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 FdA 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.

Please be aware, this course is subject to revalidation for 2024/25 entry.

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2 years

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Bishop Grosseteste University

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About this course

If you have an interest in working with adults in a care or residential setting and want to develop to a higher level to develop your career opportunities or progression to an undergraduate degree the Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to enable you to meet your personal and professional aspirations.

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.

For those who are undertaking work in the care sector, the course aims to develop existing practice by extending their underpinning knowledge and understanding of the sector, through detailed examination of associated theories and concepts.

Delivered at Grantham College, the course features a blend between classroom work-related learning. This approach embeds a mix of practice-based work which results in learning in the Health and Social Care setting, alongside structured learning at the institution.

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.


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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Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. For 2024 entry, the application fee is £27, and you can make a maximum of 6 choices.
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