Health and Social Care - Foundation Degree

Course Code: SM1HE111

UCAS Code: L510


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Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
12/09/2022University Centre2 Years / £8,750 per yearApply

Course Overview

Course timetable

Duration: 1 day a week
Day/s of week: Thursday  
Time: 9.15am - 5.30pm
Indicative Delivery: 100% On-site at the University Centre Campus

This two-year course will equip you with sector-specific skills and experience working in an ethical and safe way to support your career progression.

This begins with developing an appreciation of working in a resilient way to maintain your own mental health and wellbeing.

You will:

  • Build on your skills of reflection so you are able to support clients accessing services alongside your ability to be able to articulate for them when they need a voice.
  • Develop safe research practices that support positive change in provision for service users, staff and employers alongside currency of knowledge drawn from international research.
  • Gain the knowledge to become a conduit of change and improvement in our community, supporting and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable people in society. 

This programme is entirely suited to people with a passion for Health and Social Care who wish to gain the necessary knowledge, skills and graduate attributes to work confidently throughout the sector.

Students attend College one day each week, and spend another day in placement every week throughout the course. If you are already in employment within the Health and Social Care sector you may, once it is verified, use this to satisfy the placement requirement of the programme.The course will provide you with a contemporary blend of practical, vocational and theory based knowledge that will respond directly to employer needs.

It's ideal for current Health and Social Care practitioners who wish to gain further knowledge and understanding in the discipline and have career aspirations of a team leader or supervisor role in industry.

This course can lead to varied career paths in services aligned to the elective modules at Level 5.

For students wishing to advance further from the Foundation Degree there is also opportunity to progress onto the Level 6 BA (Hons) Top Up in Health and Social Care.


Entry Requirements

A minimum of 64 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline:

  • MPP from Extended Diploma or MM from Diploma in relevant level 3 such as Adult Care, Mental Health, Nursing and Allied Professions  
  • English Language grade C/4 or Functional Skills Level 2. If not achieved must work towards and achieve in first year of study
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component

Additional Requirements:

  • All applicants must provide a letter of support from their employer confirming proposed work experience 
  • If no Level 3, a minimum of a relevant Level 2 qualification such as Health and Social Care achieved within the last two years.
  • 12 months hands on experience in the workplace with service users (does not include administration)
  • You must hold a current DBS

A professional discussion may be required prior to offer if you do not meet the exact entry criteria

Qualification Obtained

FdA Health and Social Care

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Legal and Ethical IssuesSM4MD13920Mandatory
Quality AssuranceSM4MD14020Mandatory
Reflective Practice Health Socal CareSM4MD14120Mandatory
Social PolicySM4MD14320Mandatory
Introduction to Academic Study ShacSM4MD15020Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Work Based Research ProjectSM5MD19120Mandatory
Developing a Resilient WorkforceSM5MD19220Mandatory
Ageing Health and WellbeingSM5MD19320Optional
Children and FamiliesSM5MD19420Optional
Learning DisabilitySM5MD19520Optional
Mental HealthSM5MD19620Optional (most common)
Substance MisuseSM5MD19720Optional (most common)
Risk and PreventionSM5MD19820Optional
Stigma and InterventionSM5MD19920Optional (most common)
Strategies Policy and PracticeSM5MD20020Optional (most common)
Theory Policy and PracticeSM5MD20120Optional
Therapy and InterventionSM5MD20220Optional

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Specification

European Structural and Investment Funds
Council for Independent Education
European Social Fund
Lancaster University
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