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The Foundation Degree in Science (FdSc) in Health and Social Care is an innovative and contemporary course from Ulster University which aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills, experience, attitudes and values needed for employment in the Health and Social Care sector, within which there is a growing demand for competent and patient-centred employees. The programme also aims to provide a platform to those that wish to apply to progress to further programmes of study at Level 6 in areas such as Health and Wellbeing, Health and Social Care Policy, Nursing and Social Work as well as other allied health professions at Ulster University and other Higher Education Institutions within the UK and beyond. The programme is designed to address the needs of the local market by preparing graduates to meet the current and future evolving needs of health and social care services in Northern Ireland whilst providing a national and global perspective on health and social care.
In Year 1 you will gain an exciting introduction into health and social care by studying a range of modules including:
Effective Communication in Health and Social Care;
- Safeguarding and Managing Risk
- The Effective Learner
- Social Theories and Concepts
- Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice.
In Year 2 you will undertake a variety of modules including:
- Evidence Based Practice
- Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
- Introduction to Public Health
- Innovative Practices
In addition, all students must complete 240 hours of Work Based Learning (placement), which will also be assessed.
(a) Satisfy the University’s general entry requirements and
(b) Have attained grade A, B or C at GCSE level in 5 subjects or an equivalent standard in an approved alternative qualification and
(c) Provide evidence of competence in numeracy and literacy (GCSE grade C or above or equivalent e.g. Essential Skills Numeracy – this requirement may be met within (b) and
(d) Hold a BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or a related Level 3 subject area, or 2 GCE A Level passes or equivalent (with a minimum of 48 UCAS points)
OR as an alternative to (a), (b), (c) and (d):
Where an applicant does not hold the formal academic requirements for entry to the programme, but can demonstrate relevant experiential learning across a range of industries, they may apply for admission through the College Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process. In such cases, contact the Course Director for the programme who will advise further.
Non-standard admission will be agreed with the University Faculties.
All applicants must also satisfy Enhanced Disclosure from Access NI to continue on the programme.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.
All modules undertaken will have a number of assessment activities including written assignments, reports, oral presentations, reflective journals and examinations.
Upon successful completion of the course students may be able to apply to progress to Year 3 part-time of BSc (Hons) Health and Wellbeing, Ulster University. Students may also be eligible to apply to Year 2 of the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Policy programme at Ulster University. In addition, upon successful completion of the FdSc in Health and Social Care students can also apply for admission to Year 1 of a range of Allied Health Profession Degree programmes including Nursing, Social Work and Community Youth Work as well as a range of Social and Life Science Degrees including Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology and many more.
Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s admission and progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.
Access NI disclosure is required and costs £35. During your course you may be required to purchase course text books and incur additional costs for printing, photocopying and binding. The overall additional costs incurred to support your studies may be in the region of £250 per year.
International students (for whom English is not their first language), must demonstrate their competence in written and spoken English at IELTS – Academic 6.0, with minimum 5.5 in all four elements of the test. Trinity ISE - Pass at Level 3 also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
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