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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.

Our Society and Health courses benefit from the substantial professional experience, qualifications and expertise of our lecturers. 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 study this course at University Campus Aylesbury Vale (UCAV).

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?

We consider each application on an individual basis. We are looking for a GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 100-140. This can be achieved by taking an NVQ Level 3 or BTEC Level 3 in Health and Social Care.

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.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2015 to August 2016 entry
Home and EU students: £7,650 per year.

Fees for September 2016 to August 2017 entry
Home and EU students: £7,800 per year.

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

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.

Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.

How do I apply?

Applications for full-time undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Information on making an application through UCAS is available in our applications area.

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.