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.
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.
UCAS CODE: L510
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 be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
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
- Contemporary Issues and Management of Health and Social Services
- Principles of Research Methodologies in Health and Social Care
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2019-2020: £8,050 per year
Full Time International, Academic Year 2019-2020: £11,000 per year
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £8,000 per year
Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500 per year
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.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks