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In Short

Application for this course is via UCAS www.UCAS.com. UCAS Institution/Course Codes: Institution Code: W66, Course Code: L514.

The Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (delivered in partnership with the University of Plymouth) will appeal to those who have an interest in the care sector, or would like the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and career opportunities within a rapidly expanding and developing profession. The programme will provide students with the critical skills and experience required for a variety of roles within the health and social care sector, including health education and promotion, housing, community work, residential care, drug and alcohol services.

The course aims to provide:

1. Access to a higher level programme of study in a health and social care for suitably qualified people

2. The ability for students to apply their developing skills and knowledge in a functional way as the programme progresses, particularly in the work-based learning placement, and by engagement with the local community

3. Specialist study relevant to the individual vocation and environments in which students are currently working, or to which students are aiming to work within the health and/or social care sector

4. The levels of academic and practical ability to equip students with the skills needed to progress to Honours level study

5. The knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in employment in the health and social care sector at supervisory or management level.

Benefits: •

Flexible delivery enabling you to work and learn at the same time •

An exciting and varied programme of theoretical and practical subjects •

High-quality provision with access to the University of Plymouth resources with •regular industry liaison and visiting speakers •

Exciting programme of off-site trips and practical activities with professional and inspirational staff •

Dedicated work placement staff to support placement within the care sector.

 

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally be at least 18 years of age. Applications are welcomed from candidates with a subject-specific Level 3 course such as a National Subsidiary/Diploma/ Extended Diploma, A Level, Access to Higher Education Course, or a work-based course, such as NVQ 3 or Advanced Apprenticeship with 80 UCAS points (MMP) achieved. Applications from candidates without formal qualifications, but who have a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience and are able to demonstrate that they have developed the necessary skills to succeed on the course will also be considered. All applicants will normally require at least 4 GCSE passes at grade C or above including maths and English or their Level 2 equivalents (grade 4 new GCSE grading from 2016/17), and will be required to supply/undergo an enhanced DBS check. All applicants will be required to attend an interview.

 

Course Content

Year 1 •

  • Research skills and professional development •
  • Communication Skills •
  • Foundations of Health and Welfare •
  • Illness and Disease •
  • The Role of Public Health •
  • Ethics, Values, Diversity and Rights

Year 2 •

  • Health Promotion •
  • Research methods and professional skills in Health and Social Care •
  • Introduction to Management and Human Resources in Health and Social Care •
  • Safeguarding in Health and Social Care •
  • Health and Social Policy •
  • Mental Health and Recovery

Work-based learning You are required to complete 200 hours work experience within an appropriate health and social care setting.

 

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for this programme will be through a mix of coursework and examinations.

 

Progression

Those who successfully complete the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care will be invited to attend the Plymouth University graduation ceremony held in September. Successful students can apply to top-up to study a Plymouth University validated Honours Degree in Health and Social Care at Exeter College. Progression onto other top-up courses at a variety of institutions is an option for those who wish to apply to study elsewhere. The course will provide you with the opportunity to study, train and further develop your knowledge, skills and qualifications to a high standard. Students who have successfully completed this course have moved on to a variety of top up degrees as well as industry specific careers. These have included BA (Hons) in Early Years and Education, BA (Hons) in Health and Community Care, BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care and BSc (Hons) in Health and Fitness. Students moving into employment have progressed into residential care, support work within special educational needs schools and the prison service.

 

Fees

The course fees for all students for this course will be £6650 per annum for 2019/20. Details of the student finance available for all higher education students can be found on the student finance website www.gov.uk/student-finance. For information and advice on course fees please contact Roz Osborne at email roz_osborne@weymouth.ac.uk or telephone 01305 764733.

Additional Course Costs

Additional costs include a £20 College parking permit if applicable. Currently the cost of visits/trips are funded as part of this course, as well as application costs for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance which is an enrolment requirement of this course. *Note – All costs may be subject to change and may vary dependent on place of purchase.

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