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Health and Social Care

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  • UCAS code(s): L511
  • Level(s) of study: Foundation degree
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: NTU at Mansfield
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: Two years full-time

This course taught at NTU in Mansfield, offers an opportunity to deepen your understanding of contemporary health and social care practice whilst engaging in meaningful work experience in your local community.

You will explore how national policy shapes the way services are delivered at the local level, learn about physical and psychological development throughout the life course, discover how to communicate effectively with a diverse community of service users and prepare for the working environment by developing a range of relevant, practical skills.

In the second year of your degree, you will study the leadership and management of health and social care and focus more specifically on issues affecting the health and well-being of the population. You will also be expected to undertake a substantial work placement alongside your studies.

On completion of the foundation degree you will be eligible to top-up to degree level study in Health and Social Care.

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What you'll study

Taught at Mansfield, this course is aimed at individuals and cohorts working within the health and social care sector in support staff roles including, for example, healthcare assistants, assistant practitioners, personal assistants, and related support roles. It will support learners to develop generic and transferable knowledge and skills relevant to the roles of support staff, whilst also recognising the learner’s specific role and area of work and supporting learners to develop knowledge and skills specific to their own workplace setting.

The programme has been developed through close consultation and working with employers. It is closely linked to the delivery of care in practice, and has been developed to reflect key policies shaping the NHS and the health and social care sector today and the skills and attributes needed within the workforce to deliver care with compassion, and to ensure the best outcomes for patients and service users.

You will explore how national policy shapes the way services are delivered at the local level, learn about physical and psychological development throughout the life course, discover how to communicate effectively with a diverse community of service users and prepare for the working environment by developing a range of relevant, practical skills.

In the second year of your degree, you will study the leadership and management of health and social care and focus more specifically on issues affecting the health and well-being of the population. You will also be expected to undertake a substantial work placement alongside your studies.

On completion of the foundation degree you will be eligible to top-up to degree level study in Health and Social Care.

  • Year One

    In year one you will study six modules worth 20 credit points each

    • Academic Skills
    • Communicating Effectively
    • Dimensions of Care
    • Working in Health and Social Care
    • Contemporary Social Policy
    • Understanding the Life Course
  • Year Two

    In year two you will study six modules worth 20 credit points each

    • Professional Development
    • Evidence-Based Practice
    • Person-Centred Practice
    • Managing Heath and Care Services
    • Introduction to Public Health
    • Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

Covid-19 Planning

We will be adopting a range of blended teaching and learning techniques including online and face-to-face (where practical) to ensure that students can meet their learning outcomes in full. We will respond proactively to any national or local policy changes (including lock down) to ensure student safety as our primary concern whilst continuing to focus on offering a comprehensive student academic experience and will work flexibly with our students to ensure they are not disadvantaged by Covid-19.

Assessment methods

Teaching learning and assessment will be varied, appealing to a diverse range of learners, and make use of technology in the form of electronic portfolios, blogs, and clinical simulation suites.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – DDE; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Keeping up to date

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You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please call us on +44 (0)115 848 4200 or complete our enquiry form.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418