Health and Social Care FdSc

Health and Social Care FdSc

Primarily aimed at Health and Social Care workers, this highly flexible Level 5 Foundation Degree course will develop your knowledge and skills. The programme is designed to transform your knowledge of Health and Social Care.  You will study a diverse range of topics from Social and Welfare Systems to Science for Health and Social Care.  As the programme combines both classroom study and work-based learning, it will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be a confident and competent assistant practitioner.  

It is open to people who are qualified and keen to explore new aspects of care – specifically for Assistant Practitioners, as well as Team Leaders, senior carers, support workers and similar roles.  The content of the course is varied and split across two years. You will have the opportunity to apply theory and new understanding to your own practice, developing yourself as a health and care professional. This is a full-time equivalent programme. You will attend college one day a week but will be expected to study and prepare for assessments in your own time. Year 1 is about developing the foundations for health and care practice across the fields of practice. This includes preparing for your academic and professional learning, biosciences, understanding the influences of health and well-being of yourselves and others, and consideration of underpinning values and beliefs.

Year 1 will enable you to further develop therapeutic relationships, communicating and collaborating in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care delivery within your practice. This will also extend your application of bioscience knowledge. The themes of public health, prevention and health promotion will be explored. 

Year 2 the programme focuses on the complex care of people with multiple comorbidities.  

You will explore your role leading, managing and coordinating care delivery, and the supervision of others. Throughout there will also be a focus on your and others well-being and the support required to develop confident resilient practitioners. You will explore the legal and ethical aspects involved in care delivery and apply evidence to everyday practice. 


Year 1:  

Biological Science, Growth and Development (15 Credit) 

Public Health and Wellbeing (15 Credit) 

Study Skills for Foundation Degrees (15 Credit) 

Work Based Learning 1 – Fundamentals of Care (30 Credit) 

Applied Social Science for Health and Social Care (15 Credit) 

Work Based Learning 2 – Assessment of Care (30 Credit) 

Year 2:

Embedding Quality in Care Delivery (15 Credit)

Social Policy and Welfare Systems (15 Credit) 

Work Based Learning 3 – Complex Care Delivery (30 Credit)

Applying Evidence to Practice (15 Credit) 

Legal and Ethical Aspects of Care (15 Credit) 

HESC5036 Work Based Learning 4 – Management of Care (30 Credit)

Entry requirements

You should normally be in employment, as you must be able to continue working in an appropriate health or social care setting while undertaking the work-based learning component. However, there may also be several places available to applicants who are not currently in employment. 

Typical entry requirements are: 

  • 3 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English Language and Maths, plus 

  • Level 3 BTEC, NVQ or other appropriate vocational qualification in Health and Social Care  

  • Evidence of employment (paid or voluntary) with a minimum of 16 hours per week in an appropriate setting 

  • Evidence of Occupational Health Clearance and a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check

Each application will be considered on an individual basis following the University's principle of widening access to those who might not have the traditional academic entry criteria to degree level awards. 

Pre-Interview Assessment online, answering some values-based questions 

Course interview – held in person at Queens Drive with Programme Lead or Module Lead.  

Mature applicants without formal qualifications, but with evidence of sufficient, relevant industry experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Students who are non-native English speakers must be able to demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels indicated below

IELTS Academic – An overall score of 6, with a minimum score of 5.5 in all 4 components

We require evidence of international qualifications at point of application. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to consider applicants that require a Student Visa to study in the UK.

Assessment methods

Assessment feedback is intended to shape and develop your learning. It is fundamental and directly linked to the programme and module learning outcomes. Assessment and feedback approaches will help you to develop your learning needed for your future working life.

Assessment and Feedback will:

  • Provide you with clear, consistent, individualised and specific assessment guidance

  • Include formative and summative feedback which will be timely, understandable and will enable you to build on your positive achievements and give you a clear sense of what you need to do to improve

  • Include a range of assessment approaches e.g., practice assessment, exams, programme work, or presentations

  • Be constructive, relevant, legible, balanced and helpful.

Assessment of practice learning occurs within the credit rated Clinical Practice Experience (CPE) modules which must be passed for you to progress to the next Part of the programme and to be eligible for completion of the programme. Your practice assessment is undertaken utilising a programme Practice Assessment Document (PAD). Your practice will be assessed by the module lead for each Work Based Learning (WBL) module. You will also be supported in practice-by-Practice Supervisors who will also contribute to your development and assessment. A variety of assessment methods will be used, including essays, reports, reflective accounts, case studies and the production of educational resources.?

Future career and study opportunities

On successful completion of this course you may wish to progress to a Level 6 Honours Degree in Health and Social Care. Alternatively, you could take a further year of specialist study via our innovative Student Designed Award.

If you wish to apply for a Nursing degree, you may be considered for direct entry onto Year Two of the Oxford Brookes Nursing Programme. Other career options open to you include a team leader or assistant practitioner within your current (or a new) setting.


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