This flexible course, validated by Sheffield Hallam University, is a work-based learning award that 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/community care sectors.
The course offers two routes; entrants already employed in assistant or support worker roles in health, social or community care can complete both the Higher Apprenticeship in Health (Assistant Practitioner) and the Foundation Degree. 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.
Delivered over two years (full time) you will spend 2 days a week in college, as well as working at your placement. You will be expected to spend an equal amount of time split between college, placement and self-directed study. Feedback will account for approximately 5% of the course.
Students must attain a work placement in a health and social care setting prior to enrolment on the course. Guidance can be given to students about how to do so. Prospective students should be aware that 400 hours of work experience is a mandatory requirement of this course. Students must be able to demonstrate potential to be caring and compassionate, and the ability to develop meaningful relationships with service users and carers.
You will also need to obtain a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check prior to starting your placement. 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 variety of roles across the health/social/community care sectors. The course offers entrants already employed in assistant or support worker roles the opportunity to complete both the Higher Apprenticeship in Health and the Foundation Degree.
On successful completion of the Foundation Degree you may be able to apply for a number of professional courses, providing you have appropriate work experience practice in a suitable setting relating to one of the following areas:
BSc (Hons) Nursing [Adult]
BA (Hons) Social Work
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
Many of these degrees may allow entry with advanced standing, meaning that you would join the second year of the degree course. This would be decided by assessment on an individual basis.
In addition to the above awards, a bespoke top-up degree is also being developed which will provide a route to achieving a full degree within one year after completion of the foundation degree.
Work Based Learning 1 - Academic
Work Based Learning 1 - Practice
Reflective & Personal Development Skills
Essential Science for Person Centred Care
Holistic Assessment, Delivery & Implementation of Health & Social Care Interventions
Foundations for Effective Collaborative Practice
Work Based Learning 2 - Academic
Work Based Learning 2 - Practice
Promoting Health, Wellbeing & Independence
Using and Evaluating Evidence to Inform Practice
Leadership & Management
Assessment methods will include:
Assessment of practice
How to apply
This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||48 points||
Prospective students should hold one of the following:
•A minimum of 48 UCAS points (please see the UCAS website for further details about the updated tariff system) from A-Levels (including General Studies)
•Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised course
You must also have:
•GCSE English Language/Literature and Maths at grade C or above OR
•Level 2 Adult Literacy/Numeracy; Level 2 Key Skills/Application of Number
Students MUST attain a work placement in a health and social care setting prior to enrolment on the course. Guidance can be given to students about how to do so.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate potential to be caring and compassionate and the ability to develop meaningful relationships with service users and carers.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£6,500||Year 1|