Applied Health and Social Care Foundation Degree

Course length: 2 year full-time.


This course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to become a reflective, independent and critical member of the health and social care workforce. The principles of intelligent compassion run throughout the course to support best practice, effective communication and professionalism.  It helps students to apply theory and practice in both health and social care settings and offers a platform for employment in health or social care. It can also act as a springboard to a professional career in health and social care services. The course pulls together theory and practice for those who wish to work with people in a caring environment.

The FdSc Applied Health and Social Care can equip students to work in health and social care settings at Assistant Practitioner level (band 4). There is the opportunity to Top Up this award to the BA or BSc (Hons) Applied Health and Social Care at Newman University.  As a graduate there are a number of opportunities for a career within the NHS, health promotion officer or practice manager for instance, also NHS graduate opportunities in leadership and management. Outside of the NHS there are many opportunities for a graduate in health and social care: project work; care manager; charity work, working with children, families, the elderly or people with special needs and mental health disorders. This also provides an opportunity for post graduate study and training.

The duration of the full-time course is 2 years, with attendance one day a week.

There is a requirement to work or volunteer in a health and social setting for one day a week for the duration of the course.

Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.

Entry requirements

Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Applicants will need to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance prior to starting this course.  For more information on your DBS application please click here.  Disqualification by Association (DBA) clearance is required, also. 


Fees per academic year: 2018/19 

Full-time UK/EU Students: £9,250*

* Please note for 2019/20 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs: 

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required for entry into this programme.  The cost of the DBS is currently £55 (including processing fee) with the option of subscribing to the update service which is currently £13 per year.  For more information on your DBS application please click here

Course code


Full-time course apply via UCAS. Course code L510

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