Health and Social Care FdSc
What makes Health and Social Care at Worcester special?
When you choose to work in Health and Social Care, you face a wide range of opportunities. At Worcester, we help you explore your options and discover what you want to do in this vital sector. Our Foundation Degree is all about experiencing a variety of roles before building a highly worthwhile career.
You’ll study in a very supportive environment, with approachable lecturers who help you develop as a person, while you find your vocation through practical placements. These can be in areas as diverse as nursing, mental health, youth work, or caring for older people.
- Plenty of support to build your confidence – whether it’s giving presentations or writing essays
- Placements arranged with support from your tutor – in organisations as diverse as charities, nursing or care homes, youth clubs and schools
- Opportunities to do your placement close to where you live
- Possibilities to progress on to year 2 of our Nursing degree, and year 3 of our Applied Health & Social Care degree.
- Strong links with potential employers, including the NHS, Mind and Headway
- Flexible locations: study at the University of Worcester, Herefordshire and Ludlow College, Halesowen College and The Learning Institute.
Certificate in Higher Education (Cert HE): Health and Social Care
The Certificate in Higher Education (Cert HE) offers University of Worcester and partner college students the opportunity to complete a one year course, studying at level 4.
This course has become a recognised route into careers within the NHS, independent and third sector organisations, including Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychology and Social Work, for students who did not meet the initial entry criteria. Progression onto such professional programmes is subject to successful application and therefore not guaranteed.
Students registered for the Cert HE who successfully complete the requirements for the award, may choose to continue to study in the following year towards the Foundation degree rather than exit with the Cert HE. This will enable students to undertake the two year Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care, after which they may then choose to then complete a top-up degree.
My confidence soared and I felt I had finally found a subject matter that I understood and could relate to.
Teresa Ellis, Health and Social Care FdSc
What qualifications will you need?
UCAS tariff points
UCAS Tariff: A minimum of 32 points at A level which must include at least one 6-unit award.
Other acceptable qualifications include:
- Pre-2002 qualifications (e.g. GNVQ, BTEC ND etc.)
- NVQ Level 3
- European Baccalaureate (65%)
- Foundation Year/Access course pass
A Disclosure & Barring Service check is required for this course, plus an occupational health check.
Shortlisted applicants may be invited for interview.
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What will you study?
Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative.
We also refer to the Programme Specifications produced by the Academic Quality Unit for content for this section.
The course is one day a week at University and one day in placement. We have designed the course to be flexible enough to be accessible to those with work, caring or parenting responsibilities.
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
Teaching and Learning
The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for academic achievement, lifelong learning and future employment. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.
We will enable you to learn through sessions that are a combination of lectures, e-lectures, seminars and group work, all of which aim to encourage student interaction. Sessions will focus on subject specific information and will take a variety of different formats to promote your learning. Seminars, case studies, scenarios and problem based learning will facilitate development of inquiry into real world situations, developing your skills, knowledge and practice. E-lectures will provide you with the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the material presented through online learning. In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are available and encouraged, in order to support you throughout the course.
You will undertake at least 200 hours of practice in each academic year in a relevant placement setting (subject to clearance). You are responsible for arranging your placement and support from the work based learning team is available to do so. You will be supported in the placement setting by a mentor and a visiting University tutor during your placement. They will enable you to achieve the most from your experience, agree your learning, as well as practice set goals.
In a typical week you will have around 7 hours contact hours of teaching. Typically, class contact time will take place on one day per week and a typical day at University may look like this:
9.15-11.15am; 2 hour session
11.30-13.30pm; 2 hour session
2.15-4.15pm; 2 hour session
4.14-5.15pm 1 hour session
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around a minimum of 15 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.
A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, supports independent learning.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely aligned to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes academics and professional practitioners with relevant experience.
Teaching is based on research and consultancy; a high percentage of teaching staff have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.
You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.
The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of optional ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has mandatory ‘summative’ assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, case studies, reflective portfolios and presentations.
You will receive feedback / feed forward on all assessments. We aim to provide you with constructive feedback on summative assessments within 20 working days of the submission deadline date. Feedback supports learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.
“The Foundation Degree has benefitted more than I can express. During the two years my confidence soared and I felt I had finally found a subject matter that I understood and could relate to - this hasn’t changed in recent years as I am still passionate about Health and Social Care. In my everyday practice I draw on knowledge gained at University and experiences I had whilst on the work placement element of the course. Every module that I took part in on the degree has been useful to my everyday work in the community. In my current role I am a valued member of a professional team and have built trusting relationships with my client base - I owe this to the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care”
Where could it take you?
Progression and Employability
There are also opportunities to progress via a third year of top-up study to a BA (Hons) in Applied Health & Social Care, BSc (Hons) in Child and Adolescent Mental Health or a BSc (Hons) in Health Sciences. Graduates also have the opportunity to progress into a variety of nursing courses.
A number of our students use the course as a route into the BSc (Hons) Nursing programme, as satisfactory completion of this meets the academic entry requirements to the programme, subject to selection and recruitment processes.
The option also exists for students who complete the Foundation Degree, who are also working in a health care setting with access to a nurse mentor, to complete a 2+2 route. Gaining direct entry to year two of the University of Worcester BSc (Hons) Nursing (adult or mental health) programme. This is subject to selection and recruitment processes, availability of places and completion of Recognition of Prior Learning.
Graduates can expect greater employability and enhanced promotion prospects. There should be opportunities open to you in health and care sectors, voluntary and private organisations.
- Practical skills developed through work-based learning
- Values, knowledge and skills relevant to working in health and social care services
- Assess, plan, implement and make sound judgements in care delivery
- Develop skills and strategies necessary for working in partnership with a range of service users and their families, services, professionals and groups across the health & social care settings
- Evaluation and application of research
- Wide variety of personal and transferable skills including assessing and planning, problem solving and decision making, mental health promotion, interdisciplinary working and interpersonal skills
- Reflective practice
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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 the academic year 2019/20 is £9,250 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 the academic year 2019/20 is £1,156 per 15 credit module and £2,313 per 30 credit module.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.
If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.
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 of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).
For full details visit our accommodation page.
How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS
Health and Social Care Cert HE (one
Health and Social Care FdSc (two year): L511
UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.
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