Key features of this course:
- Provides a career pathway for those employed within Learning Disability services or those interested in developing a career in this field
- Will enable you to look more deeply into issues concerning people with learning disabilities
- Provides opportunities to focus your studies working with individuals with a range of learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders and challenging behaviours
- Foundation degree students who have completed 400 additional hours in a suitable placement with a registered mentor can apply for entry at year two of Nursing BSc for a small number of available places.
- The strong emphasis on work based learning in relevant settings, constitute 25% of the course and provide opportunities for increased employability
- Support from experienced staff from a range of professional health and social care backgrounds.
- Completing students can progress to a ‘top-up’ third year of study in a BA (Hons) Health & Applied Social Sciences or Bsc Health Studies.
Work-based learning forms a significant part of the course and discussions with visiting tutors and wider reading will enable you to link theory to the workplace. During the programme, you will spend time studying with other students undertaking different Foundation degrees. There is also significant service user and carer involvement in the course.
You can study either full or part-time over a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years. The taught component of the course will normally be delivered on one day a week across two semesters per year. A significant component of the course consists of work-based learning. Applicants who are not currently employed in an environment working with people who have learning disabilities will need to secure a placement in a suitable setting; equating to one day a week for the duration of the course or 200 hours in each year.
This course is also taught at Herefordshire College.
60 UCAS tariff points.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview
Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure check required
The standard annual foundation degree fee for full-time UK/EU students enrolling in 2015 is £6,500 per year. Part-time fees are generally charged on a pro rata basis.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Chance to progress to a relevant Top-up degree and postgraduate study
Can be studied part-time
A significant component of the course consists of work-based learning. Applicants who are not currently employed in an environment working with people who have learning disabilities will need to secure a placement in a suitable setting; equating to one day a week for the duration of the course or 200 hours in each year
Interprofessional learning and vocational learning
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- Course content
Effective Communication and Ethical Practice
Understanding Experiences of and Practices in Learning Disability:
Learning Disability: Legislation, Policy and Best Practice
Personal and Professional Development in the Work Place
Applied Research and Evidence Based Practice
Team Working and Empowerment
Conditions and Interventions: Learning Disability
Learning Disability: Individual Project in the Work Place
Applied Human Biology and Managing Health Conditions
Reviewing Academic Literature in Learning Disability
“Working with young children who have autism is a challenging career. The University of Worcester gives students the confidence and skills needed to work in this field.”
Learning Disabilities FdSc
The course is designed to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes for health and social care, therefore a variety of teaching, learning and assessment approaches will be used and will emphasise the relationship between theory and real life issues and experiences in practice. Assessment methods include coursework assignments, reflective practice and portfolio of work, individual and group presentations, case studies, group work and project planning, reports and practical assessment.
The course consists of 16 modules in total: eight modules in Year One and eight modules in Year Two.
At least twenty five percent of the course is assessed in the work place.
Graduates can expect greater employability and enhanced promotion prospects. The course is for individuals looking to progress within the Learning Disability services or for those interested in developing a career in this field.
Alternatively, you may choose to go on to further study at degree level. On completion, you are eligible to apply for direct entry to the Top-up year of the Social Welfare BA (Hons) and Health related Top-up degrees.
- How to apply
Apply through UCAS
Health & Social Care (Learning Disabilities) FdSc L512 FdSc/LD
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