FdA Social Care

UCAS Code: GRIMC G80 L5G1 Credit Level: 5 Credit Value: 240 Course Start Date: September Course Duration: 2 years full time

Develop the key requirements you'll need to work as a practitioner in the broad and valuable sector of social care

FdA Social Care Awarding body

Your Programme

About the FdA Social Care programme

This programme delivers a foundation degree that provides a challenging and high quality academic grounding for existing and future practitioners in the social care sector. It seeks to do this by encouraging students to develop a critical understanding of social care practice across the lifespan. Taking an integrated approach between theory, policy and practice, it aims to develop students’ knowledge, skills and values to enable them to take on the roles and responsibilities within the changing world of Social Care.

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop their conceptual understanding in order that they are able to critically evaluate evidence based practice within the social care sector and apply the knowledge gained to develop future Social Care practice.

Entry Requirements

All applicants irrespective of entry qualification(s) will be formally interviewed by an appropriate member of academic team.

Standard Offer
Standard entry requirement for the degree will be 80 UCAS points from 2 A levels or HE equivalent or a Level 3 Access to HE. A minimum of grade ‘4’ or C in GCSE English and Maths or equivalent Functional Skills Level 2 in both English and Maths (evidence required). Applicants should have subject knowledge acquired via life skills or by work experience.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to include evidence of relevant practice experience in sector.

Non-standard Offer
The Institute will also encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications (80 UCAS Points). Applicants will still require a minimum of grade ‘4’ or C in GCSE English and Maths or equivalent Functional Skills Level 2 in both English and Maths. All such non-traditional applicants will be interviewed, set an appropriate piece of work in the form an essay (completed at the University) which demonstrates the use of ICT. A judgement will be made taking account of their academic potential and relevant life and or work experience. All applicants will be required to undertake a target skills assessment as part of their admissions process.

Accreditation of Prior Learning
Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APcL) or work experience or other uncertificated learning (APeL) (see section 8.3 – Accreditation of prior learning (experiential and certificated) of the Higher Education Quality Handbook which can be found at http://www.grimsby.ac.uk/About-us/section8.html).

What you will learn

Across the programme you will study modules covering social care practice, the changing social care sector and issues affecting social care with children and vulnerable adults

Level 4 (Certificate Stage)

  • Developing Professional Skills (WBL)
  • Study Skills & Research in Social Care
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Practice.
  • Understanding Society
  • Theories & Models of Social Care
  • Developmental Psychology – Child and Youth Development

Across the programme you will study modules covering social care practice, the changing social care sector and issues affecting social care with children and vulnerable adults

Level 5 (Foundation Degree (Diploma) Stage)

  • Professional Practice (WBL)
  • Working with Vulnerable People
  • Contemporary Issues in Social Care
  • Solution Focused Practice
  • Developmental Psychology across the Lifespan
  • Health Promotion; Investigation and Planning

Learning & Teaching Methods

This course is primarily designed for face to face learning with you attending your 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 happening in small groups and others happening using online sessions and support.  We will make decisions on the delivery hours for each programme as government advice becomes clearer.  For the placements in your programme, TEC Partnership will do everything it can to ensure you have the opportunity to complete the placement element of your programme and/or potentially, where possible, amend the programme removing the requirement for placement (or part of it) if there is likely to be difficulty.   We are currently reviewing this programme and some elements of the published programmes may need to change in order for students to achieve.  We will advise you of these changes once they are completed.

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 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 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 will be encouraged. Module assessment will be varied to develop and test the students’ academic, problem solving and practice skills at the required level

Programme Benefits

On completing the foundation degree students are qualified to Level 5 and are ready to enter the work force in a variety of social care settings within the private, public or third sector in roles such as support workers, mentors, children’s residential worker, family support worker or community/outreach workers.

What next?

Upon successful completing of this foundation degree you may be eligible for admission to BA Health and Social Care (Top up) delivered at Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education. You may be able to gain entry to other degree programmes, such as BA (Hons) Social Work at other higher education institutions.  Graduates of this foundation degree may secure employment in a range of social care related professions or may look towards a career in teaching.