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Health and Social Care FdSc

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    L511

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    2 years full time

  • Starting:

    September

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

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Overview


Our Health and Social Care FdSc course is aimed at those who are interested in caring for people, and is designed for those with a caring, practical nature, who wish to understand the theoretical basis behind care. If you wish to enter health or social care provision in an advanced support worker role, Senior Support Worker, Assistant Practitioner or similar roles in Health and Social Care sectors our course may be for you.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 23/09/2020

Highlights


  • Multiple course progression pathways available.
  • Supportive work-based mentors and placement tutors available.
  • Immersive work placements integrated into the course structure.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

Course Content


  • Our FdSc in Health and Social Care course provides you with a unique opportunity to achieve a relevant qualification that matches your personal and professional development needs. The course also aims to support you in developing your own higher level thinking skills such as essay writing, analytical and research skills.

    This two year programme is full-time and closely links theory and practice within Health and Social Care. The design of the course recognises the significant contribution of support workers in both health and social care settings focusing on improving service delivery.

    Please note: Students are expected to follow the Faculty of Health and Society’s Policies on Confidentiality, Uniform and Student Discipline.

    The Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care is a two year course which combines theory and practice. To graduate students must pass both parts.

    Practice Placements

    Practice placements are compulsory elements of the course and are non-negotiable. The University arranges placements for students using a variety of health and social care settings all of which are within a 30 mile radius of the campus.

    There is one placement lasting approximately 8 weeks during your first year and another placement of around 11 weeks during your second year.

    As part of your placement you may be required to work shifts which could include some anti-social hours. Some shifts may start as early as 7am.

    Uniforms

    The University will provide you with two University tunics and two pairs of trousers to wear during your placement but you will need to provide your own flat, black shoes.

    Placements travel

    You must be prepared to travel to and from placement by bus or your own transport. You need to fund your own travelling costs.

    Schedule

    You can expect to spend approximately three days per week in lectures, with a further two days in self-directed study.

    Assessments

    A variety of assessment methods are used on this course including case studies, presentations, portfolios, examinations and essays.

    Occupational Health and DBS

    Because of the nature of the course, all applicants must have an Occupational Health check and enhanced DBS check before starting the course.

    The University of Northampton must ensure that applicants who are offered a place to study on the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care are suitable to work with vulnerable clients under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

    For more information, please visit DBS website.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250

    Additional Costs

    Students are not required to purchase any textbooks. We endeavour to ensure that all necessary material is available in the library.

    Students will be required to pay any transport costs incurred as part of completing their placement, there may also be some cost towards uniform.

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2020/21. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    International

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500

    Additional Costs

    Students are not required to purchase any textbooks. We endeavour to ensure that all necessary material is available in the library.

    Students will be required to pay any transport costs incurred as part of completing their placement, there may also be some cost towards uniform  and you will need to provide your own black, flat shoes.

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

  • Placements are arranged by the University and can be in a variety of settings with different client groups including: children, elderly, those with learning difficulties, brain injuries, homelessness and addiction. You will have a work-based mentor and a placement tutor will visit you and support you throughout your placement.

    You will be provided with a uniform for the placement but you will need to provide your own black, flat shoes. Please note that travel to and from your placement, which can be as much as 30 miles, is not funded by the University.

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