• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe | Uxbridge | Aylesbury
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2020 and February 2021

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.

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 be a UCAS Tariff score between 40-64 points. 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.

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
  • 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 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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


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.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.