Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Health & Social Care

Foundation Degree

an elderly person using a zimmer frame

Availability & Details

Health and Social Care, Foundation Degree SF-HESCFD-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Adult Learning, Full Time, Higher Education

Academic Year 2023-24 (2 years)

Examination board
Chichester University

How to apply

Contact us


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, sociopolitical and philosophical viewpoints, which will be 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. 

Cost: £4,795 per year.

To include:
– 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 one 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.

My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student

College is definitely worth all the effort you put in, you get to meet lots of different people and it’s amazing.

Ebony Puttock, A Level student

The teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.

Katie Whittingham, A Level student