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Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care

This course is aimed at those already working within the Health and Care sector, aspiring to become Assistant Practitioners, or Team Leaders wishing to enhance their practice and consolidate and validate their experience and knowledge.
Candidates may also progress into enhanced roles within their field, or join a Nursing Degree pathway.

Entry Requirements

To start this course, you should be in employment as you will need to be able to work in an appropriate setting whilst undertaking the work-based learning component of this programme. Applications will be considered on an individual basis. The university adopts an admissions policy which encourages widening access to individuals who may not hold the traditional academic qualifications for degree-level awards.

As a guide, the normal entry requirements are:
- Maths and English Language GCSE at grade C or above - or an equivalent qualification.
- A vocationally related qualification, such as NVQ 3 in Health and Social Care
- Occupational Health clearance
- Where applicable, as IELTS score of 6.5 overall (minimal of 6.0 in any component) is required for all applicants whose first language is not English
- Working for a minimum of 16 hours per week, either in an employed or voluntary capacity
- Support from your Line Manager.

Applicants will need to have Occupational Health Clearance in order to undertake the course and must also have a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Fees information


What do I need to bring?

A4 file, pen and paper.

Assessment/Exam information

The course consists of units of study called modules. Your taught sessions will contain core content and you will also have the opportunity to customise your 'pathway' during the course by choosing to undertake competencies that are specific to your setting.

With the support of your tutors, you will be able to identify work-based learning outcomes that reflect and respond to your individual role and employment needs.

You will attend classes that include; Study Skills for Health and Social Care, Science for Health and Social Care, Social Policy and Welfare Systems, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Care, Applied Social Sciences for Health and Social Care.

Teaching will mainly be undertaken in Lectures and seminars and we encourage student participation.
You will also have the opportunity to use the clinical skills laboratory.

In addition, you will learn through your own workplace, supported by a supervisor and work-based learning team. The focus of your learning in the workplace will be professional skills specific to your individual role and the completion of a personal portfolio.

All work submitted for marking will be returned with feedback within four weeks.

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Work Placement
Ideally, you are already employed and your current role can serve as your work placement (providing you have support from your manager). Work placement assessments are key component of the programme and so you will need to be in a setting within a reasonable distance from college.

What can I do next?

Successful completion of the course can lead to the possibility of extending your qualification to an honours degree in Health and Social Care or the opportunity to take a further year of more specialist study through the innovative Student Designed Award. Some health practitioners who achieve the award of Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care may also wish to apply for a Nursing degree, and may be considered for direct entry into Year Two of an Oxford Brookes Nursing Programme.

Qualification description

Completing this course would mean you have achieved credit you could use for possible entry into other higher education course. It will also give you the qualification required to work in a variety of roles including as an Assistant Practitioner, Associate Practitioner or a Team Leader within a Health and Social care setting.

Course information & how to apply

Length Start Date End Date Course Fees Course Code
31 weeks per year 10 Sep 2018 26 Jun 2020 Tuition fee: £7,200.00 HCH5011
Study type: Full Time
Hours per week: 30.00
Study days: WED

Any extra costs

For further information on costs, please contact:
Student Services,
Telephone: 01793 498106

How to apply

Applications should be made via UCAS at Please use Institution Code O66 and UCAS Code L514.

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