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Health and Social Care

From social policy and professional practice to sharpening the skills needed for leadership and management, this foundation degree is designed for those who work, or wish to work, in a variety of health and social care positions.

Qualification: FDA

UCAS code: L510

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Two years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

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.

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.

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

Year One

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

Year Two

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

How will I be taught and assessed?

The course uses flexible and diverse study methods including work related and self directed learning, lectures, seminars and tutorials.

You will also be required to use your work experiences (if in employment) or undertake a suitable placement (if not in employment) to underpin you learning. The course leader will arrange this with you and support you throughout. The minimum length of placement is three weeks in each year of study.

What are the 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.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry
Following our decision to increase tuition fees for full-time undergraduate programmes for September 2017 to August 2018 entry, we are currently in the process of updating our fees information for this course.

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

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Fees for September 2016 to August 2017 entry
Full-time Home and EU: £7,800 per year
Full-time International: £9,500 per year

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit

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.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.