Applied Health and Social Care Foundation Degree

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Key Details

  • 2 Years
  • L510 Course Code
  • Full Time
health care worker

Overview

Why study Health and Social Care

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.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be expected to have 64 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.

  • All students will be required to obtain Disclosure and Barring (DBS) and Disqualification by Association (DBA) clearance.
  • 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 a  voluntary position.
  • Applicants may also make application for RPL and REPL for recognition of prior study and prior experience.

Contact details

Contact: for admissions enquiries Admissions Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2386) Email: admissions@newman.ac.uk

ContactDeborah Steele (Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care) Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2474) Email: D.Steele@newman.ac.uk

 

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Course Fees

Fees per academic year: 2018/19 Full-time UK/EU Students: £9,250*

* Fees shown are for 2018/19 academic 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: 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.

Additional costs:

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in many cases required by employers before students can begin their Year 2 (level 5) work placement.  Find out more about completing the DBS application form and the related additional costs.

Additional Information

General Academic Regulations: Terms and Conditions for students attending our courses

  1. STUDY SKILLS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
    (Compulsory) hef401
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    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.  Students will learn academic writing skills and digital literacy skills such as searching and using academic study materials. 

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 36.00 Independent : 152.00 Placement : Total :  188.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Develop skills in searching for and using academic resources in support of academic study

    • Define and reflect on their individual needs in terms of developing academic study skills, including academic writing skills, understanding of science and mathematics necessary for undertaking the programme.

    • Develop presentation and communication skills for study in higher education.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, be able to:

    • Develop a portfolio of assessments and reflection designed to address individual academic study skills, including academic writing skills, understanding of science and mathematics necessary for undertaking the programme

    • Access and utilise appropriate bibliographic sources in order to inform and develop an understanding of health and social care. 

    • Develop essay planning skills and accepted scholarly written communication styles

    • Develop skills in digital and information literacy for academic study.

       

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Portfolio (3000 words)

  2. DIMENSIONS OF HEALTH
    (Compulsory) hef402
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module enables the student to examine and debate the multidimensional concept of health at individual, community and societal levels.  Professional and lay perspectives of health will be compared and contrasted.  Factors contributing both positively and negatively to health will be explored.  This module provides the student with the foundation knowledge that will form the basis of further exploration of health and health related issues, which students can take into their practice.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 36.00 Independent : 164.00 Placement : Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Enable the student to examine and debate the multidimensional concept of health at individual, community and societal levels

    • Compare and contrast professional and lay perspectives of health

    • Explore factors that contribute both positively and negatively to health

    • Consider health across the life course

    • Develop skills in searching for and using academic resources in support of academic study

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, be able to:

    • Identify, define and analyse, with structured tutor support, competing constructs of health

    • Compare and contrast lay, professional and political beliefs and perspectives of health

    • Debate positive and negative influences on health and the relationship between social inequalities and health

    • Successfully plan and carry out a search in a database on a pre-defined topic using pre-defined resources.

    • Access and utilise appropriate bibliographic sources in order to inform and develop an understanding of health

    • Develop essay planning skills and accepted scholarly written communication styles

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 30% Literature Search Report (1000 words)

    Component 2 - 70% Essay (2000 words)

  3. CONCEPTS OF CARE
    (Compulsory) hef403
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will explore the broad range of care in the UK, ranging from care in families to primary health care, acute care in hospitals, care of older people and social care in the community.  It will explore diversity and sensitivity in care situations; 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.  Knowledge of key debates in social policy and welfare provision in the UK will underpin debates and discussions. 

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 36.00 Independent : 157.00 Placement : 7.00 Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Develop an understanding of the broad picture of care in the UK in families, to primary health care, acute care in hospitals, care of older people and social care in the community

    • Develop knowledge of key debates in social policy and welfare provision in the UK

    • Develop knowledge and understanding of the diversity and sensitivity in care situations; analysing the impact of care needs and care services on people’s lives

    • Develop an understanding of care in practice gained as part of a day placement in a setting where care takes place

    • Introduce the concept of reflective practice using models of reflection

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, be able to:

    • Describe and evaluate the role of social policy in underpinning care in the UK

    • Apply a range of theories and concepts to key debates in care; diversity and sensitivity in care situations; analysing the impact of care needs and care services on people’s sense of identity and self worth; the environments where care takes place, whether care environments are enabling or disabling 

    • Define and recognise the importance of relationship centred care as a contemporary approach to the delivery of holistic health and social care

    • Demonstrate an understanding of issues of confidentiality, accountability, responsibility and record keeping related to professional practice 

    • Demonstrate the beginnings of the ability to critically reflect on practice 

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 30% Reflective Essay (1000 words)

    Component 2 - 70% Essay (2000 words)

  4. RESEARCH METHODS
    (Compulsory) hef404
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    The module provides an introduction to the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods used in health and social science research; it explores a range of common research designs with an introduction to techniques for the analysis of qualitative, qualitative and mixed methods data, including thematic analysis, narrative and discourse analysis, with an introduction in basic statistics and epidemiological reasoning. It will provide students with the ability to evaluate published literature of health research and design research projects.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 36.00 Independent : 164.00 Placement : Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    • Introduce a variety of research techniques commonly used in health related research

    • Introduce the principles underlying the design, process and analysis of a range of approaches to research

    • Explore strengths and weaknesses of different designs, in terms of their vulnerability to forms of bias

    • Enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of the key principles, methods and processes of research in the social sciences

    • Introduce skills in evaluation that are necessary to appraise the validity and usefulness of published research

    • Handling and basic statistical analysis of data applied to common health and social science research  

    • Explore data analyses with an introduction to the use of software for analysis e.g. SPSS

    • Explore strengths and weaknesses of different designs, in terms of their vulnerability to forms of bias

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles underlying the design, process and analysis of a range of social research

    • Identify appropriate research methods for particular research questions and settings

    • Show an awareness and sensitivity to the ethical and political issues of research

    • Evaluate and, with support, critique a peer reviewed journals

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 40% Research Report (1000 Words)

    Component 2 - 60% Critique (2000 Words)

  5. WORKING WITH MULTI-AGENCY TEAMS
    (Compulsory) hef405
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    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.  Communication is a key to effective team working; 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. 

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 36.00 Independent : 157.00 Placement : 7.00 Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Employ theoretical knowledge and some experiential understanding of working inter-professionally and in teams in readiness for employment in multi-profession and multi-agency activities and organisations

    • Discuss the importance of communication in identifying and assessing areas of risk including fundamental ethical and legal issues

    • Managing self in a professional context whilst working with others, to include self-awareness, personal wellbeing to support resilience, coping and support networks

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, be able to:

     

    • Illustrate knowledge of the contexts in which teams function in health and social care settings with relation to the particular skills and values needed to work in health and social care

    • Demonstrate the importance of communication in identifying and assessing areas of risk, including fundamental ethical and legal issues

    • Demonstrate and consolidate an understanding of interpersonal and collaborative relationships and their impact on team members and others

    • Apply and evaluate communication and teamwork theories, and the skills used in inter-professional practice

    • Reflect upon themselves as a member of a diverse team working with others in a professional context; evaluating upon their own abilities, skills and values

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 30% Group Presentation (5 Mins - 1000 Word Equivalent)

    Component 2 - 70% Reflective Essay (2000 words)

  6. THE HUMAN BODY 1: SYSTEMS AND DISEASE
    (Compulsory) hef406
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    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. 

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 36.00 Independent : 167.00 Placement : Total :  203.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Develop and consolidate an understanding the concepts of health, wellbeing and ill-health.

    • Develop and consolidate an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body in order to enhance care and promote the individual’s full potential.

    • Develop an appreciation of the anatomy and physiology of a range of body systems with related changes across the lifespan

    • Explore range of common diseases, disorders and dysfunctions of the human body in order to understand the aetiology of disease. 

     

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, be able to:

    • Define and discuss the design and purpose a range of clinical skills towards diagnosis and care of illness and disease. 

    • Discuss and evaluate an understanding of  how the body systems work and interact

    • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the healthy human body, its functioning and the way it changes over time

    • Describe the nature and aetiology of a range of common diseases, disorders and dysfunctions of the human body. 

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 60% Exam (1 hour - 2000 Words Equivalent)

    Component 2 - 40% Objective Structured Clinical Examination (10 Mins - 1000 Word Equivalent)

  1. CREATIVE HEALTH PROMOTION
    (Compulsory) hef501
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    A broad understanding of the concepts of public health, health improvement, health promotion and health education is essential in the ever-changing policy context.  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 as well as exploring the practical aspects of implementing effective health improvement initiatives. This module will explore creative and innovative ways to convey health messages to individuals and groups. 

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 33.00 Independent : 167.00 Placement : Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Offer the opportunity to explore issues around the prevention of ill health and health improvement at both policy and practical levels
    • Explore, analyse and evaluate practical aspects of health improvement with a focus on current policies, initiatives and approaches to promote and improve the health or health status of groups of individuals
    • Develop health promotion initiatives in a health and social care setting

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, be able to:

    • Define, analyse and apply models and approaches to promoting and improving health from both a collective and individual perspective
    • Consider creative and innovative approaches to improving the health of individuals and groups in order for them to reach their full potential
    • Recognise the importance of effective goal setting, planning and evaluation in the process of promoting and improving health
    • Debate the ethical issues relevant to promoting and improving health
    • Identify and, with tutor support, critically evaluate key interventions related to promoting and improving the health of individuals or groups
    • Work with others in a creative way to communicate health messages to individuals or groups

     

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 30% Individual Presentation (10 Mins - 1200 Words Equivalent)

    Component 2 - 70% Reflective Essay (200 Words Equivalent)

  2. RESEARCH APPRECIATION IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
    (Compulsory) hef503
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module offers an appreciation of the value of research both for study and practice. It is about understanding and reading research and being able to summarise reports succinctly for use in further research or towards evidence based practice.  This module can enhance practice by providing the practitioner with the necessary knowledge to be able to critically read and understand research reports and, where possible, make recommendations for change based upon a review of the literature.  Building on module HEF404 this module intends to offer a more in-depth understanding of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research.  

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 33.00 Independent : 167.00 Placement : Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Building on module HEF404 this module intends to offer a more in-depth understanding of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research 
    • Develop skills, knowledge and understanding of research design and literature review: Literature search, online and offline information resources, referencing, writing strategies, purpose of literature review, carrying out a literature review, the development of critical analysis, ethical and cultural implications in research design, academic writing and plagiarism 
    • Develop skills in data and information collection techniques: sampling, interviews, focus groups, survey design and use of secondary data 
    • Offer an understanding of planning research, identifying researchable issues, use of literature, libraries, and ICT, time, risk and task management, organising fieldwork and contacts, ethical, cultural, consent and confidentiality issues

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research methods and techniques that can be applied in academic and work-based research
    • Develop research skills including critical analysis, literature searching, academic writing and referencing
    • Describe and evaluate different research philosophies, strategies and approaches.
    • Discuss ethical, cultural and credibility issues related to domestic, national and international research
    • Undertake a review of the literature of a topic related to health and social care
    • Demonstrate a critical understanding of ethical concerns around research in health and social care

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Literature Review (3500 words)

  3. WORK BASED PROJECT
    (Compulsory) hef502
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module revolves around a voluntary work placement in a health and social care setting in the UK or internationally. Students will be required as a key part of the module and its assessments to undertake a work placement in a setting for 150 hours of unpaid voluntary work in a health and social care setting.  The module offers the opportunity to undertake a work based project within the 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.  The module also contains an element of refection of key skills for the workplace, reflecting on professional development, working with others and work based learning.   

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 33.00 Independent : 217.00 Placement : 150.00 Total :  400.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Develop skills and knowledge of work in a health and social care setting
    • Develop skills in planning, developing and undertaking a project in the work environment
    • Further develop skills in critical reflection on practice 

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, be able to:

    • Demonstrate subject knowledge and a critical  understanding in relation to one aspect of health and social care
    • Demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of the development of a work based project using appropriate research methods, exemplifying ethical principles, analysing any data gathered or a critical evaluation of the project, towards evidence based practice  
    • Demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of management and organization of the work environment
    • Define, discuss and critically evaluate any ethical issues related to the project.
    • Gain practical skills, knowledge and experience in a health and social care environment and critically reflect on the work experience, analysing how this might affect and/or impact on future career choices.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 70% Project Report (5000 words)

    Component 2 - 30% Reflective Account (2000 words)

  4. GLOBALISATION, SOCIAL POLICY AND WELFARE
    (Compulsory) hef505
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will offer students the opportunity to take a broader view of the world around them.  Exploring the concept of globalisation and what that might mean to economy, politics, policy development, health, well-being and welfare provision locally, nationally and internationally.  Students will discuss and debate issues such as the global-village and global citizenship; do they exist and if so, where and why?  They will define and debate issues such as hegemony and acculturation, and power distribution.  They will also have an opportunity to consider welfare provision and social policy around the world. 

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 33.00 Independent : 167.00 Placement : Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Introduce students to the concept of globalization and the big issues affecting societies in order to provide an analytical framework with which to understand and critique conventional assumptions
    • Provide students with an understanding of the diversity of welfare in different countries
    • Examine a range of transnational and global social policies and their influences on national social policies
    • Study the broader political, social and economic context in which social policy is constructed and implemented
    • Develop skills in digital literacy in order to develop a digital artefact for the specific requirements of an organization.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, be able to:

    • Discuss and critically debate competing definitions of globalisation 
    • Critically assess the influence of global social processes on welfare, in particular, countries and regions
    • Apply theories and models of social policy analysis to a range of social policy areas such as migration, education, family, poverty and social exclusion and urban development
    • Develop a digital artifact to meet the requirements of an organization in health and social care. 

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% eMagazaine (3000 Word Equivalent)

  5. THE HUMAN BODY 2: MANAGING CHRONIC ILLNESS AND DISEASE
    (Compulsory) hef504
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    Building on learning from module HEF403, The Human Body 1:Devekloping 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. This module also critically explores the sociology of health and illness through a range of theories, models and concepts.  Students will learn a range of practical skills and tests in in order to manage chronic illness and disease.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 33.00 Independent : 167.00 Placement : Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Evaluate and analyse the anatomy and physiology of the human body in order to enhance care and promote the individual’s full potential
    • Examine and differentiate a range of body systems with related changes across the lifespan and some common chronic illness and disease. 
    • Analyse sociological concepts of health and illness over the life span
    • Demonstrate and interpret a range of practical tests that allow an understanding of the functions of the human body

     

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, be able to:

    • Evaluate and analyse how the basic body systems work and interact
    • Examine and differentiate the anatomy and physiology of the healthy human body, its functioning and the way it changes over time
    • Critically discuss the sociology of health and illness using a range of theories, models and concepts
    • Apply a range of practical tests and analyse and interpret the information in the management of chronic illness and disease. 

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 30% Laboratory Report (1000 words)

    Component 2 - 70% Essay (2500 words)