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Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care

Course title


Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care
240 credits (120 at Level 4 for the CertHE, and 120 at Level 5 for the FdSc Health & Social Care)

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

This course is currently being revalidated to ensure it offers you the best possible course content. Updated information about the course that you will study in September 2020 will be available on this page soon.

Campus location

Whittingham Road Campus

Why study this course?

This course is for those who are currently employed in the sector and want to deepen their understanding in order to improve practice and knowledge. 

Students can complete the one year, Level 4 CertHE programme or stay with us for two years to complete the Level 5 Foundation Degree.

The CertHE course has become a recognised route into careers within the NHS, independent and third sector organisations, including Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Paramedics, Midwifery, 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 who undertake the two years Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care may choose to complete a Top-Up Degree.

The benefits of studying the Foundation Degree include:

  • Development of 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 at 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
  • Progressional opportunities available, including the chance to apply to study a Top Up Degree such as Applied Health & Social Care.  This could lead to professional training at Masters level, or employment that requires an undergraduate degree


Length of course

Full Time: Two Years

Compulsory modules


This course is currently being reworked to ensure it offers you the best possible course content. The module information below is provided as an example of possible course content only. The modules that will be available for study in September 2020 are expected to cover broadly similar topics to those listed below. Full details will be available on this page soon. 

Year 1 

  • 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

Year 2 

  • 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 First Year and Second Year modules, along with 400 hours of placement experience, students will achieve the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care.


Full Time for 2020 entry

Students will be required to attend College one full day each week, and the remaining will be placement experience/practice through current employment. 

If students are currently employed in a suitable role, they can use this to achieve their hours providing the work place has a CQC (Care Quality Commission) rating of good or outstanding. 

If 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.

Students can access support during one to one sessions with the Module Leader as well as through the University of Worcester Library, Writers in Residence, and at Halesowen College.

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

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


Students will be assessed in terms of knowledge and competency through:

  • Individual and group presentations
  • Essay
  • Conference
  • Examination
  • Reports
  • Literature review
  • Work based learning meetings

How to apply

Applicants should apply via UCAS Apply, using the appropriate UCAS code:

Health and Social Care Cert HE (one year): L513
Health and Social Care FdSc (two years): L511

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or 

Entry requirements

  • English grades C/4 or above required
  • Maths grade C/4 or above desirable
  • 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.

Any other information an applicant would need to know at this initial stage?

200 hours of work placement per year is required each academic year.  A total of 400 hours is required in order to be complete and achieve the Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care.

Students must ensure they attend classes each week for the full day and familiarise themselves with the attendance policy. 

If students are in paid employment, be sure the employer will support attendance to classes each week, and avoid shifts which could affect ability to study (such as night shifts).

Start date

September 2020


2020 course timetable to be confirmed.

Course fee (per annum)

Please refer to the University of Worcester programme page for course fee information

Course code

Full time applicants should apply via UCAS Apply, using the following code:

Health and Social Care Cert HE (one year): L513
Health and Social Care FdSc (two years): L511

Study mode

Full Time available for 2020 entry

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