Health and Social Care FdA

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Understand the key issues that affect health, social care and wellbeing. Earn an academic qualification that also delivers practical skills. Boost your earning potential.

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Overview

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.

Why us?

  • Opportunity to ‘top up’ this course to a full BA (Hons) degree with an extra year of study
  • Gain a professional qualification while working
  • Study at one of four partner colleges

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)

 

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

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)

 

  • Bishop Auckland College has over 1,200 students enrolled on full-time courses and provides a quality learning experience for all students.

    Please contact Bishop Auckland College for more information about facilities and location.

    Bishop Auckland College
    Woodhouse Lane
    Bishop Auckland
    County Durham
    DL14 6JZ

    Bishop Auckland College
  • Courses at Gateshead College are delivered in the state-of-the-art industry standard facilities. Its £39 million Baltic campus is next to Sage Gateshead. It offers a 200-seat performance theatre, Learning Resource Centre, music rehearsal and recording studios, and modern classrooms with integrated IT.

    Please contact Gateshead College for more information about facilities and location.

    Gateshead College
    Quarryfield Road
    Baltic Business Quarter
    Gateshead
    NE8 3BE

    Gateshead College
  • The course is delivered at Sunderland College, which has specialist facilities for music, dance and drama alongside excellent IT and library resources. As a student, you will also have access to the library and resources at the University of Sunderland.

    Sunderland College is a world-class provider of education, with five campuses located across the city.

    Please contact Sunderland College for more information about facilities and location.

    Sunderland College
    Washington Campus
    Stone Cellar Road
    Washington
    NE37 2NH

    Sunderland College
  • Please contact Tyne Metropolitan College for more information:

    Tyne Metropolitan College
    Battle Hill Drive
    Wallsend
    NE28 9NL

    0191 229 5000

    www.tynemet.ac.uk/higher-education

    enquiries@tynemet.ac.uk

    Tyne Metropolitan College – a site of Tyne Coast College

Facilities

This course is taught at four partner colleges:

Bishop Auckland College (part-time)
Gateshead College (full-time or part-time)
Sunderland College (full-time)
Tyne Metropolitan College – a site of Tyne Coast College (part-time)

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 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.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £8,200 if you are from the UK or EU and studying full-time
  • £5,000 per 120 credits if you are from the UK or EU and studying part-time

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.

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This information was correct at the time of publication.

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Employment

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.