Our foundation degree in Health and Social Care has been developed in recognition of the multi-disciplinary nature of current and future occupational destinations within the health and social care fields.
The programme aims to develop a comprehensive curriculum that includes a range of academic knowledge and generic skills across the subject areas of social work, social policy, health studies and also practical appreciation of the health and social care sector. Within this framework, students are able to understand organisational dynamics and are also encouraged to specialise in particular pathways, areas and topics of interest.
The course is specifically aimed at those who already have experience in the field of health and social care either in a paid, or voluntary, capacity. The content of the course will build on your knowledge and add to your skills.
Foundation degrees usually take two years to complete, after which successful students graduate with a Diploma in Health and Social Care. All students then have the option to ‘top-up’ this diploma by joining the final year of BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care based on the University campus, which is the designated top-up route.
You can apply to join the foundation degree if you have around 80 UCAS points or equivalent qualifications or experience. The course is based at our partner colleges: Bishop Auckland, City of Sunderland, and Gateshead.
Examples of employers in health and social care include the NHS, drug and alcohol agencies, mental health organisations, hospices, social care agencies and charities. There are many opportunities for rewarding roles where you will be helping others to achieve a better standard of life.