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Health and Social Care FdA

Health and Social Care FdA

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Key Information

Start date:September

Institutional code:O10

UCAS code:L511

Duration:2 years full time

Course type:Full Time

Fees per year:£7500

Additional costs per year:£44 (enhanced DBS)

Delivery Method: Blended learning; this will consist of face-face teaching, lectures, seminars, workshops, individual and group tutorials and online lectures/meetings.

Delivery Method:Face-to-face via Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials

Entry Requirements

72 UCAS Points, or


Access to HE Diploma – Merit

and GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or FS2 or Grade 4

Accreditation of prior learning is considered on an individual basis for those candidates that have undertaken relevant study in a health and social care related field.

All students must be prepared to undergo and prove they have an enhanced DBS suitable to work with vulnerable adults and children.


FdA Health and Social Care validated by University of Central Lancashire

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This course is aimed at people who want to achieve the skills and knowledge that you will require to work in social services, children’s services, residential care homes, family centre’s and children’s homes and the health care sector. Students will study a range of subjects which will provide the foundation for a future career in areas relevant to health and social care, including nursing and social work. This work-based learning programme includes a set of modules in Health and Social Care intended to bridge the gap between theory and practice to ultimately meet the skills necessary for the expanding health and social care workforce.

You will complete two practice placement modules (in Years 1 and 2) allowing you to develop a range of work-based skills. Upon completion of this in year 2, you will be able to progress into a Year 3 top-up degree in BSc Hons Health & Social Care.

Course Content - Year 1

PZ1015 Study and Lifelong Learning Skills – This module is designed to help you develop the academic skills required for studying at university, as well as the skills to enhance your learning for the rest of your life. The knowledge you gain during this module will apply to all modules on the course.
SW1804 Contextualising Welfare – This module is rooted in the belief that a proper understanding of social policy and social welfare demands an appropriate historical dimension. The module will focus on the elements of continuity and change that have been significant in shaping both the general orientation of social policy and welfare developments in Britain.

PZ1022 Communication and Collaboration – The module is designed for you to develop interpersonal skills for health and social care practice through the appropriate use of communication skills. The module should help you understand the benefits of collaborative working in health and social care and will encourage you to reflect on your communication and its contribution to and impact on the support provided to clients and patients.
SW1800 Introduction to Community Practice – This module is about practice in community services capturing social care services and community development work, engaging individuals (all ages), families and communities. You will learn about theories and models for undertaking work in social care and community development sectors.

PZ1090 Foundations for Practice – This module is designed to help you start identifying the skills you have and the skills you need to move on in your career in health and social care. During your placement you will be working alongside service users, their families and carers, and will have the opportunity to consider what you have learned in class and how this applies in the ‘real world’ to think critically about yourself as a practitioner. You will also be introduced to ideas and theories of personal and professional development and you will have the opportunity to apply the ideas that work for you. This module will run throughout the academic year and is where you are expected to gain 100 hours on placement.

Course Content - Year 2

SW2803 Power, Oppression and Society – This module will identify the various strands of power and oppression in society, and explore the commonalities and differences between these. The module will examine the way different oppressions interact to create the experience of multi-faceted oppressions. There will be a particular focus on the personal experiences of oppression.
SW2801 Social Care: Theory and Practice – This module aims to introduce students to the policy, knowledge, understanding and value base needed to work and support individuals in a range of community and care settings.

PZ2035 Management and Leadership – This module has been designed to help you develop your skills as both leaders and managers within the field of health and social care. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for your personal and professional development. You will be encouraged to reflect on experiences from the workplace in order to maximise learning opportunities from your area of practice and discuss these experiences within a group setting.

SW2720 Health, Aging and Social Care – This module aims to prepare practitioners for effective work with service users with health care needs, and with health professionals by introducing them to different theoretical and policy frameworks, building on the social care value base. The module takes a broad perspective around health and social care, but focuses particularly on the needs of older people who form an increasingly large proportion of the population.

PZ2090 Supporting Professional Practice – This module gives you the opportunity to apply your classroom learning in real-life situations with patients, service users, their families and agencies. The learning outcomes expect you to consolidate that experience to help you develop into an effective care or health practitioner. The module gives you the opportunity to show your learning through ‘doing’ and, by ‘doing’ and reflecting on the results, continue to learn.

Placements and Work Experience

This course will entail you working with vulnerable groups of individuals. This may include children, adults and families. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). Placement are to be completed in years 1 and 2. DBS clearance must therefore be completed prior to engagement with placement as you are expected to gain 100 hours per year.

Please note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice.
Occasionally you may visit vocational speakers (e.g. children and families social workers).

What careers can the course lead to?

The FdA programme provides you with the option to continue your study to the BSc (Hons) top-up in Health & Social Care.

Career options include probation service, management, paramedic, children’s services, social services, family centers as well as children’s homes, race relations officer, mental health advocate. This usually requires higher levels of study. Once the top-up is completed, students can apply for postgraduate courses in nursing, social work and related occupations.

Teaching and Assessment methods

At UCO there is a focus on student centred learning and working collaboratively with your peers, placement staff and lecturers so you can learn and develop to your full potential. Becoming an independent learner is encouraged throughout your time on the degree so you can take ownership of your studies. You will also have the opportunity to undertake work placements to enhance your experience and help you to develop new skills.

Teaching will take place through the approach of blended learning. This will consist of face-face teaching and online lectures/meetings. Additionally, there will be guest lecturers to support your learning.

Assessments are carried out through a range of creative format to meet a range of diverse needs and. This includes essays, case studies, open-book exam, online portfolios, reports, presentations and work-based learning which is evidenced through a Skills Log. This is beneficial to reviewing your development throughout the academic years when seeking employment.

Facilities particular to the course

Lecture theatres, classrooms, work-based placements, online resources and learning platforms – Microsoft Teams and Moodle will be particularly relevant in this approach to blended learning.

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