Course Description

Develop your skills and knowledge of social care through a blend of work-based learning and classroom teaching, on our popular foundation degree in Health and Social Care.

This course will provide you with up-to-date skills, knowledge, and expertise to help you bring real value to your workplace. Studying on them will help you to develop best practice and give you the experience of working within the culture of participation & collaboration.

You’ll be encouraged to reflect on your work in terms of your own values and moral framework. You’ll have an opportunity to explore key issues in the sector through teamwork activities, individual study, and work placements.

The FdA in Health and Social Care Studies course covers a variety of topics.

The first year covers: - Applied Human Development - Interpersonal Skills and Communication Strategies - Values, Morals, and Ethics - Professional Practice and the Workplace - Social Policy - Introduction to Sociology

The second year covers: - Managing in Care Settings - Contemporary Social Issues - Project - Evidence-based Practice - Professional Practice - Psychology of Mental Health - optional unit

In the course of your studies, you will complete two work placements that give you a valuable insight into how the sector works, and enhance your employability. In your second year, you will also complete a research project on a subject of your choice.

Teaching and Assessment

Presentation and assessment are via coursework, tests of knowledge and understanding and written assignments. Teaching and learning are through a blend of lectures, supervised discussion, small group work, and presentations.

Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of the FdA course, you may be able to progress to the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Management degree at Somerset College. Alternatively, you may apply to Plymouth University for your third year. Please note there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability.

Career Progression

These courses open up a variety of career paths in the health and social care sectors and give you the potential to one day work in a managerial or supervisory capacity which may include family support worker, teaching assistant in a school where students require additional learning support or a social worker assistant.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the Foundation Degree require a Level 3 qualification. Typically, this might be AS/A2 Levels (minimum 160 points including 80 at A2), a CACHE or BTEC National Diploma, or an Access Certificate and NVQ Level 3 in a relevant subject. Candidates also need to have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at a minimum of Grade C.

Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply if they can evidence their interest and experience in the field of study.

Due to the nature of these courses, you will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as CRB) prior to commencing any placement work.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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