FdA Social Care

UCAS Code: 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 become a competent practitioner in the broad and valuable sector of social care

FdA Social Care Awarding body

Your Programme

About the FdA Social Care programme

Social Care workers play a pivotal role in the support and care of vulnerable children and adults within a rapidly changing society. There has never been a more poignant time for those wishing to develop a career within the social care sector, or for those who already work within the sector, to undertake study which will provide them with the essential skills, knowledge and practice experience to gain formal qualifications in Social Care.  The current pandemic has notably had a detrimental impact upon the social care workforce and our communities. A significant increase in referrals and accessing services has identified the importance of the social care sector and its workforce as pivotal components in the promotion of societal health, wellbeing and care delivery.  The FdA Social Care programme aims to equip students with knowledge surrounding contemporary issues within social care, interventions utilised, and the importance of care delivery. The work-based learning element will allow students to gain practical experience within sector, with opportunities to upskill and continuously progress during their learning journey, establishing links between theory and practice during study and within future employment.

Entry Requirements

Standard offer

Applicants will require 80 UCAS points in a related subject, 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.

All such non-standard applicants will be interviewed, set an appropriate piece of work and a judgement made considering their academic potential and relevant work/experience. All applicants must provide evidence of GCSE Maths or English at Grade C/4 or equivalent.

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

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 – The Early Years

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
  • Research Methods

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.

Placement opportunities will provide students opportunities to link theory to practice, promoting both personal and professional growth.

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?

Students studying on the programme may progress on to further study to complete a top-up in Health & Social Care or Childhood and Youth Studies within the University Centre. Upon completion of the programme, students could also apply to other HE providers to undertake a Social Work or Social Science degree.

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.