Level 5 Foundation Degree in Professional Practice in Health and Social Care – September 2022

Start Date: 27 September 2022
Funding information: Student Finance HE Loan available, course costs apply.
Duration: 1 or 2 year option (Level 4/5)
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

The foundation degree in professional practice in health and social care is a work-based qualification designed for those seeking a career in the health, social or community care sector. The course is suitable for college and sixth form leavers as well as those who are already employed in the industry.

The university-level course combines health and social care education with practical skills acquired through work placement (400 hours over 2 years) or existing employment for those already employed within the sector. You will be expected to attend lectures and seminars for 2 days a week over the 2 year course.

Some of the advantages of studying a Foundation Degree:

  • Smaller class sizes
  • Only 2 days per week in timetabled study allowing employment alongside study
  • 1-1 personal tutor
  • Work placement experience
  • Chesterfield campus
  • Many progression opportunities in both employment and higher education

Course Content

You will study topics vital to securing future employment in the industry and in preparation for top up degree courses in nursing and the allied health professions. For example, Essential Sciences for Person Centred Care will focus on biomedical and social sciences, essential knowledge for a student Paediatrician and Paramedic.

Integrated Holistic Assessment Delivery & Implementation of H&SC Interventions is key for social work and adult nursing. Each subject covered is key knowledge to all health care sector roles enabling progression to a wide variety of employment opportunities and future university courses.

Entry Requirements

A relevant Level 3 qualification, English and Maths (grade C/4 or above at GCSE or Level 2 equivalent). Mature students with relevant experience in the industry will also be considered. In this case you may not have the relevant level 3 qualification, but you will have English and Maths level 2 equivalent and a number of years relevant industry experience.

Assessment Methods

  • presentations
  • written assignments
  • practical assignments


Upon successful completion of this course there are many options for progression and employment. You can ‘top up’ to a full honours degree at a university, apply for a full degree or pursue a career in a wide range of roles. Students successfully progress to a wide variety of roles in the health care sector. Here are a few examples of where you could progress: Radiography, Radiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Adult Nursing, Paediatrics, Social Work, Counselling, Health Care Management, Teaching, Operating Department Practitioner, Physiotherapy, Mental Health Nursing and many more!

Case Study

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Eloise Heathcote

Health and Social Care Graduate


13990.00 for two years or £6995 for the first year only incl VAT