Health and Social Care - Foundation Degree (FdA)


Approved by:
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
Start:
September
Location:
University Centre and St Winefride's Campus
Level:
4-5
Institution code:
H65
UCAS code:
L512

Course Details

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.

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
For full entry criteria, please see the Programme Specification.
Two years, full time or three years, part time.
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.

Please call our Careers Advice team on 0151 353 4444 for more information.

Primary contact:
Fiona Botsford
Email: fiona.botsford@hughbaird.ac.uk

How much will this course cost me?

Tuition fee loans cover university/college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university/college by Student Finance England, so you don’t need a pot of money up front.

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 a certain amount.

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It’s never too late to learn

We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

We want to make your university education as flexible and affordable as possible. We offer a number of financial support options to help you go further by staying local. You don’t need to pay for 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. You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help support your living costs. For more information, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance

Yes. We have a dedicated team of staff on hand to help guide you through the admissions process, from selecting the right course, to completing your UCAS application and applying for financial support.

If you have any questions, or need help at any stage, call the Retention and Progression Team on 0151 353 4444, or email careers@hughbaird.ac.uk.

Important terms, conditions and disclaimer information about our courses can be found on our Wider Information Set.