Health & Social Care FdA (HTQ) with Foundation Entry Year

Key Information:

Start date: September

Institutional code: O10

UCAS code: HS21

Duration: 3 years full-time

Course type: Full Time

Fees: £7,500 per year

Additional Costs: £50 for enhanced DBS Check


Entry Requirements

Mature students may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector. Please contact our friendly team if you are unsure if you meet the criteria.

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that we offer places to suitable candidates, you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (DBS – formerly termed CRB). 

Please note that should your Enhanced 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to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn.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.


Health & Social Care FdA (HTQ) with Foundation Entry Year

Interested in a career in Health and Social Care, but lack the formal qualifications to apply for a degree? The Health and Social Care Foundation Entry course is a great stepping stone that will support you to develop the academic writing, research and presentation skills needed for degree level study.

You’ll also gain important insights into health professional careers in a supportive and engaging learning environment. Once completed, you will have a guaranteed place on Year 1 of our Health and Social Care FdA (HTQ), Year 1 Health and Social Care FdA Mental Health Pathway or on our Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Professions’ Support.

Content Year 0 (Foundation Entry Year)

Applied Anatomy and Physiology

You’ll study the anatomy and physiology of the body, learn how this may be affected by illness, disease or injury and how to apply these key principles.

Academic Writing and Studying in Health and Social Care

This module aims to introduce you to the principles of academic writing and studying to prepare you for your academic career.

Learning Development and Using Information Communication Technology to Present Information

This module aims to develop key reflective skills and critical thinking to enable students to internally reflect on their current practice and also interpret research and apply this to practice.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Health and Social Care

You will explore underpinning social concepts such as discrimination, stereotyping and social identity both within health and social care services and in wider society. Within the module you will discuss diversity approaches to equality both conceptually, by exploring legislation and cultural contexts, and within the workplace, by considering interventions.

You will explore the patterns of segregation and disadvantage for groups of individuals whilst considering visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity including ethnicity, race, religion, gender, social class, age, disability and sexual orientation.

Measuring Health and Wellbeing

This module will introduce you to health interventions at all levels, including government policy and individual practice. You will understand the key sources of evidence and develop skills in the interpretation and analysis of these interventions.

Content Year 1
  • PZ1015 Study & Lifelong Learning Skills
  • PZ1090 Foundations for Practice
  • PZ1000 Introduction to Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology of Health
  • NU1019 Care from the Client Perspective
  • PZ1022 Communication and Collaboration
Content Year 2
  • PZ2090 Supporting Professional Practice
  • PZ2073 Health Promotion
  • PZ2130 Management of Mental Health Across the Lifespan
  • PW2007 Innovation and Leadership in Health and Social Care
  • PZ2091 Evidence Based Practice
Teaching and Assessment

This programme is focused on developing a range of skills for you to take into the work place in order to enhance the patient/service user experience.

There will be a variety of sessions that will include lectures, group discussion, debates and presentations, all of which are designed to provide a degree-style experience. You will be encouraged to reflect on experiences from the workplace in order to maximise learning opportunities and discuss these experiences within a group setting.

Assessments include written assignments, workbooks and presentations. The aim of the programme is to allow you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence required to be a successful, caring and resilient health and social care practitioner

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
  • Support Worker
  • Youth Justice Worker
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Advocacy
  • Early Help Practitioner
  • Various Management Roles in Health and Social Care
Placements and Work Experience

Placements are to be completed in Years 1 and 2 with 100 placement hours per year.

Guest speakers are invited into some modules and you will have the opportunity to participate in Employability Week with a focus on engaging with employers from the Health and Social Care sector.

Facilities particular to the course
  • Simulated practice suites
  • Learning Resource Centre
  • Wellbeing Hub
  • Graduate Hub
  • Lecture Theatre
  • Online resources
  • Online Learning Platform