Who is this course for?
This pathway is for applicants who do not possess a vocationally-related qualification. Attendance in college will be for two days per week, over a 32 week academic year. During Year 1, you will have an opportunity to develop your vocational skills through two work placements - in a children’s and an adult setting. Your vocational skills will be further enhanced during your 2nd year where you will be assessed against the National Occupational Standards, leading to the achievement of a Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care. This qualification, alongside your degree will place you in a very prominent position to seek employment within your chosen specialism.
Whether experienced in the health and social care sector or not, this popular foundation degree will develop your skills and knowledge of social care through a blend of work-based learning and classroom teaching.
This foundation degree provides you with a sound and critical understanding of health and social care policy, theory and practice, as well as the skills you need for effective practice in a diverse, multidisciplinary environment. You will also learn how ethical, legal, social, economic and political factors influence the provision and development of services; and gain the critical and analytical skills that underpin evidence-based practice.
The programme team has worked collaboratively with Health and Social Care providers for many years. As such, extensive research has been conducted throughout the development of this programme through the engagement of service providers as well as service users, practitioners, recent and past graduates.
The exciting development
Modules may include:
• Interpersonal Skills and Communication Strategies
• Applied Human Development
• Values, Morals and Ethics
• Introduction to Sociology
• Professional Development
• Managing Care Settings
• Mental Health and Wellbeing
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Teaching and Assessment
Assessment is largely via coursework, tests of knowledge and understanding and written assignments – reflective essays, project reports, and presentations. We offer comprehensive study skills support throughout your time at College in order to help maximise your chances of success. Teaching sessions take the form of short lectures, supervised discussions, small group work and guest speakers.
If you successfully complete the Foundation Degree and wish to continue studying, you have the option of progressing to the BA (Hons) Health & Social Care Management degree.
This foundation degree will open up a variety of career paths in the health and social care sectors, and give you the potential to work in a managerial or supervisory capacity. You could become a Registered Manager in a children or adult setting, a Family Support Worker, Residential Care Worker - Children and Adult Services, Youth Worker, Learning Support Worker, Assistant Social Worker. The majority of our foundation degree graduates progress to the BA (Hons) Health & Social Care Top-up programme.
To commence the Foundation Degree candidates must have GCSE English grade A*-C (IELTS Level 6 or above for students whose first language is not English), Mathematics grade A*-C (or Maths functional skills at Level 2) and at least one of the following:
• 64 UCAS points at AS/A2 Level (minimum 32 points at A2 level)
• BTEC Qualifications (QCF) MPP (Extended), MM (Diploma), DM (90 Credit Diploma)
• Access to HE course in a relevant subject area
• Or equivalent
The nature of study at this level requires GCSE grade A*-C (new grade system 9-4) in English and Maths or equivalent qualification. Under exceptional circumstances, a conditional offer may be made to a prospective learner to include an expectation of working towards GCSE Maths grade C or Level 2 Numeracy alongside completing the degree programme
You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as CRB) prior to commencing any placement work