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Health and Social Care Practice Foundation Degree (FdA)

Why study this course?

Tutored by lecturers with a range of experience from the health and social care industry, the course will be primarily delivered via work-based learning. With strong links and a good partnership with colleagues at The University of Bedfordshire, we are able to utilise shared working opportunities that will benefit your learning. Study hubs are available at both centres offering an extended study facility, which is accessible online and in person to meet your individual requirements.

What will I study?

This course has a vocational approach that will develop the skills you need for effective practice in a range of health and social care settings working with vulnerable groups. You will develop a critical understanding of theory, policy and the importance of anti-discriminatory and evidence-based practice in relation to health, welfare and social care, both nationally and internationally. Yr1 (75 credits) • Introduction to Academic Study (30 credits) • Introducing Health and Social Care (15 credits) • Health and Social Care Practice Skills (30 credits) Yr2 (90 credits) • Understanding the Human Services (30 credits) • The Law and Contemporary Social Issues (15 credits) • Evidence-based Health and Social Care Practice (30 credits) • Mental Health and Society (15 credits) Yr3 (75 credits) • Managing Work-based Projects in Health and Social Care (30 credit) • Multi-agency Working in Practice (15 credit) • Comparing Health and Welfare systems Globally (30 credit

What will I be able to do after I complete this course?

Successful completion of the course will enable you to progress onto a BA top up degree qualification via the University of Bedfordshire. On completion of this degree, typical graduate destinations include working in areas such as children and families, drug and alcohol misuse, mental health, services for older and disabled people. You could also use this to enter a Nursing or Midwifery Degree on year 2, level 5.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through a variety of methods that include presentations, essays, research exercises, portfolios, case studies and exams.
Assessments through observations at your work placement will also develop key skills needed for working in health and social care settings, such as the ability to communicate clearly, self-appraise practice and be a team player.

Is there anything else I need to know when considering this course?

You will have a minimum of 3 hours contact time per week (during the academic year) with your unit tutor in class. This will run once a week in the evening. As the course progresses, there will be additional work to complete using the virtual learning environment, you must therefore have access to a PC, printer and the internet. The online element of the course will be between 1 and 6 hours per week as a minimum.