Professional Healthcare Studies FdSc

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Professional Healthcare Studies FdSc
Code B7B1
Qualification Type Undergraduate Qualification
Qualification Level Level 5
Course type Full Time


Health and Social care is currently undergoing significant changes in the way services are delivered and as a result of this, training of healthcare professional needs to be responsive to changes taking place. This programme of study aims to deliver high quality education to the local and wider workforce for the future local healthcare sector.

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The content of the programme reflects the need for professionals to develop a person centred ethos of care to a wide range of adults with differing age and care needs. This will be provided within both placements and simulated classroom settings which will enable students to develop the skills and knowledge required to deliver quality healthcare provision. The academic element of the programme will provide students with the opportunity to gain valuable theoretical knowledge and skills which they will apply to the practice setting.

The general aims of the programme are to:

• Provide a programme of study for those who wish to work in the healthcare sector or for those who are currently working in a Healthcare setting who wish to progress beyond the role of Healthcare Assistant.

• Equip students with the theoretical knowledge, professional conduct competencies and practice skills necessary to work with service users in a healthcare setting.

• Develop reflective practitioners who are ‘fit for practice’ to safeguard the health and well-being of the public.

Distinctive Features:

The distinctive feature of this Foundation Degree programme is directly relevant to Healthcare practice and will enable students to develop their evidenced based practice.

Based at the University Centre Grimsby this programme provides an enriching experience where tutors are committed to encourage students to become independent and autonomous learners and develop their own sense of professional identity within an occupational discipline. Small class sizes of no more than 25 students enable learners to feel engaged and build confidence in their own abilities to create supportive relationships within their working groups.

The University Centre Grimsby boasts a well-equipped clinical skills room which includes simulation manikins. This environment facilitates students to develop their skills in a controlled simulated practice area which they can then transfer into the work place setting. The learning, teaching and assessment strategies selected are designed to enable the development of reflective practice, core clinical skills and an evidence-based approach to healthcare practice.

Service user involvement will become an integrated mechanism to design, monitor and review the programme to provide quality assurance from a patient care perspective.

Practice Based Learning

Practice based learning is an integrated element within the programme and the key features include:

• Block placements between 2 - 3 weeks in length.

• Based in a selection of healthcare settings

• Placement will be provided for you by Grimsby Institute

• Total hours to complete will be 450

• This will equate to 225 hours each year

• There will be a competency document to be completed by the end of the final placement.


Year 1

Foundation Clinical Skills

Research and Study Skills

Anatomy and Physiology

Professional Practice

Clinical Skills for Practice

Social Policy and Health Inequalities

Year 2

Advanced Clinical Skills (A&P and Clinical Skills)

Personal and Professional Development

Dementia and Mental Health Awareness

Social inequalities and safeguarding

Health Promotion & Well Being

Psychology in the Health Care Setting

How will it be delivered?

The ethos of this programme is to place the service user as the primary focus, delivering value based and individualised care. The focus is on enabling students to acquire and develop skills and take responsibility of their personal learning development. The strategies all pull together to move towards the aim of independent student learning within a blended framework. Knowledge acquisition and application will be developed through interactive lectures, student led discussions, directed learning tasks, group work, preparing for and delivering presentations, and practical tasks.

Methods of assessment include: group presentations, individual presentations/demonstrations, research studies, portfolio building, literature reviews, essays, poster presentations, reports and reflective writing .

Entry requirements

Standard Offer Level 4 (Foundation Degree) A standard offer for entry onto level 4 will be 80 UCAS points or 60 Access to HE credits (of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3) in a health/social care related subject. Applicants are also required to hold English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent) grade C/4.

Non-standard Offer In line with the widening participation brief, the Institute encourages applications from those who lack formal academic qualifications consideration will be given to those applicants with relevant experience within the health and care sector. All such applicants will be set an appropriate piece of work of a 1500-word essay and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience and motivation. Students will still be required to have GCSE Maths and English pass grade C/4 or above. Accreditation of Prior Learning Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APcL) or work/life experience or other uncertificated learning (APeL).

Criminal Records This programme involves regular contact with vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity, as such a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required prior to enrolment to enable the student to go into placement. The cost of the undertaking is the

responsibility of the student and the outcome of the DBS will be considered on an individual basis.

Your next steps...

On successful completion of the foundation degree students have to potential to articulate to a BSc Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedics or ODP programme of study. Furthermore, students could articulate onto a Health & Social Care Top up to gain BSc Health and Social Care.