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Health and Social Care (Mental Health Pathway) FdA

Health and Social Care (Mental Health Pathway) FdA

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Key Information

Start date:September

Institutional code:O10

UCAS code:MH93

Duration:2 years full time

Course type:Full Time

Fees per year:£7500

Additional costs per year:DBS Check - £44 (2022-23) / £50 (2023-24)

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


FdA Health and Social Care validated by University of Central Lancashire

Gain the skills and knowledge you need for personal and professional development that giving you the best chance to succeed in the health and social care sector.

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. 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.

Module Content Year 1

PZ1015 Study Skills and Lifelong Learning
This module is designed to help you develop the academic skills required for studying at university level, 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. Lifelong learning is now a requirement in all professions to ensure that we continue to develop and use the most up-to-date knowledge in our practice.

PZ1046 Mental Health Across the Lifespan
The module will focus on the key components of mental health and will aim to develop student’s knowledge of developmental, psychological and social issues that may influence an individual’s mental health. In particular, this module is provided in recognition of the diversity of the mental health workforce and the culture of involving service users and carers in influencing and improving mental health services.

NU1602 Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology
The aim of the module is to enable you to develop knowledge about how the human body is organised, and how it functions in a systematic and integrated manner.

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 the caring services. During your placement you will be working alongside service users, their families and carers, and skilled practitioners and you will enjoy the privilege of being invited into individuals’ lives. You will have the opportunity to consider what you have learned in class and how this applies in the ‘real world’ and you will be encouraged 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.

PZ1022 Communication and Collaboration
The module is designed for you to develop interpersonal skills for health and social care practice, enabling you to engage, develop, maintain and disengage from therapeutic relationships, 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 contribution to and impact on the support provided to clients and patients.

Module Content Year 2

PZ2090 Supporting Professional Practice
Building on what you learned in Year One, this module offers you the opportunity to gain more experience of working with service users, their families and carers, and the professional staff who work with them. The idea is for you to critically consider the skills you have, those you need for future professional practice and what you can learn from your experience on placement.

PZ2035 Management and Leadership within Health and Social Care
The aim of this module is to support students to develop managerial and leadership roles within the health or social care sector.

PZ2046 Perspectives on Mental Health
The aim of this module is It aims to equip students with a clear range of knowledge values and skills, all of which have been clearly demonstrated to be effective in meeting the needs of service users who experience serious mental health problems

PZ2047 Care Delivery & Care Management for Mental Health
The module aims to enable students to appreciate the impact of mental disorder on service user’s rights and convey an understanding of the role of law for service users with mental disorder or mental incapacity in relation to care and treatment

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.

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.

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