This course is a preparation for study at the University of Bedfordshire for those who need to undertake a further year’s study in order to reach the level needed to enter a degree course. Over the course of two semesters you will undertake intensive subject study as well as improving your general and academic skills. As numeracy and literacy competencies are required for students to access further study within healthcare, these skills will be embedded within the course, to enable you to apply for Level 2 certification in Semester 3 at an approved test centre.
During the first semester the ‘Introduction to Health & Social Care’ unit provides you with a range of skills to support your journey to degree studies. You will be given the opportunity to identify your personal objectives and skills for study and work within health and social care. The ‘Studying for Healthcare Education’ unit will enhance your confidence in preparing to apply for degree studies by equipping you with the knowledge and skills to study effectively and take responsibility for your own learning and personal development. The activities that you complete in the unit will complement those in other units enabling you to link your learning with other parts of the course.
In the second semester, you will be expected to become more independent in your approach to your studies, managing your time effectively while you study and apply concepts specific to healthcare practice. You will explore the value of research and develop your critical thinking skills by analysing the claims that are made in the media and in research to examine how these outcomes were arrived at and how reliable they are. These skills will provide a sound foundation for exploring evidence-based practice in your degree course.
Students do not receive a qualification but successful completion leads to progression to level 4 of one of the degrees identified
Upon successful completion of the foundation year, you should be able to:
It is anticipated that students who successfully complete the course will apply for BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care or one of the courses leading to professional registration as a Nurse, Nursing Associate, Occupational Therapist, Operating Department Practitioner,
Midwife, Paramedic, or Physiotherapist. Please refer to ‘Why study this course’ for further information relating to individual courses.
You will undertake different types of assessment with the aim of preparing you for the type of work that you will do on your degree. This ranges from essays and reports to presentations problem solving tasks and case studies. We use two types of assessment – formative and summative. Formative assessments are not graded but you will be given feedback by your tutor or by your peers with the aim of helping you to improve on your work. Summative assessment is graded and contributes to your final mark but it is equally important that you carefully consider
the feedback that you are given and the suggestions for improvement so that you are continually improving your work
To learn more about the following UCAS entry requirement tariffs:
and information on qualifications to achieve those points visit beds.ac.uk/entryrequirements
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The foundation year emphasises the development of skills for academic study but also transferable skills that are valuable in the workplace. In the ‘Studying for HE unit’ you will develop your communication and IT skills as well as time management and planning. You also will be encouraged to take up the varied opportunities that the University offered to students such as volunteering, taking part in our Go Global programme and getting involved in activities organised by the students’ union.
The Campus Centre brings together all our student services under one roof including the Students’ Union and spaces to eat, drink, relax and learn.
There's a large central lecture theatre as well as a range of study rooms & breakout spaces on the upper floors.
The University guarantees accommodation to all new students. Fitzroy Court and Wenlock Court, the two main halls of residence, are located on campus so getting to lectures, shopping in town and participating in events and activities is easy.
The STEM building is home to courses in the subject areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Opened in Autumn 2019, its cutting edge facilities provides four computer laboratories; workshops for subjects such as automotive engineering, cyber-security and robotics, along with three large teaching labs, and four specialist containment labs.
The library is a modern 9-storey building dedicated to study and learning.
As well as traditional library provisions it offers individual and group study spaces, a cafeteria on the ground floor and a ‘Study Hub’ offering guidance and workshops on academic writing and research skills to ensure all Bedfordshire students get the help they need to succeed in their studies.
The Aspire Gym has state of the art cardiovascular equipment with smart phone compatibility. There is also an extensive range of fixed resistance machines and a small free weights area.
Changing rooms with showers and lockers are available for members to use.
The Postgraduate & CPD Centre at Luton campus is home to our University's postgraduate courses and continuing professional development (CPD) students from industry.
The Centre has modern lecture theatres and seminar rooms and a large ground floor lounge area where careers fairs and speaker events take place.
The School of Art and Design is located in the Cultural Quarter of the town.
The Cultural Quarter is a regeneration project to convert the old hat manufacturing area of Luton into a hub for the creative industries.
The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of train and bus stations. Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire, approximately 50km north of London which is a 30-minute train journey away. Luton has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe.
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.
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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
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