The Foundation Degree Health and Social Care is a two-year course that allows you to develop your career in health and social care and is recognition of the multi-disciplinary nature of current and future occupational destinations within the health and social care fields. The Programme sets out a comprehensive curriculum that includes a range of academic knowledge and generic skills across the subject areas of social work, social policy, health studies and also a practical appreciation of the health and social care sector. Within this framework, students are able to understand organisational dynamics and are also encouraged to specialise in particular pathways, areas and topics of interest. Students are offered flexibility in their mode of study.

Course Content

Level 4
  • Work-based Learning in Health and Social Care
  • Applied Qualitative Research Methods
  • Understanding Health and Social Care
  • Exploring Psycho-Social Theory
  • Developing Independent Learning and Professionalism in the Social Sciences
  • Dimensions of Health and Social Care
Level 5
  • Contemporary Challenges in Health and Social Care
  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Work-based Learning in Health and Social Care Settings 2
  • Health Improvement and Healthy Lifestyles
  • Working together to Safeguard Vulnerable Children, Young People and Adults
  • Early Life Course Approaches to the Health and Social Care of Children, Young People and Families


To apply for this course you need one of the following qualifications in a relevant subject area:

56 UCAS points from a minimum of two GSCEs/A Levels/AVCE or equivalent. We will also accept PPP at BTEC Extended Diploma level.
BTEC Level 3
NVQ Level 3
Modern Apprenticeship (NVQ Level 3 plus Key Skills)
We also require two passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
In addition to these academic qualifications, you should have experience in health and social care. The experience can be from paid work or voluntary work.


You may also be eligible to apply if you don’t have formal qualifications but you do have at least two years’ relevant work experience.


You will need a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before you can start this course.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Career ready

With an emphasis on developing practical skills, the foundational health and social care degree significantly increase your earning potential.
Health and social care is a diverse field, with opportunities to specialise in areas such as young people, mental health, or drug and alcohol abuse support.
Academic qualifications in health and social care allow you to work in the NHS, age and mental health charities, social organisations and other public, private and voluntary sector health agencies.
Some careers, such as social work, nursing or occupational therapy, require additional academic and professional qualifications. Completing this foundational degree gives you the opportunity to 'top-up' to a BA (Hons) undergraduate degree.

Partner University
University of Sunderland - London Campus 

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