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Health and Social Care FdSc

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    L511

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    2 years full-time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    £9,250

  • Fees International:

    £13,000

  • Location:

    Waterside

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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 894503

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.

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.

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.

Updated 13/04/2021

Highlights


      • Multiple course progression pathways available.
      • Supportive work-based mentors and placement tutors available.
      • Immersive work placements integrated into the course structure.
      • HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible students* (*see eligibility criteria terms and conditions apply).

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Course Content


  • 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.

    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.

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

    MODULES

    Module information can be found on the Award Map.

  • A typical offer would be:

    • DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC.
    • If you have an Access course qualification you must have a minimum of 15 credits at Merit.

    In addition you will be expected to have achieved:

    • GCSE English Language (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above.
    • You will also need to provide evidence of study in the last five years.

    You will need to demonstrate prior interest and engagement with health and social care in either a voluntary, personal or working perspective.

    Please note that all offers are subject to:

    • successful Occupational Health Screening and,
    • a clear Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.
    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.

    How to Apply

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

  • 2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • International: £13,000
    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.

    • UK and EU Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • International: £12,900
    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.

    Scholarships and Bursaries

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • On successful completion of the Health and Social Care Foundation Degree FdSc, you may be eligible to apply to top-up your qualification to a full honours degree with our BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care (Top-up) course.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks 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.

  • Do I need to buy my 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.

    Do I need to travel to placements?

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

    What is the schedule like?

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

    How will I be assessed?

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

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Careers and Employability


You can pursue a wide range of career and further study opportunities after completing the FdSc Health and Social Care. We offer you the opportunity to take a one year course that will allow you to top up your FdSc to a BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care allowing you to enhance your experience and career prospects.