Course summary

Have you ever thought about working towards a degree, but decided against it as you are already in employment or volunteering and don’t want to give that up? Our FdSc Health & Social Care Practitioner course is designed for you if you are working in a role that focuses on the care, well-being, development and support of individuals, families and wider communities.

Please note that this course is taught at Grantham College.

Key facts

Award

FdSc

UCAS code

G582

Duration

2 years

Mode of study

Full-time

Start date

September

Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

Institution code

B38

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About this course

Are you a committed, experienced practitioner, already working in the field of Health and Social Care? This Foundation Degree course, which is delivered at Grantham College offers working practitioners like you an opportunity to develop specialist knowledge, understanding and skills, to widen your career opportunities in the Health and Social Care work sector. It combines classroom- based learning and independent study with your own, on-going professional practice, enabling you to work, study and advance your career at the same time.

Students on this course will be taught with the aims of developing a diverse range of students with the skills, knowledge and insight to enable them to make a positive contribution to the care, well-being, development and support of the individuals, families and communities with whom they work.

The course content adds value to your professional experience and enhances your ability to make a positive contribution to the care, well-being and support of individuals and communities, through detailed examination of theories and concepts associated with Health and Social Care. Graduates of this programme may also progress to complete a full bachelor’s degree by further study.

What you will study

Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules:

This module provides underpinning foundations for formal learning in higher education, and establishes the principles of professional, work-based learning in the context of the your own workplace.

The module content includes understanding the self as a learner. It introduces theoretical models such as Kolb’s cycle of experiential learning and Schon’s reflection in and on action, with reference to routine practice and critical incidents. It introduces study skills and techniques that will support your studies at foundation degree level and beyond.

The module’s key concepts include personal responsibilities and professional ethics for work-based learners, self-reflection, time management strategies and management of information. It includes an introduction to academic writing, including accurate citation and referencing techniques.

This module adds subject-specific concepts to the generic principles of academic and work-based learning in higher education.

You will begin to utilise academic sources to discover a range of perspectives, and begin to present your ideas. The module content introduces historical and contemporary issues, debates and influences on the delivery of Health and Social Care and begins to address the diversity of Health and Social Care and public health contexts in the UK. The module introduces the phenomena of social inequality and the social determinants of health, well-being, and illness, within the context of contemporary health and social care practice.

The module aims to raise awareness of different ideologies of welfare in the UK. It discusses contemporary political debate and legislative changes and their potential impact on health and social care provision.

This module emphasises ways in which personal perspectives connect with professional practice. You will have opportunities to learn about values, ethics and principles of practice, self-care/preservation, and the principle of empowerment. A key skill in this module is self-reflection, to promote your emerging sense of professional ethics and the values that underpin best practice.

The module content includes:

• ethical theories

• philosophical perspectives on practice

• holistic approaches to care that support individuals to express their wishes, needs and preferences i.e. person-centred care

• respect for diversity and the impact of discrimination on individuals’ health and wellbeing, dilemmas in challenging discrimination

• self-concept, self-esteem, self-confidence and identity

• legislation and national policy initiatives including data protection, access to Information and disclosure of information.

The aim of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to explore three levels of collaboration; firstly, at service level between service users and professionals; secondly at interprofessional level between practitioners and thirdly at organisational and policy level.

You will investigate the positive and negative outcomes of partnership working and collaboration with service users, professionals and organisations across a range of provisions in the health and social care services, including statutory, non-statutory and voluntary organisations.

You will consider different concepts and models of partnership working in health and social care including, horizontal and vertical as well as multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working.

Empowerment of service users (developing independence and autonomy) versus ‘expert/medical’ models of health are explored.

Legislation and the students’ understanding of their legal obligations to work collaboratively or in partnership with other providers across health and social care and beyond are discussed.

This module will develop your understanding of the sociological and psychological concepts that affect day-to-day life for individuals and families across the human lifespan.

The module introduces a range of theoretical perspectives (for example, feminism, Marxism, and functionalism) which attempt to explain social pressures and divisions that impact individual and family life, and lifespan development.

You will also learn about psychological principles and theories related to lifespan development. You will consider contemporary factors that affect family life, for example, family dynamics, stress, criminal justice, domestic violence and abuse, and the risks and barriers to healthy lifespan development.

The focus of this module is the development of safeguarding practice in Health and Social Care. It will build on the skills of reflection and learning acquired at level 4.

It takes a solution focused approach and encourages critical use of legislation and policy in safeguarding practice from international, national and local perspectives. It includes safeguarding in a range of contexts including children, vulnerable adults and key initiatives such as Prevent.

The module contains historical perspectives. You will learn about contemporary issues including FGM, modern slavery, institutional abuse and financial abuse. It will involve analysis of notable landmark cases and a range of serious case reviews.

Students will have the opportunity to develop skills and consolidate knowledge about policies and procedures and approaches in their own practice to increase professional confidence in safeguarding.

This module focusses on biological and non-biological factors in healthy communities. It looks at social problems that affect health outcomes and analyses the social construction of health. It explores public health, inequalities in health and service delivery, and the roles of the individual, society, and the state.

You will compare and contrast how culture impacts on health, and explore global, national and local examples.

You will discuss and critique policy responses to social problems, by reflecting on sociological interpretations of specific social problems and the social marginalisation that affect health outcomes and stigma.

This module enables you to develop a critical understanding of a range of assessments and techniques relevant to your own area of professional expertise.

It will examine a range of Health and Social Care interventions and analyse their purpose and effectiveness in society.

You will compare and contrast assessments and interventions and the theories behind them in a range of different Health and Social Care contexts.

These may include:

• CBT

• Hospital Passports

• Mental Capacity

• Social Prescribing

• Nutritional Aspects of Care

• Activities of Daily Living

• Social Care Assessments

• Complimentary medicine and alternative therapies

Within the contemporary environment of Health and Social Care, there is a need to be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of service provision both individually and across organisations. Practitioners need to be able to critically reflect both on and in practice, evaluating evidence-based practice (including research) and be able to effectively utilise evidence to inform and improve practice.

This module provides you with the opportunity to design a research project. You will be introduced to the broad principles of research design. By engaging with the process of a literature review, you will develop subject knowledge pertinent to the area of inquiry. Ethical issues will be addressed, including the key principles of gaining institutional approval for academic research, informed consent from participants, anonymity and confidentiality.

Entry requirements

This is a professional development programme for working Health and Social Care practitioners. Typical entry requirements - a minimum of one year’s practical experience (preferably two years) in an employed or voluntary capacity in a relevant, professional Health and Social Care setting, which can be verified with a reference from the employer/manager.

Typically, applicants hold a relevant Level 3 Health and Social Care qualification although other qualifications will be considered, alongside length of experience and the type of roles the applicant has held.

Applicants must have on-going access to a voluntary or paid role in a relevant, professional Health and Social Care setting for at least 12 hours a week throughout the duration of the programme. Applicants will be required to produce written support from the Health and Social Care setting in order to join this programme

How you will be taught

Over the course of the programme, students will study eight modules over two years. Lectures, seminars and tutorials will feature alongside practice-based learning in the work setting. The Health and Social Care sector places a high premium on research-informed and research-based teaching which constantly makes links between theory, practice and evidence bases and demonstrates the real world applicability of the discipline at all levels.

A blended delivery pattern consisting of one day per week attendance for the taught element of the course has been devised. The associated commitment equivalent to 12 hours per week in professional practice forms part of this model.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used including presentations, discussions, written assignments such as essays and reports and portfolios of work focused learning. All assessments allow you to reflect on your practice and theory as you evidence your learning.

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