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

Start Date: 13th September 2021
Code: PHFB01615

  • Higher Education
  • Full-time
  • Ballymena
  • Course Information
  • We are currently not accepting applications for this course. To make an enquiry or register your interest please email the course contact below. Applications for 2022/23 will open in January 2022.


Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 13th September 2021
End date: 5th June 2023
Information Event: Y

Fee for 2021/2022 Academic Year:

£2500 - View available payment options.

Course Content

The Foundation Degree in Science (FdSc) in Health and Social Care is an innovative and contemporary course validated by 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 equip the students  with the 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 and beyond.

In Year 1 you will gain an exciting introduction into Health and Social Care by studying a range of modules including:

  • Effective Communication in Health and 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
  • Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice.

In Year 2 you will undertake modules such as:

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Physiological Responses for Health and Wellbeing
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Innovative Practices to Support Health and Wellbeing
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care.

In addition, all students must complete 240 hours of Work Based Learning in an employment setting, which will also be assessed.

Watch this video to find out more about studying this course at the College.

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 meeting 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 as soon as possible, as an application deadline will apply.  Applicants must also refer to further details online.

All applicants must be aware that they will also need to satisfy Enhanced Disclosure from Access NI. 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.

In the event of oversubscription, the College reserves the right to increase the entry criteria for this programme to GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above in preference to Essential Skills or lower graded GCSEs. Applicants will still be reviewed in date order and by order of preference.

Upon successful completion of the course students can seek to apply to progress to Year 3 of either BSc (Hons) Health and Wellbeing / BSc (Hons) Applied Health Studies or year 2 of BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Policy 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, Occupational Therapy, 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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