Course Type / Attendance


Full Time, Higher Education

Subject Area


Health, Social Care and Childcare

Start Date


Call 0191 511 6000

Course Length


2 Years

Location


Washington

Department


Adult, Higher Education

Qualification


Foundation Degree

Course Level


5

Award to be received


Foundation Degree (FdA) Health and Social Care

Regulatory Body


University of Sunderland

Home / Course / Foundation Degree (FdA) Health and Social Care

UCAS Codes


Institution Name


SUND

Institution Code


S84

Campus Code/Campus


BL95/K

Short Title


FdA/HSC

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who work part time in health and social care or who have an interest in progressing their career in the sector.

What do you need to apply for the course?

Entry criteria:

In addition, you should have experience in health and social care. The experience can be from paid work or voluntary work.

 

Full time route:

  • 56 UCAS points from a minimum of two GSCEs/A Levels/AVCE or equivalent. We will also accept PPP at BTEC Extended Diploma level.
  • BTEC Level 3; NVQ Level 3; Modern Apprenticeship (NVQ Level 3 plus Key Skills)
  • GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) in Mathematics and English. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
  • A satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required prior to the start date of the programme

 

If English is not your first language, please refer to the University of Sunderland English Language requirements:

https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/help/applying/entry-requirements/what-english-language-qualification-do-you-accept/

What are the key things you'll learn?

You will study 12 core modules across the two years:

Year 1:

  • Understanding Health and Social Care;
  • Work-based learning in Health and Social Care Settings 1;
  • Dimensions of Health and Social Care;
  • Applied Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences;
  • Exploring Psycho-social Theory;
  • Developing Independent Learning and Professionalism in the Social Sciences

Year 2:

  • Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care;
  • Work-based learning in Health and Social Care Settings 2;
  • Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences;
  • Life-course Approaches to the Health and Social Care of Children, Young People and Families;
  • Health Improvement and Healthy Lifestyles

Working together to Safeguard Vulnerable Children, Young People and Adults

All of the teaching is over two days in the classroom, but you will be required to apply this to inform your learning in your work placement.

You will be required to complete a 50 hour placement in your first year and a 100 in your second year. This can be in any organisation that is concerned with Health and Social Care.

You will be assessed by the following assessment methods:

Written Essays, Written Reports, Group and Individual Presentations, Poster Presentation, Time Constrained Tests (Seen Exams), Projects; Reflective Portfolio.

 

Your time-table will also include self-guided study time and tutorial time.

 

Independent learning

When not attending lectures you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research, preparing coursework assignment and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities including the learning centre and the facilities available to you at Sunderland University.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, and independent learning and assignment preparation. Time will also be allocated for individual tutorials as needed. Each of the six modules taken equates to study time of 200 hours per module across each academic year.

The following information gives you an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course per year (The course is taught over 30 teaching weeks per year):

Level 4 (Year 1): 21% per cent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and  learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment:             255 hours

Independent learning:                                     945 hours

Level 5 (Year 2): 21% per cent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and  learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment:             255 hours

Independent learning:                                     945 hours

Teaching Staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team

includes senior lecturers and professional practitioners with industry experience. Our teaching is informed by the relevant practice within the sector and all of our lecturers have a teaching qualification.

Academic Support

Our HE Academic Support Tutor provides help in the following areas:

  • Study skills (including reading, writing, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills (in conjunction with the learning centres)
  • Critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

 

How you will learn

All of the teaching is in the classroom, but you will be required to apply this to inform your learning in your work placement. Teaching methods include lectures, discussions, case studies, workshops and practical sessions.

You will be required to complete a 50 hour placement in your first year and a 100 in your second year. This can be in any organisation that is concerned with Health and Social Care.

You will be assessed by the following assessment methods: Written Essays, Written Reports, Group and Individual Presentations, Poster Presentation, Time Constrained Tests (Seen Exams), Projects; Reflective Portfolio.

Your time-table will also include self-guided study time and tutorial time.

For full programme details please see University of Sunderland programme link below.

Where could this course take you?

On successful completion of the course you will be able to top up your foundation degree to a full BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Degree with direct entry to Year 3 at University of Sunderland.

You may also decide to enter a career in health or social care related areas or embark on further study in areas such as nursing or social work.

Examples of employers in health and social care include the NHS, drug and alcohol agencies, mental health organisations, hospices, social care agencies and charities. There are many opportunities for rewarding roles where you will be helping others to achieve a better standard of life.

What costs will you incur?

Tuition fees: per year

September 2018 entry £8,500

It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years but the maximum increase each year will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI)

Financial support

For more information on Student Finance please go to our HE Finance page

 

Other course costs: DBS currently £44, Printing for your course – you will receive £30 credit for printing which will be paid in three instalments of £10 per term. Any printing requirements in excess of this can be purchased.

Purchasing of course texts is optional. You will have full free access to Sunderland College Learning Centre books, journals and internet and computer use and The Murray Library at University of Sunderland.

You will be expected to provide your own pens, paper, and folders.