Health & Social Care

Foundation Degree

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Availability & Details

Health and Social Care - Foundation Degree - Year 1 SF-HESCFD-G(2122)1A1

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full-Time, Higher Education, UCAS

13-Sep-2021 - 17-Jun-2022 (weeks)

Examination board
Chichester University
Course Full Fee £4795.00
Exam Full Fee £0.00
Course Learning Loan £4795.00
Exam Learning Loan £0.00

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Throughout this one day a week programme, you will gain a solid understanding about the diverse contexts of health and social care professions, and the programme also incorporates the National Minimum Training Standards for Adult Social Care Workers in England (Skills for Care 2013).

Your course will include psychological, historical, cultural, sociological, socio political and philosophical viewpoints, delivered through a combination of taught sessions and employer-supported work-based learning, giving you an ideal combination of learning methods.

The University of Chichester is the awarding institution for this qualification. 

– A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (MMM grade), or similar qualification e.g. A Levels or Access to Higher Education (equivalent to 96 UCAS Tariff points)
– You must be employed or doing voluntary work in a health or social care setting for a minimum of 12 hours per week. You should have the support of your employer or voluntary setting (unless self-employed) and have a satisfactory enhanced DBS check
– Two GCSEs at grade 4 or above, which should include English Language. A written task for applicants without evidence of GCSE qualifications can be undertaken.

Year One:

  • Developing Academic and Professional Skills
  • Health and Social Care in Context
  • Reflective Practice and Decision Making
  • Safeguarding Children and Adults
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Inter-professional working.


Year Two:

  • Disability in Health and Social Care
  • Dementia
  • Psychology and Mental Health
  • Understanding and Applying Research
  • Health and Well-being
  • Working with Substance Misuse.

The course is delivered partly through taught sessions and partly through employer supported work-based learning. You will be taught in small groups and there is individual tutorial support to assist with the planning and checking of coursework.

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, including essays, case studies, reports, observations, individual and group presentations and a dissertation proposal.

The FdA in health and social care will enable you to work at a higher/management level within the health and social care sector, and/or top up to the 1 year BA (Hons) in Adult Social Care degree programme here at HSDC, or alternatively, a Bachelor’s degree programme at a university.

We have links with a variety of health care providers, giving students access to real life best practice and news.

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student

The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. This college is the best by far.

Amber Searle, BTEC student

I focused and worked hard to get the grades. I had some support from my lecturer during a stressful time. The college is really good and supportive.

Natasha Boerer, BTEC student