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What makes Learning Disabilities at Worcester special?

This two year course is designed for anyone wanting to learn how to successfully work within learning disability practice and for those wanting to drive their career forward with a university degree.

Our course has been developed with input from a range of employers, practitioners, parents and service users.

Alongside classroom learning you will undertake 200 hours of placement per year allowing you to gain practical knowledge and valuable experience. Our dedicated work-based learning team will help you, whether you use your current employment or need to find a placement.

Key features

  • The Foundation Degree provides you with specialist, focused and current learning disability knowledge allowing you to meaningfully support service users, their families and carers.
  • The course is taught on one week day, specifically to allow those in work or with busy family lives to achieve success.
  • The Foundation Degree is equivalent to the two first years of any other degree meaning you can choose to continue to achieve a full university BA or BSc Honours degree on a relevant one year 'top-up' course.
  • You will gain invaluable insights into many major current issues that arise in this specialised area of care, for example; caring over the lifecourse, advocacy, special education, national and local disability policies and changes to social services.

"The course empowered me to challenge the poor care that my brother was receiving."

Graduate Rob C.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

If you do not have any of the below qualifications your application is still welcomed. We take into account your previous knowledge and life experiences both inside and outside employment.

Our suggested academic requirements are 4 A-C grade GCSEs plus 60 A-Level UCAS Points, including one 6-unit award. Other qualifications are welcomed including:

  • AVCE
  • BTEC
  • Pre-2002 qualifications (e.g. GNVQ, BTEC ND etc.)
  • NVQ Level 3
  • European Baccalaureate (65%)
  • Foundation Year/Access course pass

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check is required for this course, plus an occupational health check and all applicants are invited to attend an informal interview day.

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Some of the modules you will study are:

  • Learning Disability Awareness
  • Experiences of and Practices in Learning Disability
  • Ethical Practice
  • Effective Communication
  • Learning Disabilities Legislation and Policy
  • Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • Team Working and Empowerment        

A fantastic experience that equipped me for my future studies.

Graduate Dan H.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching will be one day a week at the university of Worcester over 2 academic years.

Specially thought out assignments in these areas allow you to develop and test skills that can be essential for future work or study. You receive the chance and support to improve areas such as; writing case studies, conducting presentations both as a group and by yourself, writing reports and creating reflective pieces of work.







Where could it take you?

This Foundation Degree will enable you to learn or improve upon many transferable skills for use in work in the Learning Disability field, for example; reflective practice, effective communication with service users and others, group work and critical thinking, reading and writing.

Graduates can expect greater employability with enhanced opportunities and options in many Learning Disability related fields such as; health, respite care, education and social welfare.

It was excellent for me, I got the confidence and skills to fulfil my career ambition of becoming a statutory advocate.

Graduate Ruth C.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 is £6,890 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for part-time UK and EU students registering on this foundation degree in 2017 is £903 per 15 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

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.



Apply now via UCAS

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

Lisa Mauro-Bracken
Course Lead FdSc Health & Social Care
01905 542463

Course Lead/Admissions Tutor

Dawn Goodall
01905 542363