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.
Please contact the relevant partner college to apply for the part-time version of this course.
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.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
To apply for this course you need one of the following qualifications in a relevant subject area:
56 UCAS points from a minimum of two GSCEs/A Levels/AVCE or equivalent. We will also accept PPP at BTEC Extended Diploma level.
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, you will need a satisfactory enhanced DBS check that has an issue date within 3 years of the start date of the course.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
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.