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Foundation Degree Health and Social Care

Primarily aimed at those working in the Health and Care sector, this highly flexible Level 5 Health and Social Care Foundation Degree develops knowledge and skills within a supporting or caring role. Those who would benefit include Assistant and Associate Practitioners, as well as Team Leaders. The degree course is also open to suitably qualified people wanting to explore new aspects of health and social care.

The course content focusses highly on the students’ role as a developing Health Care professional. Work Based Learning modules are a significant part of the course carrying 50% of the total credits awarded for study of the programme. 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 and to customise your 'pathway' during the course by choosing to undertake competencies that are specific to your setting and role. These will form part of the Work Based Learning assessment tasks throughout the course, supported by your supervisor, and work based learning team.

The course consists of six modules in each of the two years of study. Each single module has 15 credits, and a double module 30 credits.

The modules studied are:
YEAR 1
• Study Skills for Foundation Degrees
• Work Based Learning 1 (Double)
• Science for Health and Social Care
• Applied Social Science
• Specialist Care Skills- Therapeutic Caring 1
• Work Based Learning 2 (Double)

YEAR 2
• Social Policy and Welfare Systems
• Specialist Care Skills- Therapeutic Caring 2
• Work Based Learning 3 (Double)
• Applying Evidence to Practice
• Legal and Ethical Aspects of Care
• Work Based Learning 4 (Double)

Entry Requirements

Typically, applicants must have:
• BTEC, NVQ or other appropriate vocational qualification at Level 3, in a related discipline
• 3 GCSE’s grade C (4) or above (or equivalent)
• IELTS score of 6.5 overall (minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing) which applies to applicants for whom English is not their first language.

Applicants are required to be undertaking a minimum of 16 hours per week in a paid or voluntary capacity, in an appropriate setting. You will be required to evidence that your line manager is willing to support your training needs.
Applicants will also need to evidence Occupational Health Clearance and a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.
Applicants are required to attend an interview with the Programme Leader, at Swindon College.

What do I need to bring?

Students will be expected to attend lessons equipped with writing/notetaking material and/or a laptop or tablet if preferred. Access to college computers will be provided with specialist software where applicable.
Course specific:
Each Module will provide details of indicative reading which will benefit your knowledge and understanding of the topics covered. Students are encouraged to purchase their own copies of some core text books, where possible. Students will have access to the Library at College, and Oxford Brookes, including electronic resources.

Please see ‘Additional costs for your course’ for further details on other things you may need to buy or pay for.

Assessment/Exam information

A variety of assessment methods will be used within the programme, including coursework consisting of essays, reports, reflective accounts, case studies and the production of educational resources. The course also contains assessments through group presentations, and tests which are Multiple Choice Questionnaires (MCQ) and practical assessments which are Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE). Some modules consist of more than one method of assessment.

Teaching and learning strategies will encourage student engagement in new areas of knowledge, broadening and deepening existing knowledge, and will provide opportunities to apply theory and new understanding to students own practices, developing individuals as Health and Care professionals.

The student Practice Assessment Document (PAD) contains information relating to your work based learning experience through the four Work based-learning modules. All modules within the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care programme contributes towards your growth as a professional practitioner. However, the work based learning experience, where you are working within a health or social care setting, enables you to observe and participate in care and provides an opportunity for you to integrate practice and theoretical components and develop your caring competence.

As part of our induction process, we carry out a screening exercise with all new entrants to establish any support needs. This is not a graded assessment and is not a condition of acceptance to the course.

If you are concerned about studying at this level, or are returning to studying after a break from education, have a disability or additional need, or want some advice on the support available, please see our website information on support for students.

Other information

This is a very work based, and work related course, which will require you to be employed in a suitable workplace, with support from your manager to fulfil the work-based learning element of the programme. This also involves placement assessment visits by College staff, therefore your workplace needs to be within a reasonable travelling distance of the College. This will be discussed in more detail with you during your interview.

What can I do next?

On successful completion of the course, graduates may wish to continue their studies to Level 6 honours degree in Health and Social Care or have 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 entry into a Nursing degree, and may be considered for direct entry into Year Two of an Oxford Brookes Nursing Programme. Students wishing to apply to other course to continue to study, are advised to check each individual institutions entry requirements, as these may vary.

Students successfully completing the Foundation Degree may also find opportunities within their current or a new setting, to move into higher or new roles such as Assistant Practitioner, Associate Practitioner or a Team Leader within a Health and Social care setting.

Qualification description

Foundation Degree in Science (FdSc) Health and Social Care
Awarded by Oxford Brookes University and delivered by Swindon College. All teaching takes place on the Swindon College Campus (excluding organised trips or visits)
Full-time
This is a two year programme where students will study 120 credits at Level 4 in the first year, and 120 credits at Level 5 in the second year, totalling 240 credits on completion of the FD.
This course is eligible for Tuition fee loans through Student Finance England, (subject to qualifying criteria for applicants). Please see our website ‘course costs and additional fees’ for further details on how to pay for your course.

This course is eligible for Tuition fee loans through Student Finance England, (subject to qualifying criteria for applicants). Please see our website for further details on how to pay for your course.

Course information & how to apply

Length Start Date End Date Course Fees Course Code
31 weeks per year 02 Sep 2019 21 May 2021 Tuition fee: £7,350.00
16-18 do not pay Tuition, Exams or Materials Fees
Course Fees apply to each year of the course, with the exception of Level 3 courses.
HCH5011
UCAS/UKPASS Code: L514
Study type: Full Time
Hours per week: 30.00
Study days: TUE

Any extra costs

Students studying higher education courses may incur costs for study equipment and research resources, please see our website for further details.

Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the university and all college partners.

How to apply

Application should be made via UCAS at https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/apply-and-track using the following details:
Institution Code: 066
UCAS Course Code: L514
Campus Name: Swindon College
Campus Code: N
For further information, please contact HEAdmissions@swindon.ac.uk
Or Tel 01793 498106