University of Bolton

Degree level: Undergraduate

Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner: Independent Route)

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Course summary

The FdA in Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner: Independent Route) is your opportunity to take big professional and academic leaps toward helping improve the day-to-day lives of vulnerable people. With access to excellent facilities, you can gain the skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need to embark on a genuinely rewarding career in this sector. The health and social care sector is vast. This foundation degree provides an opportunity to begin developing the values, skills, and knowledge essential to good health and social care practices in the UK. These can support your initial development in providing support for people of all ages and walks of life who have disabilities, mental health issues or are vulnerable in other ways. The course is linked closely to the UK government’s agendas for health and social care, so you’ll get to experience a current and carefully considered balance of policy, practice and academic training. Join us as we explore the principles of care, care planning and delivery, the ethical aspects of care, and areas such as health promotion and safeguarding, among many more – with learning that focuses on the workplace environment. We’ll support you every step of the way as you learn how to collaborate across professional boundaries, use evidence to support your professional decision-making, and enhance your understanding of critical issues in health and social care. Our focus is on helping you become a knowledgeable, compassionate, and person-centred care professional.


Information about the modules offered as part of this course is available on the University of Bolton’s website.

Assessment method

Details of the learning activities and assessment methods for this course are available on the University of Bolton’s website.

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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University of Bolton Main Site, Greater Manchester
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

To be eligible to apply for this course, you must have the light to live and work in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

You should also have four GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics. Entry to this course is also available to applicants with extensive appropriate work experience in the health and social care sector. If you don’t possess the academic qualifications listed above but have extensive appropriate work experience, we’ll be delighted to consider your application. Every application will be considered on its individual merits.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

This course involves regulated activity so you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service. Normally your sponsoring organisation will organise this. Please note that your DBS must have been completed within three years of the course start date.


You’ll be required to attend an interview, and depending on your qualifications we may ask you to undertake additional assessment(s) as part of the application process. You’ll also need to meet the other non-academic entry requirements listed below.


Admission to this programme is only available to candidates who meet the following criteria. 1) You must be employed for a minimum of 23 hours per week in a role relevant to the programme. 2) You must have the right to live and work in the UK. 3) Your employer will need to agree to you participating in the programme. If you work for a large organisation in health and social care, then you may want to enquire about the possibility of studying towards the FdA Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner: Higher Apprenticeship Route) instead. If you don’t have an appropriate work placement in the health and social care sector but otherwise meet the entry requirements for this course, please consider our BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care or HND Health and Social Care courses. Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent).

We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Unistats information

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There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner: Independent Route) at University of Bolton - UCAS