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BSc (Hons) - Health and Social Care (with integrated foundation year)

You want to support and help others with your future career. Our course is designed with a range of engaging modules to allow you to develop your professional and personal skills.

This foundation year course will provide you with the skills to allow you to pursue your ideal career by either progressing onto a professional health course or by completing the four-year degree to hit the ground running in a role within the contemporary Health and Social Care sector.


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Course Overview

This Integrated Foundation Year entry route offers an alternative supportive route for students who may not have the required entry qualification for direct entry onto some of our level 4 programmes, or those who may have taken an extended break from education. By successfully completing the first year of this programme you may be able to apply to transfer onto one of our health professional programmes including:
BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
BSc (Hons) Nursing–Adult
BSc (Hons) Nursing–Learning Disability
BSc (Hons) Nursing–Mental Health
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
BA (Hons) Social Work
If you do not wish to specialise after completing year one, you can continue onto the full Health and Social Care Degree. The full degree will support your academic advancement to prepare you for your ideal career within health and social care. You'll enhance your personal skills including communication, team working, self-management, motivation, resilience, self-awareness and confidence.

On this course you will...

  • Have the option to transfer onto one of our health professional programmes (listed above) or progress onto the full health and social care degree at the end of the Integrated Foundation Year.
  • Study a range of engaging modules that will develop your confidence in your academic skills so that you are prepared for further study.
  • Be taught by expert lecturers who have professional experience from across our Institute of Health, covering a spectrum of health and social care professions.
  • Become part of an active and vibrant community of like-minded Instiute of Health students who want to make a difference.
  • Access pastoral and academic support that is embedded in the programme to guide you on your journey into higher education, with a Student Development Coordinator providing advice and guidance.

Course Structure

What you will learn

Year one allows you to settle into University life and gain the confidence and skills to succeed in your chosen degree by participating in a supportive academic, personal and professional development programme. At the end of the Integrated Foundation Year, there is an opportunity to apply to transfer onto a range of our Allied Health Programmes.

Years two to four provides you with the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised academic award that has been designed to meet your needs and facilitate progression within the Health and Social Care sectors. The key knowledge, understanding and experiences gained throughout the programme are structured to enhance employability within a growing sector.

The programme is designed to equip you with academic, research, analytical and problem-solving skills. You will consider others cultural values and beliefs, approaches to care across diverse cultures and communities, recognising and appreciating similarities and differences.

Year one

During the integrated foundation year, you will be taught alongside students from a range of programmes within the Institute of Health. During this time, you will be equipped with the essential skills needed to study at university level while undertaking challenging and authentic tasks that aim to test your decision-making skills in a health care environment.

  • Essential University Skills 1
    Develop the academic and professional skills required for effective learning and successful progression through your chosen course.
  • Essential University Skills 2
    Enhance the skills learnt with Essential University Skills 1.
  • Contemporary Issues and the Media
    Explore a range of contemporary issues through the lens of the media that relates to your subject area.
  • Professional Practice in the Community
    Develop your awareness of community groups and activities to help your understanding of society.
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
    An introduction to the concepts of mental health and wellbeing across the lifespan and in different contexts using different psychological approaches and theories.
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
    An essential introduction to the theoretical concepts of human development, functional anatomy and physiology.
Year two
  • Developing Academic Writing and Reflective Practice
    Develop study skills that will enhance your ability to develop as a reflective life-long learner.
  • Introduction to Health and Well-being
    Develop the knowledge, skills and competence needed to support and enhance the health and well-being of the service user.
  • Personalisation in Health and Social Care
    Explore and examine a range of models of care within a health and social care context, focusing on health promotion.
  • Development through the Life Course
    Develop an understanding of human development through the life-course.
  • Values and Principles of Health and Social Care
    Explore what constitutes good practice and how decisions related to a specific care setting can be supported by a relevant consistent ethical framework.
  • Social and Political Influences on Policy and Practice
    Identify and consider the influences legislative, social, political and policy can have on the lives of individuals, families, and communities.
Year three
  • Introduction to Advancing Mental Health across the Healthcare Spectrum
    Explore the nature and impact of mental illness across the health care spectrum.
  • Psychology for Health and Social Care
    Understand the psychological factors that influence human behaviour throughout the lifespan, focusing on how these can relate to health and social care settings.
  • Equality, Diversity and Equity in Practice
    Consider your own values and ethics and reflect upon their impact on the behaviour and attitudes of yourself and others.
  • Duty of Care – Principles and Implementation
    Learn to empower clients and balance the promotion of rights of the client with the associated risk to society, within a framework of citizenship rights and responsibilities.
  • Leadership and Change
    Examine issues of quality management and leadership for change within your area of practice.
  • Negotiated Learning in Health and Social Care
    Extend your knowledge and understanding in an area of study that complements previous experience and learning.
Year four
  • Applied Critical Evaluation for Evidence Based Practice
    Enhance your study and employability skills, by developing the ability to retrieve and critically evaluate evidence relevant to your area of practice.
  • Communication Skills in Health and Social Care
    Explore the importance of effective communication when working in health and social care settings.
  • Collaborative Working in Health and Social Care
    Explore the importance of collaborative working by building upon the knowledge and skills developed in previous modules e.g. Duty of Care – Principles and Implementation and Leadership and Change.
  • Contemporary Approaches and Fundamental Principles of Safeguarding across the Lifespan
    Increase your in-depth awareness of the principles relating to safeguarding across the lifespan.
  • Managing Self and Others
    Develop your leadership and management skills in order to manage effectively in health and social care settings.
  • Negotiated Learning in Health and Social Care
    Extend your knowledge and understanding in an area of study that complements previous experience and learning.

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