Foundation Degree Health & Social Care



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UCAS/UKPASS Code: L514 Please Apply through UCAS

Study Type: HigherEducation

Hours per week: tbc

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Location: North Star Campus

Course Fees

Tuition Fee: £7570.00

Award body exam fee: £0

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.


Entry Requirements

Typically, applicants must have:
• BTEC, NVQ or other appropriate vocational qualification at Level 3 
• 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) 
• IELTS score of 6.5 overall (minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing) for those applicants where English is not their first language.

Applicants are required to be undertaking a minimum of 16 hours per week in a paid or voluntary capacity, in an appropriate setting.

You will be required to evidence that your Line Manager is willing to support your training needs. 

What do I need to bring?

Students will be expected to attend lessons equipped with writing/notetaking material and/or a laptop or tablet if preferred. Access to college computers will be provided with specialist software where applicable. Course specific: Each Module will provide details of indicative reading which will benefit your knowledge and understanding of the topics covered. Students are encouraged to purchase their own copies of some core text books, where possible. Students will have access to the Library at College, and Oxford Brookes, including electronic resources. Please see ‘Additional costs for your course’ for further details on other things you may need to buy or pay for.

Assessment/Exam Information

A variety of assessment methods will be used within the programme, including coursework consisting of essays, reports, reflective accounts, case studies and the production of educational resources. The course also contains assessments through group presentations, and tests which are Multiple Choice Questionnaires (MCQ) and practical assessments which are Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE). Some modules consist of more than one method of assessment. Teaching and learning strategies will encourage student engagement in new areas of knowledge, broadening and deepening existing knowledge, and will provide opportunities to apply theory and new understanding to students own practices, developing individuals as Health and Care professionals. The student Practice Assessment Document (PAD) contains information relating to your work based learning experience through the four Work based-learning modules. All modules within the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care programme contributes towards your growth as a professional practitioner. However, the work based learning experience, where you are working within a health or social care setting, enables you to observe and participate in care and provides an opportunity for you to integrate practice and theoretical components and develop your caring competence. As part of our induction process, we carry out a screening exercise with all new entrants to establish any support needs. This is not a graded assessment and is not a condition of acceptance to the course. If you are concerned about studying at this level, or are returning to studying after a break from education, have a disability or additional need, or want some advice on the support available, please see our website information on support for students.


What can I do next?

On successful completion of the course, graduates may wish to continue their studies to Level 6 honours degree in Health and Social Care or have the opportunity to take a further year of more specialist study through the innovative Student Designed Award. Some health practitioners who achieve the award of Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care may also wish to apply for entry into a Nursing degree, and may be considered for direct entry into Year Two of an Oxford Brookes Nursing Programme. Students wishing to apply to other course to continue to study, are advised to check each individual institutions entry requirements, as these may vary. Students successfully completing the Foundation Degree may also find opportunities within their current or a new setting, to move into higher or new roles such as Assistant Practitioner, Associate Practitioner or a Team Leader within a Health and Social care setting.
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