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Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care - Mid Devon

Level 4-5
Course Code:
HET005 / L513
Mid Devon Campus
Two years, full-time; Three years, part-time.

An exciting opportunity to study current issues related to the expanding sector of health and social care. This is the largest employment field in the South West region and the foundation degree has close links with local employment trends. The foundation degree provides an opportunity to study key topics within the health and social care field at degree level.

Empowering and supporting you to develop your knowledge, skills and future within health and social care. We were awarded the Skills for Health Quality Mark in 2018.


Health Care and Social Care share common core values, skill base and underpinning knowledge that is reflected in this exciting, challenging, and contemporary programme of study. The course content places itself within the current climate of partnership working and integration within the health care and social care field, and provides the learner with the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge across a range of thought-provoking and inspiring subject areas.

Stage 1 of the course introduces you to a range of appropriate sector specific professional skills, including communication, counselling skills, working in teams, and reflective practice, as well as developing your academic graduate skills. Learners will be provided the opportunity to develop their knowledge related to social change, health and social care legislation, social policy, lifespan development and understanding health and social care organisations through a range of innovative teaching and learning activities. Students will also develop knowledge of leadership and management skills, and the ethics and values of inclusive and diverse practice within the community through the exploration and analysis of professional practice.

In Stage 2, you will build on this knowledge and are encouraged to develop skills as an independent learner and health and social care professional through both academic study and employability led activities in areas such as; mental health and wellbeing, young persons and community, and how to conduct research. Learners will also be part of the community based project module, working directly in partnership with leading community health and social care providers to deliver integrated care through an innovative range of planned activities. Learning within the community based project will also be supported through the study of Health Promotion and employability led delivery of an organised health promotion campaign.

Learners are encouraged and supported to draw on their own professional practice and knowledge, the lecturing team have strong sector links and can support this continuing professional development. Opportunities to network with guest speakers, potentially access additional professional training and skills, and work in professionally relevant settings have been a feature of this Foundation Degree.
An exciting range of relevant, and innovative assessments are linked to this programme. Assessments are designed to reflect the essential academic and employability led knowledge & skills required to both study and work within a range of Health and Social care roles. Written assignments up to 3000 words, presentations, academic posters, seminars, Life Story/biography, academic scrapbooks, reflective journals, health promotion campaign, community based project, Literature Review and a research proposal. There are no exams.
Five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above

English and Maths GCSE or equivalent, and a minimum of 48 UCAS points (with one A2 if from A-levels) or an equivalent qualification at Level 3. However, mature applicants will be considered on an individual basis and they must be able to demonstrate academic ability, motivation, relevant experience and their suitability to work with vulnerable people.
Foundation degrees stand alone as a higher education qualification in their own right, and there are a number of progression routes open to you once you have successfully completed the foundation degree. For example, you may be able to progress onto BA (Hons) Professional Development (Health and Social Care) at Petroc, BSc (Hons) Sociology at Plymouth University. On successful completion of the foundation degree in Health and Social Care students are also able to access a wide range of employment opportunities including: Family Support Worker, Social Work Assistant, Care Manager, Adult Guidance Worker, Community Development Worker, Community Education Officer, Equality and Diversity Officer.
Students will attend the University Centre at Petroc's Brannams Campus, and have access to an extensive range of higher education academic resources including: on-line learning environment (moodle), dedicated learning resource centre with expert support from learning resource staff. In addition students will benefit from the high levels of teaching, dedication and support from all teaching and support staff. Students will also benefit from their direct engagement with community health and social care providers through both work based learning and working within the Community Based Project and Health Promotion modules. A number of industry related events will also support student learning and employability throughout their time upon the course.
Students will be invited to an induction day prior to the start of the course and they will need to bring a method of recording information and taking notes (laptop/tablet, notebook and pen)
Please contact the HE Team on 01271 852335 for more information.
Q: How much will this course cost?
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Q: What type of career does this degree qualify me for?
A: The Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care will enable you to access a number of different health and social care professions which could include a number of different roles such as clinical support worker, youth worker, family support worker, alcohol and drugs support worker, care home manager, social work assistant, healthcare assistant, care worker, diversity coordinator, Social Work Assistant, Adult Guidance Worker, Community Development Worker, Community Education Officer, etc. After progression onto the BA Honours Professional Development (Health and Social Care) and successful completion/and meeting entry requirements, applications can be made to a range of professional development opportunities such as the Masters degree in Social Work, Government initiative "Step Up To Social Work" training programme, and Teacher training.

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Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (HEB019 / L513)

Location Brannams Campus | Level Level 4-5 | Duration Two years, full time; three years, part time.

Course Fees

Annual Fee: £7400