FdSc Healthcare Studies

UCAS Code: G80 B1G7 Credit Level: 5 Credit Value: 240 Course Start Date: September Course Duration: 2 years full time
FdSc Healthcare Studies Awarding body

Your Programme

About the FdSc Healthcare Studies programme

Students on the Healthcare Studies Foundation Degree are taught by industry specialists who are working in the healthcare industry, and are up-to-date with current practice. Based at the University Centre Grimsby, this programme encourages students to explore their individual area of interest and allows them to choose a specialism from mental health, adult healthcare and children’s health. The programme provides an enriching experience where tutors are committed to encouraging students to become independent and autonomous learners, whilst developing their own sense of professional identity and integrity within an occupational discipline.

Entry Requirements

Standard offer

Applicants will require 80 UCAS points, or 60 Access-to-HE Credits (of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3). Applicants are required to hold English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent) at grade C/4.

Non-standard offer

Non-standard entry is intended to support students who may not meet the standard academic entry requirements of a HE programme, normally level 3 qualifications which attract UCAS points (for instance A-levels or BTEC level 3 courses). An applicant must be able to demonstrate recent work/experience in the relevant sector which would give them skills and knowledge comparable to applicants with Level 3 qualifications.

Consideration will be given to those applicants with relevant experience within the health and care sector. All such applicants will be set an appropriate piece of work of a 1500-word essay and a judgement made considering their academic potential and relevant experience and motivation.

Students will still be required to have GCSE/level 2 Maths and English pass grade C/4 or above.

Additional requirements – Health Checks

As this course includes mandatory patient-facing placements in health or social care settings, you will need to comply with the placement policy or Government COVID-19 vaccination rules for those settings. This includes any changes to these rules announced at a future date. Failure to comply with any vaccination requirements could see the placement withdrawn, and this may result in your withdrawal from the course. You should be aware that future employment in this sector may also be subject to COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

What you will learn

Level 4 (Certificate Stage)

  • Preparing for Professional Practice
  • Introducing Clinical Skills
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Developing Clinical Skills
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Counselling Skills and Communication
  • Introduction to Mental Health

Level 5 (Foundation Degree Stage)

  • Developing Practice Skills
  • Advancing Skills and Medicine Management
  • Psychology within a Healthcare Setting
  • Health Promotion and Wellbeing
  • Contemporary Issues in Health
  • Care for Older People (optional)
  • Pharmacology and Interventions (optional)
  • Child and Adolescence Health and Development (optional)

Learning & Teaching Methods

This course is primarily designed for face-to-face learning, with attendance during lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses, or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the campus is closed, TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted, with some lessons taking place in small groups and others using online sessions and support.

At level 4, students are supported to develop their academic skills through a research and study skills module which will enable them to be able to complete their assessments to the correct level of academic requirements. Essay and report writing, presentations using ICT, reflective writing, undertaking secondary research and presenting structured arguments and Harvard referencing will be introduced and assessed. At this level basic principles of all the concepts within these modules are taught so these can be built upon as they progress to higher levels.

At level 5, students are supported to build upon the academic skills gained at level 4 with a stronger focus on independent research, developing skills further in critical thinking and writing, constructing critical arguments, and using wider source material to support their work. Module assessment will be varied to develop and test the students’ academic, problem solving and practice skills at the required level.

Knowledge and understanding are acquired through several methods within the FdSc Healthcare studies programme. These methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work, research activities, computer assisted learning, case studies and other multi-media presentation. There will be enrichment opportunities for students throughout each academic year that will be presented via guest speakers as well as master classes within the institute that will hold a different focus, such as research or employability.

The use of self-directed study and independent learning will be essential to all levels, with tutors guiding and assisting self-directed learning, dependent on the level of the student. The VLE will be used widely to enable self-directed study and involvement with the sector and other institutions. The VLE will be utilised for independent engagement with students, whereas social media will be used as a notice board for students and outside bodies.

The clinical skills suites will be utilised for clinical skill development, which students will build upon throughout the programme both in the simulated environment and placements. Students on this programme also have a unique opportunity to develop these skills within the healthcare sector through their practice placements. Students will undertake 450 hours of work-based learning across the two years of study. Students will be required to have a supervisor in sector, to learn and develop more specialised and relevant practical and professional skills; this is something implemented throughout all elements of this foundation degree.

Programme Benefits

There are a wide range of transferable skills that students will develop during this programme. These skills are designed to encourage students in a positive and progressive manner in their education and placement. These methods will introduce students to research managing, time managing, presentation skills, ability to work within a group and individually, presentation of self, professional standards and professional qualities when dealing with service users. The programme aims to facilitate critical thinking and reflection by questioning and critically discussing beliefs, discourses and attitudes. Anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice is embedded throughout the programme, which is aimed to challenge students in order to address issues across a diverse client group. These methods are embedded into all the modules which are taught within this programme.

What next?

TEC Partnership is committed to offering a related top up bachelor’s degree in this subject area which will allow graduates to top up to a full bachelor’s degree. It is likely that the top-up programme will be validated under new TEC Partnership degree awarding powers.

This programme will continue to support the development of the School of HE Health and Care Industries, which aims to provide a diverse range of programmes ensuring current and appropriate practice-based provision to the local health and social care sector, for example, the local partnership with North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS (NLaG). This programme will complement existing programmes of study such as FdA Social Care, and will provide a potential feeder programme for BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care (Top-Up).

Furthermore, it provides students with the opportunity to progress onto undergraduate healthcare programmes. Elective modules at level 5 will enable students to explore specialist areas of health in more detail when choosing their optional modules, which include Mental Health, Child and Adolescence Health and Care of the Older Adult.

Students will also be able to seek local employment positions within the allied healthcare and private sectors.