FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care

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Course Specifics

Awarding body:
Sheffield Hallam University
Level 5
2 years
Higher education course fee:
Available upon request - Please call us on 01246500500 ext 2102.
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Course overview

This course is a work-based qualification for those looking to go into a wide range of roles across the health, social and community care sectors. It combines health and social care education with practical skills acquired through work placements or existing employment. There are two routes available; one for those already employed in health, social or community care, and the other for those not in employment who will undertake a placement in a suitable care based role.

Key modules on this course include:

  • Both academic and practical work based learning
  • Reflective and Personal Development Skills
  • Essential Sciences for Person Centered Care
  • Integrated Holistic Assessment and Delivery of Health and Social Care Interventions
  • Foundations for Effective Collaborative Practice
  • Promoting Health, Wellbeing and Independence
  • Using and Evaluating Evidence to inform practice
  • Leadership and Management

Methods of assessment

Methods of assessment include:

  • Research projects
  • Interviews
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Written assignments

Who is this course for?

This is a full-time course over two years. You will be required to attend college lectures and seminars for 12 hours per week. You will also need to dedicate some time to self-study and research. If you’re already employed in an assistant or support worker role you can complete either the Higher apprenticeship in Health (Assistant Practitioner) and the foundation degree in two years. The course is accredited through Sheffield Hallam University.

Entry qualifications

Entry requirements:

  • Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject
  • GCSE English and maths at grade C or above (or Level2 equivalent)
  • Mature students with relevant experience will also be considered
    • You must be able to demonstrate your potential to be caring and compassionate and the ability to develop meaningful relationships with service uses.

What other experience will I gain?

You'll be taught by professionals in the industry who'll be able to offer all of their advice and guidance. Self study and research is a key element of any foundation degree so you will be expected to dedicate time to your studies outside of the classroom.

Where will this lead?

Once you have completed of the Foundation degree you will be able to apply for a number of professional courses including:

  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child)
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)
  • BA (Hons) Social Work
  • BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Many of the above degrees will allow entry with advanced standing i.e. you would join the second year of the degree. In addition to the above awards a bespoke top-up degree is also being developed which will provide a route to achieving a full degree within one year after completion of the Foundation Degree.

What are my career options?
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