FdA Foundation Degree in Public Health and Social Care

Course overview

This Foundation Degree Public Health and Social Care is a two-year programme designed to take account of the current and envisaged changes in the UK healthcare sector. The ageing population, advances in healthcare technology, rising care costs and concerns about the quality of healthcare provision, present a need for programmes that offer a mix of academic and vocational skills. The programme is for those who are either working in or intending to work in the health or social care sectors or those graduating from a wide range of health and social care level 3 programmes. Students will have the opportunity to develop a core set of knowledge, skills and values required to deliver public health and social care and enhance their personal development.

The course provides a comprehensive, comparative approach to health and social care. It is delivered in an interactive way, helping students to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills required for their future career in the health and social care sector. The programme covers all key aspects including public health, health promotion, policy and ethical aspects of care. A clear focus of this programme is developing students’ ability to use evidence to inform their decisions and be able to understand the critical issues in health and social care and ways of dealing with them. Successful students can progress to the top up honours degree in Health and Social Care

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Key Information:

Course duration: 2 Years
Study Mode: Full-time
Study Location: London Study Centre 
Course Level: 5
Award: Foundation Degree
Awarding Body: London Metropolitan University

Modules Studied

First Year

  • Understanding Public Health and Social Care
  • Communicating with different client groups
  • Social contexts for professional practice
  • Placement learning 1

Second Year

  • Promoting Public Health and Wellbeing
  • Ethics and research in professional contexts
  • Public Health, Illness and Society
  • Placement learning 2

In addition to the University's minimum entry requirements, applicants should have GCSE English and at grade C or above, or Higher Diploma (or equivalent), plus at least 280 points, of which at least 180 must be from a relevant area. These requirements may be varied in individual cases. Applications are also welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.
All students must have a satisfactory CRB and a suitable placement in a health or social care setting be able to undertake the course

The Foundation Degree Public Health and Social Care degree lends itself to a variety of teaching and learning styles and these are, in turn, reflected in the variety of assessment tools employed throughout the course. Within the general principle of mixed mode assessment can be found a diversity of formative and summative instruments: short answer papers, in class tests, seen papers, practical reports and reviews, case studies, group assessment projects, seminar presentations and essays. Transferable skills have been embedded in the learning outcomes of the core modules. They have been mapped to ensure that they are assessed at every level.

The following learning outcomes incorporate and depend on knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles of their areas of study, and of the way in which those principles have developed.

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Apply underlying concepts and principles of public health and social care outside the context in which they were first studied, including the application of those principles in a work context;
  • Apply in a work context the main methods of enquiry in health and social care relevant to Foundation degree, evaluate critically the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems in the field of study, recognising the limits of their knowledge, and how this influences analyses and interpretations based on that knowledge;
  • Use in a work context a range of established techniques to initiate and undertake critical analysis of information, and to propose solutions to problems arising from that analysis;
  • Effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and deploy key techniques of the discipline effectively and in a work context;
  • Undertake further training, develop existing skills and acquire new competences that will enable them to assume significant responsibility within organisations;
  • Undertake employment which requires the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making;
  • Utilise opportunities for lifelong learning.
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