Health and Social Care FdA // Undergraduate

This highly practical two-year course allows you to develop your career in health and social care. You can choose to study on a full-time or part-time basis.

You'll develop a detailed understanding of health and social care policy and practice, which you can use straight away in any workplace that involves caring for individuals and communities.

Course structure

This is a highly practical course, which combines academic study and work-based learning. The elements of the course which are taught in the college include lectures, discussions, case studies and workshops.

Your progress will be assessed with evaluations of work experience, reports, presentations and time-constrained tests. Throughout the course you'll have one-to-one support from academic staff.

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Assessment, Care Planning and Identification of Risk (20 credits)
  • Working in Health Social Care Settings I (20 credits)
  • Understanding Health and Social Care (20 credits)
  • Dimensions of Health (20 credits)
  • Applied Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences (20 credits)
  • Exploring Psycho-Social Theory (20 credits)

Final year (national level 5):

  • Advocacy and Empowerment (20 credits)
  • Working in Health Social Care Settings II (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences (20 credits)
  • Health Improvement and Healthy Lifestyles (20 credits)
  • Life Course Approaches to the Health of Children, Young People and Families (20 credits)
  • Working with Adults (20 credits)

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you need one of the following qualifications in a relevant subject area:

  • 56 UCAS points from a minimum of one A Level/AVCE or equivalent
  • BTEC Level 3
  • NVQ Level 3
  • Modern Apprenticeship (NVQ Level 3 plus Key Skills)

We also require 2 passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

In addition to these academic qualifications, you should have experience in health and social care. The experience can be from paid work or voluntary work.

You may also be eligible to apply if you don’t have formal qualifications but you do have at least two years’ relevant work experience.

You will need a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before you can start this course. If you want to study this course part-time, the enhanced DBS check should have an issue date that is within the last three years, from your course enrolment date.


Health and social care is a diverse field, with opportunities to specialise in areas such as young people, mental health, or drug and alcohol abuse support.

Academic qualifications in Health and Social Care allow you to work in the NHS, charities such as Age UK and MIND, social care organisations such as Turning Point, and other public, private and voluntary sector health agencies.

Some careers, such as social work, nursing or occupational therapy, require additional academic and professional qualifications. When you have completed this Foundation Degree, you will have the opportunity to 'top up' to a BA (Hons) undergraduate degree.

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Course detail
Classification Foundation Degree
Course Mode Part-time
Level Undergraduate
Duration Two years
Location Coast Road Campus
Annual fee £4880.00
Start September
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