Health and Social Care (Foundation Entry) Foundation Degree Programme

Health and Social Care (Foundation Entry) Foundation Degree Programme

Successful completion of this Foundation Entry course provides a wide range of opportunities to study for a future career in Health and Social Care and includes progression to the FdA Health and Social Care. Additionally, on successful completion of this Foundation Entry programme, you can apply to study Pre-registration Adult Nursing, Child Nursing or Mental Health Nursing (subject to successful interview), Counselling and Psychotherapy, Social Work (subject to achieving a merit, additional entry requirements and enhanced DBS), or Sexual Health Studies.  If you are still not sure where you would like to specialise, you can progress onto the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care followed by the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care (one year top up). From there you could choose to further your skills in leadership or study to become a nurse, physiotherapist or occupational therapist at postgraduate level.


By meeting the course-specific requirements during the Foundation Entry year this course gives students the opportunity to acquire the entry requirements needed to successfully gain entry onto the following courses:

Target Degree Course Course-specific mark criteria Other requirements

Pre-registration Adult Nursing

Minimum 50% average percentage mark obtained throughout the Foundation year

Successful interview Enhanced DBS Clearance

Pre-registration Child Nursing

Minimum 60% average percentage mark obtained throughout the Foundation year

Successful interview Enhanced DBS Clearance

Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies

Minimum 40% average percentage mark obtained throughout the Foundation year


Foundation Degree Health and Social Care

Minimum 40% average percentage mark obtained throughout the Foundation year


Pre-registration Mental Health Nursing

Minimum 50% average percentage mark obtained throughout the Foundation year

Successful interview Enhanced DBS Clearance

Sexual Health Studies

Minimum 40% average percentage mark obtained throughout the Foundation year


Social Work

Minimum Merit or 50% average percentage mark obtained throughout the Foundation year

Successful Interview Enhanced DBS Clearance

Further progression

Following successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students can progress onto the one-year BSc top-up course to earn a BSc in Health and Social Care. Subject to achieving the relevant entry requirements, you may then have the opportunity to complete a postgraduate course and achieve professional registration in areas such as Nursing, Physiotherapy, Social Work and Occupational Therapy. Alternatively, you may continue to expand your knowledge and expertise in health and social care by enrolling onto one of our masters programmes such as MSc Integrated Health and MSc Applied Public Health.

What our students say...

"As a mature student I have to say I was a little more than apprehensive to be going back into full time education after 30 yrs. I can now say that I should not have worried at all. The foundation course was an excellent way to get back into education. It gave me every skill that I needed to progress onto my chosen undergraduate course here at UCLan."

(Debra Mulvana, Year 2 Forensic Psychology, September 2015/16 FdE Cohort)

"I believe that it offers a really good base into studies at UCLan and will help you get used to the area that you will be spending your time. It helped me prepare for my nursing degree."

(Derya Bafa, BSc Adult Nursing, March 2016 FdE Cohort)

"I was fully supported by the tutors, especially within how to reference at a higher level and encouraged to aim for an interview with the paediatric nursing team at UCLan. The foundation entry tutors have also helped me with many personal circumstances, including being formally diagnosed with dyslexia, I have always felt fully supported throughout the year and I feel confident about beginning my journey into paediatric nursing in September."

Charly Blackburn, FdE student 2017/18

"I found the foundation course extremely helpful. As an adult learner I found it helped me to understand and gain knowledge around things that I had not studied for many years such as anatomy and physiology. I feel the foundation year has prepared me for future study by giving an insight into what is expected, and what needs to be understood for future study, such as referencing."

Michelle Latham, FdE student 2017/18

"I would just like to say, being a mature student, I found the Foundation Entry course very useful. The course helped on the academic side of things, as well as gave a basic understanding and the importance of the fundamentals of care. I personally would recommend the course to anyone interested in going into the health and social care sector.  Thank you to you and all your team for the support."

Sharon Hill, FdE Student September 17/18 Cohort

"I found the course very helpful indeed because it has given me the foundation on the start of my new course. I also learnt assignment writing techniques and how effective it is to meet the learning outcomes. The university life is something that l got used to and it has not been difficult for me to adapt in my first year of the programme".

Lincoln Dhliwayo, Year 1 Mental Health Nursing, March 2017 FdE Cohort

The course itself was great if, like me, you aren’t very academic. The support and assistance you get in every aspect definitely aids you in getting you comfortable with the higher level of learning. The hours are great so you can still work part time. I’m a single parent and it’s more than manageable. All the tutors were more than happy to assist in any way they could.

Kirsty Rose, Year 2 Adult Nursing, March 2016 FdE Cohort

The foundation course really helped me gain an insight to the kind of work I would be doing in my degree years. I’m now a student nurse in year 1 ( since September 2017) and the foundation course was really relevant.

Aimie Shaw, Year 1 Adult Nursing, September 2016 FdE Cohort

"The Foundation Entry course was an excellent stepping stone onto my ODP BSc Degree at UCLan. I can say that this course have given me a huge head start with my degree and has given me good grades all the way though.  The Refworks workshop was fantastic!"

Sarah Normanton, ODP BSc, September 2014/15 FdE Cohort

"It completely prepared me for the enormous amount of work that was ahead. I was confident with the university system such as blackboard and would highly recommend the FE to anyone interested in studying at UCLan.  I am just going into year 2 of Sexual Health."

Cathleen, Ingam, Year 2 Sexual Health Studies, September 2016/17 FdE Cohort

"I started the foundation course in September 2015.  I admit I was reluctant to do it, I am a mature student I felt that I was wasting a year I didn’t have. I now know it was the best thing I did.  All the academic staff were brilliant and I learnt a lot.  In addition I met and got to know people so when I went onto year one I was there with people I already knew which is a big help."

Sean Fehrenbach, Year 2 BSc Mental Health Nursing, September 2015/16 FdE Cohort

"I was very shy, and didn't think I could achieve a degree, but after numerous stand up presentations and full support throughout each assignment I am well on my way to becoming a nurse and finishing this degree with just one year to go. I don't think I could have done as well without the help of the foundation year."

Sarah Hulme, Year 2 Adult Nursing, September 2015/16 FdE Cohort

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

  • UCAS Code:

    September N337, March 4Q57

  • Campus:

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

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: The fee for the first year (the foundation year entry year) of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 and 3 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

    Students may be eligible for a £500 travel bursary. Find out more.

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 64 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. General Studies accepted. 

Relevant work experience in Health or Social Care and transferable skills can be considered for non-standard entry to the Foundation Entry Programme.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Pass, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Merit, Merit
Pass Access Course: 64 UCAS Points plus English and Maths
GCSE: Maths and English at grade C or equivalent
IELTS: 7.0 with no score lower than 6.5


Personal Statement Advice

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Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

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Course Overview

Modules studied

  • Academic Writing and Studying in Health and Social Care
  • Learning development and using information communication technology to present information
  • Developing skills for delivering health & social care (1)


  • Developing skills for delivering health & social care (2)
  • Foundations in Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and Disease
  • Measuring Health and Wellbeing


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.

The teaching team is made up of academics and practitioners from a range of health and social care specialties.  This serves not only to enhance the learning experience but ensures that students get an accurate and realistic representation of the job satisfaction, rewards, benefits and challenges of working in health and social care.  The teaching team are passionate about students achieving their maximum potential and will offer an excellent level support to facilitate development and achievement. Beyond the teaching team, there are a range of services for university students which include study skills support, IT skills development, wellbeing support and financial advice.

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“The FdE course is a fantastic opportunity for you to enter into the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing and provides you with the personal and academic skills to start a journey of learning and progression towards your career choice.”

Angela Crowe, Lecturer in Health and Social Care

"The Foundation Entry is a stepping stone to a variety of health and social care courses for students who have been out of the academic setting for a while or need additional UCAS points to get on to their target course. It helps students to develop academic writing, research and presentation skills to prepare them to study at Degree level."

Joy Gana-Inatimi, Admissions Tutor and Course Leader Foundation Entry, Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care

“The FDE allows students to achieve their full potential by developing their academic skills whilst simultaneously building confidence and gaining insights into health professional careers in a supportive and engaging learning environment."

Gemma Wilson, Admissions Tutor and Course Co-Lead for Foundation Entry, Lecturer in Health and Social Care

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:
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.