Health and Social Care FdA

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.


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

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.

Topics Covered

When applying for the FdA HSC course, there are two pathways available: Social Care OR Mental Health. This will enable you to choose optional modules that can be tailored towards your interests, employment or future career.

Compulsory Modules – Study Skills and Lifelong Learning, Foundations for Practice, Communication and Collaboration, Supporting Professional Practice, Leadership and Management within Health and Social Care

Social Care Pathway – Contextualising Welfare, Introduction to Community Practice, Power, Oppression and Society, Social Care, Theory and Practice, Health, Ageing and Social Care

Mental Health Pathway – Mental Health Across the Lifespan, Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Care Delivery & Care management in Mental Health, Perspectives on Intervention

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.