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Course summary

The Health and Social Care with Foundation Year BA (Hons) course aims to provide you with a solid grounding for building a career in health and social care related disciplines. The strength of the course lies in preparing students, who are unable to follow the more traditional route onto a degree course in health and social care.

  • Students who successfully complete their foundation year will then progress onto the Health and Social Care with BSc (Hons).
  • The Health and Social Care BA (Hons) degree part of the course is composed of theoretical and practical learning modules that underpin the core concepts of healthcare. The content taught is relevant to both current health care practice and the changing context of healthcare delivery, while reinforcing the impact of care delivery on patients, their families, carers and the wider healthcare sector.
  • The aim of the Health and Social Care BA (Hons) degree part of the course is to supply knowledgeable, enthusiastic and skilled individuals for employment and to support the delivery of health and social care within the NHS, Local Authority Services, private health provision, and third sector services.


Foundation Year Your foundation year is a common first year for other courses which could mean you will work alongside students doing similar courses to you which would widen your knowledge and exposure to other subject areas and professions (CU London Dagenham only). You may also have the potential opportunity to collaborate with other students, so you can share your insights and experience which will help you to develop and learn. If you discover an interest in a specific subject you have studied, upon successful completion of your first year, you could swap degrees with another course in your common first year (subject to meeting progression requirements). At CU London Dagenham, this course shares a common foundation year with Applied Psychology with Foundation Year BSc (Hons), Primary Education and Teaching Studies with Foundation Year BA (Hons) and Public Health and Community Studies with Foundation Year BA (Hons). Modules Academic Skills for Health and Social Care Working in the Health and Social Care Sector Life Processes for Healthcare Social Care Perspectives Year Two In the second year, you will examine the skills, behaviours and techniques of a reflective practitioner and define safe and effective practice in health and social care. You will also have the opportunity to become confident in the fundamentals of collaborative working within the sector, with solid knowledge of services, roles and responsibilities of practitioners. Students who successfully complete year two are eligible for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Health & Social Care. Modules Principles of Health and Social Care Safe and Effective Practice Interprofessional Approaches to Service Delivery Evidence Based Reflective Practice in Health and Social Care Year Three Working at an advanced level, you will explore life stages and development and critically analyse social and cultural influences on an individual’s health and wellbeing. Throughout the year you have the opportunity to develop key professional skills through a number of placements2,5 and practical teaching methods, which provide you with invaluable hands-on experience. Students who successfully complete this year are eligible for a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Health and Social Care. Modules Innovations and Advances in Health and Social Care Policy Mental Health, Social Policy and Communities Life Stage and Development Research Methods Placement Year There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur before your final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future. Final Year In the final year of your Health and Social Care BA (Hons) you will work at a highly proficient and skilful level, engaging critically with the principles and evolution of local, national and international perspectives on health and social care. You will research, compile and integrate project relevant knowledge from a variety of sources, demonstrating self-management skills and competence in your chosen subject area. Professional skills are refined in this final year, preparing you for further advancement down your chosen career path. Students who complete final year are awarded a BA (Hons) degree in Health and Social Care. Modules Public and Community Health Care Epidemiology and Disease International Perspectives Research Project We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

Assessment method

During your foundation - year one and during your degree, assessment methods vary and include, written reports, presentations, portfolios, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block. During your degree the learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade. The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7950 Year 1
Scotland £7950 Year 1
Wales £7950 Year 1
Channel Islands £7950 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7950 Year 1

Additional fee information

This course with foundation year is not currently available to international students. If you do not meet the entry requirements to directly join year 1 of the degree, please take a look at our International Pathways Programme for additional options.
Health & Social Care with Foundation Year at Coventry University - UCAS