Health and Social Care FCert

Health and Social Care FCert

School of Community Health and Midwifery




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    One year

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    L517; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:


Why study this course?

Want to work in the health and social care sector? This one-year Foundation Certificate is an ideal introduction to health and social care related courses. You’ll be encouraged to take an evidence-based approach and adopt a broad and critical stance in relation to health issues and inequalities on this work-based learning programme. Develop your skills to prepare you for further study which can lead to employment within the youth justice systems, NHS trusts, private hospitals, children's services, social services, family centres as well as children's homes.


Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff Points: 72 - 80
BTEC: Merit, Pass, Pass 
Access to Higher Education Diploma: 72 - 80 points
GCSE Maths and English at grade C or FS2 or KS3

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Level 4

  • Study and Lifelong Learning Skills
  • Foundations for Practice
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology of Health
  • Care from the Clients
  • Communication and Collaboration

The course aims to equip students working, or intending to work in health and social care with relevant knowledge and skills, to address their continuing professional development needs and to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Students will focus on their personal and professional development throughout the course and will integrate their skills and knowledge in academic and work-based settings.

Further Information

The course will be relevant to you if you are working or intending to work with individuals, families, groups or communities in residential and community-based health and related settings. The course is aimed at meeting the skills required by the health and care sector, which is an important and growing sector of the economy. 

This course is aimed at developing and enhancing your knowledge of rehabilitation theory and practice. The emphasis is placed on developing your skills and knowledge to allow you to become a valued member of any multi-professional team enabling patients to fulfil their potential within rehabilitation settings. While on the rehabilitation pathway you will be encouraged to take an evidence based approach and to adopt a broad and critical stance in relation to health issues and inequalities. You are also challenged to recognise the holistic needs of patients you work with and discuss the effect of social, political, economic and cultural influences, to integrate theory and practice, and to share and accept differing approaches.

In this program, we expect the learning outcomes to culminate in the production of a rounded student who will work competently in the health and social care sector. The program has also included the affective outcomes as this profession directly deals with interacting with people from all backgrounds and social settings. Thus issues touching on emotional, psychological and mental composure have been factored in. The syllabus which describes the content of the course has been selectively chosen so as to include only those units that contribute to the attainment of the expected outcomes. As a work-based learning program, the learning environment provides students with up-to-date issues in the health and social care sector. The learning as well as teaching methods that will be used in this program will vary depending on the year of study. In general, a combination of individual study, group learning, field work, lectures, attachments and online learning will be used.

The course aims to equip you if you are working, or intending to work in health and social care with relevant knowledge and skills, to address your continuing professional development needs and to bridge the gap between theory and practice. You will focus on your personal and professional development throughout the course and will integrate your skills and knowledge in academic and work-based settings.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The Foundation Certificate in Health and Social Care (Rehabilitation Pathway) is focused on developing a range of skills for you to take into the work place in order to enhance the patient experience. Each week there will be a mixture of short lectures, group discussion, debates and presentations designed to meet the learning styles of all class members. You will be encouraged to reflect on experiences from the workplace in order to maximise learning opportunities and discuss these experiences within a group setting.

The assessments range from assignments, exams, presentations, debates and portfolio development. You will also be given directed study and reading lists to focus on to help focus on specific areas in preparation for class. The aim of this course is to focus on developing the skills, strategies, and behaviours required to perform as confident, independent, and active learners. We offer a wide variety of services including study skills development and peer tutoring as well as supplemental instruction. Our services are designed to help both those who are having academic difficulties and those who just want to improve their performance.

During your course you will be assessed on all of the modules which you undertake. In most cases you will be awarded a percentage mark for the assessment, unless the module or part of it is to be assessed as a pass/fail only. There are two main types of assessment - formative and summative.

Formative (intermediate) assessment provides you with an opportunity for reflection and development. This includes strategies that encourage you to build upon previous knowledge and explore new areas. The emphasis is on self-awareness, self-evaluation and development of the individual. Not all modules offer formative assessment and specific details will be found in your module information guide. Where it is used your module leader or indeed your fellow students will provide you with feedback on this work that may help you.

Summative assessment is an essential part of your modules. It provides evidence that you have achieved the learning outcomes. You must submit the module summative assessments to pass the module. Grades will normally be awarded against assessment criteria that have been designed specific to your module and you should check this with your module leader A wide range of summative assessment methods are used across the programmes delivered by the School of Health. This ensures that broad ranges of learning styles are met.

Types of assessment utilised include the following

  • Presentations (individual or group)
  • Written assignments
  • Web based examinations
  • Written examination
  • Practice placements
  • Portfolios
  • Poster Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Practical examination



*Health and Social Care is subject to re-approval by the University in Autumn 2016. Course information and programme specifications will be updated and reviewed as part of this process which can be in response to various factors including: student feedback; annual reports from external examiners; feedback from the sector or industry advisors or as part of the regular review process by course teams. This process may well result in changes to the structure and content of the current course as outlined on this page, which will enable the University to deliver a better quality of educational experience to students. Any changes made will be immediately included in the course documentation and all students holding offers will be provided with this information prior to the commencement of their programme.

*subject to re-approval


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.

Industry Links

We have developed a range of industry links working closely with a range of Health and Social care providers. You will be able to use your skills in health and social care to seek employment. For example within the youth justice systems, NHS trusts, private hospitals, children services, social services, family centers as well as children homes.


You will get the opportunity to undertake a practice placement module which consists of 100 hours; this will allow you to develop a range of work based skills to help contribute to the development of a professional portfolio. Previous students have successfully been offered jobs as a direct result of placement performance.

By completing Year 1 of the course you will have the option to apply for the following courses: