Skip to content

Health and Social Care FdSc

Key features of this course:

  • Tailored to allow study alongside part-time work. Students attend the University one day per week and have access to continual online support.
  • Designed for personal and career development in the health and social care sectors, with modules and specialisms which provide a particularly strong foundation for those considering making an application to our Nursing BSc.
  • Foundation degree students who have completed 400 additional hours in a suitable placement with a registered mentor can apply for entry at year two of Nursing BSc for a small number of available places.
  • A commitment to individual study and completion of course work and assignments.
  • The strong emphasis on work based learning in relevant settings, constitute 25% of the course and provide opportunities for increased employability
  • Support from experienced staff from a range of professional health and social care backgrounds.
  • Completing students can progress to a ‘top-up’ third year of study in a BA (Hons) Health & Applied Social Sciences or Bsc Health Studies.

What our students say...

“The Foundation Degree has benefitted more than I can express. During the two years my confidence soared and I felt I had finally found a subject matter that I understood and could relate to - this hasn’t changed in recent years as I am still passionate about Health and Social Care. In my everyday practice I draw on knowledge gained at University and experiences I had whilst on the work placement element of the course. Every module that I took part in on the degree has been useful to my everyday work in the community. In my current role I am a valued member of a professional team and have built trusting relationships with my client base - I owe this to the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care”

Teresa Ellis
Student, Health and Social Care FdSc

Book an open day

This foundation degree in Health and Social Care develops the knowledge and skills sought by employers across the spectrum of health and social care.


The course is suitable for anyone working or wanting to work with individuals, families and groups in a range of health and social care settings, including working with children or young people, vulnerable adults, older people, individuals with disabilities or chronic disease and people with mental health problems.  


It is a recognised qualification in its own right, contributing to personal and career development and has been developed with the support of local employers. This course has a strong vocational focus and prepares you for work in the health and social care sectors, both statutory and non-statutory.


The taught component of the course will be delivered one day a week across two semesters over two years.


Entry requirements

60 UCAS tariff points.

Shortlisted applicants may be invited for interview.

Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure check required.  

APL awarded for Registered Managers Award.

Course fees

The standard annual foundation degree fee for full-time UK/EU students enrolling in 2015 is £6,500 per year. Part-time fees are generally charged on a pro rata basis.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Study options

Taught at the University of Worcester and Herefordshire College of Technology.

A significant component of the course consists of work-based learning. Applicants who are not currently employed in an environment working in a health or social care setting will need to secure a placement in a suitable setting; equating to one day a week for the duration of the course or 200 hours in each year

Flexible programme to meet learning needs for specific contexts or service user groups

Get in touch

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content


Effective Communication and Ethical Practice

Understanding and Promoting Health and Well-being Across the Lifecourse

Health and Social Care: Legislation, Policy and Best Practice

Health and Social Care: Personal and Professional Development in the Work Place

Applied Research and Evidence Based Practice

Team Working and Empowerment

Health and Social Care: Individual Project in the Work Place

Reviewing Academic Literature in Health and Social Care

Applied Human Biology and Managing Health Conditions Health and Social Care

You will learn how to

The course builds on existing knowledge and experience and to further develop specific knowledge, skills and values relevant to the current and emerging needs of employment in health and social care. It will enable you to assess, plan, implement and make sound judgements in effective care delivery in accordance with the core values of health and social care work.

You will explore and debate issues arising from the social, cultural, moral, legal and political context of health and social care work. You will develop your interpersonal and communication skills and will be encouraged to identify, use and communicate relevant information effectively.

You learn to locate and evaluate evidence and research and apply this in your practice and decision making in health and social care.

The course will also focus on your personal and professional development and provides opportunities for you to develop your study skills, meet your own learning needs and to develop and practice key skills in preparation for employment, further study and lifelong learning.


The course is designed to develop knowledge and skills for health and social care. Therefore a variety of teaching, learning and assessment approaches will be used and will emphasise the relationship between theory and real life issues and experiences in practice. These include a wide variety of assessment types, including coursework assignments, reflective practice and portfolio work, project work, individual and group presentations, case studies, reports and practical assessment.

Students who are not employed in a suitable health & social care setting will need to find a work-placement for one day a week for the duration of the course.



Graduates can expect greater employability and enhanced promotion prospects. there will be opportunities open to you in health and care sectors, voluntary and private organisations.
The focus of health and social care can be very diverse and the Foundation degree will support future employment in a range of settings and with different client groups, for example:
- Working with individuals
- Working with a variety of service user groups, e.g. older people, people with learning disabilities, people with acute illness, long-term and chronic illness or requiring intermediate care
- Working in hospitals, community, residential and private care facilities
- Personal care
- Care management

Alternatively, you may choose to go onto further study at degree level. On completion, you are eligible to apply for direct entry to the third year of the Undergraduate Modular Scheme at the University of Worcester on the Social Welfare BA (Hons) and health related Top-up degrees.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Health and Social Care FdSc L511-, B, FdSc/HSC

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

How to apply

Health & Society News

Doesn't quite sound like your cup of tea?

Browse by academic department