Foundation Degree in Social Care (a route to Social work) 2019/20

Year of entry

This Foundation degree (FD) 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.

It 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.

It is a two year programme accredited by Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) but studied for at London South East Colleges (Bromley main site), and successful students have the option to continue their studies to BA Honours (Social Work Studies) level for a third 'top-up' year at London South East Colleges (Bromley main site) or at CCCU's campus.

This programme has been designed to enable students to engage critically with the discipline of social care through their practice placements which will offer a unique training opportunity. Satisfactory completion of the practice placements in an approved setting may, in some cases enable progression to undergraduate social work programmes in year 2 or 3.

Fd Year 1

  • Introduction to foundation degree study
  • The context of Social Care
  • Values and ethics in practice
  • Understanding Human Growth, Development & Behaviour
  • Social care practice theory
  • The interface between Social Care and Social Work

Fd Year 2

  • The Research Minded Practitioner
  • Understanding and Promoting Service User and Care Involvement in Social Care
  • Practice Skills in Social Care
  • Partnership Working
  • Advancing Social Care Theory
  • Developing the Capable Practitioner

BA ‘top up’ year

  • Professional Development  3
  • Effective Social Work Practice
  • Collaborative Practice 3
  • Working in Organisations
  • Safeguarding; Rights Risk and Decision Making
  • Consolidation and readiness for Practice

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


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.   Students make a significant contribution from their individual experiences.

  • GCSE English - Grade A*-C or equivalent
  • Level 2 Maths qualification or equivalent
  • Level 3 qualification - 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
  • 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.

As this is a higher education full-time course, you will need to apply in the first instance to Pal Cheema on 0208 295 7000 or email

Please contact your Local Education Authority to discuss any financial support you might be able to receive (assistance with fees and loans).

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

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Fact file

UCAS course code

  • L510

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 2 years

Entry requirements

  • See main body



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