FdA Public Health and Social Care

Course overview

The aim of this Foundation Degree is to equip learners with both theoretical and Practical attributes underpinning Health and Social Care practice. The Foundation degree in Health and Social Care empowers individuals working or anticipating to work in public health, social care, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and the public sector.  The fundamentals of health delivery are explored concurrently with an exploration of the social context of health provision.  This course is designed to provide learners with a high level of understanding of care or early years care with health and social care settings. The Foundation Degree in Public Health and Social Care also addresses the changing health and social care needs and provision in the UK.

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Key Information:

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

Award: Foundation Degree
Awarding Body: London Metropolitan University

Modules Studied

Level 4 - Year 1 Modules:

  • Placement Learning 1
  • Social Contexts for Professional Practice
  • Communicating with Different Client Groups
  • Understanding Public Health and Social Care

Level 5 - Year 2 Modules: 

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


Starting Dates:

February 2019

Tuition Fees:


Enrollment Deadline:

Wednesday 6th March 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 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.

You will be assessed via coursework, practical exams including oral presentations.

The assessment strategy is underpinned by the course learning outcomes. The assessment methods tally according to the aims of each module. Each assessment will be looking for evidence that you have achieved the specific learning outcomes of the module and the broader learning outcomes of the course.

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

  1. 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;

  2. 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;

  3. 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;

  4. 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;

  5. Undertake further training, develop existing skills and acquire new competences that will enable them to assume significant responsibility within organisations;

  6. Undertake employment which requires the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making;

  7. Utilise opportunities for lifelong learning.