Social Care & Early Years

Health and Social Care - Foundation Degree in Science (FdSc)

Start Date: 10th September 2018
Course Code: C01615 NAF1A

  • Higher Education
  • Full-time
  • Newtownabbey


Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Number of weeks: 32
Start date: 10th September 2018
End date: 21st June 2019
Time: TBC
Information Event: Y

Fee for 2018/2019 Academic Year:

£2500 Click here to view payment options available

Course Content

The Foundation Degree Science (FdSc) in Health and Social Care is a new innovative and contemporary course from Ulster University which will be attractive to both students and employers in the Health and Social Care sector. The aim of this Foundation Degree is to address the needs of the local market by preparing graduates to gain a range of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to meet the current and future evolving needs of Health and Social Care services in Northern Ireland.

In Year 1 you will gain an exciting introduction to Health and Social Care by studying a range of modules including Effective Communication in Health & Social Care, Safeguarding and Managing Risk, Foundations in Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care, Psychology Theory and Application, Introduction to Social Policy Concepts, Introduction to Sociology and Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice.

In Year 2 you will undertake a variety of modules (specific to your chosen pathway). In addition, all students must complete 240 hours of Work Based Learning (placement), which will also be assessed.

Special Features

In year two students will be required to complete 240 hours of Work Based Learning in placement, which will be assessed. This course will contain an educational trip in year 1.

Assessment Methods

Modules will be assessed through essays, reports, individual/group presentations and examinations.

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Applicants must:

(a) satisfy the University’s general entry requirements and

(b) have attained grade A, B or C at GCSE level in 5 subjects or an equivalent standard in an approved alternative qualification and

(c) provide evidence of competence in numeracy (GCSE grade C or above or equivalent – this requirement may be met within (b)) and  

(d) hold a BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or a related Level 3 subject area, or 1 GCE A Level pass or equivalent (but a minimum of 48 UCAS points)

OR as an alternative to (a), (b), (c) and (d):

(e) provide evidence of their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.

Non-standard admission will be agreed with the University Faculties.

Where mature students wish to have prior education and/or experience taken into account, in lieu of meeting the full course entry requirements, they should contact the relevant Course Director by 13 August, as an application deadline will apply.  Applicants must also refer to further details available online.

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Upon successful completion of the course (depending on the pathway undertaken) students may be able to progress to Year 3 part-time of either BSc (Hons) Health and Wellbeing / BSc (Hons) Applied Health Studies or BSc (Hons) Health and part-time Social Care Policy (with bridging) at Ulster University. In addition, upon successful completion of the FdSc in Health and Social Care students can also apply for admission to a range of Allied Health Profession Degree programmes including Nursing, Social Work and Community Youth Work as well as a range of Social and Life Science Degrees including Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology and many more.

Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s admission and progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.

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