Learning Disabilities FdSc

This course provides a career pathway for those employed within Learning Disability services or those interested in developing a career in this field.

The course will enable you to look more deeply into issues concerning people with learning disabilities. It gives you the chance to focus your studies working with individuals with a range of learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders and challenging behaviours. 

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.

UCAS code

Health & Social Care (Learning Disabilities) FdSc L512 FdSc/LD

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

Entry requirements

60 UCAS tariff points.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview

Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure check required 

Course fees

The standard annual fee for full-time UK/EU students enrolling in 2014 is £6,200 per year. Part-time fees are generally charged on a pro rata basis.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Study options

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

Get in touch

Admissions Office
01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk 

Employability

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.

Modules

Examples of modules:
Introduction to Study Skills
Interpersonal Skills & Therapeutic Communication
Understanding Health
Improving Service Quality
Politics, Policy & Empowering Practice in Learning Disability
Values, Attitudes & Inequalities
Theory into Practice
Work-based Learning
Research, Process & Epistemology
Team Working & Enabling Others
Experiences of Learning Disability & Associated Conditions
Interventions in Learning Disability & Associated Conditions
Negotiated Contract Module

Assessment

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. 

Debbie Morris

Learning Disabilities FdSc

“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.”

Academic department

Institute of Health & Society

“The committed and enthusiastic staff in the Institute of Health and Society will assist you to develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to achieve personal success and to ensure that you can ‘make a positive difference’ when you apply this learning to your chosen career or to your future life and study.”

Dr Jan Quallington, Head of Institute

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