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    Health and Social Care (Foundation Degree)

    Health and Social Care (Foundation Degree) | Level 5 | P14375

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    How to study

    Full Time

    Start Dates

    Start Date

    September 2024



    2 Years



    Burton Town Centre Campus

    • Course overview

      This qualification is awarded by Staffordshire University. To apply for this course, please apply directly to UCAS.

      You will start at Level 4 in the first year, progressing to Level 5 in the second year. The Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (FdSc) offers you the opportunity to develop core transferable skills and knowledge relevant to health care, social care and public health, to enable you to gain employment in an area of your choice. The award is clearly mapped to the 15 standards of the Care Certificate which you may be required to complete when working within health and social care sectors. The design of the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care has also been guided by the national subject benchmarks for Health Studies and Social Policy and Administration.

      You will look at many aspects of health and social care, including life development, from birth to older adult and will consider how external factors such as the environment and policy influence this development. You will develop core skills which are relevant to all health and social care areas, such as record keeping, safeguarding, and how you can affect the communication of others.

      You will learn about the social, psychological and biological aspects of health through the lifespan, cultural differences in relation to health and social care, society’s influences on the healthy individual and the health impact on social care. You will also learn how health and social care services relate to each other to provide care and develop professional skills and knowledge required in all areas of health and social care.

    • Fees and Costs

      Educational entitlements or fee concessions are solely based on the individual programme and nationally set eligibility criteria. To see if you qualify for fee concessions then please visit the 'what will I pay' section of our website. You may be surprised what you are entitled to!

      • Course Fees Examination & Registrations
      • 16-18 School Leaver info n/a Course fee n/aExam & Registration fee
      • 19-23 Educational Entitlement info £6350.00Course fee n/aExam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Part Funded info £6350.00 Course fee n/aExam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Fully Funded info £6350.00Course fee n/a Exam & Registration fee
      • 24+ Fully Funded info £6350.00Course fee n/a Exam & Registration fee
      • Full Cost info £6350.00Course fee n/aExam & Registration fee

      Payment methods

      • Payment in Full (Credit Card / Debit Cards / Cash) accepted
      • Employer Sponsored accepted
      • Direct Debit Instalments accepted
      • Advanced Learning Loan accepted
      • Student Finance English Loan (HE) not accepted

      For International Learners

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      Call us: 01283 494757 or 01283 494472

      Visit us: Chat to the Financial Support Team in the Learner Hub
      Just drop-in, Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


      Further Education Programme Only: The College reserves the right to change or amend, at any time, any of the course details including but not limited to; content, dates, times, venues, tutor, fees payable, concessions available, terms or conditions.

    • Entry requirements

      Applicants will be expected to have a minimum of 80 UCAS points from relevant A Level/s, level 3 Extended Diploma, NVQ, or equivalent qualification. (or) Several years' occupational experience within a relevant discipline will also be considered upon application.

    • What modules will I study?

      Level 4 (year 1) 

      Semester 1 

      Using Communication Skills in Health and Social Care (20 credits).

      Introduction to Academic Study and Employability Skills in Health and Social Care (20 Credits)

      Human Growth and Development through a bio-psycho-social lens (20 credits).

      Semester 2 

      The Context of Health and Social Care (20 credits)

      Professional Issues (20 credits)

      Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Adults (20 credits). 

      Level 5 (Year 2)

      Semester 1 

      The Employable Grade (20 credits).

      Research Skills (20 credits). 

      Mental Health and Wellbeing Perspectives (20 credits)

      Semester 2 

      Understanding Health and Social Care Organisations (and work experience) (20 credits).

      Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion (20 credits). 

      Basic Counselling Skills (20 credits)

    • How will I be assessed?

      100% coursework

    • What can I do next?

      Upon successful completion of the FdSc Health and Social Care, you may be eligible to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care which is the designated one-year top up degree delivered at  Staffordshire University.

      With over 350 different career opportunities within different health and social care settings, the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (FdSc) provides the underpinning skills and knowledge required for a wide variety of work in these settings, including public or private sector, working for charities in the UK or abroad, working in research centres, public health, health promotion, NHS support services, social services, housing associations, private care homes, offender services, drug and alcohol services, local authority and education support.

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    Burton and South Derbyshire College
    Tel: 01283 494400

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