Health, Science and Social Care Professions

Professional Practice in Health and Social Care Foundation Degree FdSc

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

September 2019 2 Years

Entry requirements

48 UCAS points from one of the following:

  • Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course
  • A Levels, AS Levels, CACHE qualifications, BTEC Diplomas and other Level 3 qualifications will be considered with related work experience

Plus

  • Normally GCSE English Language or English Literature and mathematics at grade C or above or equivalents (please see below)

GCSE English and mathematics equivalents

Personal qualities

  • You must be able to demonstrate your potential to be caring and compassionate and the ability to develop meaningful relationships with service users and carers.

You will also need

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance to enable you to undertake placements in settings with children and vulnerable adults.
  • Occupational health screening (to determine your suitability to undertake the course). DBS and occupational health screening will be requested at your expense.

You will achieve

Foundation Degree in Professional Practice in Health and Social Care.

Awarding Body

Validated by the Sheffield Hallam University

UCAS Course Code

L5T8

Course overview

This flexible foundation degree is a work based learning award which combines health and social care education with either existing employment or work placements to develop your skills and competencies for a wide range of roles across health, social or community care sectors.

The course, which is an award of Sheffield Hallam University, has two routes. For those already employed in assistant or support worker roles in health, social or community care the course allows you to complete both the Higher Apprenticeship in Health (Assistant Practitioner) and the Foundation Degree. The course provides you with your continuing personal and professional development and depending on your employer, would allow you to undertake a Band 4 Associate /Assistant role.

For those of you who are not in employment the course will provide you with a placement in a suitable health, social or community care role, which will allow you to develop the necessary skills and competencies alongside your academic studies to complete the Foundation Degree.

Course content

Year 1:

  • Work-based learning-academic (20 Credits)
  • Work-based learning-practice (20 Credits)
  • Reflective & personal development skills (20 Credits)
  • Essential sciences for person centred care (40 Credits)
  • Integrated holistic assessment and delivery of health and social care interventions (20 Credits)

Year 2:

  • Work based learning-academic (20 Credits)
  • Work-based learning-practice (20 Credits)
  • Promoting health, wellbeing and independence (40 Credits)
  • Using and evaluating evidence to inform practice (20 Credits)
  • Leadership and management. (20 Credits)

The evidence for the work based learning modules in Year 1 and 2 will be sought from a suitable health, social or community role from either existing employment or a work placement.

*Any changes to these modules will be listed on our updates page.

Also available as a Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship  – Assistant Practitioner (Health). To be eligible to apply you should be employed in a suitable health, social care or community setting and work enough hours each week so that  you  undertake sufficient, regular training and on the-job activity ( e.g. 30 + hours per week). The Higher Apprenticeship is funded by your employer and therefore your employer must also approve your application. The course will deliver against the nationally recognised Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/healthcare-assistant-practitioner.  For further details please call us on +44 (0)1226 216 123.

You will be assessed by completing a variety of appropriate assessments. These include; Assessments of practice, reflective portfolios, written assignments, literature reviews, case studies, presentations and interviews.

You will need writing materials, paper, pens and folders.

Church Street Campus
Church Street
Barnsley
S70 2AN

Examples of future job roles following the completion of the course are as follows;

Clinical Support Worker
Family Support Worker
Social Care Manager
Rehabilitation Assistant

On successfully completing your Foundation Degree, you could study a BSc  (Hons) in Health and Social Care Studies (top-up) , taught at the validating university.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year. 

Extra information

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. For further details go to: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

A Maintenance Loan of up to £6,904 per year will be available to eligible students living with parents or up to £8,200 per year to those living away from home. EU Students cannot apply.

Students with children or dependant adults may qualify for a Childcare Grant or Adult Dependants’ Grant. Students can apply for these at the same time as applying for a Maintenance Loan.

Remember: Eligible students will not have to pay tuition fees in advance and can apply for the Maintenance Loan before they start the course.

Apply online at www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Professional Practice in Health and Social Care Foundation Degree FdSc

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