DN Colleges Group

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Sheffield Hallam University

Professional Practice in Health and Social Care

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Course summary

The Cert HE Professional Practice in Health and Social Care is the first year (level 4) of the Foundation Degree course offered at Doncaster College and University Centre. The course is designed to develop your skills and competencies for a wide range of roles across the health, social or community care sectors. The programme combines work based learning through either existing employment or work placements with health and social care education to develop your skills and competencies for a wide range of roles across the health, social or community care sectors. The course is delivered in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and the qualification is awarded by Sheffield Hallam University. The course provides pathways to professional qualifications including: BSc (Honours) Nursing (Adult) BA (Honours) Social Work BSc (Honours) Physiotherapy BSc (Honours) Diagnostic Radiography BSc (Honours) Occupational Therapy BSc (Honours) Paramedic Science This course is a work based learning award which combines health and social care education with either existing employment or work placements to develop your skills and competencies for a wide range of roles across the health, social or community care sectors. For those in employment, the course provides you with your continuing personal and professional development and, depending on your employer, would allow you to undertake a Band 4 Associate/Assistant role. For those who are not in employment, you will undertake a placement in a suitable health, social or community care role, which will allow you to develop the necessary skills and competencies alongside your academic studies to complete the course. The course has been designed in response to rapidly changing workforce demands and policy initiatives aimed at modernising services and improving quality, productivity and efficiency (Department of Health, 2016, Skills for Health 2015; Centre for Workforce Intelligence, 2015; Willis, 2015; Francis, 2013). Key drivers include: staff shortages, requirements to enhance capacity and cost-efficiency, technological developments, integration of services and reconfiguration in provision including a shift from secondary care to primary, community-based services. Consequently, Assistant Practitioners need to be educated to be empowered workers with ‘time to care’. In principle the tasks that are delegated to Assistant Practitioners are those that can be performed safely with training, under protocol and with supervision. Assistant Practitioner roles are locally designed to work either within single professions such as nursing, physiotherapy or speech and language therapy or where the Assistant Practitioner will have competence to work across professional boundaries.


Modules: Work Based Learning 1: Academic and Practice; Reflective and Personal Development Skills; Essential Sciences for Person-centred Care; Integrated Holistic Assessment and Delivery of Health and Social Care Interventions; The evidence for the work-based learning module will be sought from a suitable health, social or community role, from either existing employment or a work placement. Students are required to evidence 200 placement hours to pass the programme.

Assessment method

The course is assessed through essays, presentations, interviews and practice assessment. Assessment methods are subject to change dependent on the validating partner.

How to apply

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

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7940 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7940 Year 1
Scotland £7940 Year 1
Wales £7940 Year 1

Additional fee information

Your Tuition fees cover most costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition and assessment) There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example: • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies) • Printing and photocopying • Trips and enhancement opportunities Scrub Top for Practical sessions You may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Professional Practice in Health and Social Care at DN Colleges Group - UCAS