Health and Social Care with Integrated Foundation Year at Royal Holloway, University of London - UCAS

Course summary

This course is available to Home (UK) students and students from the EU who meet the English Language requirements. Are you looking for a degree that will help you make a difference in society? That gives you a comprehensive and critical understanding of health and social care and helps building healthy and resilient communities for a sustainable future? Our four-year BSc Health and Social Care with an Integrated Foundation Year is a thorough, skills-building course that will give you everything you need to start your career with confidence. Our Foundation Year sets you up so that you’re ready to take on your degree - providing you with opportunities to gain knowledge and understanding of how to get started with this fascinating subject at university. All Foundation Year students take foundation course modules around health and social care, culture, global challenges and mathematics and once you have completed your foundation year, you will normally progress onto the three year BSc Health and Social Care. Studying our new interdisciplinary BSc Health and Social Care means that you will learn from leading experts from within sociology, social policy, social work and health who will share their research and experience so that you gain invaluable skills to help you understand individuals, communities and their key public health and social care issues. The degree will help you to take a broad view of these issues and explore them from a range of different perspectives. It will introduce you to understanding society and people in society and provides training in core areas within health and social care. Short placements will be available once you’ve finished your foundation year, for the next two years, and a small group-based community research and innovation project is included in your final year. • You will benefit from academic study combined with vocational training – integrated work-based learning opportunities • Combine a solid theoretical grounding with a vocational strand to maximise your future opportunities whether you are considering a professional career or further study • Gain critical thinking skills which will help you analyse and understand issues pervading the study of health and social care • Gain practical skills in evaluation and research


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Assessment method

Teaching and learning on your course is closely informed by the active research of staff, particularly in the areas of social care and social work, mental health, community health, health promotion and health inequalities.  In general terms, the course provides an opportunity for you to develop and demonstrate the learning outcomes detailed herein. Teaching and learning is mostly by means of lectures; seminars; tutorials; workshops; study groups; essay consultations; oral presentations and guided independent study. Assessment of knowledge and understanding is typically by formal examinations, coursework, examined essays, online tests and exercises, oral presentations and the dissertation or long essay. In addition, students may be involved in workshops and may produce various forms of creative or editorial work.  Two placements will be undertaken, one at stage one and one at stage two.  At stage 3, you will undertake a community innovation project.     Contact hours come in various forms and may take the form of time spent with a member of staff in a lecture or seminar with other students. Contact hours may also be project supervision with a member of staff, or discussion through a virtual learning environment (VLE). These contact hours may be with a lecturer or teaching assistant, but they may also be with a specialist support staff. The way in which each module on your degree course is assessed will also vary, however, the assessments listed above are all ‘summative’, which means you will receive a mark for it which will count towards your overall mark for the module, and potentially your degree classification, depending on your year of study. On successful completion of the module you will gain the credits listed. ‘Coursework’ might typically include a written assignment, like an essay. Coursework might also include a report, dissertation or portfolio. ‘Practical assessments’ might include an oral assessment or presentation, or a demonstration of practical skills required for the particular module More detailed information on modules, including teaching and learning methods, and methods of assessment, can be found via the online Module Catalogue. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed regularly by the university, and may also be checked routinely by external agencies, such as the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £19600 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

The tuition fee for UK undergraduates is controlled by Government regulations.  Fees for the first year of an Integrated Foundation Degree (i.e. the Foundation year) will be charged at the same amount as the accompanying UG degree course, unless otherwise indicated by the government. For students starting a degree in the academic year 2024/25, the fee is £9,250 for that year. Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees annually for overseas fee-paying students. Please be aware that tuition fees can rise during your degree. The upper limit of any such annual rise has not yet been set for courses starting in 2024 but will advertised here once confirmed. These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree at Royal Holloway during the 2024/25 academic year, and are included as a guide. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included. Year 1 discount for Foundation Year students: Your Foundation Year counts as Year 0. In Year 1, Home (UK) students taking an Integrated Foundation Year degree benefit from a 10% discount off the standard Home (UK) tuition fee for that year. Find out more (
Health and Social Care with Integrated Foundation Year at Royal Holloway, University of London - UCAS