Birmingham City University Health And Social Care

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Birmingham City University Health And Social Care

This programme is ideal if you are working within health and social care and want to develop knowledge and skills that will enable you to progress in your chosen career

The programme will enable you to develop relevant skills and with the support of your employer enables you to develop your existing role to Assistant Practitioner level or equivalent.  It will also support you to be able to access BSc Hons programmes which include some programmes leading to registration as a health care professional.

What’s covered in the course?

This full-time, two-year Foundation Degree, delivered via work-based learning at the City South campus, has 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 Allied Health Professions, 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 are a very supportive environment here at BCU, 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’s home is BCU’s innovative School of Nursing and Midwifery ­‑ based in the £30 million award-winning Seacole Building, featuring mock hospital wards, mock operating theatre, a home environment room and laboratory for you to practice in.
  • We are a perfect destination for potential applicants with experience of working in the following areas: adult care, children, diagnostic radiography, maternity, mammography, mental health, learning disability and surgical care support.

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Entry Requirements

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
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 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.

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 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:

  • Two written testimonies (one of which must be from your employer) supporting your application.
  • 1 reflective piece that draws on your current practice (1,500 words).
  • All pieces of work should be endorsed by your line manager.

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.

In addition:

  • All applicants will be invited to attend one of two applicant’s days to be held at the University. Applicants seconded from local Trusts may also be required to attend an interview as part of their Trust’s selection process. If you are unable to attend, please make an appointment to meet with the Admissions Tutor on a one-to-one basis to discuss your application and to visit the university campus.
  • Applicants must be employed in a Heath or Social Care support worker role (or equivalent) and have support from their Line Manager in order to apply for this course.
  • Places subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service and registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
  • Applicants should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, interview, references, written exercise and where appropriate portfolio all form part of the selection criteria for this course.

The UCAS tariff is changing

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.