Are you planning to start or further your career as a health and social care professional? Do you have a strong desire to help people? If yes, then this course could be for you. Our foundation course is an excellent gateway into a variety of roles within the health and social care sector, where you’ll feel fulfilled every day knowing you’re making a difference to someone’s life, providing the support they need to lead an independent and full life. Why study this subject? Structured around employment in the health and social care sector, this course has been designed with relevant employers to meet the demanding needs of the industry. You’ll develop specialist knowledge and skills in care work as well as analysis and evaluation meaning you can make a positive impact in whatever career you choose to pursue. By studying our FDA Health and Social Care, you’ll open doors to opportunities to work with young offenders, those with mental health needs, learning disabilities and the vulnerable, elderly and disabled. The breadth of subjects you’ll study on this course will give you an introduction and insight into the ethics of caring for vulnerable people in our society. This knowledge will aim to deepen your development and understanding of working in the health and social care sector and subsequently increase employment opportunities for you in the future. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? You’ll also gain first-hand experience through work-based learning in either paid employment or voluntary roles. Here at BNU we recognise that many students applying for this course may not have entered the programme through the traditional academic requirements. We offer support from our Learning Development Unit on a one-to-one basis, tailored to your individual learning needs. The team will work with you on all aspects of your academic work and help ensure you get the most from your learning. You’ll also be given access to a range of online resources to further support you. Designed in line with the Quality Assurance Agency and its subject benchmarks for Health Studies, this foundation degree will help you develop the skills you need to work in this rewarding and exciting yet demanding field. Over the two-year programme, you’ll explore topics like Epidemiology, health and social care policy, culture and communities, principles of research and contemporary issues facing health and social care today.
Year one Effective Communication in Health and Social Care Epidemiology, Health and Social Science: An Introduction Health and Social Care Policy Understanding Culture and Communities Year two Developing Personal and Professional Practice Life-long Career in Health and Social Care Contemporary Issues and Management of Health and Social Services Principles of Research Methodologies in Health and Social Care
Guided by your tutors and lecturers, you’ll link theory taught in the classroom with the practical setting of your placements. Through lectures, group work and discussions, debates, seminars, role plays, guest speakers and self directed study, you’ll be taken through the core modules of the programme.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
For information about applying to Buckinghamshire New University as an International applicant, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/international
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Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/financial-support-bursaries-and-scholarships