Health and Social Care Practice Foundation Degree





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About the course

If you work in health and social care, investing in your professional development can be a powerful way to move your career forward. Getting a better understanding of client or patient conditions, and learning how best to improve their care, will put you in a much stronger position to progress.

You'll work with college tutors with extensive experience in health and social care, as well as teaching. They'll be there to support and guide you as you learn and develop your skills, through a mix of theory and practice modules.

During term-time, you'll spend a day a week studying in college. You'll also do practice-based modules at work so you can apply your new knowledge and skills in your job. You'll receive support from a work-based mentor throughout.

Entry Requirements

To study this course, you must be employed by a healthcare provider and you will usually need one or more of the following:

  • 48 UCAS points
  • Advanced Level Diploma in a related subject
  • Level 3 Health and Social Care course
  • BTEC National Certificate/Diploma or HNC/D in a related subject
  • VDA: AGNVQ, AVCE, AVS in a related subject
  • 3 GCSEs 9 - 4 or equivalent including English, Maths and Science
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • IELTS for Overseas students of 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any aspect, or equivalent

You may be asked in for a personal interview. All applications will be considered on an individual basis.

UCAS Application Code

Institution name: BCBC
Institution code: B77
Course code: L510
Campus code: B
Short code: FdSc/HSC
Application: UCAS
What will I do on this course?

The Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care Practice is a programme that delivers the specialist knowledge and skills required in practice, whilst being underpinned by broad-based academic learning. It is offered in partnership with health and social care sector employers, and the integration of academic and workplace learning is a strong feature.

Modules may include

  • Essentials of Health and Disease
  • Foundations of Practice/ Extending Practice
  • Holistic approaches to care
  • Research Methodology and Methods
  • Quality enhancement in practice
  • Person Centred Practice
  • Working effectively with Long Term conditions
  • Foundations of Assessment
  • Evidence of work-based learning
Who is it for?

Students will be employed in one of the following areas and have 700 hours of practice per year and have a mentor:

  • NHS Trusts
  • Community Services Providers
  • Social Care Providers
  • Other Health and Care organisations
How to apply


Please note this is a 2 year full time course with attendance at City of Bristol College one day a week.

Applications through UCAS:

Clearing is open until 30th September

For further information contact the UCAS Student hotline: 0371 468 0468


Call : 0117 312 5000
Email :




How Is this course assessed?

A range of assessment methods will be used including:

  • Essay
  • Portfolio
  • Exams
  • Presentations
  • Reports
What could I do next?

Successful completion of the course may allow you to apply to work as a Band 4 Assistant Practitioner and to progress to the second year of a nursing course. It can also lead to a top up year 3 of a full degree such as the BA (Hons) Health & Social Care Management course at City of Bristol College (with Plymouth University).

Additional cost

The course fees printed below are per academic year only.


Year 1: £6,000

Year 2: £6,000


You may be eligible for a student loan, Student Finance can be contacted on 0300 100 0607

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16-18 19+
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