Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care FdA

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 Health, 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.

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.

Please note - the Foundation Entry for this course is also available at UCLan Burnley

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

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 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.

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.

Pathways : UCAS Codes

Health and Social Care, UCAS code: L514

Mental Health, UCAS code: L513 (please note this pathway only runs at a partner institution)

Social Care, UCAS code: L515 (please note this pathway only runs at a partner institution)

"I received a lot of help and support from staff members and my mentor.   Doing the course has made more confidant, self-aware, organised, and ready for the Nursing course.  The course, boosted my confidant a lot. The course, has really helped me get ready for the Nursing course and motivating me to do my best and push my self. The placements opportunities allowed me to view everything in a different perspective and allowing me to have a taster how Nursing would be. It also allowed me to get ready to work within a child setting.  Out of the 2 years, the Amsterdam trip was the best, it was really good experience learning how different health care system are and seeing the difference between UK and Amsterdam."

Sabihah Mangera

I think my placement was the highlight of my course. I liked being hands on and practical. I like to experience things rather than just sitting in the classroom and learning what things are; I prefer to go and see them and do them and put everything into practice so that I learn more. The tutors on this course were great, you can email them with drafts and for any support or help, and you need. You can email any of your tutors knowing that they’re always going to get back to you.

Rosie Caunt


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

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:


  • UCAS Code:

    Various - more information; Short form: FdA/HSC

  • Campus:

    Preston and Burnley (Campus code: Preston: U, Burnley: A)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

  • View 2018/19 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. 

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

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.

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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.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Study and Lifelong Learning Skills
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Care from the Clients Perspective
  • Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Foundations for Practice

Year 2

  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Health Promotion
  • Management and Leadership In Health and Social Care
  • Supporting Professional Practice

Optional Modules

  • Introduction to Long Term Conditions and End of Life Care
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan
  • Rehabilitation Practice

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.


Human Anatomy Learning Centre

Clinical Skills Suite

Anatomage Suite

Exciting Opportunities

You will 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, BSc (Hons) Midwifery, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy and BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice.

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

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.

Tracy Gorst

"I chose to study this course at UCLan because of its excellent reputation, its great facilities and its continued investment / development into the local area. Particularly for this course I liked the idea that through COMENSUS (Community Engagement and Service User Support) you get exposure to the direct experiences of actual service users and carers from a range of diverse backgrounds from within the local community, this enables you to make valuable links to learning, development and practice."

Tracey Gorst

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Community Health and Midwifery
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.