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Health and Social Care FdA – with Foundation Entry Year

Health and Social Care FdA – with Foundation Entry Year

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Key Information

Start date:September

Institutional code:O10

UCAS code:HS21

Duration:3 years (1 year for Foundation Entry Year and after completion, guaranteed place on the Foundation Degree Health and Social Care which is a further two years)

Course type:Full Time

Fees:£7500 per year

Additional Costs:DBS Check - £44 (2022-23) / £50 (2023-24)

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


On successful completion of the entry level year you will receive a FdE; on successful completion of a further two year course, you will receive the Health and Social Care FdA. This course is validated by the University of Central Lancashire.

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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 will support you to develop 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 Foundation Degree, which is accredited by the University of Central Lancashire.

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that University Campus Oldham offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB).

Year 1 - Entry Level

Applied Anatomy and Physiology

You’ll study the anatomy and physiology of the body. You’ll 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.

Developing Skills for Delivering Health and Social Care (1)
This module aims to develop your understanding of the professional skills required in Health and Social Care. You’ll gain intrapersonal and interpersonal skills as well as identify your individual development as a professional.

Developing Professional Skills for Delivering Health and Social Care (2)
This module aims to support you in applying your understanding of professional skills needed in the Health and Social Care sector. You will particularly focus on collaborative communication, teamwork skills and developing professional qualities and values which are essential for working in Health and Social Care.

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.

Year 2 (Foundation Degree Health and Social Care Level 4)
  • PZ1015 Study Skills and Lifelong Learning
  • PZ1090 Foundations for Practice
  • PZ1022 Communication and Collaboration
  • PZ1900 Introduction to Community Practice
  • PZ1816 Understanding Welfare Development
Year 3 (Foundation Degree Health & Social Care Level 5)
  • PZ2090 Supporting Professional Practice
  • PZ2035 Management and Leadership within Health and Social Care
  • PZ2803 Power, Oppression and Society
  • PZ2801 Social Care, Theory and Practice
  • SW2720 Health, Ageing and Social Care
Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Learning 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.
Each week 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

Beyond the teaching team, there are a range of services for University Campus Oldham students which include study skills support, IT skills development, disability and wellbeing support.

Pathway Opportunities

By meeting the course-specific requirements during the Foundation Entry year this course gives students the opportunity to acquire the entry requirements needed to gain entry onto the Foundation Degree Health and Social Care at University Campus Oldham.

If you choose to undertake the Foundation Degree Health and Social Care, successful completion of the two-year programme will also give you access to the third year of the BSc (Hons) Top Up Health and Social Care, so you will have the opportunity to study a full Honours Degree programme. Both programmes provide access to a range of exciting graduate careers.

Entry Requirements

UCAS: 64 points at A2 or flexibility for work experience

BTEC Extended Diploma: MPP

BTEC Diploma: MM

Pass Access Course: 64 UCAS points

International Baccalaureate Diploma: Pass including 64 points from Higher Level Subjects

IELTS: 6.0 with no Component lower than 5.5

GCSEs: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths and English or equivalent (or a view to obtaining these before progressing to Year 1 FdA Health and Social Care)

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