Higher Education

Health & Social Care Foundation Degree

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

About this course

What makes Health and Social Care special?

A chance to enhance your future whilst helping others to maximise theirs. 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.

Certificate in Higher Education (Cert HE): Health and Social Care

The Certificate in Higher Education (Cert HE) offers University of Worcester and partner college students the opportunity to complete a one year course, studying at level 4.

This course has become a recognised route into careers within the NHS, independent and third sector organisations, including Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychology and Social Work, for students who did not meet the initial entry criteria. Progression onto such professional programmes is subject to successful application and therefore not guaranteed.

Students registered for the Cert HE who successfully complete the requirements for the award, may choose to continue to study in the following year towards the Foundation degree rather than exit with the Cert HE. This will enable students to undertake the two year Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care, after which they may then choose to then complete a top-up degree.

Key features

  • The FdSc is a recognised and professionally respected qualification that will enhance your career across the sector, as well as a gateway to further study
  • Flexibility: successful completion can lead to entry on to Year 2 of our Nursing degree, and Year 3 of our Health & Applied Social Sciences
  • Excellent industry links including the NHS, Mind and Headway, where our students have enjoyed award-winning placements
  • A strong emphasis on work-based learning helps you build your confidence and skill-base whilst enhancing your employability
  • Tailored to allow study alongside part-time work

Entry requirements

  • 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

A Disclosure & Barring Service check is required for this course, plus an occupational health check.

Shortlisted applicants may be invited for interview. RPL awarded for Registered Managers Award.

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the University of Worcester Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the University of Worcester Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from www.ucas.com

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

  • Effective Communication and Ethical Practice
  • Understanding and Promoting Health and Well-being Across the Lifecourse
  • Health and Social Care: Legislation, Policy and Best Practice
  • Health and Social Care: Personal and Professional Development in the Work Place

Year 2

  • Applied Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • Team Working and Empowerment
  • Health and Social Care: Individual Project in the Work Place
  • Reviewing Academic Literature in Health and Social Care
  • Applied Human Biology and Managing Health Conditions Health and Social Care

How will you be taught?

The course builds on existing knowledge and experience and to further develop specific knowledge, skills and values relevant to the current and emerging needs of employment in health and social care. It will enable you to assess, plan, implement and make sound judgements in effective care delivery in accordance with the core values of health and social care work.

You will explore and debate issues arising from the social, cultural, moral, legal and political context of health and social care work. You will develop your interpersonal and communication skills and will be encouraged to identify, use and communicate relevant information effectively.

You learn to locate and evaluate evidence and research and apply this in your practice and decision making in health and social care. The course will also focus on your personal and professional development and provides opportunities for you to develop your study skills, meet your own learning needs and to develop and practice key skills in preparation for employment, further study and lifelong learning.


The course is designed to develop knowledge and skills for health and social care. Therefore a variety of teaching, learning and assessment approaches will be used and will emphasise the relationship between theory and real life issues and experiences in practice. A wide variety of assessment types are used, including:

  • Coursework
  • Assignments
  • Reflective practice and portfolio work
  • Role plays
  • Case studies
  • Reports
  • Practical assessment

A significant component of the course consists of work-based learning. Applicants who are not currently employed in an environment working in a health or social care setting will need to secure a placement in a suitable setting. Please contact Olivia Wood (owood@halesowen.ac.uk) or Kim Samuda (ksamuda@halesowen.ac.uk) if you need support with this.

Students will be required to complete 200 hours in Year 1 and 200 hours in Year 2.

Where could it take you?

Graduates can expect greater employability and enhanced promotion prospects. There should be opportunities open to you in health and care sectors, voluntary and private organisations. There are also opportunities to progress via a third year of top-up study to a BA (Hons) in Applied Health & Social Sciencea, BSc (Hons) in Child and Adolescent Mental Health or a BSc (Hons) in Health Sciences Skills gained:

  • Practical skills developed through work-based learning
  • Values, knowledge and skills relevant to working in health and social care services
  • Assess, plan, implement and make sound judgements in care delivery
  • Develop skills and strategies necessary for working in partnership with a range of service users and their families, services, professionals and groups across the health & social care settings
  • Evaluation and application of research
  • Wide variety of personal and transferable skills including assessing and planning, problem solving and decision making, Mental health promotion, interdisciplinary working and interpersonal skills
  • Reflective practice

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2017 is £9,250 per year.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students The standard fee for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this foundation degree is £1,156 per 15 credit module.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS Health and Social Care FdSc L511-, B, FdSc/HSC UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

UCAS Code: L511

Delivery — Full-Time
Year 1 Year 2
Independent Study 69% 69%
Placement 17% 17%
Timetabled Classes 14% 14%
Assessment — Full-Time
Year 1 Year 2
Coursework 100% 100%
Practical 0% 0%
Written 0% 0%