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Health and Social Care Foundation Degree

This highly flexible Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care is designed and delivered in partnership with local employers and provides an exciting opportunity for staff working in health and social care settings to gain new knowledge and skills. Our aim is to develop your knowledge and skills, which will enhance your role within care and enable you to document the evidence of the learning experience for your own career development.

The programme is primarily aimed at care workers who are taking on new roles such as assistant practitioners, associate practitioners or team leaders who have already achieved a level of responsibility, but who want to consolidate that with evidence of new knowledge and skills to enhance their practice. It is, however, open to all who are interested in exploring new aspects of health and social care and who are in employment in a relevant place of work.

Upon successful completion you will be awarded a Foundation Degree (Science) in Health and Social Care from Oxford Brookes University.

Programme details
Please note that as programmes are reviewed regularly, the module list may vary from that shown here:

Level 4
• study skills for foundation degrees
• work-based Learning 1
• science for health and social care
• applied social science
• specialist skills for care - therapeutic caring 1
• work-based learning 2

Level 5
• social policy and welfare systems
• specialist skills for care - therapeutic caring 2
• work-based learning 3
• applying evidence to practice
• legal and ethical issues for care
• work-based learning 4

Teaching and learning experience

Throughout the programme, you will:
• participate in lectures, seminars and workshops which will develop your knowledge and understanding of issues related to your role in the health and care environment
• work in groups to examine and discuss issues
• compile portfolios
• work with a wide range of practical resources, including appropriate computer hardware and software, and
• undertake projects to benefit your own professional development

The programme consists of units of study called modules. Your taught sessions will contain core content and you will also have the opportunity to customise your ‘pathway’ during the programme. With the support of your tutors, you will be able to identify work-based learning outcomes that reflect and respond to your individual role and employment needs.

You will attend classes that include:
• study skills
• science for health and social care
• social and welfare systems
• legal and ethical aspects of care
• research and evidence

Teaching will mainly be undertaken in seminars and we encourage student participation. You will also have the opportunity to use our well-equipped clinical skills suites to learn new skills and work alongside other health and social care students.

In addition, you will learn through your own workplace, supported by a supervisor and work-based learning team. The focus of your learning in the workplace will be professional skills specific to your individual role and the completion of a personal portfolio.


You will be provided with a suitably equipped place to work when attending College that will include access to specialist staff, IT facilities and other learning resources which will be appropriate for the nature of work you will be required to undertake. Additionally, the College offers a wide range of other resources and facilities including additional learning support, which will be available to you, further details of which can found in the Higher Education Student Handbook.

As well as being enrolled at City of Oxford College you will also be enrolled with Oxford Brookes University and so will benefit from the same facilities and services as on campus students. These include: use of Brookes’ libraries, Centre for Sport and Students’ Union, study support and mentoring and professional advice and information from Brookes’ Career and Employment Centre.

Study support

If you do not have a recognised disability or specific learning difficulty, but feel that you require additional support with your studies, you may be eligible to access some discrete sessions in one of the following areas:
• assistive software training
• IT upskilling
• essay planning and structure
• proof reading and editing written work
• bibliographies and referencing
• time management and personal organisation
• revision and exam tips
• presentation techniques

N.B. Your eligibility for any of the above support will be reviewed with your course tutors and a member of the study support team on your campus.
Skills and assessment
This highly flexible foundation degree is ideal for local NHS Trust secondees, who have the support of their managers to undertake the programme, and are Assistant Practitioner Trainees, or health care and social care workers who do not hold a registration in health or social care. There may also be a limited number of places available to applicants who are currently not in employment.

The programme combines both classroom study and work-based learning, and is delivered in partnership with local health and social care employers.
Note: This Foundation degree does not award a registration in health and social care.

Assessment methods

The modules are delivered through a variety of techniques to suit all learning styles. The teaching and learning strategies will include: practical sessions, workshop programmes, presentations, student-led seminars and peer criticisms.

The assessment you undergo will be both formative and summative:

Formative - designed to provide you with feedback on your progress and inform you of your ongoing development. Formative assessments, such as in-class discussions, presentations, activities, do not form part of your grade. You will receive verbal and/or written feedback after the formative assessments and it is very important that you reflect on both the feedback and your performance at the formative stage.

Summative - designed to provide a measure of your achievement in respect of your performance in relation to the intended learning outcomes of your programme of study. Summative marks help to indicate your performance for the whole module and will determine your progression on the course.
Entry requirements
Students will normally be in employment and must be able to continue working in an appropriate setting whilst undertaking the Work-based Learning component of the Foundation Degree.

Each application will be considered on an individual basis following the University principle of widening access to those who might not have the traditional academic entry criteria to degree level awards.

Normally the requirement would be:
• English and maths GCSE at Grade C or above, or a successful initial assessment
• where English is a second language an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no aspect lower than 6.0
• an equivalent vocationally related qualification such as NVQ 3 in Health and Social Care
• evidence of support from your employer
• a current acceptable DBS and Occupational Health clearance

DBS checks

For seconded students, the manager’s support form specifically asks for a signature to ensure up-to-date enhanced DBS checks. For non-secondee students, it is the college’s responsibility to ensure enhanced DBS checks are up to date.

Admission with credit

Applicants with prior certificated or experiential learning may be admitted with credit for up to a maximum of 120 credits at Level 4.

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable, by achieving a score in a recognised test such as:
• an IELTS score of 6.5 overall
Upon successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care, graduates will be able to progress to the final year of BA (Hons) in Health and Social Care at Oxford Brookes University or the opportunity to take a further year of more specialist study through our innovative Student Designed Award. Whatever you choose to do, you will have achieved credit that you can use for entry to other higher education courses.

A wide range of courses are available at Oxford Brookes for continued professional development (CPD).
How to apply
Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS. Please log on to: www.ucas.ac.uk

UCAS code: L512 FdSc/HESC

Institution code: O66


As a full-time Oxford Brookes student, you will able to apply for halls of residence at the University. Once you have accepted an offer of a place, you will be sent a confirmation letter. The Accommodation Letter that will enable you to apply online for halls of residence, will be sent out shortly after that. If you require a paper application form or further details, please contact the Accommodation Office on 01865 484 660 or email hallapplications@brookes.ac.uk

Fee information

Home/EU Fee for 2017 entrance: £7,000 per year




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