Health and Social Care BSc (Hons) - with Foundation Year

Course length: 4 years full-time


What is the course?

Newman University is piloting a new innovative foundation year for their social science degrees. The pre-degree year of this four year course, if passed, leads into the same study programme as the 3 year joint honours degree course in Health and Social Care.

This foundation year enables those unable to access the traditional UCAS tariff requirements for a three year degree, an alternative route into beginning and ultimately gaining an honours degree.

What is it about?

The Foundation Year in Social Sciences promotes student understanding of education, society and the social sciences alongside consideration of their own educational journey, to effectively prepare them for degree level study. It sees personal reflection, growth and high levels of student determination as essentials. It provides a supportive learning environment which develops confidence, intellectual curiosity in tandem with the ability to manage working as a member of a team as well as autonomously. The programme emphasises non-formal adult learning and democratic development on an individual and community level.

Students apply for a named foundation year degree but can swap onto other degrees within the Foundation Year route in the course of the year, if the subject agrees.

For further information regarding years 2, 3 and 4 of this course please visit the 3 year degree course details. Health and Social Care BSc (Hons)

The BSc Health and Social Care degree course is designed to offer a platform for employment in health care and as a springboard to a professional career in health and social care services.

The course intends to develop in students the appropriate knowledge, understandings, skills and values required of them to work, research and continue their studies in health care.  It will provide a range of educational experiences that enable students to work in a multi-cultural environment within the UK and internationally.  Students will develop a professional and caring approach to their work with individuals and communities, and to become reflective learners and practitioners.

Special Features:

The BSc Health and Social Care offers three clear strategies to support future employability of graduates:

Work based learning:  the course includes a semester of voluntary work in a health care setting, where the student will undertake a piece of practitioner research.  Experience in work placements shows us that they offer an opportunity to increase student’s future employability.  They can open doors into possible employment and can help to inform students about future career choices.  This setting could be in the UK or in another country around the world, there will be an opportunity to bid for funding for possible work in Europe. 

A strong research base:  the degree offers tuition in research at every level.  Students will gain practice skills and experience in undertaking research at level 5 and level 6.  This programme supports an in-depth understanding enabling students to read and understand research and to it as a part of evidence based practice.

Global context:  the BSc course at Newman will equip students with the skills and knowledge to work in multi-cultural environments.  These skills are vital for successful employment and career development in an increasing globalised world.  The programme will offer opportunities for short visits abroad and for international work placements in places such as a Nature School in Sweden or in The Gambia in Africa.

How will I be assessed?

The course uses a variety of assessments to help develop a range of different skills from traditional essay and report writing to presentations, analysis tasks, web design, reflective logs and research projects. Your assessments serve a vital role in helping you gain the skills that employers need and our diverse assessment strategy helps ensure you have a range of skills.

What careers can I consider?

A wide range of careers are available across a number of environments such as education, health and social care in the public, private and third sectors. The issues covered on this course would be suitable for people considering gaining postgraduate qualifications in social work and occupational therapy. Graduates from this course could take on management roles in education, health, or social care, and would be capable of dealing with multi-agency working.

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 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.

All students begin by applying through UCAS. Students will ideally require 48-80 UCAS points to access the programme. However, as all applicants will be invited to interview, there is opportunity to discuss any circumstances that may have affected the gaining of level three credits.

Those with considerable work and life experience of a complexity that demonstrates an aptitude to study at degree level, but with no formal qualifications, will also be accepted. Different degree pathway options available at the end of the Foundation year have different additional entry requirements.

Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, students wishing to enter particular routes will need to meet these by the time they complete the year. 
Health and Social Care BSc (Hons)

If you require any further information or clarification of entry requirements please contact our friendly, helpful Admissions department, who will be happy to help.


Fees per academic year: 2018/19* 
Fees are currently £4,560 for the Foundation Year 0 and are funded through the government loan scheme (effectively meaning that a four year degree is undertaken).

Fees for the following three years are currently £9,250 per year. Please go to the standard 3 year degree page for details. Health and Social Care BSc (Hons)

* 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.

Finance  information

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

Health and Social Care BSc (Hons) - with Foundation Year

The Foundation Year

The foundational modules Studentship, Education and Society (1) & (2) go across the programme, examining what is needed to be successful in higher education including one’s personal disposition towards learning. These work through student’s experiences of formal assessment such as exams, reading academically and academic writing conventions, to help develop strategies in overcoming barriers to effective engagement. Concurrently students will undertake the module Foundations of Social Sciences. This explores the relevance of philosophy, politics, sociology, psychology and economics, and applied social science such as sports science, criminology and health to student’s everyday lives.

In the second semester and in tandem with the second Studentship module, students undertake two projects. In Understanding and Exploring Society, students apply what they have learnt to the real world. Students then investigate and make a case for studying on the subsequent course they wish to study. This involves undertaking both desk based research and interviews with lecturers and current students, as well as undertaking direct experience of the teaching conducted across at least two courses within the pathway.

Foundation Year - Semester One
FYS001: Studentship, education and Society (1) (20 credits)
FYS003: Foundations of social science (40 credits)

Foundation Year - Semester Two
FYS002: Studentship, education and Society (2) (20 credits)
FYS004: Understanding and exploring Society (20 credits)
FYS005: Degree route proposal (20 credits)

For course content for years 2,3, and 4 of this course please visit the 3yr full-time degree page Health and Social Care BSc (Hons)



Course code


Course Code: L511

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