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Course summary

Social Care workers play a pivotal role in the support and care of vulnerable children and adults within a rapidly changing society. There has never been a more poignant time for those wishing to develop a career within the social care sector, or for those who already work within the sector, to undertake study which will provide them with the essential skills, knowledge and practice experience to gain formal qualifications in Social Care. The current pandemic has notably had a detrimental impact upon the social care workforce and our communities. A significant increase in referrals and accessing services has identified the importance of the social care sector and its workforce as pivotal components in the promotion of societal health, wellbeing and care delivery. The FdA Social Care programme aims to equip students with knowledge surrounding contemporary issues within social care, interventions utilised and the importance of care delivery. The work-based learning element will allow students to gain practical experience within sector, with opportunities to upskill and continuously progress during their learning journey, establishing links between theory and practice during study and within future employment. On completion of the programme a graduate will be able to:

  • Promote the rights, strengths and wellbeing of people, families and communities;
  • Establish and maintain the trust and confidence of people;
  • Be accountable for the quality of their practice and the decisions they make within legal and policy frameworks;
  • Recognise the importance of continual engagement with critical professional development;
  • Act safely, respectfully and with professional integrity within anti discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice;
  • Work within ethical practice, promote concerns and act within professional standards/codes of practice.
The general aims of the programme are to:
  • Provide a programme of study for those who currently work for, or those wanting a career within, the social care or mental health sector;
  • Equip students with the theoretical knowledge, professional conduct competencies and practice skills necessary to work with service users across different social care settings;
  • Develop reflective practitioners who are ‘fit for practice’ to safeguard the health and well-being of individuals with social care and/or mental health needs;
  • Enable progression onto a professional qualification;
  • Work based practice placement of 200 hours.
This course is primarily designed for face-to-face learning, with attendance during lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses, or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the campus is closed, TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted, with some lessons taking place in small groups and others using online sessions and support. We will make decisions on the delivery hours for each programme as government advice becomes clearer. For the placements in your programme, TEC Partnership will do everything it can to ensure you have the opportunity to complete the placement element of your programme and/or potentially, where possible, amend the programme, removing the requirement for placement (or part thereof) if required.


At level 4 students will be required to complete 6 core modules to gain 120 credits. These are; Developing Professional Skills (WBL) Study Skills & Research in Social Care Understanding Society Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Practice Theories & Models of Social Care Developmental Psychology – The Early Years At level 5 students will be required to complete 6 core modules to gain 120 credits. These are; Professional Practice (WBL) Working with Vulnerable People Contemporary Issues in Social Care Solution Focused Practice Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan Research Methods

Assessment method

During study students will be expected to complete various assessments. At level 4 assessments such as; Reflective skills log and Organisational review will enable the students to reflect upon opportunities presented within the work-based learning environment. Essays, Individual poster presentations, Reports, needs assessments and group publications will provide students to apply skill sets they have developed within the research and study skills module and test effective partnership working in addition to developing many other transferable skills such as; organisation, time management and communication. All of which are key components within the practice setting. At level 5 assessments consist of; Serious case reviews, multi-agency team meetings, group action party and manifesto, group role play and reflective, literature review and research project. All assessments build upon the knowledge and understanding gained within the first year of study and will provide opportunities for students to continuously develop skill sets acquired. Practical group assessments will encourage students to reflect upon practice and demonstrate effective problem-solving techniques, whilst adhering to statutory guidance and legislative frameworks.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Due to the amount of placement hours required to be completed for this programme we are unable to accept international students.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Standard offer Applicants will require 80 UCAS points in a related subject, or 60 Access-to-HE Credits (of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3). Applicants are required to hold English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent) at Grade C/4. Non-standard offer Non-standard entry is intended to support students who may not meet the standard academic entry requirements of a HE programme, normally level 3 qualifications which attract UCAS points (for instance A-levels or BTEC level 3 courses). An applicant must be able to demonstrate recent work/experience in the relevant sector which would give them skills and knowledge comparable to applicants with Level 3 qualifications. All such non-standard applicants will be interviewed, set an appropriate piece of work and a judgement made considering their academic potential and relevant work/experience. All applicants must provide evidence of GCSE Maths or English at Grade C/4 or equivalent.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

This programme may involve regular contact with vulnerable adults or children in the placement setting, also known as regulated activity, as such a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check must be completed on enrolment of the programme, All DBS certificates will be reviewed on an individual basis. The DBS will incur an additional charge which will be the responsibility of the student.

Health checks

All students will be required to undertake a ‘Fitness to Practice’ screening to ensure that their health and safety is maintained whilst on placement. As this course includes mandatory patient-facing placements in health or social care settings, you will need to comply with the placement policy or Government COVID-19 vaccination rules for those settings. This includes any changes to these rules announced at a future date. Failure to comply with any vaccination requirements could see the placement withdrawn, and this may result in your withdrawal from the course. You should be aware that future employment in this sector may also be subject to COVID-19 vaccination requirements.


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £8500 Year 1
Channel Islands £8500 Year 1
England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Accommodation costs are £85-105 per week. DBS costs at £44.
Social Care at University Centre Grimsby - UCAS