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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2022
Duration: 2 Years
Campus Location: Central Bedfordshire College
Attendance: Full-time
UCAS Code:Pending

About the course

With its strong vocational focus, this foundation degree will give you a range of transferable skills, enhancing your employability.

This course is designed to develop your knowledge of health and social care, and its application in the wider social, policy, legal and organisational environment, both within the UK and internationally.

The two-year course includes units on practice skills; the law and contemporary social issues; the human services; global health and welfare systems; mental health; and multi-agency working.

Why choose this course?

  • Develop your understanding and practice skills, and learn to use critical reflection for personal and professional development
  • Active learning is encouraged and you’ll apply theory to practice tackling real-life problems
  • Study with an experienced academic team
  • A foundation degree is particularly suited to anyone who wants to qualify while working
  • Those applying through a work-based route don’t have to have traditional academic qualifications
  • Benefit from opportunities offered by the University of Bedfordshire’s new Health & Social Care Academy, run in partnership with local councils and NHS Trusts, to recruit, train and develop health and social care workers
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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more for UK and EU applicants.

We also offer a range of financial support for those of you applying from outside of the UK and EU.


Units

  • Health And Social Care Practice Skills (ASS078-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Academic Study And Work-Based Learning In Health And Social Care (ASS079-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Health And Social Care (ASS072-1) Compulsory
  • Law, Society And Controversy (ASS071-1) Compulsory
  • Evidence-Based Health And Social Care Practice (ASS088-2) Compulsory
  • Global Public Health (ASS007-2) Compulsory
  • Managing And Applied Experience Within A Work Based Learning Environment (ASS083-2) Compulsory
  • Multi-Agency Working In Mental Health (ASS109-2) Compulsory

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 unit's 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.

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Why Study in the School of Applied Social Sciences?

  • Courses developed in partnership with practice agencies
  • Our research involving robots, shows that they can improve mental health and loneliness in the elderly
  • Part of the SASS change makers initiative

Entry Requirements

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.

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.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

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.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree delivered at our Partner Institutions for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree delivered at our Partner Institutions for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply

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.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

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

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


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.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

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


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student