I had never thought about my work in this way before. It’s been a challenge but an enjoyable one.

Social Care Studies student

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    2 years

    UCAS code:



    London South East Colleges (Bromley)
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    This Foundation degree is a work-based course 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.

    The Foundation degree in Social Care Studies is designed to help you develop their understanding of the knowledge, skills and values that underpin social care practice and leads to an academic award that recognises their own knowledge and capability in the work place.

    The course focuses specifically on exploring the boundary and interface between social care services and social work services (including social work services delivered by health professionals or care workers who may also have a connection to healthcare in their work).

    It is taught by highly qualified professionals including registered social workers that bring a wealth of professional and practical knowledge and experience into the classroom.

    The team consists of highly qualified academics that have a range of expertise and experience. 100% of the team hold a teaching qualification and their experience includes social work practice and professional registration.

      All about the course

      This is a work based learning programme and is for students who are employed or working in a volunteer capacity in a relevant setting. Examples of places you might be working include residential care work, domestic violence support services, youth work and community support services, mental health drop in centres and homelessness or those currently working as unqualified and social work /care manager assistants. However, this list is not exhaustive and there are many different areas of work that will be relevant and which offer appropriate learning opportunities.

      The course runs over 2 years and each year you will complete 6 taught modules alongside your work placement. All the modules listed in the Year 1 and 2 modules section are core with the overarching aim of developing students’ understanding of the theoretical and practical dimensions of social care practice. Students will also receive support and guidance to provide a work place evidence portfolio (WPET) for each year of study which embeds module learning outcomes.

      Entry requirements

      • Grade A*-C/9-4 in English language GSCE or level 2 equivalent
      • level 2 mathematics 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.

      Additional entry requirements

      • Be employed (or working in a suitable volunteer capacity) for at least 15 hours per week working in a relevant social care setting and have the support from your employer who will confirm the suitability of the setting in relation to meeting the programme’s work based learning outcomes
      • You will also need to pass an interview and/or aptitude test.
      • Students will be invited to an interview and selection day. Interviews will be conducted via an interview panel and will consist of a group interview, a written test and one to one interview.
      • Mature applicants, without the normal entry requirements, are encouraged to apply and will be accepted if there is evidence of their ability to succeed.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      Module information

      Core/optional modules

      *Modules subject to validation

      How you’ll learn

      In the classroom, you will be taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials and will typically have around 12 contact hours per week, consisting mainly of lectures, tutorials, and feedback on assignments. 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.

      The academic team teaching your modules have extensive experience in the social care field. Work placements have input from an experienced qualified social work practice educator.

      All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      How you’ll be assessed

      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.

      Across each year of the programme, students will complete a Work Place Evidence Tool (WPET) which is a portfolio where you complete work-related tasks and reflections that are mapped against the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work. This runs through the academic year and is completed alongside each individual module. This enables you to directly relate theory to practice as you go through the programme.

      Module assessments are based on the module assignments and passing the Workplace Evidence Tool (WPET) assignments. This applies to all modules except the Introduction to Foundation Degree Study (Year 1) and Research Minded Practitioner (Year 2) modules, which are assessed on the module assignment alone.

      Your future career

      A good Foundation degree award enables students to continue their studies towards a Bachelors, Masters degree or membership of professional institutions.


      This course is delivered in partnership with London South East Colleges (Bromley main site).

      For more information, please visit www.lsec.ac.uk

      Tuition Fees for some 2022/23 have not yet been finalised. These course web pages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once they have been agreed.

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      Regulated by the Office for Students

      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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      2 years

      UCAS code:



      London South East Colleges (Bromley)
      Apply via UCAS