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Foundation Degree in Science Health and Social Care

Course Code: C5142
Campus: Millfield
Week Commencing: 17 Sep 18
18/19 Academic Year End Date:
09 Jun 19

The Foundation Degree in Science (FdSc) in Health and Social Care is a new innovative and contemporary two year full time course from Ulster University which will be attractive to both students and employers in the Health and Social Care sector. The aim of this Foundation Degree is to address the needs of the local market by preparing graduates to gain the range of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to meet the current and future evolving needs of Health and Social Care services in Northern Ireland.

In Year 1 you will gain an exciting introduction into Health and Social Care by studying a range of modules including Effective Communication in Health and Social Care; Safeguarding and Managing Risk; Foundations in Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care; Psychology Theory and Application; Introduction to Social Policy Concepts; Introduction to Sociology and Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice.

In Year 2 you will undertake a variety of modules (specific to your chosen pathway). In addition, all students must complete 240 hours of Work Based Learning (placement), which will also be assessed.

This programme of study is likely to include enrichment units which are an additional component to enhance your employability.

This course session is currently closed for enrolment/applications – it may be offered at a later date – please continue to check our website for updates.

Career Opportunities / Progression

Upon successful completion of the course (depending on the pathway undertaken) students may be able to progress to Year 3 part-time of either BSc (Hons) Health and Wellbeing / BSc (Hons) Applied Health Studies or BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Policy (with bridging) at Ulster University.  In addition, upon successful completion of the FdSc in Health and Social Care students can also apply for admission to a range of Allied Health Profession Degree programmes including Nursing, Social Work and Community Youth Work as well as a range of Social and Life Science Degrees including Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology and many more.

Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each Universities admission and progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

(a)          satisfy the University’s general entry requirements and
(b)          have attained grade A, B or C at GCSE level in 5 subjects or an equivalent standard in an approved alternative qualification and
(c)           provide evidence of competence in numeracy (GCSE grade C or above or equivalent– this requirement may be met within (b)) and 
(d)            hold a BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or a related Level 3 subject area, or two GCE A Level passes or equivalent
OR as an alternative to (a), (b), (c) and (d):
(e)          Provide evidence of their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.

Applicants must have a minimum of 48 UCAS points to gain entry onto the Foundation Degree programme

Non-standard admission will be agreed with the University Faculties.

All successful applicants must satisfy Enhanced Disclosure Check from Access NI.

Applicants will be invited for a pre-entry advice and guidance session, followed by group interview and discussion with tutors.


Tuition Fee


Fees relate to year 1 only

All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.

Contact Information

Contact: Department Secretary, tel: 028 9026 5442 or email: [email protected]