be explored in depth through the creation of an environment of critical enquiry for both you the student and staff.

The FdSc Health and Social Care team will support you to develop the skills required that will enable you to critically analyse your own learning journey, and reflect on your personal and professional development. The application of knowledge linked to the development of your clinical skills is an important element of the programme, this is supported during your work based learning by clinical learning facilitators from your area of practice and your personal tutors.  You will select a pathway that is relevant to your current job role.


Skills for Health Quality Mark

We have been awarded the Skills for Health Quality Mark which provides a framework for assuring the effective delivery of high quality learning and training to the health sector. 

Skills for health mark

Course breakdown

Level 4 (Cert HE)

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 60 credits):

All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology (Core)
20 credits

An appreciation of the principles of Anatomy and Physiology plays a central role in the understanding of the workings of the human body. This module will provide an awareness of key physiological systems ensuring you develop an ability to demonstrate the interplay of such systems to maintain the body in homoeostatic balance. This module will also aim to foster recognition of the importance of the underpinning theory that dictates clinical practise.

Principles of Personal and Professional Development (Core)
40 credits

The aim of this module is to enable you to consolidate and further develop the personal and professional knowledge and skills that are necessary to deliver high quality health and social care.

This module focuses on helping you to develop new and existing skills and knowledge of the academic skills essential to achieve your learning goals in Higher Education. The module also concentrates on your existing clinical knowledge and skills and examines the role of the 6 C’s principles of effective care delivery (Cummings, 2012). Throughout the module you will be given the opportunity to reflect on your existing knowledge and skills, and identify areas in both your academic and clinical practice that you want to develop.

FdSc Health and Social Care (Diagnostic Radiography)

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 60 credits from the following list of pathway-specific CORE modules:

Diagnostic Radiography for Assistant Practice
40 credits

This module has clinical and academic components and makes use of the clinical skills facilities available within the faculty. It aims to provide a grounding in diagnostic imaging practice and techniques for Assistant Practitioners.

This module provides you with the fundamental knowledge and the core clinical skills that Assistant Practitioners require to enable you to competently perform radiographic imaging examinations. The syllabus includes anatomy, physiology and pathology, patient care and communication and standard radiographic examination procedures.

Physics for Radiography Practitioners
20 credits

This module is essential to enable your understanding of the theory and practical applications of physics in the context of radiography or radiotherapy. Radiation physics and the safe and legal use of ionising radiation is an essential aspect of the radiation disciplines. It involves the underlying principles of the nature of matter and associated principles and how that relates to radiation production and attenuation its application to imaging and therapeutic modalities.

FdSc Health and Social Care (Mammography)

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 60 credits from the following list of pathway-specific CORE modules:

Mammography – Principles and Practice
40 credits

This module is appropriate for Trainee Assistant Practitioners who are working in a Breast Imaging Department and will be undertaking the standard routine mammographic imaging of the breast. You will be responsible for your own learning, and will reflect on your clinical experience during your academic studies, and similarly will apply knowledge to practice which will involve provision of effective care to a diverse range of service users from a range of cultural backgrounds.

Physics for Radiography Practitioners
20 credits

This module is essential to enable your understanding of the theory and practical applications of physics in the context of radiography or radiotherapy. Radiation physics and the safe and legal use of ionising radiation is an essential aspect of the radiation disciplines. It involves the underlying principles of the nature of matter and associated principles and how that relates to radiation production and attenuation its application to imaging and therapeutic modalities.

FdSc Health and Social Care (Maternity)

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 60 credits from the following list of pathway-specific CORE modules:

Knowledge and Skills to Practice in Maternity Practice
40 credits

Successful completion of this level 4 module will support your development as a Maternity Support Worker enabling you to develop the knowledge and skills that are necessary to deliver high quality health and social care within the maternity setting.

Supporting Normal Birth
20 credits

This module provides the underpinning principles for care delivery during the pregnancy and childbirth journey, and enables you to appreciate your role in accomplishing a safe and positive birth experience and support the integration of the baby into the family. During the module you will be encouraged to develop a deep understanding of normal birth and how you can, achieve professional and personal growth as a Maternity Support Worker.
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Infant Feeding
20 credits

This module seeks to facilitate your development by extending your knowledge and skills as a maternity support worker, to educate women and families regarding the public health and individual benefits of breastfeeding, whilst also supporting informed choice. Following completion of this module it is expected that you will have sufficient knowledge to actively support women with their chosen method of infant feeding.

FdSc Health and Social Care (Surgical Care Support)

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 60 credits from the following list of pathway-specific CORE modules:

Fundamental Perioperative Practice
40 credits

This module provides you, a first year Assistant Theatre Practitioner Apprentice (Surgical Care Support) to study the fundamental principles of perioperative practice and engage in applying these within the clinical setting to develop your clinical practice skills as part of the multidisciplinary team. You will utilise the knowledge and skills attained in other first year modules to demonstrate a commitment to providing a safe environment for the surgical patient.

The Wider Principles of Perioperative Care
20 credits

This module provides you, a first year Assistant Theatre Practitioner Apprentice (Surgical Care Support) an introduction to the wider considerations for patient care delivery within the perioperative setting. As work-based learning remains the very essence of the programme, you will have the opportunity to combine your previous experience with your newly acquired knowledge and apply this immediately into your practice. Collaboration between the University and work-based partners is fundamental to the programme.

Level 5 (FdSc)

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 60 credits):

All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only

Evidence Based Healthcare
20 credits

This module is aimed at supporting and enabling you to develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to achieve your potential as a paraprofessional worker. In order to effect change at a local level, you need to demonstrate the ability to consider an area of your practice, explore the appropriate evidence and present your findings to your peers and managers in a logical and balanced way. This module aims to give you this opportunity, whilst potentially benefiting your own area of practice.

Becoming a Paraprofessional
20 credits

This module is aimed at supporting and enabling you to develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to achieve your potential as a paraprofessional worker.

The teaching and learning approaches are designed to maximise the benefits of sharing knowledge and expertise in the classroom. Lecturers will facilitate the integration of theory and practice throughout the module. You will also be encouraged to use information technologies as potential sources of knowledge and learning, as well as developing an e-portfolio. This will be achieved through a blended learning method comprising of face to face teaching, group work, presentations, tutorials and e-learning through the Moodle VLE platform.

Introduction to Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care
20 credits

This module has been designed to be flexible and practice-led. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. A blended learning approach is taken (incorporating classroom, e-learning via Moodle [Virtual Learning Environment platform] and work-based activities) in line with the university’s learning and teaching strategy. You will be encouraged to share practice experiences with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will be offered tutorial support, by way of regular feedback and feedforward aimed at developing your academic skills. This will also allow you the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team.

FdSc Health and Social Care (Diagnostic Radiography)

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 60 credits from the following list of pathway-specific CORE modules:

Advanced Diagnostic Radiography for Assistant Practice
40 credits

On successful completion of this Level 5 module, you will have satisfied the module objectives, which will be the completion of study and assessment of Plain Image Radiography of the Skeleton, Thorax, Abdomen and Skull/Face. This will enable you to be able to undertake the majority of Plain Image Radiography that you will encounter in your clinical career. Also, you will be able to undertake a number of procedures using fluoroscopic and mobile imaging modalities. This will be limited by the Scope of Practise that your Employer utilises.

Service User Journey Through Imaging
20 credits

This module is not discipline specific and may be studied by anyone who works, or has an interest, in the process of Imaging in one of the offered pathways. The teaching and learning methods will be based in a combination of modality experts discussing the range of uses of their modality and framework required to analyse a condition and the medical management involved. A critique (analysis of the positive and/or negative viewpoints) of Imaging modalities will be a central part of the module, but that must be played against the needs of the service-user and their carers.

FdSc Health and Social Care (Mammography)

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 60 credits from the following list of pathway-specific CORE modules:

Mammography- Further Knowledge and Skills for Practice
40 credits

This module is appropriate for you if you are an Assistant Practitioner who is working in a breast imaging department and are already competent in performing the standard routine mammographic imaging of the breast i.e./ the Cranio-Caudal (CC) and Medio-Lateral Oblique (MLO) projections of the breast. Studying this level 5 module will give you the opportunity to acquire further skills and underpinning knowledge to enable you to produce modified or supplementary images of the breast as required by your role within your organisation and operating within the scope of practice of an Assistant Practitioner. You will be responsible for your own learning, and will reflect on your clinical experience during your academic studies, and similarly will apply knowledge to practice which will involve provision of effective care to a diverse range of service users from a range of cultural backgrounds.

Service User Journey in Imaging
20 credits

This module is not discipline specific and may be studied by anyone who works, or has an interest, in the process of Imaging in one of the offered pathways. The teaching and learning methods will be based in a combination of modality experts discussing the range of uses of their modality and framework required to analyse a condition and the medical management involved. A critique (analysis of the positive and/or negative viewpoints) of Imaging modalities will be a central part of the module, but that must be played against the needs of the service-user and their carers.

FdSc Health and Social Care (Maternity)

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 60 credits from the following list of pathway-specific CORE modules:

Advanced Knowledge, Skills and Assessment in Maternity Care
40 credits

Successful completion of this level 5 module will build on the knowledge and skills gained from prior completion of the level 4 module Knowledge, Skills and Assessment in Maternity Care, extending your understanding of more advanced midwifery care in your role as a maternity support worker.

OR

Health Promotion and Maternity Care
20 credits

Successful completion of this level 5 module will support your development as a Maternity Support Worker aiming to facilitate, by extending your knowledge and skills within the sphere of the maternity support worker role in promoting health by assisting women and their families to make optimal health and lifestyle choices.

Supporting the Transition to Parenting
20 credits

Successful completion of this level 5 module will support your development as a Maternity Support Worker enabling you to assist the midwife and mother with the transition to parenting

This module aims to support your development as a Maternity Support Worker for your role in assisting the midwife and parents, in promoting and facilitating the transition that women and men make when they become parents in a low risk setting, under the direction and supervision of the midwife.

FdSc Health and Social Care (Surgical Care Support)

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 60 credits from the following list of pathway-specific CORE modules:

Developing Perioperative Practice
40 credits

In your first year of the FdSc Health and Social Care programme you studied the fundamental principles of perioperative practice and identified how your role as a prospective Assistant Theatre Practitioner (Surgical Care Support) contributes to and functions within the multidisciplinary team. This module allows you to develop the knowledge and skills you acquired in the first year with clear links to other second year modules and enables you to critically explore the range of patient pathways within your specialist area of practice, to ensure you fully understand the patient journey and how practice can be adjusted to reflect patient’s individual needs.

Contemporary Influences in Perioperative Practice
20 credits

This module encourages you to develop an understanding of how perioperative practice is influenced by the contemporary evidence base and changing local, national and international health demands. As work-based learning remains the very essence of the programme, you will have the opportunity to combine your previous experience with your newly acquired knowledge and apply this immediately into your practice. Collaboration between the University and work-based partners is fundamental to the programme.

Level 4 (Mammography)

Download the Cert HE Mammography Course Specification here

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

Principles of Personal and Professional Development
40 credits

The aim of this module is to enable you to consolidate and further develop the personal and professional knowledge and skills that are necessary to deliver high quality health and social care.

This module focuses on helping you to develop new and existing skills and knowledge of the academic skills essential to achieve your learning goals in Higher Education. The module also concentrates on your existing clinical knowledge and skills and examines the role of the 6 C’s principles of effective care delivery (Cummings, 2012). Throughout the module you will be given the opportunity to reflect on your existing knowledge and skills, and identify areas in both your academic and clinical practice that you want to develop.

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
20 credits

An appreciation of the principles of Anatomy and Physiology plays a central role in the understanding of the workings of the human body. This module will provide an awareness of key physiological systems ensuring you develop an ability to demonstrate the interplay of such systems to maintain the body in homoeostatic balance. This module will also aim to foster recognition of the importance of the underpinning theory that dictates clinical practise. For example enabling you to appreciate the critical awareness of blood pressure and linking the role of the cardiovascular and renal systems to control blood pressure.

Mammography – Principles and Practice
40 credits

This module is appropriate for Trainee Assistant Practitioners who are working in a Breast Imaging Department and will be undertaking the standard routine mammographic imaging of the breast. You will be responsible for your own learning, and will reflect on your clinical experience during your academic studies, and similarly will apply knowledge to practice which will involve provision of effective care to a diverse range of service users from a range of cultural backgrounds.

Physics for Radiography Practitioners
20 credits

This module is essential to enable your understanding of the theory and practical applications of physics in the context of radiography or radiotherapy. Radiation physics and the safe and legal use of ionising radiation is an essential aspect of the radiation disciplines. It involves the underlying principles of the nature of matter and associated principles and how that relates to radiation production and attenuation its application to imaging and therapeutic modalities.

Additional support

If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you. 

More on our disability tutor >>

We offer extra technical and learning support.

Further study

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.

  • Students who complete the course can progress into the second year of the BSc Nursing and BSC Radiography degrees.

  • Completion of the online BSc Professional Practice top up degree

Practise your skills in SPACE 

Filled with state-of-the-art equipment, our SPACE (Skills Practice and Care Enhancement) area is the perfect place for you to practise a wide range of skills at your own pace.

Watch our video to see how access to SPACE has helped our students to succeed.

Explore SPACE

Employment opportunities

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:

  • Childcare
  • Adult Care
  • Mental Health
  • Maternity
  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Mammography
  • Radiotherapy
  • Management in Health and Social Care

If you wish to undertake further study, you can apply to transfer your foundation degree into the second year of a professional practice degree at Birmingham City University such as BSc (Hons) Nursing or BSc (Hons) Radiography, With the completion of additional modules you may also be able to apply for the BSc (Hons) or Dip (HE) Operating Department Practice. 

Firewalking

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.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

Our students progress into roles as social workers and healthcare professionals, working in both the private and public sector.

Facilities

Birmingham City University is one of the largest providers of nursing, paramedic and healthcare education in the UK, with more than 7,000 students. That means if you choose to study here, you will have access to some of the most advanced training and education facilities available.

The course is based at our City South (Edgbaston) campus, where we offer a state of the art collection of advanced learning tools and practice/simulation facilities, such as our mock wards enabling you to get a feel of what working on the job is really like before you head out for your first placement.

Hospital Ward

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.

Simulation Mannequins

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.

Other facilities

  • We have been commended by the NMC for our Virtual Home Environment, where live simulations bring the practical realities of the profession directly to your studies.
  • Virtual Case Creator software creates a range of virtual scenarios to let you experience the practicalities of patient operations, assessment and care.
  • Purpose-built Radiography Skills Suite allows you to improve your skills through simulation in a safe and protected environment, and includes the VERT (Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training) suite – the UK’s first University-based system.
  • SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.
  • The SPACE facility is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, and caring for ill babies in an incubator.
  • Moodle – the University’s virtual learning environment – complements your classroom learning, allowing you to build confidence and skills before you work with real clients and service users on your placement.
beth flint staff profile

Beth Flint

Acting Course Leader for Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care

Beth qualified as a registered nurse (adult) in 2005 and has worked in various areas of nursing including trauma and orthopaedics, surgical assessment and gynaecology. She has also worked as a faculty educator and Medical Devices Educator, teaching a wide range of healthcare workers ranging from band 2 staff to senior consultants. Beth now works as a Teaching Fellow and is the Acting Course Leader for the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care.

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Marie Clancy

Marie Clancy

Senior Lecturer and Admissions Tutor for FdSc Health and Social Care

Marie is a children’s nurse by background and studied in Birmingham with much of her initial nurse roles at Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH). Subsequently she has worked internationally in Australia, Trinidad, Malawi, Afghanistan and New Zealand. 

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