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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: September 2022
Duration: 2 Years
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton
Attendance: Full-time

About the course

This Foundation degree in Healthcare Practice is designed for healthcare workers currently working in an assistant capacity in a range of healthcare settings. The course builds on your practice experience by offering a range of learning opportunities to ensure you develop the skills employers are looking for.

The work-based course will set you off on a journey of active, independent learning with appropriate support from academic and clinical staff. The knowledge and skills you acquire will equip you to become a reflective, compassionate healthcare practitioner, able to promote, provide and maintain safe, effective care of the highest quality, within a multidisciplinary context and in multicultural settings.

Areas of study may include values-based practice; healthcare policy and quality; person-centred care; enhancing care in practice; and safeguarding health and wellbeing.

Why choose this course?

  • Experience practice-based learning with a skills focus, in a friendly and supportive environment
  • Understand the theory and evidence that lie behind healthcare decisions
  • Enjoy our flexible, work-based approach to teaching and learning, which encourages reflective practice and confident skills development
  • Access state-of-the-art facilities to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported setting
  • Benefit from our strong links with industry offering plenty of opportunities for real-life work placements
  • Be able to plan, implement and manage tasks, under the supervision of a registered practitioner
  • Be aware of the standards of behaviour expected in the workplace and take personal responsibility for your conduct
  • Develop a range of subject-specific and transferable skills in team-working; communication; critical thinking; and analysis
  • After completing this Foundation degree, you can take a one-year top-up course to complete a full Honour’s degree
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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.

The campus where this course is taught

Units

  • Foundations In Values Based Practice (Wbl) (ASP009-1) Compulsory
  • Health And Wellbeing: Improving Lives (ASP008-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Study Skills (ASP006-1) Compulsory
  • Person-Centred Care (ASP010-1) Compulsory
  • Project Preparation For Healthcare Practice (ASP007-1) Compulsory
  • Embedding Nhs Values In Practice (Project) (ASP009-2) Compulsory
  • Enhancing Care In Practice (Wbl) (ASP008-2) Compulsory
  • Healthcare Policy And Quality (ASP007-2) Compulsory
  • Safeguarding Health And Wellbeing (ASP006-2) Compulsory

The course assessment strategy is closely aligned to the teaching and learning strategy which is designed to have: immediate relevance to practice; draw on expertise-by-experience; foster active learning and be leaner-centred in approach. A distinct feature of the course is the range of assessment tasks, including those that allow you to undertake workplace relevant assessments that can have an immediate impact in practice. Examples include: written assignments ranging from reflective pieces to academic essays culminating in a project at Foundation degree level, assessed practice within the student's workplace; computer based examinations and oral presentations. Your use of professional and theoretical literature will increase in complexity, depth and breadth as you progress through the course. In the first year, you will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the evidence-based literature and apply this to practice. In contrast, the second year will demand deeper analysis and evaluation of the literature and its applications. For example, you will develop your ability to study and practice more independently. You will be expected to identify a subject that particularly interests you based upon the NHS values, and propose a service improvement project supported by appropriate literature. Assessments of your clinical skills will begin with observation of the care you provide to patients/service users during work-based learning experiences. Expectations of the levels of skill demonstrated by students will increase over time and by the final assessments you will be expected to manage more complex and challenging encounters in a non-judgemental, empathic manner in accordance with NHS values. Formative assessment is used within units to enable you to gain feedback from your lecturer, and on occasion peers, to support and enhance your development and progress towards the summative assessments. A variety of strategies at the formative stage will be employed, tailored to best suit the summative assessment. An example of a formative assessment used within the course includes a discussion in class with peers and lecturer based on an anonymised case study which will be developed later within an essay for the summative assessment. In another unit you will engage in a formative in-class reflection on the communication methods you have employed within your work place. The reflective model or framework used during this exercise is relevant to the summative assessment.

Why study in the School of Community, Society and Health?

  • Placements in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire
  • Study in simulation labs for real life scenarios

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

  • Interview
  • Written test (literacy)
  • Written test (numeracy)
  • 12 months’ work experience in a healthcare setting
  • Be in current employment as a healthcare support worker (Band 2, 3, or 4)
  • Be working in a healthcare environment in either the NHS or private, voluntary or independent sector for a minimum of 3 days per week (22.5 hours)
  • Have the full support of your line manager for study leave and mentor support (letter of support is required)

Where standard entry requirements are not met the following entry criteria will apply:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade C or above in Mathematics and English (or equivalent) or
  • NVQ level 2 in a health related subject

If you are undertaking this course, you are already employed in a healthcare role so, after completing, it is most likely you will continue to work as an assistant practitioner within your place of current employment, with enhanced opportunities for additional responsibilities and advancement.

Students who wish to continue their academic studies and top up their Foundation degree to a full Honour’s degree can do so via the University of Bedfordshire’s Healthcare Practice (Top up) BSc (Hons). You will also be eligible to apply for direct entry to year two of a pre-registration Nursing course, which leads to registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

Other courses at the University of Bedfordshire that might interest you include:

  • BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery (3-year course)
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • BA (Hons) Health and Social Care

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £6,165. These are the full course fees covering the full period of tuition, not the fees payable each 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 2022/23 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

International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

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 for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £6,165. These are the full course fees covering the full period of tuition, not the fees payable each 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 2022/23 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


International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

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 for this course

You should discuss travel payments, to other practice placements, with your employer prior to commencing the course.

It is left to your employer as to whether or not travel payments are made or whether you will be expected to meet this cost.

You will be required to pay for parking costs at both practice placement sites and whilst at the University.

You are expected to provide a current DBS clearance - fees and information can be accessed here: www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/overview - and join the update service at a cost of £13 per year.

Other costs include:

  • a fob watch
  • stethoscope
  • stationery (files, paper and pens)
  • printing of assignments (where necessary)

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

Extra Costs

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How to Apply

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £6,165. These are the full course fees covering the full period of tuition, not the fees payable each 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 2022/23 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

International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

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

How to Apply


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £6,165. These are the full course fees covering the full period of tuition, not the fees payable each 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 2022/23 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


International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

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