Health and Social Care Studies
Faculty of Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
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Higher Education - Foundation Degree Hele Building This is a two year, full time programme or three year, part time programme. L510 FdA/HSC Click here for info

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

The Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care Studies programme will provide you with the critical skills and experience required for a variety of roles within the health and social care sector, including health education and promotion, housing, community work, residential care and drug and alcohol services. You will benefit from our strong industry links, with expert guidance and assessment feedback direct from employers. You will also complete vocational experience in the health and social care sector and reflect on your personal and professional development. The broad subject area allows you to tailor your assignments to your specific vocational interests.

You will have access to dedicated higher education facilities, e-learning and mixed media resources within the faculty and enjoy visits from guest speakers and employers. You will demonstrate your skills using reflection, presentations, IT and guided research. Assessment is completely coursework based and you will attend a mixture of lectures, tutorials, demonstrations and seminars.

What topics will I study?

Year 1 modules

  • Personal and professional development
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Lifespan psychology
  • Law and social policy
  • Communication skills
  • Values, diversity and rights

Year 2 modules

  • Health promotion
  • Research methods in health and social care
  • Independent study
  • Reflective practice
  • Ethics in health and social care
  • Managing quality in Health and Social Care

Click here to view the BSc Top Up course information (Year 3).

Click here to view the programme specification for this course.

What experiences will I get?

You will complete a minimum of 50 hours of professional development in a relevant health and social care setting. You will benefit from guest speakers from the industry and be taught by lecturers with relevant and up-to-date industry experience.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need 64 UCAS tariff points (minimum) from AS, A Level or AVCE programmes, BTEC National/Extended Diploma/Certificate - grades MPP/MM, GNVQ Advanced, an appropriate NVQ at Level 3, an Access qualification or other qualifications deemed equivalent to the above.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to three different Learning Resource Centres that will provide you with access to computers, books, E Books and Journal articles. There are also a number of coffee shops on site. 

What can the course lead on to?

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students have the opportunity to progress onto the final year of the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care at Exeter College. There is also the option to progress on to the final year of a Sociology degree at Plymouth University. Please note, there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. You may also progress directly into employment in the health, care, voluntary and charitable sectors.

Are there any additional costs?

You will need an enhanced DBS check completed through the College (the cost is currently (£44.00).
There will be a year 1 programme fee of £50.00.

What do our students think?

I started the Foundation degree in Health and Social Care Studies with trepidation, not sure I could meet the demands of studying at degree level. The first year was definitely a big step-up from Higher Education but the biggest challenge I faced was the second year which required another leap in level. Now at the end of the second year, I feel prepared and empowered and am looking forward to the third and final year. I have now been at Exeter College for five years and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. I have grown and developed as a person and a professional. Thank you for the opportunities and believing in me."

“I enjoy learning and being able to apply that knowledge in everyday situations and conversations. Group discussions are stimulating and provide insight into many subjects. The teaching staff are excellent and extremely supportive, as are my fellow students who share a common goal and are companions on my learning journey."

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