A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent. Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working. UCAS introduced a new tariff for courses from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed. As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies. Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications. We welcome applicants with relevant work experience. Applications can be made directly to the College or via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting: Institution Code: C27 Course Code: L510
This course is franchised and awarded by the University of Bedfordshire. Further details about the University and its courses are available at www.beds.ac.uk.
This course is designed to develop your knowledge of health and social care, and the wider social, policy, legal and organisational environment within which they are situated both within the UK and internationally.
You will study areas including sociology of health, public health, mental health, disability, multi-agency working as well as welfare and social care issues faced by vulnerable individuals and groups.
There is a strong employability focus at all levels of the course which will enable you to develop a range of transferable skills to enhance your employability.
Who is the course suitable for?
Are you interested in caring for people, particularly when they are vulnerable? Are you a caring, practical person who wishes to understand the theoretical basis behind care? Do you wish to enter health or social care provision in an advanced support worker role, Senior Support Worker, Assistant Practitioner or similar roles in the Health and Social Care sectors? This course is aimed at people like you and is flexible with a range of modules to match participants' personal and professional development needs.
Health And Social Care Practice Skills (ASS078-1) Compulsory Introducing Health And Social Care (ASS080-1) Compulsory Introduction To Academic Study And Work-Based Learning In Health And Social Care (ASS079-1) Compulsory The Law And Contemporary Social Issues (ASS081-1) Compulsory Understanding The Human Services (ASS066-1) Compulsory Comparing Health And Welfare Systems Globally (ASS087-2) Compulsory Evidence-Based Health And Social Care Practice (ASS088-2) Compulsory Managing Work-Based Projects In Health And Social Care (ASS089-2) Compulsory Mental Health And Society (ASS091-2) Compulsory Multi-Agency Working In Practice (ASS090-2) Compulsory
Development of Maths and English
Employability Skills Development
How will the course be taught?
The course will run on a Wednesday and you will be expected to have a placement within the care industry to carry out the practical tasks.
How will I know how well I am doing?
The assessments are closely aligned to the course learning outcomes and graduate impact statements with a range of assessment methods, for example, action plans, reports, case studies, posters, portfolios, self-reviews, oral presentations, and closed book examinations.
Assessments will also develop key skills needed for working in health and social care settings, such as the ability to communicate clearly, self-appraise practice and be a team player. Most units include elements of individual and group activity to reflect the type of work undertaken in an organisation though if group work is used as part of the units assessment strategy, it is primarily individually assessed often with a requirement for reflection on the process and learning from collaborative work. You will also be assessed in your ability to become an independent learner, to reflect and to self-appraise your skills development and evaluate your learning and its relevance to professional and vocational practice using evidence from your course work and workplace.
You will be required to ensure that the work you submit for assessment is your own. All coursework submitted is subject to university procedures for the detection of plagiarism.
You will be given feedback from your tutors and on occasions, from peers, indicating your strengths and areas for improvement aimed at supporting your learning and progress towards future assessments. There will be often inputted from employers, supervisor and/or workplace mentor during the assessment process dependent upon specific arrangements made in any unit.
Are there any additional costs?
What course can I do next?
A close relationship between practice, theory and vocational considerations is present throughout the course with an emphasis on applying theory to practice through work-based learning. One of the critical skills sought by employers is the ability to work effectively as part of a team and to achieve objectives through partnership working, something you will experience in most units. Employability is core to the course and will be developed, for example, by involving you in the application of concepts and theories in practice-based scenarios/experiences. Invaluable inputs will be provided by employers with guest lectures and visits to organisations.
Many of the opportunities to be found in the School of Applied Social Studies employability maps (http://www.beds.ac.uk/student-experience2/studying-at-bedfordshire/getting-ready-for-work/employable/health-and-social-sciences) are also available to students studying at a college. The Employability Maps for `Applied Social Studies show the activities and opportunities available to aid students in building the skills required for the career paths they are seeking in four domains:
Personal and Professional Development e.g. guided time management and reflection (curricular); opportunities to organize conferences of personal and professional interest (co-curricular); community volunteering (Extra-curricular) Professional Recognition and Endorsement e.g. external guest lecturers (curricular); Co-student mentorship in local organisations (co-curricular); HEAR (Extra-curricular) Portfolio Experience; e.g. assignments based on real-life issues (curricular); employer collaboration for work opportunities (co-curricular); sports teams and activities (Extra-curricular) Practitioner and Transferable Skills e.g. group work and problem-solving skills developed (curricular); course representatives (co-curricular); careers support for 1 year after graduation (Extra-curricular)
Where can I get further support/advice?
How do I join the course?
Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.
All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.
If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS or via the Central Bedfordshire College's website at http://www.centralbeds.ac.uk/about-you/higher-education.html
Fees quoted are for Home, EU and International students commencing their course in the academic year 2017/18. Tuition fees are payable for each year of the course. Full-time fees 6165
You may be able to apply for a Student Loan to cover the fee.