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Full Time, Higher Education

Subject Area

Health, Social Care and Childcare

Start Date

Call 0191 511 6000

Course Length

2 Years




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Foundation Degree

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Award to be received

Foundation Degree (FdA) Health and Social Care

Regulatory Body

University of Sunderland

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Who is this course for?

This programme is run in partnership with the University of Sunderland, the qualification you will receive is awarded by the University of Sunderland.

The course is specifically aimed at those who already have experience in the field of health and social care either in a paid, or voluntary, capacity. The content of the course will build on your knowledge and add to your skills.

What do you need to apply for the course?

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

In addition, we require GCSE Grade C or above in English language and Mathematics. We accept equivalent qualifications.

We will consider applications from people who do not have the formal qualifications but who do have relevant experience (a minimum of two years) and ability to benefit from the course.

We expect applicants to already have experience in the field of health and social care, either in a paid capacity or on a voluntary basis.

You will also need to gain DBS Clearance.

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

Year 2:

  • Advocacy and Empowerment;
  • Working in Health and Social Care Settings 2;
  • Exploring Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences;
  • Life-course Approaches to the Health of Children, Young People and Families;
  • Health Improvement and Healthy Lifestyles
  • Working Together to Safeguard Vulnerable Children, Young People and Adults

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

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 the 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?

£8,200 tuition fees are per year

Other course costs:

DBS clearance is compulsory and the current fee is £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.

This information was correct at the time of publication, however the Government is currently discussing future fee levels; once any changes have been announced and formalised we will update our website accordingly.