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The Learning Institute

Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care ​​​​​​​(2018-19 entry)

Completing the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care can provide a wide range of career opportunities.  During your studies you will explore these possibilities which can be as diverse as nursing, mental health, youth work, caring for people with special needs and the elderly.

Key Features:

  • Small student groups
  • Plenty of support from your tutors to build your confidence
  • Opportunity to study close to home
  • Having access to the University of Worcester resources online in addition to resources in your centre

“(Studying the foundation degree) was the best thing I’ve done.” Karen 

“The Learning Institute’s inclusive, can-do ethos has done so much for me and I am so glad I saw the advert and applied.” Helen

About the course 

The Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care is accredited by the University of Worcester and delivered by The Learning Institute.  The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for academic achievement, lifelong learning and future employment.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

We will enable you to learn through seven hour sessions, each with six hours contact time and an hour’s worth of breaks run over 29 weeks, term time only. Sessions are a combination of lectures, group and individual work, all of which aim to encourage student interaction. Sessions will focus on subject specific information and will take a variety of different formats to promote your learning. Case studies, scenarios and problem based learning will facilitate development of inquiry into real world situations, developing your skills, knowledge and practice.  In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are available and encouraged, in order to support you throughout the course.  

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely aligned to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes academics and professional practitioners with relevant experience. 

In addition to the contact time and practice hours, you are expected to undertake around a minimum of 15 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations and preparing for examinations. 
A range of excellent learning facilities, including the library resources at your centre, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, supports independent learning. 

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of optional ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has mandatory ‘summative’ assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, case studies, reflective portfolios, presentations.

You will receive feedback on all assessments. We aim to provide you with constructive feedback on summative assessments within 20 working days of the submission deadline date. Feedback supports learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate in order to set targets.


You will undertake at least 200 hours of practice, which can be your employment, if this is a suitable setting to Health and Social Care (this is equivalent to 1 to 2 days a week, depending on the setting) in each academic year in a relevant placement setting (subject to clearance). You are responsible for arranging your placement and support from the work based learning team is available to do so. You will be supported in the placement setting by a mentor and a visiting Learning Institute tutor during your placement. They will enable you to achieve the most from your experience, agree your learning, as well as practice set goals.

What can you expect to study?

This section contains an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ:

Year 1:

  • Effective Communication and Ethical Practice

This module aims to provide the opportunity to practice strategies for effective communication and to explore values, attitudes, prejudices and inequalities in relation to working with service users, clients, carers and their families and how they impact interactions in health and social care. 

  • Understanding and Promoting Health and Well-being Across the Lifecourse

This module provides students with the foundation knowledge of health and well-being and the promotion of healthy living through the life course. Students have the opportunity to explore the multidimensional nature of health and well-being at individual, community and societal levels.

  • Health and Social Care: Legislation, Policy and Best Practice

This module explores the potential impact that legislation, policy and regulation can have on improving the quality of mental health services.  In particular, the module encourages students to explore and gain a better understanding of how the quality of services for people with a variety of mental health support needs can be improved. Students will examine the linkages between initiatives and approaches to improve the quality of services, and the legislative and policy framework as it affects service users, carers and their families.   

  • Health and Social Care: Personal and Professional Development in the Work Place

Personal and Professional Development in the Work Place provides students with the opportunity to integrate theory to practice in the reality of the workplace, to reflect on their own role within the work environment and to focus their professional development on guided areas in line with the National Occupational Standards (NOS) Health and Social Care (Skills for Care 2012), National Minimum Training Standards for Health Care Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England (Skills for Care 2013), and other significant and contemporary work based frameworks.
It will provide the opportunity for students to develop and practice generic and specific skills relevant to their workplace. Students will maintain a reflective journal and practice portfolio of evidence, which will develop skills for lifelong learning and facilitate personal development.
Practice learning is facilitated and supported by a Course Leader, tutorial staff, action-learning sets and by the agreed mentor.

Year 2:

  • Applied Research and Evidence Based Practice 

The aim of this module is to equip students with the skills to both critique and carry out research in health or social care.  This module will look at the process of research from the beginning, from the initial research idea to the presentation of a possible research question for their independent study. This is done to assist students to develop a critical appreciation of a range of different research methodologies and methods and their underpinning concepts.

  • Team Working and Empowerment

This module facilitates analysis of team working within professional practice. It will introduce students to specific ‘problems’ within contemporary practice using a ‘problem based learning’ style approach. Students will be supported to apply relevant theory to help understand the issues and resolve the specific ‘problems’ presented to them as part of this module, recognising the strengths within a team and solutions to achieving good team work. In doing so, students will develop a portfolio which will provide them with useful tools to help them resolve team work issues in their future roles as leaders and managers within health and social care.

  • Applied Human Biology and Managing Health Conditions

This module aims to provide students with a basic understanding of normal human anatomy and physiological function that can be applied to the patients and clients that they care for. The module will cover basic structure and function of the major human organ systems involved in the role of homeostasis in maintaining organ system stability. It will allow the application of anatomy and physiology to common medical conditions in health and social care practice, helping them to explain the signs and symptoms that patients and clients present with. It will also enable them to understand the interventions used and decisions made in health and social care.

  • Health and Social Care: Individual Project in the Work Place

Students are supported by their work based learning module leader and their work place mentor to identify a manageable project that they will undertake to improve an area of practice within their setting.  They must be able to demonstrate their understanding of theory, application of current theory and adherence to policy and legislative frameworks.

  • Reviewing Academic Literature in Health and Social Care

Students come from a wide variety of work and placement settings; this module is an opportunity for the student to select a topic that increases their knowledge in an area that is of particular interest and relevance to their work place or placement.

Career progression

There are opportunities to progress via a third year of top-up study, accredited by the University of Worcester, with The Learning Institute to a BA (Hons) Professional Practice or a BSc (Hons) in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.  Graduates also have the opportunity to progress into a variety of alternative courses elsewhere, which would be subject to selection and recruitment processes, availability of places and completion of Recognition of Prior Learning.  

Graduates can expect greater employability and enhanced promotion prospects. There should be opportunities open to you in health and care sectors, voluntary and private organisations.       

Skills gained:

  • Practical skills developed through work-based learning
  • Values, knowledge and skills relevant to working in health and social care services
  • Assess, plan, implement and make sound judgements in care delivery
  • Develop skills and strategies necessary for working in partnership with a range of service users and their families, services, professionals and groups across the health & social care settings
  • Evaluation and application of research
  • Wide variety of personal and transferable skills including assessing and planning, problem solving and decision making, mental health promotion, interdisciplinary working and interpersonal skills
  • Reflective practice

How much will it cost and how do I apply?

Application requirements

Under 21 years – 32 UCAS tariff points at A level which must include at least one 6-unit award.

Other acceptable qualifications include:

  • AVCE
  • BTEC
  • Pre-2002 qualifications (eg. GNVQ, BTEC, ND etc)
  • NVQ Level 3
  • European Baccalaureate (65%).
  • Foundation Year/ Access course pass

Over 21 years – If you do not have any of the above qualifications, your application is still welcome.  We take into account your previous knowledge and life experiences, both inside and outside employment.

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service is required for this course, plus an occupational health check.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.

Applicants need to apply to UCAS, the central organisation through which all full-time Higher Education applications are processed in the UK.

Course fees for academic year 2018-19: £9,250 per year

Apply here UCAS with the following codes:

University Code: W80

Course Code: L511

Campus Code: I

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Alternatively you can call one of our offices:

Callington 01579 386123 or Roche 01726 891807