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Health and Social Care Foundation Degree

What is the Foundation Degree Health and Social Care?

The Foundation Degree (FdA) in Health and Social Care is validated by University of Central Lancashire. It is a work based degree which means that all learning, teaching and assessment relates to student’s own work place experiences. In year 1 students will study at level 4 and in year 2 and level 5, they then graduate as this is a stand-alone qualification and have 5 years to ‘top up’ their FdA to a full Ba (Hons) or BSc (Hons) qualification. Our dedicated HE teachers, the college’s careers department and colleagues from UCLAN will support students with their progression decisions.

Who is it for?

This work-based Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care is ideal for people who are currently working or are interested in working with people in a health and social care context.

The degree has been specially designed to enable students to reflect on their work place experiences and develop an understanding of the theory underpinning their practice. The degree is designed and delivered to ensure that all students have the opportunity to develop their academic skills for higher level study which is especially valuable for students returning to education after a break. It will also serve as a fantastic introduction to the academic expectations of Higher Education for those who have more recently studied.

Students studying on this degree will be expected to be working or volunteering in a course relevant environment for a minimum of 100 hours in year 1 and 100 hours in year 2. Assistance will be given students if they require help with finding work placements.

How much time will I spend in the classroom?

The full time Foundation Degree, the first two years of a BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) is delivered over 2 years, every Wednesday from 1pm to 8pm, term-time only for 33 weeks each year.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of this Foundation Degree will be through a range of different approaches including essays, reports, individual and group presentations, case studies, reflections and an E-Portfolio. The anatomy and physiology module only is assessed through a multiple choice question paper. As with the learning and teaching strategies of this degree, assessments will focus on student’s own experiences in their workplaces.

What will I study?

Students will complete 120 credits in year 1 and 120 in year 2, modules include; Study and Lifelong Skills, Communication and Collaboration, Care from a Client’s Perspective, Health Promotion, Foundations for Practice and Management and Leadership.

What are the requirements?

We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat all prospective students as individuals. Our typical offer is two A’levels or two BTEC’s (64 UCAS points) together with GCSE maths and English grade C or 4 or above or an equivalent qualification and a clear Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS). We will take into consideration all prospective student’s learning / educational achievements, the application as a whole, work experience and the personal statement.

Mature students without traditional qualifications may be accepted on the basis of previous academic, professional, vocational or experiential learning, known as Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

Course fees

Course fees are £6,165 per annum and tuition fee loans are available for this course, plus other maintenance loans depending on individual eligibility.

Further information and guidance is available from the Student Loan website or from our Careers department

For more information about the Health and Social Care Foundation Degree, please contact Assistant Principal HE, Kathy Salisbury:

T: 01772 460181



TELEPHONE: 01772 460181

Cardinal Newman College,
Lark Hill Road, Preston, Lancashire. PR1 4HD