September 2023

Applied Health and Social Care Foundation Degree

Foundation Degree, Undergraduate, September 2023

Key Details

  • L510 Course Code
  • 2 Years
  • 48 Typical UCAS Tariff
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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 progress on to our top-up degree BSc Applied Health and Social Care at Newman University upon successful completion of this Foundation Degree. 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.


This course is being re-validated for September 2023. This is a standard academic process to ensure the content of a course is up to date with current research and academic thinking and also relevant to the requirements of the potential employment market place.


The first year of the course will provide a good foundation to introduce complex concepts of both health and social care and enable the development of a wide range of knowledge and skills to support study at the second and third year.

You will be supported by experienced highly qualified lecturers with extensive research and knowledge across the health and social care sector.

You will gain experience in from work experience which will help you link theory and practice.

Your modules will be focused on a range of skills and knowledge that can be directly applied to working within the health and social care sector.

Upon completion of the Foundation Degree, it will be possible to progress on to the Top-up BSc Applied Health and Social Care.

As Health and Social Care is a dynamic area of study, this course covers a range of inter-disciplinary areas. Modules that cover content related to social science, leading and developing clinical practice, research methods, anatomy and physiology, clinical skills and working with vulnerable groups are covered in this programme.

To root the course in the sector and to enable students to reflect upon and develop their skillset, there is a requirement for students to work and/or volunteer in practice for a day a week alongside the course. Many assessments are based around students’ experiences in practice as they critically reflect on their practice in settings and relating what they learn in the classroom to what goes on in industry.

The course seeks to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to engage in the wide range of issues that shape health and social care in the UK and globally.

The course uses a variety of assessments to help develop a range of different skills from traditional essay and report writing to ePortfolios, presentations, case study analysis tasks, critical reflections on practice and research projects.

Your assessments serve a vital role in helping you gain the skills that you will need in post graduate employment or study.

A wide range of careers are available across several environments such as health and social care in the public, private and third sectors.

The skills and knowledge gained from this course are also transferable to a range of disciplines or employment opportunities. Our graduates move on to diverse roles across health and care; or progress to more senior positions in their current roles. Many graduates from the Foundation Degree choose to advance on to our Top-up BSc Applied Health and Social Care.

Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.

Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.

Dining out

Birmingham has lots of wonderful places to dine out with a range of different cuisines. Places where you can dine out include; Brindley Place, Mailbox and Hagley Road (just 10 minutes’ from Newman).


Whether you like to go to; the theatre, gigs or clubs, or enjoy: sports, shopping visiting art galleries or exhibitions – Birmingham will not disappoint and you will be spoilt for choice!


Getting around Birmingham is easy via train, bus or by car. Birmingham has excellent transport links to the rest of Britain, making it easy for those weekend getaways!

Why not explore the city for yourself by visiting one of our Open Days?

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Entry Requirements

This course is designed for people with work experience in the health and social care sector.  Applicants will be expected to have 48 UCAS points at level 3 and GCSE’s at C or above (or equivalent) in English Language.  However, in line with the FHEQ, Foundation Degree qualification benchmark 2010, students who have experience of working within the health and social care sector but who do not hold the expected credits will be considered at application to the course.

  • Applicants are expected to have work or voluntary experience of at least six months in the health and social care sector.
  • Students may be invited to interview as a part of the application process.
  • Students must work a minimum of 30 days per academic year in a health and social care setting. This can be in paid employment or voluntary position.
  • Applicants may also make application for RPL and REPL for recognition of prior study and prior experience.

DBS Clearance

All students will be required to obtain Disclosure and Barring (DBS) clearance. If applicants hold a DBS and plan to use their current place of work (or voluntary setting) as work experience on the course then that DBS will be accepted. If they do not current hold a DBS, you will be required to apply for this before being accepted onto the course. For more information on your DBS application please click here.

International Students
The University is not licensed by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

Applying Direct Option

You can apply direct to Newman University for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.

Simply click on this Direct Application link to do this.

N.B. will need to enter ‘New User’ account details when first accessing this portal.

If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form

Course Fees

The course fee for September 2022 is £9,250 per year.

The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

All students will be required to obtain Disclosure and Barring (DBS) clearance. If applicants hold a DBS and plan to use their current place of work (or voluntary setting) as work experience on the course then that DBS will be accepted. If they do not current hold a DBS, you will be required to apply for this before being accepted onto the course. For more information on your DBS application please click here.


Please be aware that, as with any course, there may be changes to the modules delivered, for information view our Changes to Programmes or Module Changes page.

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  1. The development of study skills will be an important and integrated feature of this module.  It will provide the opportunity for students to establish an approach to learning which assists in promoting independence. This module has a blended delivery with day long workshops supplemented by online material and directed activities.  Students will learn academic writing skills and digital literacy skills such as searching and using academic study materials, which will aid the development of theory to practice.
  2. This module will explore the sociological perspective of health and ill health, evaluating the sociological constructs of health and illness within societal, cultural and political contexts.  It will explore how society views health and ill health, offering an understanding of alternative health beliefs and systems.  Students will explore health within the context of social stratification e.g. gender, class, ethnicity, disability and geographical, towards an understanding of health inequalities and inequities.
  3. This module serves as an introduction to health and social care practice.   The module offers debate and discussion in a number of key areas of health and social care: the multidimensional concept of health at individual, community and societal levels;  professional and lay perspectives of health; analysing the impact of care needs and care services on people’s sense of identity and self-worth; exploring the environments where care takes place, questioning whether those environments are enabling or disabling; moving onto what happens when care goes wrong, exploring issues of confidentially, accountability and professional practice. This module provides the student with the foundation knowledge that will form the basis of further exploration of health and social care that students can take into their practice.
  4. This module offers students the opportunity to learn about the systems and functions of the human body in order to develop clinical skills for the workplace.  The module will offer an understanding of major systems of the human body as applied to the development of clinical skills in towards diagnosis and management of illness and disease.  Students will have the opportunity to relate this to a range of common diseases, disorders and dysfunctions of the human body in order to understand the aetiology of disease.
  5. The module provides an introduction to the use of mixed methods research used in health and social care.  It explores a range of common research designs with an introduction to techniques for the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, including basic statistical and thematic analyses.  It will provide students with the ability to evaluate published literature of health and social care research and will introduce them to the design of their research projects. Research ethics and governance will be considered throughout the module.
  6. Work experience is an integral part of the FdSc Applied Health and Social Care.  Through work experience students will gain an understanding of the health and social care sector, but will also learn the importance of working with others.  Team working is an important aspect of working within the health and social care sector, particularly work with other agencies and disciplines.  This module will offer the basis for an understanding of working in interdisciplinary and multi-agency teams in health and social care.  It will explore the importance of team working in an ever-changing environment and policy contexts of health and social care.  However, health and social care practitioners also need to work with service users, clients, patients and family relatives and carers.  Communication is an integral part of working with others: this will be explored looking at a range of theories and concepts. Students will also reflect on their own ability to work as an effective team member and a professional, reflective practitioner.
  1. This module revolves around the undertaking of an independent project within a health and social care setting, such as developing a support group, undertaking small changes in service or provision, development and delivery of an intervention. The project must contain elements of research, including a systematic review of the literature, critical analysis, ethical considerations and dissemination.  This also includes 30 days (210 hours) work experience in a health and social care setting that can be either paid or voluntary work.  There is also the opportunity for students to reflect on issues within the workplace, relating to personal and professional development.
  2. This module intends to offer a broad understanding of the concepts of public health, health improvement, health promotion and health education in practice, with an emphasis on health behaviours.  With increasing concern regarding the health society, the ability to influence health and well-being is a vital skill for the practitioner in health and social care.  Students will be able to critique and debate theoretical and ethical issues of health promotion as well as exploring the practical aspects of implementing effective health improvement initiatives within a practice setting. This module will explore creative and innovative ways to convey health messages to individuals and groups.
  3. This module enables students to develop strategies to enhance inter professional working and develop leadership skills in clinical practice.  It will explore and debate issues of professional practice, including: ethics and morals, clinical leadership, clinical governance, risk management, professional standards and quality of provision.
  4. This module offers the student the opportunity for an in-depth exploration of the challenges of quality of provision in relation to a selected group of people who are at risk or are vulnerable, in order to ascertain best practice e.g. the homeless, adults with learning disabilities, refugees. It explores and debates issues around human rights of individuals and groups and examines the challenges for the individual practitioner and society as a whole.
  5. Building on learning from module HEF406 Developing Clinical Skills, this module offers students the opportunity to develop learning about the systems and functions of the human body in order to enhance care and promote the individual’s full potential. Students will learn a range of practical skills and tests in order to manage chronic illness and disease. This module introduces the concept of health across populations, offering students an introduction to epidemiological skills, collecting and using data across populations to form an evidence based perspective of chronic disease and illness.