Health & Social Care

UoS Fd Degree in Health & Social Care (part time)


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.

Course requirements

Usually, we require one of the following qualifications in a relevant subject area:
56 UCAS points from a minimum of one A Level/AVCE or equivalent
Modern Apprenticeship (NVQ Level 3 plus Key Skills)
NVQ Level 3
BTEC National Diploma at Level 3

In addition, we require GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. We accept equivalent qualifications such as a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in communication.
We will consider applications from people who do not have the formal qualifications but who do have relevant experience (a minimum of two years) and ability to benefit from the course.
We expect applicants to already have experience in the field of health and social care, either in a paid capacity or on a voluntary basis.
Additional requirements
Applicants are required to complete a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to the start of the course.
For applicants wishing to study the part time work based FdA Health and Social Care programme route, an enhanced DBS check should have an issue date that is within the last 3 years at the point of enrolment.

What will I do?

Course modules

Year 1 (national level 4)

  • Assessment, Care Planning and Identification of Risk (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 Methods (20 Credits)
  • Exploring Psycho-Social Theory (20 Credits)

Final Year (national level 5)

  • Advocacy and Empowerment (20 Credits)
  • Working in Health Social Care Settings II (20 Credits)
  • Quantitative 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)

Periodic reviews by the University if Sunderland mean modules may be subject to change.

Teaching and assessment

Foundation Degrees combine academic study with work-based learning and you have the opportunity to learn in the workplace as well as the classroom. Modules with particularly high levels of work experience include `Working in health social care settings I’ and `Working in health 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.

What will it give me?

Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care

What can I do when I finish?

A Foundation Degree is a qualification in its own right that is valued by employers int eh 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.

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