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Course Overview

The Foundation Degree (Level 4 & 5) in Health and Social Care offers an exciting pathway for developing a career working in health and social care including progressing onto a professional course in both health and social care.

This course is awarded by the University of Central Lancashire, UCLan.

The aim of an FdHSC is to produce a "practice ready workforce" and maintain an excellent learning environment. The course has a strong emphasis on work-based learning and aims to equip students who are working or intending to work in health and social care with the relevant knowledge and skills to address continuing professional development needs and to bridge the gap between theory and practice. The course offers a clear pathway to either employment or further education.

The Foundation Degree was designed in response to changes in government policy which encouraged widening participation and work-based learning.

The full-time route takes two years to complete and involves attending lectures two days per week. It is possible to exit after one year with the Foundation Certificate at Level 4. The course will start in September 2019.

There is an option to complete modules rather than the full qualification.

There is also a placement requirement of 100 hours per year. Students are encouraged to find their own placement with college support if required.

The Programme involves the study of core themes and the acquisition of skills at levels 4 and 5.

Modules include:

Year 1 (Level 4):

- Study and lifelong learning skills
- Communication and Collaboration
- Care from the Clients Perspective
- Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology of Health
- Foundations for Practice (Requires 100 hour work placement)

Year 2 (Level 5):

- Evidence-Based Practice
- Health Promotion
- Management and Leadership
- Supporting Professional Practice (Requires 150 hour work placement)
- Management of Mental Health/Introduction to Long Term Conditions and End of Life (Depends on offer)

Assessment is via essays, projects, reports, and presentations. Also, there is one multiple-choice exam (within the Anatomy and Physiology module).

A successful placement requirement of 100 hours per year must be completed to achieve this award.

Entry Requirements

Students who have either:

- A relevant vocational qualification (e.g. NVQ Level 3) or
- A Levels (min 80 UCAS points) or
- BTEC Extended Diploma (MMP) (min 80 UCAS points)


GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above (or functional skills Level 2 Maths) will be considered for access to the programme.

In addition they will be asked to attend for an interview with a member of the course team, which involves a written test and reference. Students will also be required to have DBS clearance as a condition of enrolment onto the programme.

Additional Costs:
- For students undertaking a dissertation as part of their course 2 UCLAN dissertation cover sheets will need to be purchased at 1.90 per sheet.
- Printing is 1p per sheet for black and white copying and 4p per sheet for colour.
- DBS Check GBP44 approx.
- Residential trips: (Optional) - range from GBP130-400 approx.
- Transport costs for occasional trips to UCLan and transport costs to placement.

Applications for this course:

Please apply via UCAS -

After Your Course

Students may use this qualification to enhance their employment opportunities in the care sectors, such as a lead professional, or undertake a third year to achieve a BSc (Hons) Degree in a range of subjects including Health and Social Care or the BA (hons) in Community and Social Care policy and Practice.

You can also gain entry onto courses such as Nursing, Physiotherapy, Midwifery, Sports therapy and Social work. If you successfully complete the first year of the programme you are guaranteed an interview for any UCLan health based course (as above). Students will also be able to seek employment for example within the youth justice systems, NHS Trusts, children's services, social services and family centres.

This qualification is offered in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and is of benefit to those already working in a range of settings as well as those wishing to have a career in the health and social care sector. They will have access to a higher level qualification that is directly relevant to day-to-day employment and experience.



Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2018/19 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2019/20 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/18
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course

Health & Social Care

It is clear that the UK’s health and social care system is lacking and with an increasingly ageing population, there is a significant demand for more people to enter the industry. In fact, around two million new workers will need to be trained and recruited by 2022.

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