Health & Social Care

CAREER PATHS: Work in a range of areas within Health and Social Care in the public sector, voluntary sector or independent sector.

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There is a world-wide demand for people with professional qualifications in Health and Social Care - so you could travel and work in other countries after training in the South West. Care work related professions are predicted to be some of the key growth areas for the economy.

Health & Social Care Courses

Foundation Degree Health & Social Care

Primarily aimed at those working in the Health and Care sector, this highly flexible Level 5 Health and Social Care Foundation Degree develops knowledge and skills within a supporting or caring role. Those who would benefit include Assistant and Associate Practitioners, as well as Team Leaders. The degree course is also open to suitably qualified people wanting to explore new aspects of health and social care. Teaching will mainly be undertaken in lectures and seminars and we encourage student participation.

You will also have the opportunity to use the clinical skills laboratory. In addition, you will learn through your own workplace, supported by a supervisor and work-based learning team. The focus of your learning in the workplace will be professional skills specific to your individual role and the completion of a personal portfolio. With the support of your tutors, you will be able to identify work-based learning outcomes that reflect and respond to your individual role and employment needs. The course consists of six modules in each of the two years of study. Each single module has 15 credits, and a double module 30 credits.

The course content focusses highly on the students’ role as a developing Health Care professional. Work Based Learning modules are a significant part of the course carrying 50% of the total credits awarded for study of the programme. You will have the opportunity to customise your 'pathway' during the course by choosing to undertake competencies that are specific to your setting and role. These will form part of the Work Based Learning assessment tasks throughout the course.

The modules studied are:

Year 1
Study Skills for Foundation Degrees
A basic module that introduces and reinforces the study skills required to successfully complete all components of the foundation degree in Health and Social Care including team work, presentation skills and academic writing. Models of reflective practice will be introduced for you to use when compiling your Work-Based Learning Portfolio.
Work-Based Learning 1 – Fundamentals of Care
This is the first of four double WBL modules that are taken in your own workplace. It encourages you to examine your care practice, to begin to embed your practice in theory and to engage in any new role requirements you might have. It is the first module that indicates the individual pathway you may take with the foundation degree in Health and Social Care. 
Bioscience, Growth and Development
An underpinning of knowledge for safe and effective delivery of care regardless of setting. This module introduces and reinforces an understanding of the major physiological systems, their normal workings and frequently encountered potential abnormalities that may occur for those requiring health or social care. This module also covers the lifespan development and growth from Birth, through Child Development and the ageing process to end of life care.
Public Health and Wellbeing
This module introduces the learners to Public Health and Health Education including strategies for wellbeing and lifestyle changes to be made in practice  Students will explore strategies for promoting health and lifestyle changes with clients including motivational interviewing, and the impact of wider Health campaigns.
Work Based Learning 2 – Assessment of Care
The second of four double WBL modules that build on previous learning and practice. It encourages you to consider specific aspects of health and social care needs and how to deliver them in practice. It allows you, under the guidance of your employer, to gain and demonstrate new role-specific skills.
Applied Social Science for Health Care Professionals
This is a module providing an introduction to a study of major psychological and social influences on human behaviour in the context of health and social care. The module aims to enable students to link behaviour, and the development of self, both psychologically and socially, to an understanding of health, health behaviour and aspects of health and social care delivery.

Year 2
Social Policy and Welfare Systems
An advanced module that builds on elements of the Year 1 basic module Applied Social Science and the WBL modules. It equips you with knowledge and understanding of local and national policies which influence the delivery of health and social care. It allows you to appraise and evaluate the place of policies on the overall promotion of wellbeing for the community.
Embedding Quality in Care Delivery
This module aims to ensure students can consider more complex care and examine the more complex situations they will encounter as a practitioner. The main focus is around maintaining quality care delivery that will need to be flexible to ensure the needs of a diverse population are met.
Work Based Learning 3 – Complex Care Delivery
An advanced, level 5, WBL module building on the previous theory modules and WBL modules. It will aid further identification of role-specific skills for the student. The module builds on and makes use of previous learning and concurrent learning in other modules.
Applying Evidence to Practice
An advanced theory module which re-affirms the principle of basing decisions about the planning and delivery of care on available, suitable evidence. It will allow you to explore critically the evidence base of one aspect of care delivery in your own practice area.
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Care
This module provides an exploration of the complexities of legal and ethical aspects around the delivery of care in various settings and professional accountability through codes of conduct.
Work Based Learning 4 – Management of Care Delivery
This is the final Work Based Learning module, which consolidates all your previous learning; it will enable you to link the application of theory to practice. It runs through into a third semester allowing you the opportunity to complete your portfolio and demonstrate all the designated competencies for your development. Within this module, you are expected to be a more independent, self-directed learner who can identify and fulfil their own learning needs and objectives.



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