Sheffield Hallam University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Foundation Year Health, Sport and Social Care

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Course summary

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Course summary

  • Develop your personal and professional skills in readiness for degree-level study.
  • Explore a range of contemporary health issues to enhance your knowledge of the health and social care sectors.
  • Acquire an important foundation of knowledge and skills in science or social science.
  • Prepare for a degree in adult or mental health nursing, operating department practice, radiotherapy and oncology, or learning disability nursing and social work.
This course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for undergraduate health and social care courses. During the foundation year, you will learn together with students who will be progressing on to a range of health courses as well as students aiming to progress on to a range of sport related courses too. You will develop your skills and academic knowledge in readiness for degree-level study. How you learn In the foundation year, you build your knowledge alongside developing your academic skills. You'll gain valuable skills in information gathering, project and self-management, written and oral communication, and digital work. You will explore a range of contemporary issues affecting the health of the nation, and consider the impact of current health policy and the delivery of care. You receive face-to-face feedback regularly during your modules in order to prepare you for the completion of your assessments. This will be via tasks set for you to undertake in the module seminars or in your independent study time. You learn through
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • project supervision
  • practical classes and workshops
**Applied learning Live projects** You will have a chance to investigate an area of interest in more detail by completing a project. This will allow you to obtain a deeper knowledge of the core principles in science or social science as relevant to your chosen degree course. Networking opportunities You are encouraged to make contact and develop relationships throughout the foundation year with students and staff as relevant to your study area. You can make contact with departments and societies via events or social media.

Course details


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. Compulsory modules Contemporary Issues In Health, Sport And Social Care 40 Foundation Project In Health, Sport And Social Care 20 Personal And Professional Skills For Health, Sport And Social Care 40 Elective modules Applied Science For Health, Sport And Social Care 20 Introduction To Social Science For Health, Sport And Social Care 20

Assessment method

Coursework Exams Practicals

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeA091
Institution code S21
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 64 points This must include at least 24 (Grade D) from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: DDE at A Level. MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.
Access to HE Diploma Access - an Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Science at grade C or 4 or equivalents* Maths at grade D or 4 or equivalents** English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents***

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements


Applicants for the Foundation Year in Health, Sport & Social Care will need to fulfil the non-academic entry criteria for the course they are intending to progress to in order to be made an offer for the Foundation Year. This includes the experience requirements, attending a selection event and the professional requirements, the details of which can be found in the BSc course information: BSc Adult Nursing BSc Operating Department Practice BSc Radiotherapy & Oncology BSc Mental Health Nursing BSc Learning Disability Nursing & Social Work Support with this process is provided at our health & social care applications support sessions Learn more at our health and social care application support sessions


Experience of interacting with members of the public from a range of backgrounds in different settings is essential when applying to a health or social care course. It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required of nurses caring for children. The NHS values are key to all our health courses. There are many ways you can gain experience - this might be as part of a programme of study or in a paid or voluntary capacity, and doesn't always need to be within a care setting. Interacting with people with different life experiences will help you develop a deeper level of understanding of the diversity of the population who access health and social care. In your personal statement please reflect upon your learning from any of these experiences demonstrating an understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a child nursing course. You will be invited to attend an interview if these key elements are included in your personal statement.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

Please note that the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) require IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5 for registration and the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) required IELTS 7.0 with no element below 7.0 for registration.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £13995 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £13995 Year 1

Additional fee information

During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
Foundation Year Health, Sport and Social Care at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS