Health and Social Care FdA

Health and Social Care FdA

School of Community Health and Midwifery


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Under- graduate



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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Two years, Part-time: Three to Five years.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    Various - more information; Short form: FdA/HSC

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September 2014

  • Award Type:


Why study this course?

Want to work in the health and social care sector? Gain the skills you’ll need to work in youth justice, NHS trusts, private hospitals, children's services, social services, family centres and children's homes. This work-based learning programme comprises a set of courses in Rehabilitation, Social Care and Mental Health and is aimed at meeting the skills required by the growing health and social care market. You’ll complete two practice placement modules (in Years 1 and 2) allowing you to develop a range of work-based skills. Completion of this two year course will enable you to progress into a Year 3 top-up degree.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

180 - 200 points at A2; General Studies accepted 
Pass Access course : (30 level 3 credits at pass)
GCSEs : Maths/English (Functional Skills Level 2 Maths & English, Key Skills Level 3 Communication & Application Number)
A DBS is required


Entry Requirements 2017/18

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.

Accreditation of prior learning (the course team are available to advise and assist with any APL application).

All students will have to undertake an interview with members of the course team prior to being accepted onto the course.

UCLan Open Day, 12 November 2016 (Banner)

Course at a Glance

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Study and Lifelong learning Skills
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Care from the Clients Perspective
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology of Health
  • Foundations For Practice

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • The Research Process
  • Health Promotion
  • Management and Leadership In Health and Social Care
  • Rehabilitation Practice
  • Supporting Professional Practice

Further Information

Pathways : UCAS Codes

FdA Health & Social Care:

Mental Health, UCAS code: L513
Rehabilitation, UCAS code: L514
Social Care, UCAS code: L515 

The course has a strong emphasis on work-based learning.

The work-based learning programme has been devised with the purpose of enabling you to apply theory learned in class, to practical issues a practitioner would have to deal with.

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.


After undertaking this course it has hugely enhanced my self-esteem and empowered me to tackle key challenges in the workplace. I have developed a range of clinical and academic skills that have given me the confidence to continue my studies on the full BSc(Hons) degree.

The time on the course was very valuable and I enjoyed all my modules, I strongly believe that the lecturers fully supported me in achieving my goals. They advise and encouragement on all aspects of the course from writing academic assignment to choosing my preferred career within health and social care.

If I had the opportunity to study once more, I would enrol again and would certainly recommend the University of Central Lancashire to others.

Norah Bojo


The programme contains specific teaching materials and methods designed to enhance the acquisition of the intended knowledge, skills and professional etiquette. As part of the course’s ethos of encouraging work-based learning, you have the opportunity to do two placements, where you can apply your skills and knowledge in an area of practice that interests you. Recently, students have been placed in mental health and hospice care environments, whilst others have gone to work with SEN children in Schools and working with organisations such as the Samaritans, working with the homeless. Students have successfully been offered jobs as a direct result of placement performance.

This course offers a clear pathway to either employment or further education. Last year, 97% of the course went onto employment or further education.

The aim of an FdHSC course is to produce a “practice ready workforce” and maintain an excellent learning environment where you can be positively transformed by the programme. HEI’s therefore aim to respond to that need by constantly updating and developing the course in response to the standards set by the Knowledge Skills Framework (KSF), NHS Knowledge and Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education frameworks. You will be required to observe these core components from a range of professional codes of conduct focusing on treating patients as individuals as well as ensuring that their professional skills are up to date.



Highly recommended!! After being out of education, I found that this course provided me with the support needed to improve my confidence, skills and motivation to progress onto further education. Throughout the course I was provided with a high level of tuition which in turn enabled me to understand the transferable skills to enable me to of work within the health care sector.

A truly valuable and inspiring course.

Michelle Alty


Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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

Apply Now

You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: TBC per 20 credit module

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 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 College 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 College 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

Within the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care at UCLan we have developed a range of industry links working closely with a range of Health and Social care providers. 

Learning Environment and Assessment

We promote student centred learning. That means that we encourage you to become an independent learner through a variety of strategies including lectures, group discussions, workshops, seminars and, where appropriate, the use of the skills laboratories to practice your skills. You will also have the opportunity to undertake work placements to enhance your experience and help you to develop new skills. You will record these skills in a Skills Log which will be a useful record of your development when you seek employment.

Teaching and learning strategies include formal lectures, seminars, group activities and project work and private independent study. Workbased learning is integral to the course aims, enabling the use and evaluation of skills and knowledge in practice.

I have just finished studying the Foundation Degree in Health and Social care at UCLan. Starting this course was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. It has allowed me to develop many personal and professional skills eg. caring for patients, using effective communication s and developing critical writing skills. The course has also enabled me to develop confidence in both in my academic and clinical ability.

Emmanuel Amadu


You’ll have the opportunity to go on an international trip - this year our students went to Poland to enhance their knowledge across health and social care in other countries.

By completing Year 1 of the course you will have the option to apply for the BSc (Hons) Pre-registration Nursing.

Successful completion of the two-year programme will allow you to gain access to the third year of the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care and the BA (Hons) in Community and Social Care: Policy and Practice. You can also use this to gain entry onto courses such as nursing, physiotherapy, sports therapy and social work.

You’ll be able to use your skills in health and social care to seek employment within the youth justice systems, NHS trusts, private hospitals, children's services, social services, family centres as well as children's homes.