• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

Planning to start or further your career as a health and social care professional? Have a strong desire to help people? Our foundation course is an excellent gateway into a variety of roles in care homes, residential homes, voluntary organisations, special schools and agencies providing domiciliary care.

Practical learning

Structured around employment in the health and social care sector, this course has been designed with relevant employers to meet the demanding needs of the industry. Our lecturers will help you develop specialist knowledge and skills in care work. This work-based course will also help you to gain skills in analysis and evaluation. You’ll also gain first-hand experience through work-based learning in either paid employment or voluntary roles.

You’ll work with a range of different people such as young offenders, those with mental health needs, learning disabilities and also the vulnerable, elderly and disabled.

You can also chose to study this course in Slough or at our University Campus Aylesbury Vale campus.

Course Details


Guided by your tutors and lecturers, you’ll link theory taught in the classroom with the practical setting of your placements.

Non-traditional routes to higher education

We recognise that many students applying for this course may not have entered the programme through the traditional academic entry requirements.

You can work with our Learning Development Unit on a one-to-one basis and we can tailor the support to your specific needs. The team can work with you on all aspects of your academic work and help ensure you get the most from your learning. You can also access a range of online resources.

A high standard of learning

Designed in line with the Quality Assurance Agency and the QAA subject benchmarks for Health Studies, this comprehensive foundation degree helps you develop the right skills for working in this field. Individual modules are also mapped against the Health and Social Care National Occupational Standards and the Quality Academic Framework for Higher Education.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or equivalent and a UCAS Tariff score of 40-56. This can be achieved by taking an NVQ Level 3 or BTEC Level 3 (or equivalent) in Health and Social Care. If your application is successful, we'll invite you for an interview.

We welcome applications from mature students. You do not always need formal qualifications to apply, but will need to have an interview with the course leader.

Every application is considered on an individual basis.

If your application is successful, you will be invited to a selection day at our High Wycombe Campus. Selection days are an important part of our application process. They are a great opportunity for you to show us your interests in health and social care and prove that you are the perfect person for the course.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Epidemiology, Health and Social Science: An Introduction
  • Health and Social Care Policy
  • Understanding Culture and Communities

Year 2 Modules

  • Developing Personal and Professional Practice
  • Life-long Career in Health and Social Care
  • Management and Leadership in Integrated Health and Social Care Services
  • Principles of Research Methodologies for Health and Social Care


How much does it cost

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full Time Home and EU: £7,800 per year

Full Time International: £10,500 per year

The fee of £7,800 is for our High Wycombe campus.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

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What are my career prospects

Graduates will have experience in the working environment and will be qualified for a number of careers, including caring for those with mental health issues, learning difficulties, the elderly and the disabled.

When you finish, you may want to further your expertise on our conversion course taking your qualifications to an honours degree in Professional Practice (Integrated Health & Social Care).

How will you help me prepare for my future?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the path to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.