UoS Fd Degree in Health and Social Care

Higher Education · Full Time · Health & Social Care · Bishop Auckland Campus

01 September 2022 - 14 June 2024
09:15 - 15:30
A Higher Education Loan is available.
Level 5
Taught at:
Bishop Auckland Campus

Course overview

This University of Sunderland foundation degree in Health and Social Care, delivered at Bishop Auckland College, has been developed in recognition of the multi-disciplinary nature of current and future occupational destinations within the health and social care fields.

The programme aims to develop a comprehensive curriculum that includes a range of academic knowledge and generic skills across the subject areas of social work, social policy, health studies and also practical appreciation of the health and social care sector. Within this framework, students are able to understand organisational dynamics and are also encouraged to specialise in particular pathways, areas and topics of interest.

The course is specifically aimed at those who already have experience in the field of health and social care either in a paid, or voluntary, capacity. The content of the course will build on your knowledge and add to your skills.

Foundation degrees usually take two years to complete, after which successful students graduate with a Foundation degree in Health and Social Care. All students then have the option to ‘top-up’ this degree by joining the final year of BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care based on the University campus, which is the designated top-up route.

Examples of employers in health and social care include the NHS, drug and alcohol agencies, mental health organisations, hospices, social care agencies and charities. There are many opportunities for rewarding roles where you will be helping others to achieve a better standard of life.

Information for new and returning students studying University of Sunderland Fd Health and Social Care at Bishop Auckland College
Following the Government guidance that all schools and colleges should fully re-open from September and providing there are no new lockdown measures or further local restrictions introduced, Bishop Auckland College are preparing to welcome new and returning students into college for the new academic year.

We will make all reasonable efforts to provide the Fd Health and Social Care course and student experience as outlined and we will use a variety of teaching methods to ensure this is the case, including blended learning depending on the course requirements. We will continue to follow Government guidance on how to minimise the risk and protect our students, staff and the employers we work with. It may, however, be necessary to make changes in response to COVID-19 whilst we continue to follow government guidance.

You can find regular updates of our Covid 19 measures by visiting www.bacoll.ac.uk

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Course requirements

Entry criteria:

In addition you should have experience in health and social care. The experience can be from paid work or voluntary work.

Work based part time:

  • BTEC Level 3; NVQ Level 3; Modern Apprenticeship (NVQ Level 3 plus Key Skills)
  • GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) in Mathematics and English. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
  • Work based route only - a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check that has an issue date within 3 years at the start date of the programme

If English is not your first language, please refer to the University of Sunderland English Language requirements:


What will I do?

Modules on this course include:

Year 1 (national level 4)

  • Developing independent learning and professionalism in the social sciences (20 Credits)
  • Working in health social care settings I (20 Credits)
  • Understanding health and social care (20 Credits)
  • Dimensions of health (20 Credits)
  • Applied qualitative research in the social sciences (20 Credits)
  • Exploring psycho-social theory (20 Credits)

Final Year (national level 5)

  • Contemporary issues in health and social care (20 Credits)
  • Working in health social care settings II (20 Credits)
  • Quantitative research methods in the social sciences (20 Credits)
  • Health improvement and healthy lifestyles (20 Credits)
  • Life course approaches to the health of children, young people and families (20 Credits)
  • Working with adults (20 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

Work-based learning is an integral part of the programme as well as academic study. Students study two placement modules, ‘working in health and social care settings I’ and ‘working in health and social care settings II'.

Teaching methods include lectures, discussions, case studies, workshops and practical sessions. We also encourage you to develop independent study skills. Assessment methods include evaluation of work experience, essays, reports, presentations and time-constrained tests.

*Modules are subject to change

What will it give me?

A foundation Degree in Health & Social Care

What can I do when I finish?

A Foundation Degree is a qualification in its own right that is valued by employers in the Health and Social Care sector. The course equips you for entry level roles in organisations such as: NHS, drug and alcohol agencies, mental health agencies, hospices, charities and social care employers.

If you would like to continue your studies after completing the course, you can `top-up’ your course with one more year of study. For example, you could move on to the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care or use the credits towards the BA (Hons) Social Work.

What next?

If you would like to apply, please click the "Apply Now" section below and follow the steps. Thank you!

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