Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care

Enrolment & Timetable Information

Enrolment sessions are as follows:

Year 1 - Thursday 7th September 2017 9-11.30am
Year 2 - Thursday 7th September 2017 1-3pm

Timetable for September 2017:

Year 1 - Tuesday 9am-6pm
Year 2 - Tuesday 9am-6pm

Approved by:

The University of Cumbria


This programme is designed for students who wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge to progress professionally in the field of Health and Social Care. Students will develop an understanding of the core skills, values and issues that underpin effective practice and provision of services. They will be able to identify strategies to improve health and well-being and to demonstrate leadership and assessment skills in their area of practice.

The programme will:

i. Provide for you, within a coherent framework, a selection of learning opportunities that are both core to the needs of a range of employers in the health and social care sector and also focussed to a particular aspect of care.

ii. Provide you with the knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles in health and social care and the way in which those principles have developed.

iii. Facilitate your development as a leader and/or change agent, able to respond to a dynamic practice environment.

iv. Provide you with a learning experience that promotes the application of a robust client/user focus and a collaborative approach to both learning and practice
v. Enable you to work with and across various professional disciplines involved with health and social care delivery

vi. Foster the ability to evaluate critically different approaches to solving problems in health and social care and apply these in a work context.

vii. Nurture an understanding of the concept of accountability, and the implications of this to the work context.

viii. Enable you to successfully apply, in the workplace, the range of knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme.

ix. Develop, within you, graduate key skills within a lifelong learning context.

x. Provide you with a clear progression route(s) to honours degree (for those who want it)

xi. Integrate academic and work-based learning through close collaboration between the University, Further Education Colleges and employers

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants are normally expected to have a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C and above, minimum of grade C (GCSE) or level 2 in literacy and numeracy and one pass at A2 or equivalent (eg. NVQ3 in a relevant subject will be considered as equivalent for the purposes of entry to this course).

Full consideration will be given to applicants who do not have the above formal qualifications but who have significant relevant work experience.

Where the entry criteria are not easily evidenced you will be invited to an exploratory interview. Within the interview you will be encouraged to discuss your readiness for study. Where this is not certain you may be encouraged to undertake an access course prior to commencement of the programme

All offers of places are subject to satisfactory interview, medical and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. If a student is in employment and has recently had these checks completed by his/her employer the employer may be able to supply this information to the University.

What subjects will I study?

The programme will be as follows for full-time students. Part-time students will study four modules each year:

Year One Modules
? Personal Development Planning
? Body in Balance
? Workplace Contexts
? Practioner Values
? Relationships & Care
? Approaches to Social Care

Year Two Modules
? Managing Self & Others
? Social Care Policy
? Social Inclusion
? Communication & Collaborative Working
? Evidence Based Practice
? Clinical Skills

How will I learn?

A mixture of taught sessions, seminars, tutorials, self-study and work placements.

How will I be assessed?

Assignments, portfolio, reports, presentations.

What opportunities will this lead to?

Employment in a Health and Social Care setting.

Progression on to an Honours Degree programme ? BSc Evidence Based Practice and, subsequently, on to a postgraduate qualification in Social Work.

How long is the course?

Full-time Two years
Attendance: One full day per week, studying six modules per year, plus 240 hours? work placement in a relevant area across each academic year.

Part-time Three years
Attendance: One part-time day per week, studying four modules per year, plus 160 hours? work placement in a relevant area across each academic year.

When is the next start date?

September 2017.

Programme Specification

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In 2017/18, Full-time fees are £5950 per year. Part-time fees are £3968 per year (£992 per 20 credit module).

The fee for the full course is £11,900. Please note, fees are set and are payable on a yearly basis and are subject to a small increase in line with inflation, set by the government.

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How can I apply?

All FULL TIME students should apply through UCAS at the link below:

UCAS Application Form

The UCAS course code for the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care is 8G67.

PART TIME students can apply directly to the college using our online application:

Furness College Application Form

PLEASE NOTE Applicants may be invited in for interview with the course tutor.

Can I get more information?

For more information please contact us:
T: 01229 825017

Simply submit your enquiry to us & we will email or call you back

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