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What makes Health and Social Care at Worcester special?

A chance to enhance your future whilst helping others to maximise theirs.

The Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care at Worcester gives you a great base from which to build your future in a number of careers, including working with young people, vulnerable adults, older people, individuals with disabilities and people with mental health problems.

Key features

  • The FdSc is a recognised and professionally respected qualification that will enhance your career across the sector, as well as a gateway to further study
  • Flexibility: successful completion can lead to entry on to Year 2 of our Nursing degree, and Year 3 of our Applied Health & Social Care or Health Sciences degree
  • Excellent industry links including the NHS, Mind and Headway, where our students have enjoyed award-winning placements
  • A strong emphasis on work-based learning helps you build your confidence and skill-base whilst enhancing your employability
  • Tailored to allow study alongside part-time work
  • Flexible locations: study at the University of Worcester, Herefordshire and Ludlow College, Halesowen College and The Learning Institute.

Clearing 2017 - call us on 01905 855111

We have places available on a range of courses starting this September.

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My confidence soared and I felt I had finally found a subject matter that I understood and could relate to.

Teresa Ellis, Health and Social Care FdSc

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

UCAS Tariff: A minimum of 32 points at A level which must include at least one 6-unit award.

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other acceptable qualifications include:

  • AVCE
  • BTEC
  • Pre-2002 qualifications (e.g. GNVQ, BTEC ND etc.)
  • NVQ Level 3
  • European Baccalaureate (65%)
  • Foundation Year/Access course pass

A Disclosure & Barring Service check is required for this course, plus an occupational health check.

Shortlisted applicants may be invited for interview.

Other information

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from        

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

  • Effective Communication and Ethical Practice
  • Understanding and Promoting Health and Well-being Across the Lifecourse
  • Health and Social Care: Legislation, Policy and Best Practice
  • Health and Social Care: Personal and Professional Development in the Work Place


Year 2

  • Applied Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • Team Working and Empowerment
  • Health and Social Care: Individual Project in the Work Place
  • Applied Human Biology and Managing Health Conditions Health and Social Care
  • (Optional) Reviewing Academic Literature in Health and Social Care           

We also refer to the Programme Specifications produced by the Academic Quality Unit for content for this section.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

The course builds on existing knowledge and experience and to further develop specific knowledge, skills and values relevant to the current and emerging needs of employment in health and social care. It will enable you to assess, plan, implement and make sound judgements in effective care delivery in accordance with the core values of health and social care work.

You will explore and debate issues arising from the social, cultural, moral, legal and political context of health and social care work. You will develop your interpersonal and communication skills and will be encouraged to identify, use and communicate relevant information effectively.

You learn to locate and evaluate evidence and research and apply this in your practice and decision making in health and social care.

The course will also focus on your personal and professional development and provides opportunities for you to develop your study skills, meet your own learning needs and to develop and practice key skills in preparation for employment, further study and lifelong learning.


The course is designed to develop knowledge and skills for health and social care. Therefore a variety of teaching, learning and assessment approaches will be used and will emphasise the relationship between theory and real life issues and experiences in practice.

A wide variety of assessment types are used, including:

  • Coursework assignments
  • Reflective practice and portfolio work
  • Role plays
  • Case studies
  • Reports
  • Practical assessment

A significant component of the course consists of work-based learning. Applicants who are not currently employed in an environment working in a health or social care setting will need to secure a placement in a suitable setting; equating to one day a week for the duration of the course or 200 hours in each year.

Taught at the University of Worcester, Herefordshire and Ludlow College, Halesowen College and The Learning Institute.

  • Case study

    Teresa Ellis

    “The Foundation Degree has benefitted more than I can express. During the two years my confidence soared and I felt I had finally found a subject matter that I understood and could relate to - this hasn’t changed in recent years as I am still passionate about Health and Social Care. In my everyday practice I draw on knowledge gained at University and experiences I had whilst on the work placement element of the course. Every module that I took part in on the degree has been useful to my everyday work in the community. In my current role I am a valued member of a professional team and have built trusting relationships with my client base - I owe this to the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care”


Where could it take you?


Progression and Employability

There are also opportunities to progress via a third year of top-up study to a BA (Hons) in Applied Health & Social Care, BSc (Hons) in Child and Adolescent Mental Health or a BSc (Hons) in Health Sciences. Graduates also have the opportunity to progress into a variety of nursing courses.

A number of our students use the course as a route into the BSc (Hons) Nursing programme, as satisfactory completion of this meets the academic entry requirements to the programme, subject to selection and recruitment processes.

The option also exists for students who complete the Foundation Degree, who are also working in a health care setting with access to a nurse mentor, to complete a 2+2 route. Gaining direct entry to year two of the University of Worcester BSc (Hons) Nursing (adult or mental health) programme.  This is subject to selection and recruitment processes, availability of places and completion of Recognition of Prior Learning.       

Graduates can expect greater employability and enhanced promotion prospects. There should be opportunities open to you in health and care sectors, voluntary and private organisations.       

Skills gained:

  • Practical skills developed through work-based learning
  • Values, knowledge and skills relevant to working in health and social care services
  • Assess, plan, implement and make sound judgements in care delivery
  • Develop skills and strategies necessary for working in partnership with a range of service users and their families, services, professionals and groups across the health & social care settings
  • Evaluation and application of research
  • Wide variety of personal and transferable skills including assessing and planning, problem solving and decision making, mental health promotion, interdisciplinary working and interpersonal skills
  • Reflective practice

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 is £6,890 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for part-time UK and EU students registering on this foundation degree in 2017 is £903 per 15 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Health and Social Care FdSc

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Apply now via UCAS

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions Office

01905 855111