Health & Social Care - Foundation Degree - Full Time

Halesowen College and University of Worcester.

Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care/ Certificate in Higher Education Health and Social Care

Campus Location: whittingham Campus

Length of Course:

  • Health & Social Care Cert HE (1 year) - Course Code: L513
  • Health & Social Care FD (2 years) - Course Code: L511

Campus Location: Whittingham Campus

If you are currently employed in the HSC sector and want to deepen your understanding of Health and Social Care to improve your practice and knowledge base. A heavy focus on Legislation and policy and how these can be applied effectively to improve patient/service user outcomes. This will support you when going into any

Health and social care role of your legal roles and responsibilities. You will broaden your understanding of current key issues and areas of change in UK health service provision and look at how you can contribute to positive changes for patient’s lives.

The benefits of studying the Foundation Degree include:

  • Development of Level 4/5 academic writing skills, research skills, reflective practice and evidence-based practice
  • Smaller group sizes, with greater one to one support.
  • Work based learning module to support professional development, linking theory to practice
  • Bridging the leap from L3 to L4 study and an opportunity to achieve a university qualification that supports your application to another degree
  • Study a higher education course locally with only one day a week in College
  • Support in completing your application for a degree at the University of Worcester, without going through UCAS
  • Help in developing personal statements and UCAS applications that improve your chances of being offered a place onto your degree of choice
  • Possibility of joining the 2nd year of an Adult Nursing Degree programme (providing the 2:2 requirement is met, for further information please contact the Halesowen college course leader)
  • Progression to a top up degree such as the BA (Hons) Applied Health & Social Care, which could lead to professional training at masters level or employment that requires an honours degree
  • Graduation celebration at the University of Worcester for you if you complete the Certificate in Higher Education or Foundation degree

Compulsory Modules:

Year 1 Modules (Level 4- Cert HE)

  • Effective communication and ethical practice
  • Understanding and promoting health and well-being across the life course
  • Health and Social Care: legislation, policy and best practice
  • Health and Social Care: personal and professional development in the work place upon the successful completion of these modules and 200 hours of placement this will allow learners to claim the certificate in higher education.

Year 2 Modules (Level 5- Foundation Degree)

  • Applied research and evidence based practice
  • Team working and empowerment
  • Health and Social Care: individual project in the work place
  • Applied Human Biology and managing health conditions Health and Social Care
  • Reviewing academic literature in Health and Social care Upon successful completion of both 1st and 2nd year modules and 400 hours of placement experience you will achieve the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care.
  • Optional Modules:

  • N/A
  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed in terms of knowledge and competency through: Presentations- individual and group, Essay, Conference, Examination, Reports, literature review, work based learning meetings.

    What do I need?

    English grades C/4 or above required

    Ideally- Maths grade C/4 or above, Science C/4 or above (if wanting to go onto a clinical degree such as nursing it is desirable)

    UCAS Tariff: A minimum of 32 points at A level which must include at least one 6-unit award. Other acceptable qualifications include:

  • AVCE
  • BTEC
  • Pre-2002 qualifications (e.g. GNVQ, BTEC ND etc.)
  • NVQ Level 3
  • European Baccalaureate (65%)
  • Foundation Year/Access course pass
  • An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check is required for this course, plus an occupational health check.

    Where can it take me?

    Those who wish to continue their studies can use this qualification to progress on to a full honours top up degree such as Applied Health & Social Science or Child & Adolescent Mental Health. You may also be able to join Year 2 of a Nursing Degree at the University of Worcester, depending on a successful interview and application.

    Recent graduates have gone on to further study in various fields including top-up degrees in Health Studies and Degrees in Midwifery, Health & Social Care, Paediatric Nursing and Adult Nursing

    The Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care is ideal if you are considering a career in the Health & Social Care sectors or voluntary and private organisations.

    Additional information

    Delivery: Full time

    You will be required to attend college for 1 full day each week and the rest will be placement experience/practice through current employment. If you are currently employed in a suitable area you can use this to get your hours providing your work place has a CQC rating of good or outstanding. If you are unsure about whether your work place will be approved please contact the course leader at Halesowen college or the Work Based Learning team at the University of Worcester.

    You can access support during one to one sessions with module leader and also through the University of Worcester library- Writers in residence and at Halesowen site- Academic tutoring one to one.

    Online resources will be available through the University of Worcester Virtual Learning Environment called Black Board.

    Delivery of teaching will be through a variety of methods to support all learners such as team working activities, group presentations, lectures, discussion threads on Blackboard and class discussions/debates.

    How to apply

    If via UCAS

    • Health & Social Care Cert HE (1 year) - L513
    • Health & Social Care Foundation Degree (2 years) - L511

    Information and costs: :

    200 hours of work placement per year. A total of 400 hours need to be completed to achieve the Foundation Degree.

    You must ensure you will be able to attend classes each week for the full day and familiarize yourself with the attendance policy. If you are in paid employment be sure your employer will support your attendance to college each week and avoid giving shifts that could affect your ability to study for example nightshifts.

    Start date: September 2019

    Day: Wednesday

    Time: 09.00am - 4.30pm

    Course Fee (per annum): £9,250.00

    Course code:

    • Health & Social Care Cert HE (1 year) - L513
    • Health & Social Care Foundation Degree (2 years) - L511

    Study Mode: Full Time

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