About the FdSc Professional Healthcare Studies programme
Health and Social care is currently undergoing significant changes in the way services are delivered and as a result of this, training of healthcare professional needs to be responsive to changes taking place. This programme of study aims to deliver high quality education to the local and wider workforce for the future local healthcare sector.
The content of the programme reflects the need for professionals to develop a person centred ethos of care to a wide range of adults with differing age and care needs. This will be provided within both placements and simulated classroom settings which will enable students to develop the skills and knowledge required to deliver quality healthcare provision. The academic element of the programme will provide students with the opportunity to gain valuable theoretical knowledge and skills which they will apply to the practice setting.
The general aims of the programme are to:
• Provide a programme of study for those who wish to work in the healthcare sector or for those who are currently working in a Healthcare setting who wish to progress beyond the role of Healthcare Assistant.
• Equip students with the theoretical knowledge, professional conduct competencies and practice skills necessary to work with service users in a healthcare setting.
• Develop reflective practitioners who are ‘fit for practice’ to safeguard the health and well-being of the public.
A standard offer for entry onto level 4 will be 80 UCAS points or 60 Access to HE credits (of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3) in a health/social care related subject. Applicants are also required to hold English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent) grade C/4.
In line with the widening participation brief, the Institute encourages applications from those who lack formal academic 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 taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience and motivation. Students will still be required to have GCSE Maths and English pass grade C/4 or above.
Accreditation of Prior Learning
Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APcL) or work/life experience or other uncertificated learning (APeL).
This programme involves regular contact with vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity, as such a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required prior to enrolment to enable the student to go into placement. The cost of the undertaking is the responsibility of the student and the outcome of the DBS will be considered on an individual basis.
What you will learn
Level 4 (Certificate Stage)
- Foundation Clinical Skills
- Research and Study Skills
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Professional Practice
- Clinical Skills for Practice
- Social Policy and Health Inequalities
Level 5 (Diploma Stage)
- Advanced Clinical Skills (A&P and Clinical Skills)
- Personal and Professional Development
- Dementia and Mental Health Awareness
- Social inequalities and safeguarding
- Health Promotion & Well Being
- Psychology in the Health Care Setting
Learning & Teaching Methods
Teaching and learning strategies: The ethos of this programme is to place the service user as the primary focus, delivering value based and individualised care. The focus is on enabling students to acquire and develop skills and take responsibility of their personal learning development. The strategies all pull together to move towards the aim of independent student learning within a blended framework. Knowledge acquisition and application will be developed through interactive lectures, student led discussions, directed learning tasks, group work, preparing for and delivering presentations, and practical tasks.
Clinical experience within a specialised learning environment. Placement opportunities with experienced practitioners in relatable environments. Small cohort sizes to encourage learner interaction and support.
On successful completion of the foundation degree students have to potential to articulate to a BSc Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedics or ODP programme of study. Furthermore, students could apply to join a Health & Social Care Top up to gain BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care.