Introduction to FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care

Congratulations on your offer to study within the Department of Health, Science and Social Care Professions at Barnsley College Higher Education. We are delighted to welcome you on to the FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care course.

Meet the Team

If you have any questions about the course, assessments or teaching please do not hesitate to contact us:

Induction Schedule

In order to properly prepare for your course, it is important that you attend the induction sessions in the first few weeks, as these will give you the foundation for everything that follows throughout the year. You will be introduced to the course and staff and will find out how to access your timetable and use the IT learning systems.

Induction Schedule 2020

DBS Application

During the induction period you will be required to complete an online DBS and medical clearance check. Please ensure that your proof of identity documents are available during this time. Please refer to the following link for further details:

Please note that there is a charge of £47.80 for the DBS check and £50.00 for the medical clearance check, prices correct as of August 2020.

Enrolment Checklist

Proof of Qualifications

You must be able to produce certificates to prove that you have achieved the following:

  • GCSE in English, minimum grade C/4 (or approved equivalent)
  • GCSE in Maths, minimum grade C/4 (or approved equivalent)

Please have your qualifications (original certificates) ready during your enrolment session. You will not be able to fully enrol on the course unless these have been presented to Barnsley College and failure to produce these will delay any loan payments, if eligible, being paid.

If you find that you do not have the original certificates, you will need to obtain copies from the awarding body as quickly as possible prior to enrolment.

Please check with the school or college you attended for information on contacting the relevant awarding body.

Preparation and Preliminary Reading

It is strongly recommended that you purchase your own copy of the following books, which will be used as set texts and will be useful throughout your course:

  • Aveyard, H. and Sharp, P. (2013) A beginner’s guide to evidence based practice in Health and Social Care. Second edition. Maidenhead: Open University Press
  • Aveyard, H. and Sharp, P. and Woolliams, M. (2015) A beginner’s guide to critical thinking and writing in Health and Social Care. Second edition. Maidenhead: Open University Press
  • Cottrell, S. (2010) Skills for success: the personal development planning hand book. Second edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Jasper, M. (2013) Beginning Reflective Practice. Second edition. Andover: Cengage Learning
  • Bolton, G. (2005) Reflective Practice. Second edition. London: SAGE

Study Skills

These books will also be very useful and available in the library at the Church Street campus, though it is recommended that you purchase your own copy of at least one study skills text:

  • Burns, T. and Sinfield, S. (2012). Essential Study Skills. Third edition. London: SAGE
  • Cottrell, S. (2008). The Study Skills Handbook. Third edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Cottrell, S. (2005). Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Northedge, A. (2005). The Good Study Guide. Milton Keynes: Open University Press

Internet and Online Resources

The following sites will be useful to familiarise yourself with:


Twitter can be an excellent source of up-to-date information on policy and practice, which will be crucial for your own knowledge and development. Below are some suggested Twitter feeds relevant to Health, Science and Social Care Professions.