FdA Health & Social Care

Course overview

The course aims to equip you if you are working, or intending to work in health and social care with relevant knowledge and skills, to address your continuing professional development needs and to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

This highly practical course allows you to develop your career in health and social care. You'll develop a detailed understanding of health and social care policy and practice, which you can use straight away in any workplace that involves caring for individuals and communities.

This two years programme will help you focus on your personal and professional development throughout the course and will integrate your skills and knowledge in academic and work-based settings.

The course will help you develop specialist knowledge and skills in care work and enable you to gain skills in analysis and evaluation. You’ll also gain first-hand experience through work-based learning in either paid employment or voluntary roles.

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Key Information:

Course duration: 2 Years
Study Mode: Full-time
Study Location: London Campus

Course Level: 6
Award: BSc (Hons) Degree
Awarding Body: Bucks New University

Modules Studied

Year 1 Modules

  • Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Epidemiology, Health and Social Science: An Introduction
  • Health and Social Care Policy
  • Understanding Culture and Communities

Year 2 Modules

  • Developing Personal and Professional Practice
  • Life-long Career in Health and Social Care
  • Contemporary Issues and Management of Health and Social Services
  • Principles of Research Methodologies in Health and Social Care

Starting Dates:

January 2019

Tuition Fees:


Enrolment Deadline:

Wednesday 20th February 2019

At LSST we welcome applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. If you have recently been in education or are returning after a long time, we would be more than happy to consider your application.

Depending on your circumstances, you may wish to apply based on your previous qualifications (Level 3, A-Levels, Diploma) OR as a mature learner (aged 21+) on the basis of your previous experiences via our assessment based entry.

Application based on Previous qualifications:

If you are applying based on your previous qualifications, you must have any one of the following:

  • 80 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications
  • A Levels at grades B, B or B,D and D, or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma with Merit, Merit, Pass
  • Access to HE Diploma

Mature learners (Aged 21+)

If you are applying as a mature learner (aged 21+) and do not have the above qualifications, you can apply via our assessment based entry and we will consider your prior experiences (work, voluntary, life and other experiences) that are relevant to the course.

You will be required to complete the following:

  1. Provide a CV and Personal Statement
  2. English Language Test (IELTS 6.0 or score 70%)
  3. Maths Test (Score 50%)
  4. Complete a SAPE Assessment (Screening for Accreditation of Prior Experience)
  5. Academic Interview

English and Maths Requirement

All applicants are required to demonstrate they have the functional skills needed to complete their degree.

  • You will be required to pass our English Language test with a minimum 70% score, equivalent to IELTS 6.0.
  • You will also be required to pass our Maths test at a minimum score of 50%.

To support your application further, applicants may also present a GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 - 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.

DBS Requirement

You will also be required to successfully complete a DBS Check through our DBS platform at your own expense, and if an offer is made it will be conditional based on your DBS check being accepted. If you have not told us about any spent and unfiltered past convictions that subsequently show up on the DBS check, LSST may withdraw the offer or remove you from the course without refund of the Course Fee or DBS check fee.

The students will be exposed to a variety of summative and formative assessments whilst developing the academic skills to be a successful student at university; course content and Learning Outcomes strongly relate to students developing their knowledge and understanding of the subjects being studied and assessed.

At all levels modules enable students to develop key skills. Assignments are designed to reflect the learning outcomes for each module. Holistically, the module learning outcomes complement the programme outcomes. Informal formative assessment takes place on an ongoing basis through seminar and workshop activities.

Learning Outcomes: Year 1

On successful completion, a graduate will be able to:

A. Knowledge and Understanding

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of theory and concepts relating to health & social science in a variety of settings
  • 2. Demonstrate an ability to understand “health” as a contested concept
  • 3. Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues at the forefront of health and social science debates
  • 4. Understand and explain the diversity of social relationships between individuals, groups and institutions
  • 5. Demonstrate an understanding of the principal processes that underpin social change and social stability and how they impact on health, illness and wider social processes
  • B. Intellectual/Cognitive Skills

    • 1. Recognise the underpinning nature of political ideology of health and social sciences
    • 2. Demonstrate and recognise diversity within health and social sciences
    • 3. Present evidence from a range of sources and demonstrate an ability to understand them.

    C. Practical Skills

    • 1. Acquire information through a variety of sources, including appropriate health and social science databases
    • 2. Work to deadlines
    • 3. Computer literacy (e.g. an ability to search academic databases, prepare and deliver a power-point presentation)

    D. Key/Transferable Skills

    • 1. Demonstrate the ability to work in groups on shared tasks
    • 2. Communicate and develop skills in oral and written communication
    • 3. Demonstrate effective time management
    • 4. Demonstrate sensitivity to the values and interests of others and understand that they may differ from one’s own

    Learning Outcomes: Year 2

    On successful completion, a graduate will be able to:

    A. Knowledge and Understanding

    • 1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the main theories of the health and social science and their application in diverse communities
    • 2. Assess the ways in which health and social scientific analysis differ from other types of understanding
    • 3. Critically evaluate contrasting and cross-cultural accounts of health, illness, wellbeing as well as wider social processes
    • 4. Reflect on the lived experience of health, well-being and illness

    B. Intellectual/Cognitive Skills

      1. Analyse the theoretical underpinning of health and social science
    • 2. Assess the merits of competing explanations of health and social processes, including empirical research and methodological debates
    • 3. Show an appraisal of the advantages and limitations of quantitative and qualitative methodologies

    C. Practical Skills

    • 1. Gather relevant research data through a detailed use of a wide range of academic databases
    • 2. Identify and propose solutions to problems, both in relation to the substantive area of health and social sciences and other educational issues
    • 3. Work independently in both a reflexive and proactive way

    D. Key/Transferable Skills

    • 1. Undertake writing tasks in different styles and for different audiences, being able to produce work of a consistently high standard
    • 2. Recognise the importance of working across teams and communities
    • 3. Recognise issues relating to equal opportunities and diversity, and identify appropriate courses of action in relation to such issues

Graduates will have experience in the working environment and will be qualified for a number of careers, including caring for those with mental health issues, learning difficulties, the elderly and the disabled.

When you finish, you may want to further your expertise on our conversion course taking your qualifications to an honours degree in Professional Practice (Integrated Health & Social Care).