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Health and Social Care Practice Foundation Degree (FdA) (Subject to validation)

Why study this course?

This course has a vocational, equality- focused approach, which 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. 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 and will aim to give you valuable knowledge in a range of fields. This foundation degree has also been designed to teach you the skills you need to progress academically. Eventually, youll be equipped to work in a range of health care roles, whether that is in local authorities, the voluntary sector or private care settings.

What will I study?

This course offers you a unique opportunity to collaborate and develop an understanding between a diverse mix of likeminded students and tutors. With strong links and a good partnership with colleagues at The University of Bedfordshire, we are able to utilise shared working opportunities. You will be able to gain support from your lecturers at Tresham University Centre and also from partner lecturers at the University of Bedfordshire. Study hubs are available at both centres offering an extended study facility, which is accessible online and in person to meet your individual requirements. 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. Year 1: • Introduction to Academic Study (30 credit) • Health and Social Care Practice Skills (30 credit) • Understanding the Human Services (30 credit) • Introducing Health and Social Care (15 credit) • The Law and Contemporary Social Issues (15 credit) Year 2: • Evidence-based Health and Social Care Practice (30 credit) • Managing Work-based Projects in Health and Social Care (30 credit) • Comparing Health and Welfare systems Globally (30 credit) • Multi-agency Working in Practice (15 credits) • Mental Health and Society (15 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 (UoB). On completion of this degree, typical graduate destinations include working in areas such as:
• Children and families services,
• Drug and alcohol misuse support,
• Mental health services,
• Care services for older and disabled people.

Other areas include Health Promotion and Public Health, Welfare, Community Development, Family Support work and teaching.

How will I be assessed?

TAssessment is not just about grading your performance but is an integral and important developmental part of your learning. The course is assessed through a variety of methods which includes presentations, essays, research exercises, portfolios, case studies and professional poster presentations. For every assessment you do, staff will indicate what is required of you, how you will be marked and provide you with valuable feedback, indicating your strengths and areas of improvement in order to help you develop and progress towards your future assessments. 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.

Are there any additional costs?

Pay by instalments
The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 7 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

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

You will attend lessons one day per week (during the academic year) with your unit tutor in class. This will be for a minimum of 6 hours. You are also required to complete a certain number of hours in placement and reflect on this.

As the course progresses, there will be additional work to complete using the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), you must therefore have access to a PC, printer and the internet. The work you are required to do at home on this course will be between 1 and 6 hours per week as a minimum.

To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) The UCAS code for Health & Social Care Practice at Tresham College is HSC9. Visit www.ucas.com or call us on 01536 413123 for more information.