FdSc Supporting Innovation In Health And Social Care

This programme will provide you with the underlying concepts of Health and Social Care and will prepare you for work in the sector.

This programme is also available to be studied at our associate college, London School of Commerce.

It will enhance your skills and knowledge and you will gain experience working in a professional environment during a mandatory work placement.

At Level 4 and Level 5, you will be required to attend centre for 12.5 hours per week. This is usually split over two days - specific timetables are subject to change and will be confirmed at interview.

You will also complete 30+ hours of work placement in a Health & Social Care setting. Arrangements can be flexible but must comply with the needs of the host organisation.

Study Aims

This programme will provide you with an academic and vocationally oriented curriculum, that establishes a firm understanding of the concept of Health and Social Care in a contemporary society. It meets employer demand for higher level qualified practitioners who are compassionate and critically reflective and will enable you to develop your academic, personal and professional potential into employment within the local and regional health and social care sector. The programme will offer the you a range of perspectives throughout the duration of study involving multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary perspectives and professional perspectives. You will be given the opportunity to critically examine health and social determinants in a wide variety of contexts and focus on a range of which enable a critical examination of contrasting perspectives, providing insight into the human experience of health, social, physical, mental well-being, and illness. The diversity of focus will explore the human experience developing reflective and critical evaluation of the many factors affecting health and its representations, in which attention is paid to the values, theories and professional perspectives that inform thinking and actions and an ability to engage actively in the discourses surrounding the concept of health and its representations.

Modules Studied

Level 4:

  • Personal Professional Development - this module aims to help you to develop the skills needed to become a Higher Education student.
  • Work Related Learning - to prepare you for work in the Health and Social Care sector, by providing you with an initial overview of the underlying concepts of Health and Social Care.
  • Evidence Based Approaches - to develop knowledge of the concept and principles of evidence based approaches in Health and Social Care, the knowledge of research methodologies for you to evaluate the purpose, uses and limitations of various approaches to evidence-based practice.
  • Exploration of Health Conditions - to provide an overview of anatomy and physiology.
  • Collaborative Working – to enable you to understand the need for developing effective relationships between professionals and services in today’s health care system.
  • Contemporary Issues - explore a broad range of contemporary issues influencing health and social care.]]]Level 5:[[[Continuous Professional Development - the purpose of this module is to enable you to identify, understand and develop their key personal abilities in the context of their future career aspirations.
  • Public Health - explore topics about preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the efforts of society.
  • Psychological and Social Science - this social science module covers a range of subjects which relate to a variety of current issues within Health and Social Care.
  • Assistive Technology - enable students to understand and analyse how the generation of new technology can be used across healthcare services.
  • Service Improvements - will provide you with the opportunity to explore service improvement strategies and develop a deeper understanding of the sector.
  • Work Related Research - this final module will incorporate a final summative assessment cultivating in a review of all elements of the Foundation Degree.

Times of Delivery

  • Monday - 6 hours (Core Lesson) ~Tuesday - 6 hours (Core Lesson) ~Wednesday - 8 hour (Work Placement)

Any times indicated are based on current courses and may be subject to change in future years. Full timetables will be confirmed at the start of each course.

Teaching and Assessment

Assessment for this programme will comprise the following:

  • Three exams
  • Four presentations
  • Two portfolios
  • Three essays
  • One reflection task
  • Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) assessment
  • Viva assessment
  • One campaign
  • One research project.

Placement opportunities are supported within a range of health and social care sectors. International placement opportunities are also available and are supported by ERASMUS funding.

Industry Links

You will expand your employability skills and knowledge at Level 5 either in community based Healthcare, which could include a Nursing Home or Hospice, or within Social Care or Day Care, Domiciliary Care, Supported Housing or Residential Care and Public Health providers, for a variety of service users which could include health promotion, mental health, learning disabilities, sensory or physical disability or elderly care, as well as within the criminal justice system.

A range of organised visits are planned, including Leeds Medical Museum, Wakefield Mental Health Museum, Edinburgh Surgical Museum, Crown Court, and Prison visits.

You will also participate in the collaboration with St Cuthbert's Hospice Dead Chatty Café.


This programme provides a challenging, employability led qualification that responds to your needs and reflects the current and projected needs of the local Health and Social Care sector in the North East of England and beyond. You will undertake a work placement for a minimum of 45 hours in each year, a minimum total of 90 hours. It is not mandatory that all placement hours are within the same sector - you will be encouraged to gain experience in different sectors. It is required that you do not undertake work experience with the same employer in year 2, to support a wider vocational learning experience. These placements will be tailored individually to support your personal development of employability skills, to enhance progression opportunities. You will be given support to organise placements with a range of statutory, private and third sector providers. There will also be a planned series of work-related visits to specialist units, services and exhibitions where you will use the experiences for reflective learning and employment.

Entry Criteria

To gain entry to this programme, you must satisfy the standard or non-standard entry requirements detailed below.

Standard entry criteria:

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade 4/C or above, including maths and English Language or appropriate Key Skills/Functional Skills at Level 2.
  • A minimum of 64 UCAS Credits/or GNVQ/NVQ/ BTEC Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care/ A-Levels or a T-Level at Level 3.
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in-line with College policy.
  • Two supportive references.

Non-standard entry criteria:

  • Non-standard entry applications will be considered on the basis of relevant work experience and attainment of skills, which demonstrate an ability to study at this level concordant with QAA UK Quality Code Admissions, Recruitment and Widening Access.
  • If you hold a UCAS tariff of 48 points, you will be offered an interview and considered on an individual basis, if you have substantial specific industry experience.

This route also supports those who are seeking career progression but may not directly possess the standard entry criteria. There will be the expectation you would complete maths and English Language, or appropriate Key Skills/Functional Skills at Level 2.

Additional Costs

A variety of trips and conferences will be offered on a voluntary basis to underpin and support educational development of the wider sector. You will be responsible for self-funding these elements.

What are the next steps?

You will attend a one-to-one interview where you will be asked questions to identify prior knowledge, preparedness, aspirations and demonstration of the qualities and attributes necessary within the sector.

You will also complete a written assessment on a current issue in Health & Social Care. The interview process will be approximately 1 hour.

On arrival please report to the NCD University Centre reception. Please bring a copy of your academic qualifications.

Please ensure that you understand the process of securing funding through student finance. 

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 Published on 2023-08-25
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