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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2 years

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London South East Colleges (Bromley)
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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.

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.

All about the course

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.

Module information

Core/optional modules

*Modules subject to validation

How you’ll learn

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.

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

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.

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).

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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.

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