Certificate in Higher Education & Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care
University of Worcester and Herefordshire & Ludlow College.
|Course||UCAS Course Code|
|FD in Health and Social Care||L511|
|Cert HE in Health and Social Care||L531|
The Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care explores evidence-based and contemporary issues pertinent to many aspects of the health and social care sector. The course supports students in developing skills including reflective practice, self-awareness and interpersonal skills essential for a career in health and social care. The Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care is a full time, two year course designed to support students wishing to work within the health and social care sector as well as those currently practicing within the field who may be looking for career development and promotion into management positions. Students will be equipped to work within a range of different settings such as schools, community centres, care settings and hospitals.
You will be working with a team of academics, practitioners and work-based learning tutors who hold a range of expertise and experience relevant to health and social care.
You will complete two practice placement modules to apply your skills and knowledge in an area of practice that interests you. As part of this you will complete a minimum of 150 hours a year in placement to enhance your employability.
You will examine the theoretical concept of reflective practice and apply system-based knowledge of anatomy and physiology to practice.
You will develop and enhance your self-awareness and interpersonal skills alongside gaining an insight into the importance of evidence-based practice within health and social care.
Progression routes exist on to the BA Applied Health & Social Care or Child and Adolescent Mental Health top-up degree programmes. Students can also apply to the BA Top-up degree Working with Children and Families in the School of Education. In addition, students can apply to progress onto professional courses, such as nursing (adult or mental health), Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Psychology.
The normal minimum entry requirement for Foundation Degree courses is the possession of 4 GCSEs (Grade C/4 or above) and 1 A Level (or equivalent Level 3 qualification).
The current UCAS Tariff requirements for entry to this course are on the UW website https://www.worc.ac.uk/journey/a-z-of-courses.html
Details of acceptable level 3 qualifications, policy in relation to mature students or applicants with few or no formal qualifications can be found in the prospectus or on the University webpages. See the University’s Admissions Policy for other acceptable qualifications and the section below specific to recognition of prior learning.
Candidates with non-standard entry applications will be considered on the basis of relevant work experience and attainment of skills. They will be invited to complete an essay, which will demonstrate an ability to study at this level.
Students whose first language is not English must have a minimum standard of English at IELTS 6.0.
All places are conditional upon a UW Occupational Health Clearance.
Students will be required to have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check carried out by the University. Click here for further details about DBS. Students will not be able to commence practice until clearance is confirmed.
Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative.
Certificate in Higher Education (Health and social care) Year 1, Level 4
- Preparing for practice in health and social care
- Contemporary issues in health and well being
- Ethics, values and use of self in practice
- Communication skills for practice
- Human development across the life course
- Introduction to anatomy and physiology (optional module)
- Working with intersectionality in social care (optional module)
Foundation Degree in Health and social care Year 2, Level 5
- Applied Research and Evidence-based Practice (15 Credits)
- Applied Human Biology and Managing Health Conditions (30 Credits)
- Reviewing Academic Literature (30 Credits)
- Team Working and Enabling Others (15 Credits)
- Individual Project (Work-based Learning) (30 Credits)
You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures and seminars. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures and are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group work.
Each work-based learning module requires the completion of a minimum of 150 hours of work-based learning. Students will identify and apply for placement in a relevant area of practice that interests them and best suits their career aspirations. The timing of practice-based learning will allow for some flexibility, although it is essential that certain parameters are met to ensure opportunities to link university-based learning to practice, facilitate reflection on work-based learning and ensure that assessment deadlines can be met.
The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support via the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful. Meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least four occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course. Additional support is available from your module tutors, Student Services and Library Services.
In a typical week you will have 10 contact hours of teaching. Of this, 7 hours will be delivered on campus and 3 hours delivered online. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to complete more independent study.
A minimum of 7 hours per week in a placement, or work-based learning setting is also part of your learning contact time.
Typically contact time will be structured around:
- Lectures and seminars (face to face and online)
- Workshops (face to face and online)
- Group work (problem and enquiry-based learning)
- Work-based learning Placement (face to face, online and self-directed)
Online contact hours will be structured around:
- Group tutorials based upon focussed activities
- Assessment workshops
- Problem-based learning
- Skills development workshops
Independent self-directed study
In addition to this contact time, you are expected to undertake around 18 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.
Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.
- The Foundation Degree in Health and social care runs over 2 years full time.
- The Certificate in Higher Education for Health and social care is 1 year full time.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners and work-based learning tutors all with industry experience.
The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.
Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and a final year placement project.
Career opportunities and links with employers:
Through the substantial work-based learning infrastructure maintained across the University, we hold established links to the statutory, voluntary and independent sector. This includes the local geographical area and beyond. Combined with research and feedback from students the course is constantly revised and updated to ensure that it remains fit for purpose. Students are able to locate their own practice within a diverse variety or placement contexts and are encouraged to seek out placement opportunities best suited to their future career aspirations. To ensure that the Foundation Degree remains updated and relevant it has been designed in collaboration with representatives from health, education and social services. Service user involvement is key to the development of the curriculum content.
Graduate destinations :
Graduates are expected to seek employment working in statutory, voluntary and commercial organisations. Examples of the types of paid employment in health and social care contexts include:
- Care services
- Advice and guidance services
- Police and probation
- Advocacy and rights-based services
- Preventative health, care and welfare services
- Housing support services
- Health care provision
£9,250 per year; University of Worcester fee policy applies. All fees are subject to change; please check with the relevant provider and see the Money Matters section on page 18. A Disclosure and Barring Service check is required for this course and will incur an additional cost (£44 plus a yearly update service of £13 per year).
Please Note: Costs are subject to change,
Tel: 01905 855111