This Foundation Degree with Integrated Foundation Entry is designed for those who want to study for the foundation degree but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to start just yet. The foundation entry modules include: Academic Writing and Studying in H&SC, Learning Development and Using ICT to Present Information, Developing Skills for Delivering H&SC, Measuring Health and Wellbeing, Foundations in Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and Disease and Developing Professional Skills for Delivering H&SC. The course goes on to provide students with the opportunity to develop an awareness and skills for caring for those with mental health conditions and has been written in close collaboration with students and industry professionals. The main focus will be developing your knowledge and understanding of key concepts in mental health with emphasis on demonstrating your ability to work independently and with others. A range of lectures, seminars and workshops will be delivered so that you become familiar with mental health promotion, provision and practice. You will also have the opportunity to explore a wide range of mental health conditions and interventions. In the final year of the course, you will be you will be further developing your knowledge and understanding including approaches to management and leadership skills, research methods, rehabilitation practice and therapeutic communication and counselling. You will have the opportunity to build a professional portfolio based on your own reflective practice. Insight into the research process will allow you to recognise health trends helping you to fully comprehend and appreciate research in the field of mental health and wellbeing. Visiting lecturers and guest speakers will support you in recognising industry standards and encourage you to apply theory to practice. Teaching and learning on the course will be delivered through a range of lectures, workshops, research seminars, group work and independent research. Guest speakers from different areas of mental health and wellbeing will facilitate professional lectures and Q&A sessions.
You will study a range of core modules, which may include: Foundation Entry year: • Academic Writing and Studying in H&SC • Learning Development • Developing Skills for Delivering H&SC • Measuring Health and Wellbeing • Foundations in Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and Disease • Developing Professional Skills for Delivering H&SC FdA Year 1: • Care from the Client’s Perspective • Study and Lifelong Learning Skills • Communication and Collaboration • Mental Health: Conditions and Interventions FdA Year 2: • Management and Leadership • Supporting Professional Practice • The Research Process • A Lifespan Perspective: Mental Health and Wellbeing • Therapeutic Communication and Counselling Skills NOTE: The foundation entry element of all of our health and social care related foundation degrees is generic so may be delivered in classes made up of students from any of our health and social care related foundation degree with integrated foundation entry programmes.
The following activities are used for assessment: • Individual and group discussions • Assignments • Case studies • Reports • Presentations • Portfolio building • Creation of a story board • Work-based practice modules • Reflection journal
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 students entering via the optional Foundation Entry route, the following admission criteria will apply: Entry requirements for this course are 64 tariff points at A Level or equivalent, 5 passes at GCSE or above, including GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4 or above, a minimum proficiency in English of IELTS 6 or equivalent. Consideration will be given to applicants who have equivalent vocational or experiential learning gained within a Health and Social Care environment. All applicants are interviewed and will be subject to numeracy, literacy and values based assessment, dependant on their chosen progression route. For students entering directly onto the Foundation Degree, the following admission criteria will apply: We would normally expect applicants to produce evidence of a number of the following: • A minimum of 64 UCAS points • Two A-Levels • BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or a related subject • Access qualification in a related subject • Substantial work experience in the health field • International Baccalaureate Mature students may not meet the standard entry requirements but they may still be considered for a place on the course. Mature students with no qualifications may offer experience in other forms such as life experience, work experience and continued personal and professional development. All students are interviewed and selected on merit. This course offers the opportunity for mature students who may have been out of education for a while, or without traditional qualifications, to up-skill. UK and EU Entry: Equivalent international qualifications will be considered towards meeting the general entry requirements All students must be prepared to undergo and prove they have an enhanced DBS suitable to work with vulnerable adults and children.
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Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Additional Selection Criteria: Meeting the minimum entry requirement for a course does not necessarily guarantee a place. Entry to all courses is subject to a successful interview. When assessing an application, we take into account your grades, predicted grades, reference and personal statement. From your personal statement and interview, we consider your motivation and commitment to success, and any relevant experience you may have. For some courses, we may also ask for a portfolio of appropriate work or an audition, or you may be required to find a work placement prior to enrolment. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check: To gain access to some courses you may need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you have criminal convictions or cautions, please do not be put off from applying for the course. Your acceptance on to the course will depend on the nature of any convictions and will be at the discretion of the University Centre and your placement provider. If you would like to discuss this issue in confidence, please contact Student Services Advisors in The Pod on 0151 353 4444, or call in to speak to them in person. Mature Students: We recognise that some mature students may not meet the standard entry requirements but may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience and, therefore, we would consider your application on an individual basis. We would take into account your work and life experience and may ask you to discuss this in more details at interview. Interview: All applicants are invited to attend an interview with either the Course Leader or Course Tutor. You will be notified of your interview by our Admissions Team who will also update UCAS Track with details of your application. UK and EU Entry: Equivalent international qualifications will be considered towards meeting the general entry requirements.
English language requirements
EU students, for whom English is not the first language, will be required to evidence an IELTS score or 6.0 or equivalent. Equivalences include: • TOEFL written examination score of 550 plus a test of written English (at 4) • TOEFL Computer Equivalent score of 230 • Proficiency in English (Cambridge) at Grade C or above
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Fees and funding
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