Foundation Degree Health & Social Care

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2020
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
    £ 8200.00 per year
  • Centre Location
    Taunton
  • Course Description

    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 course 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.

    There are two pathways for this course: a Practitioner Pathway and a Non-Practitioner Pathway. Your choice will be dictated by whether you are already working within a health & social care setting and whether you already possess a vocationally related qualification. In Year 2 you will be assessed against the National Occupational Standards, culminating in the achievement of a Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care. If you already possess a Level 3 vocationally-related qualification you will be able to undertake alternative CPD units.


    The modules studied may include:


    • Interpersonal Skills and Communication Strategies
    • Applied Human Development
    • Values, Morals and Ethics
    • Managing Care Settings
    • Mental Health and Wellbeing

    Read the Course Handbook here.

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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. Teaching sessions take the form of short lectures, supervised discussions, small group work and guest speakers.

  • Career Progression

    On completion of the Foundation Degree you may decide to top-up to the full BA (Hons) at University Centre Somerset. Alternatively, the qualification 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.

  • Entry Requirements

    Typically entrants will possess:
    • 64 UCAS points at AS/A2 Level (minimum 32 points at A2 level)
    OR
    • BTEC Qualifications (QCF) MPP (Extended), MM (Diploma), DM (90 Credit Diploma)
    OR
    • Access to HE course in a relevant subject area


    You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to commencing any work placement.

  • Costs

    £8200