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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.

Campus location

Shenstone House Campus

Why study this course?

The Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care explores evidence-based and contemporary issues pertinent to many aspects of the health and social care sector. The course supports students in developing skills including reflective practice, self-awareness and interpersonal skills essential for a career in health and social care.

The Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care is a full time, two year course designed to support students wishing to work within the health and social care sector as well as those currently practicing within the field who may be looking for career development and promotion into management positions. Students will be equipped to work within a range of different settings such as schools, community centres, care settings and hospitals. The University of Worcester has excellent links to a variety of community organisations, to support students to identify and undertake a placement, as part of work-based learning.

You will be working with a team of academics, clinicians and work-based learning tutors who hold a range of expertise and experience relevant to health and social care.

You will complete two practice placement modules to apply your skills and knowledge in an area of practice that interests you. As part of this you will complete a minimum of 150 hours a year in placement to enhance your employability.

You will examine the theoretical concept of reflective practice and apply system-based knowledge of anatomy and physiology to practice.

You will develop and enhance your self-awareness and interpersonal skills alongside gaining an insight into the importance of evidence-based practice within health and social care.

Progression routes exist on to the BA Applied Health & Social Care or Child and Adolescent Mental Health top-up degree programmes. Students can also apply to the BA Top-up degree Working with Children and Families in the School of Education. In addition, students can apply to progress onto professional courses, such as nursing (adult or mental health), Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Psychology.

Length of course

The Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care runs over 2 years full time.

The Certificate in Higher Education for Health and Social Care is 1 year full time

Compulsory modules


Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course.  If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative.

Certificate in Higher Education (Health and Social Care) Year 1, Level 4

  • Preparing for practice in health and social care
  • Contemporary issues in health and well being
  • Ethics, values and use of self in practice
  • Communication skills for practice
  • Human development across the life course
  • Introduction to anatomy and physiology (optional module)
  • Working with intersectionality in social care (optional module)

Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care
Year 2, Level 5

  • Innovative working in health and social care
  • Understanding conditions in person-centred practice
  • Applied Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • Understanding Teamwork in Professional Practice
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • Equality, Diversity and Anti-oppressive Practice


You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures and seminars. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures and are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group work.

Each work-based learning module requires the completion of a minimum of 150 hours of work-based learning. Students will identify and apply for placement in a relevant area of practice that interests them and best suits their career aspirations. The timing of practice-based learning will allow for some flexibility, although it is essential that certain parameters are met to ensure opportunities to link university-based learning to practice, facilitate reflection on work-based learning and ensure that assessment deadlines can be met.

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support via the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful. Meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least four occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course. Additional support is available from your module tutors, Student Services and Library Services.

In a typical week you will have 10 contact hours of teaching. Of this, 7 hours will be delivered on campus and 3 hours delivered online. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to complete more independent study.

A minimum of 7 hours per week in a placement, or work-based learning setting is also part of your learning contact time.

Typically contact time will be structured around:

  • Lectures and seminars (face to face and online)
  • Workshops (face to face and online)
  • Group work (problem and enquiry-based learning)
  • Work-based learning Placement (face to face, online and self-directed)

Online contact hours will be structured around:

  • Group tutorials based upon focussed activities
  • Assessment workshops
  • Problem-based learning
  • Skills development workshops

In addition to this contact time, you are expected to undertake around 18 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

HE Programmes in the Event of Lockdown


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and a final year placement project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • Learning agreement
  • Patchwork portfolio (including unseen quizzes)*
  • Case study
  • Essay
  • Resource/media item
  • Group presentation

Year 2

  • Critical paper
  • Individual presentation
  • Case study
  • Essay
  • Report

*Option module FDHS1217 only

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

How to apply

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

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

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

If you have any queries, please contact the programme’s course leader Kim Samuda,

Entry requirements 

The normal minimum entry requirement for Foundation Degree courses is the possession of 4 GCSEs (Grade C/4 or above) and 1 A Level (or equivalent Level 3 qualification).

The current UCAS Tariff requirements for entry to this course are published in the prospectus and on the UW website

Details of acceptable level 3 qualifications, policy in relation to mature students or applicants with few or no formal qualifications can be found in the prospectus or on the University webpages. See the University’s Admissions Policy for other acceptable qualifications and the section below specific to recognition of prior learning.

Candidates with non-standard entry applications will be considered on the basis of relevant work experience and attainment of skills. They will be invited to complete an essay, which will demonstrate an ability to study at this level.

Students whose first language is not English must have a minimum standard of English at IELTS 6.0.

All places are conditional upon a UW Occupational Health Clearance.

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

Students will be required to have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check carried out by the University. Click here for further details about DBS. Students will not be able to commence practice until clearance is confirmed.

If you have any queries, please contact the programme’s course leader Kim Samuda,

Start date

September 2022


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Course fee (per annum)

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

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

This course requires you to complete a placement, therefore you will need to apply for, and may need to pay for an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Most financial support is available from Student Finance England The University’s Money Advice Service can provide information about student money; this can be accessed through firstpoint.

Course code

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

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

Study mode

Full Time for 2022 entry

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