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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.
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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
  • Essential University Skills 2
  • Contemporary Issues and the Media
  • Professional Practice in the Community
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
Year two
  • Developing Academic Writing and Reflective Practice
  • Introduction to Health and Well-being
  • Personalisation in Health and Social Care
  • Development through the Life Course
  • Values and Principles of Health and Social Care
  • Social and Political Influences on Policy and Practice
Year three
  • Introduction to Advancing Mental Health across the Healthcare Spectrum
  • Psychology for Health and Social Care
  • Equality, Diversity and Equity in Practice
  • Duty of Care – Principles and Implementation
  • Leadership and Change
  • Negotiated Learning in Health and Social Care
Year four
  • Applied Critical Evaluation for Evidence Based Practice
  • Communication Skills in Health and Social Care
  • Collaborative Working in Health and Social Care
  • Contemporary Approaches and Fundamental Principles of Safeguarding across the Lifespan
  • Managing Self and Others
  • Negotiated Learning in Health and Social Care

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