Health and Social Care - Foundation Degree (FdA)

  • Validated by:
    University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

  • UCAS code: L512

  • Institutional code: H65

Not quite ready for the Foundation Degree or don't have the grades?

We offer a Foundation Degree with Optional Integrated Foundation Entry in this subject.

The Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care was originally developed by the Faculty of Health at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in response to the needs of health and social care providers in the voluntary, private and public sectors. It aims to enhance staff training and qualifications to meet service quality and performance agendas. It combines academic understanding and skills, with generic and specific work-related skills, and incorporates occupational standards for health and social care workers. It aims to equip you with the relevant knowledge and skills, as well as addressing your continuing professional development needs.

Within their placements, undergraduates will develop key skills such as communication skills, empathy, time management, team work, ownership and leadership styles. The course will also provide students with the understanding of how to meet the needs of a range of clients from a multitude of cultures and backgrounds. The importance of providing a patient centred approach, promoting healthy lifestyles, empowering and encouraging independence and maintaining the dignity of all individuals will be embedded throughout the course. Key legislation and policies that underpin health and social care practice will be drawn upon and undergraduates will apply a variety of theoretical perspectives to practice.

The course will be relevant to those working, or intending to work, with individuals, families, groups or communities in residential and community-based health and social care related settings, for example, families and children, older people, people with physical or learning disabilities, young people or those with mental health or drug related problems.

Assessment will take the form of essays, case studies, presentations, reports, research activities and group work. You will have access to learning resources at the Hugh Baird University Centre and at the University of Central Lancashire. Delivery of modules will include seminars, presentations, group discussion, debate, case studies, reflective journals, portfolio building and independent study.

What topics/modules are covered?

You will study a range of core modules, including:

FdA Year 1:

  • Study & Lifelong Learning Skills
  • Foundations for Practice
  • Introduction to Community Practice: Research and Development
  • Contextualising Welfare 1: The Development of UK Social Policy
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Care from the Clients Perspective

FdA Year 2:

  • Supporting Professional Practice
  • The Research Process
  • Social Care: Theory and Practice
  • Power, Oppression and Society
  • Health, Ageing and Social Care
  • Health Promotion
  • Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care

What are the entry requirements?

For full entry criteria, please see the Programme Specification.

View Additional Entry and Selection Criteria

If you are keen to study this programme but do not meet the entry requirements, we also offer in this subject Foundation Degree with Integrated Foundation Entry, click here.

What can I do if I complete this course?

Students who successfully complete this Foundation Degree may choose to complete a further one year of study to gain a full honours degree and will be offered a guaranteed interview for any relevant Honours Top up programme at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Alternatively, they may wish to apply for a top up year at another higher education institution or progress directly into their chosen career path.


Two years, full time or three years, part time


Primary contact:
Kay Billingsley
Tel: 0151 353 4444 ext 5012 or email:

Other contact:
Fiona Botsford
Tel: 0151 353 4444 ext 6522 or email:


You don’t need to pay your tuition fees up front – Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England. They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start paying them back until you are earning more than £21,000 per year. Student Loans will also help to support your living costs.

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The standard full time tuition fee rate for this course in 2017/18 and 2018/19 for Home and EU students is:

  • £7,500 per year

The standard part time tuition fee rate for 2017/18 and 2018/19 for Home and EU students is:

  • £1,000 per 20 credit module

The University Centre’s tuition fees are reviewed each academic year.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course. For full details of our terms, conditions and disclaimers, click here.

Last modified on Tuesday, 08 May 2018 08:21