Social Care FdA

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 Social Care - FdA
Code L5G1
Qualification Type Undergraduate Qualification
Qualification Level Level 5
Course type Full Time


Social Care workers play a pivotal role in the support and care of vulnerable children and adults within a rapid changing society. There has never been a more poignant time for those wishing to develop a career within the social care sector or for those to who already work within the sector to undertake study which will provide them with the essential skills, knowledge and practice experience to gain formal qualifications in Social Care.   This Foundation degree may be topped up to a BSc in Health and Social Care at the University Centre Grimsby 

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The FdA Social Care programme aims to provide students with the underpinning legislative, theoretical and policy knowledge which underpins Social Care practice. Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop transferable skills in research and academic writing along with critical thinking and reflective practice skills crucial when working in this complex sector. Key topics within the fields of Sociology, Psychology, Social Policy will investigated along with more practice specific topics such as person-centred practice, equality and diversity, and safeguarding. Social Care does not function in isolation and the role of multi-agency working with other professionals from health, education and other support sectors will be embedded within the relevant modules.


Mandatory modules Level  4 - 1st year

Developing Professional Skills (WBL)

Study Skills & Research in Social Care

Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Practice.

Understanding Society

Theories & Models of Social Care

Developmental Psychology – Child and Youth Development

Mandatory Modules Level 5 - 2nd year 

Professional Practice (WBL)

Working with Vulnerable People

Contemporary Issues in Social Care

Solution Focused Practice

Developmental Psychology across the Lifespan

Health Promotion; Investigation and Planning

How will it be delivered?

The programme offers a wide range of assessment methods throughout the programme , reflecting the diverse nature of the sector. We offer assessment activities common within undergraduate study such as essays, case studies, reports, literature reviews and presentations. The programme also provides innovative and creative assessments related to transferable skills needed within social care such as ‘action party projects’, ‘Campaigns’, ‘Health Promotion projects’ and ‘Care Planning’. These enable students to take a practical approach to theoretical and academics subjects while meeting the skills required in Social Care.

The assessments activities associated with each module will offer formative assessment and support through written feedback and group workshops to aid improvement for the Summative submission. Written feedback is given on Summative assessments to support progression to students’ overall final mark.

Entry requirements

80 UCAS points and a minimum of grade ‘4’ or C in GCSE English and Maths or equivalent Functional Skills Level 2 in both English and Maths.

Additional entry requirements 

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

This programme may involve regular contact with vulnerable adults or children in the placement setting, also known as regulated activity, as such a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check must be completed on enrolment of the programme, All DBS certificates will be reviewed on an individual basis. The DBS will incur an additional charge which will be the responsibility of the student.

Health checks

All students will be required to undertake a ‘Fitness to Practice’ screening to ensure that their health and safety is maintained whilst on placement.


Your next steps...

,BA Health and Social Care (Top up), Social care related professions. BA in Social work,  PGCE in teaching.