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The FdSc Health and Social Care aims to develop the students understanding of the challenges found in the social care setting. By studying aspects of psychology, social policy and the legal system; students are able to develop knowledge that could enable them to progress into numerous careers within the social work, social care and community sector.
The practical based learning ensures that students have not only an academic understanding of this area but also an idea of the demands often encountered whilst working in this sector. The aim of this Foundation Degree is to produce employable and knowledgeable individuals who can success in what is a rapidly developing and changing area.
For 2017 entry onwards: applicants must have 80 UCAS points from two A' Levels or level 3 equivalent or an Access to HE Diploma. Students must also hold GCSE grade C or above English and Maths or equivalent.
The Institute also encourages applications from students who lack formal qualifications. All applicants will be interviewed, set a piece of work (1500 word essay) and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant practice experience.
All applicants must undertake a target skills assessment as part of the admissions process. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include evidence of relevant practice experience in sector.
All students must complete a minimum of 200 hours of mandatory work placement over the duration of the programme. Students are expected to complete relevant health screening questionnaires (when necessary for placement requirements) and DBS checks before entry into any work placement.
Upon successful completion of this Foundation Degree, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career, or advance an existing one in the social care sector as an advanced practitioner. The programme also offers articulation onto one of the Institute's honours degree top-up programmes. The course provides the essential and transferable skills for individuals to succeed in the social care sector.
Methods of learning and teaching are designed to support students in becoming active members of a learning community. Students will be expected to work together in an informal environment as well as in formal classes where a culture of dignity, courtesy and mutual respect with staff and their peers is essential. A variety of methods will be used such as lectures, interactive lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, student led seminars, tutor-led seminars together with peer support. Integrating a work-based or placement opportunity, students will be visited in the workplace by a member of Institute staff to ensure a positive partnership between the employer mentor and to monitor that learning in the workplace is effective. Workplace learning is designed to support the development of an employable graduate equipped with the attributes, skills and knowledge to progress within a global market.