Health & Social Care - Foundation Degree - Full Time

This programme is validated and quality assured by the University of Worcester and delivered at Halesowen College as a partner of the University.

Full Time – 2 Years or 1 Year to complete the Certificate in Higher Education (Cert HE) – Health & Social Care

The course is 1 day a week at College/University and 200 hours of work placement each year. We have designed the course to be flexible enough to be accessible to those with work, caring or parenting responsibilities.

The Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care gives you a great base from which to build your future in a number of careers, including working with young people, vulnerable adults, older people, individuals with disabilities and people with mental health problems.

A significant component of the course consists of work-based learning. Applicants who are not currently employed in an environment working in Health or Social Care will need to secure a placement in a suitable setting. Please contact if you need support with this.

Year 1 Modules:

  • Effective Communication & Ethical Practice
  • Understanding and Promoting Health & Wellbeing Across Life course
  • Health & Social Care – Legislation, Policy and Best Practice
  • Health & Social Care – Personal and Professional Development in the Work Place

Year 2 Modules:

  • Applied Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • Team Working & Empowerment
  • Health & Social Care – Individual Project in the Work Place
  • Reviewing Academic Literature in Health & Social Care
  • Applied Human Biology and Managing Health Conditions in Health & Social Care
  • How will I be assessed?

    The course involves a variety of teaching, learning and assessment approaches aimed to explore the link between theory and experience in practice. Types of assessment include coursework, open book examination, reflective practice, role plays, case studies, reports, presentations and practical assessment.

    What do I need?

    A minimum of 32 UCAS points

    Applicants should have one of the following:

    • A level 3 Vocational qualification
    • An A Level profile in relevant subjects
    • An Access to Higher Education Certificate
    • A Disclosure and Barring Service check is required for this course, plus an Occupational Health Check.
    • If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the University of Worcester Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email for advice.
    • 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

      How to apply

      • Full Time applications via UCAS – University of Worcester (Halesowen College)
      • UCAS Code L511(FdSc – 2 Years)
      • UCAS Code L513 (Cert HE – 1 Year)


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