Are you interested in caring for people, particularly those who are vulnerable and/or wish to understand the theoretical basis behind care? Do you want to enter the health or social care sector in an advanced support worker role such Senior Support Worker or  Assistant Practitioner? This course is aimed at people like you and is flexible with a range of modules to match your personal and professional development needs. 

About the course

This course is designed to develop your knowledge of health and social care, and the wider social, policy, legal and organisational environment within which they are situated both within the UK and internationally. You will study areas including sociology of health, public health, mental health, disability, multi-agency working as well as welfare and social care issues faced by vulnerable individuals and groups.

There is a strong employability focus at all levels of the course which will enable you to develop a range of transferable skills to enhance your employability.  Please note, you will be required to have a placement within the care industry to carry out the practical tasks.

The assessments are closely aligned to the course learning outcomes and graduate impact statements with a range of assessment methods, such as action plans, reports, case studies, posters, portfolios, self-reviews, oral presentations, and closed book examinations. Assessments will also develop key skills needed for working in health and social care settings, such as the ability to communicate clearly, self-appraise practice and be a team player. Most units include elements of individual and group activity to reflect the type of work undertaken in an organisation. Though group work is used as part of a unit's assessment strategy, it is primarily individually assessed with a requirement for reflection on the process and learning from collaborative work. You will also be assessed in your ability to become an independent learner, to reflect and to self-appraise your skills development and evaluate your learning and its relevance to professional and vocational practice using evidence from your course work and workplace.

Areas of study

  • Health and Social Care Practice Skills Compulsory
  • Introducing Health and Social Care Compulsory
  • Introduction to Academic Study and Work-Based Learning in Health and Social Care Compulsory
  • The Law and Contemporary Social Issues Compulsory
  • Understanding the Human Services Compulsory
  • Comparing Health and Welfare Systems Globally Compulsory
  • Evidence-Based Health and Social Care Practice Compulsory
  • Managing Work-Based Projects in Health and Social Care Compulsory
  • Mental Health and Society Compulsory
  • Multi-Agency Working in Practice Compulsory

Entry requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Career progression

Upon successful completion of your course, you may choose to continue your studies and top up you to a BA or BSc degree with the University of Bedfordshire or other participating Universities. You will also have many opportunities for employment in the health and social care sector.

Additional information

Coming to college is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to your place pf study and potentially to a local work placement. If you are concerned about this, please click here to see what financial support is available through our Student Services team. We do recommend a few good resources that you can choose to purchase if you wish, which we will discuss with you at interview. We may also request contributions are made to trips and outings.