Foundation Degree Social Care Studies* (West Kent & ashford College) 2019/20

Year of entry

*Subject to validation

This programme is not HCPC approved. However, successful graduation from it could lead onto the one year BA (Hons) Social Work Studies, which is currently approved by the HCPC as a qualification that enables graduates to apply for registration with the HCPC as a Social Worker.

This is an innovative programme based on our commitment to widening participation access to careers in social work and social care and which recognises the significant value of work based learning in these areas. It is designed to support students who wish to eventually pursue a career in social work or increase their knowledge and skills for a career in social care. It provides maximum flexibility in terms of entry requirements and recognises that students who offer life experience have the potential to enhance the current social work and social care workforce.

This programme is provided through the collaborative partnership between Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and West Kent and Ashford College in Tonbridge. West Kent and Ashford College is situated in an area rich in social care settings with a diverse work force of staff wishing to access continuing development and career opportunities within their current work setting. The college is geographically situated in an area that is easily accessible from a wide area of Kent, East Sussex and south London.

Students who graduate from this Foundation Degree will be able to apply to complete a third year on our pre-registration social work programme delivered in Bromley. Other options may be available for a third year in a related subject.

This Foundation degree (FD) programme is a work-based learning 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 approved by Canterbury Christ Church University and delivered in partnership with West and Ashford Kent College, This particular Foundation Degree has been designed to provide graduates with the equivalent of Advanced Standing in order to apply for direct entry to a one year pre-registration honours degree in social work. This is the BA (Hons) Social Work Studies run in partnership with London South East College at their Bromley site. Successful completion of that programme enables students to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a social worker.  In order to progress to this third year students will need to successfully complete the Foundation Degree including an assessment of their work based learning across both year one and year two.  

In year one you will study a broad range of topic areas based on the knowledge skills and values needed for a career in social care or social work. The subject areas draw on psychology, sociology, social policy professional values. The areas include: study skills at foundation level; the contemporary context of social care; values and ethics for practice in this field; human growth and development; practice theory and the interface between social care and social work.

You will also undertake a period of assessed learning in your work place.

In year two you will study similar areas but in greater depth. These include; the role of research in practice; service user involvement and empowerment in social care; partnership working; social care theory and practice capabilities.

You will also undertake further assessed learning in your workplace.

You will complete 6 college based modules over the course of each academic year. Students also undertake periods of Work Based Learning and Assessment in each year.

Year 1 - Level 4

Introduction to Foundation Degree Study

This aim of this module is to introduce you to the basic academic study skills required when undertaking study within Higher Education. Additionally it prepares you to become a self-directed learner and introduce you to the skills required to begin work-place development. 

The Context of Social Care

This aim of this module is to enable you to examine current Government policy, explore the impact on the development of welfare services and consider the implication of this for service users. It aims to develop your awareness of the relationship between social, economic, political and technological factors, and the influence this has in determining the drivers of welfare service provision.

Values and Ethics in Practice

This aim of this module is to introduce you to the ethical theory, principles and values that underpin work in social care and social work and explore how these can inform practice when responding to the needs of service users.

Understanding Human Growth and Development

The module aims to develop knowledge of theories of human development and understanding of how these can seek to explain observed behaviour across the lifespan.

Social Care Practice Theory

The main aim of this module is to develop students’ understanding of different theoretical perspectives that underpin their assessment, direct work and interventions with service users, their families, carers and significant others in their networks. Students will develop skills in applying these ideas to their real-life work as social care practitioners. This module will provide a foundation to develop students’ theoretical understanding as they progress to the Advancing Social Care Theory level 5 module.

Understanding the Interface between Social Care and Social Work

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the common and discrete areas of knowledge, skills and values found at the interface between social care and social work practice.  

Year 2 - Level 5

Partnership Working

The aim of this module is to enable you to explore the nature and scope of partnership working in social care and social work and develop underpinning knowledge of the key features of effective team working. 

The Research Minded Practitioner

This aim of this module is to increase your knowledge and understanding of the research process, the ability to identify and analyse research findings and the ability to use research to inform their practice. Additionally it aims to enable you to make links between the processes involved in undertaking research and the skills required to make assessments and develop appropriate care plans.

Practise Skills in Social Care

The aim of the module is to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of how relationship based practice can promote effective and person centred work with service users and carers. Additionally the module aims to provide the opportunity for students to critically engage with the emotional dimension inherent in the reflection process. 

Service User and Carer Involvement in Social Care

The aims of this module are to examine the concept of service user and carer involvement and the implications for service design, delivery and social care practice. The module aims to develop your understanding of the growing theory base in relation to inclusive social care practice and how these ideas may be applied to the your social care practice. 

Advancing Social Care Theory

The aims of this module are for you to develop a more advanced understanding of the theory base underpinning models of social care practice and intervention. You will demonstrate a critical application in relation to your specific area of social care practice showing a greater understanding of the 'service user- in- context' dimension.

A Foundation Degree enables students to progress onto a full honours degree or to continue to progress their career through progression in the workplace and other study. This Foundation Degree in Social Care Studies has been specifically designed to offer an option to apply for a top up year on our BA (Hons) in Social Work Studies run in partnership with London South East Colleges at Bromley College.

This unique approach enables students to progress and apply for registration as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council on successful completion of both programmes.  


The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £5,900 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Course specific Students will be expected to purchase some reading material related to the programme and to fund their travel to college and to and from their work base or volunteer work. Students may occasionally be invited to the university main site in Canterbury to use our skills facilities or to participate in workshops or conference alongside students on similar programmes. Students will need to fund their own travel to and from Canterbury.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.


You will be taught through a blended learning approach using a combination of lectures, workshops, self-directed study, group discussions using case-based material including video, experiential work, role plays, seminars, small group work and peer learning. You will typically have round 6 contact hours per week.

Small class sizes will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures.  In addition, you will be supported by your academic personal tutor. 

All programmes are informed by Canterbury Christ Church University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020

Independent Learning

When not attending lectures or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-directed study. Typically, this involves reading recommended journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments, lectures, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

You will also be supported to undertake the required work based learning by an identified mentor in the workplace as well as your academic tutor. 


Each 20 credit module will typically include 20 hours of college based learning, 30 hours of directed study and 170 hours of independent and work based learning. 

Academic Input

Teaching will be provided in partnership between lecturers at West Kent and Ashford College and CCCU. In addition there will be some delivery from service users and carers in line with the active commitment to promoting service user and carer involvement in all aspects of the programme. Lecturers are drawn from a range of professional backgrounds including those registered as social workers and those with experience of working as practitioners in the field. Specialist lecturers may also teach on specific subject areas of expertise. Teaching staff are regularly involved in research and publish on a range of subjects as national or international experts in their field.  

For your academic work the course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains opportunities for formative assessment or feedback to help you prepare for the module assignment. Formative assessment or feedback is developmental and will not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods may include a range of coursework assessments such as essays drawing on case study material, portfolios, or presentations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

The work-based learning element will be structured and supported by a Work Place Evidence Tool (WPET). The competencies contained within it are unique to each module and help make connection between the classroom theory and the work-place allowing implementation of best practice.

The work-based elements of the programme are formatively assessed by mentors in the work-place, this allows for identification of progress and areas for development. 

The WPET has clear activities to be completed at the formative stage giving structure to work-based learning.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The first module is assessed 100% on written course work. Each subsequent module is then jointly assessed on the basis of a college based assignment (50%) and the WPET (50%).


You will receive feedback on all formal assessments undertaken by coursework. You are also expected to consider opportunities for feedback more broadly in terms of more verbal methods such as group discussions or exercises leading to verbal feedback. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

This course is not regulated or approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. However, those students who wish to progress on to our third year BA (Hons) Social Work Studies should be aware that  they will need to demonstrate their Suitability for Social Work throughout this FD through attendance and behaviours that are compatible with entry to a professional programme. This includes during the work based learning elements of the programme. 

Successful completion of this programme does not lead to any professional accreditation but it provides eligibility to apply for our BA (Hons) Social Work Studies which can lead to a professional qualification in social work.  

You will have the opportunity to attend skills days at Canterbury Christ Church University where you will work in the specialist skills suite. Here, you will undertake work in groups on case material, use simulation techniques and be able to use recording and observation facilities to develop your skills further.

The programme has links with a range of practice settings across Kent and more formally through the Programme Management Committee which meets biannually to consider all aspects of the programme.
Find out more about this course and apply via UCAS.

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • L510

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 2 years full time including work based learning

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English - Grade A*-C or equivalent

    Level 2 Maths qualification or equivalent


  • Not specified


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