The experience changed my life for the better and I am extremely grateful. The tutors are helpful and give good feedback.
The experience changed my life for the better and I am extremely grateful. The tutors are helpful and give good feedback.Social Care Studies student
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This Foundation degree programme is a work-based programme which means you work and learn at the same time. You will develop the effective use of knowledge, skills and core values that are relevant to future work or study in both social care and social work.
This Foundation Degree is designed to prepare people for active participation in the caring field or related career and has been designed with a perspective of practically-oriented higher-education which will ensure students are work-ready, employable and which also fully recognises the importance of the development of students’ interpersonal skills in this specialist field.
Grade A*-C/9-4 in English GSCE or Level 2 equivalent
Level 2 Maths qualification or recognised equivalent
Level 3 qualification i.e. NVQ, BTEC National, one A-level or Access to HE Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject such as health and social care or a level 3 qualification in an unrelated subject area alongside significant experience in a relevant health and/or social care work setting.
If you do not have the above UCAS/GCSE requirements but you are a mature student, have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed and still considered on case to case basis.
All the modules are core with the overarching aim of developing your understanding of the theoretical and practical dimensions of social care practice. You will also receive support and guidance to provide a work place evidence portfolio (WPET) for each year of study which embeds module learning outcomes.
You will study 120 credits in each year making a total of 240 credits.
*Modules subject to validation
You will be taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials and will typically have around 12 contact hours per week. Your lectures will be in small groups allowing for interaction and discussion with your peers as well as the module tutor.
You will also need to carry out your work placement of at least 15 hours per week. This is normally done over two days and can be paid or voluntary work.
When not attending taught sessions you are expected to engage with independent study. This could include further reading and research on topics introduced in class and drafting assignments. In addition to completing the module assignments you will be engaged with completing your Work Place Evidence Tool (WPET). This contains work-related tasks and reflections that need to be completed alongside each module of the programme. This will involve reflecting on your work-place and completing the written tasks in addition to the main module assessments.
A range of assessment methods are used within the programme including; written assignments, reflective writing, case studies, presentations, portfolio of evidence, skills evaluation and direct observation of students’ practice
Learning consists of a blend of lectures, group work, discussions and individual study. The syllabus has a theoretical basis combined with contextual analysis. You will make a significant contribution from their individual experiences.
A good Foundation degree award enables students to continue their studies towards a Bachelors, Masters degree or membership of professional institutions.