Degree (FdSc) Health and Social Care

This programme is designed for students to develop care delivery and decision making skills within the multi-disciplinary care sector, to develop personal, academic and clinical skills to allow for a practice that is evidence based, compassionate and professional and to allow for individuals to demonstrate integrity and to develop their role in supporting best practice and in line with person-centred approaches. Students will engage with reflective activities to enable individuals to link theory to practice, engage with contemporary issues in relation to the biological, psychological and sociological implications to health and social care. Students will explore the legal and political standards as well as the regulatory bodies which influence best practice, paying particular attention to the local and national policy drives implemented to tackle health and social care issues and develop a critical and analytical perspective to decision making and enhancing own practice. What is unique about this programme is that it is designed to not only allow for students wanting to get into the health and social care sector but to also develop individuals within their current position and to progress registering professional qualifications or to complete the level 6 full degree qualification.

UCAS Course Code: L5G3

If you are looking for a full-time or part-time course in Higher Education to study at UCNL, look no further as we explain the process of how to apply. You'll be on the path to success in no time at all!

All applications for entry to full time programmes must be made through the national Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS)

When: as a general guide, applications can be made to UCAS between September and mid-January. Please check their website ( for further information. We do consider applications throughout the year, although the earlier you submit, the earlier you will receive a decision and can start to plan accordingly.

How: Once you have found the perfect course on the study at UCNL page and you are ready to apply, you have a couple of options:

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    The UCAS Code for the DN Colleges Group is: N64 (The University Campus North Lincolnshire (UCNL)

    Campus Code:
    N (UCNL) 
    Campus Code: D (University Centre Doncaster) 

Please note that UCNL is part of the DN Colleges Group.

Once you have submitted your application, UCAS will send copies to all of your selected institutions.


Each will make a decision based on your application, and may invite you for an interview.


If we can offer you a place on a course, the offer will be communicated via UCAS TRACK.


If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, an institution could also offer you an alternative course, or will provide you with feedback about why they were unable to offer you a place.


If you receive an offer, it will either be:

  • Conditional – you must meet certain conditions which are usually based on exam results.
  • Unconditional – you have been accepted without any further conditions.

Offers should be accepted or declined. You may accept an offer as Firm or Insurance.

  • Firm is your preferred choice.
  • Insurance is your back-up choice.

All applications for part-time programmes should be made directly to UCNL, using a Higher Education Part Time Application form. This is available by emailing Alternatively, click the ‘enquire’ button located next to the course you wish to apply for.

Loans for tuition fees are available to full-time and part-time students (subject to current Government funding criteria), from Student Finance England and are known as 'Tuition Fee Loans'.


You will need to ensure that student finance is in place prior to the start of your course to ensure payments for tuition fees and maintenance grants are made in a timely fashion.

Please visit for more information and guidance. Should you need some assistance, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

UCNL has a range of financial support awards available for students. These include:

  • The Student Opportunity Fund
    This is also referred to as the Hardship Fund and is an amount of money UCNL holds in order to allocate to students facing financial hardship and difficulty. Applications to the fund can be made from late October throughout the academic year. This is NOT a loan and is not repayable.To qualify you must have applied for a student loan. If following this, you are still in hardship you may apply to the fund for help. Following a standard assessment, you may qualify for a termly payment based upon attendance or if you have an unexpected large expense you may qualify for a non-standard award to help towards the cost.Additionally, students facing unexpected financial difficulties may be eligible for a short term repayable loan. Information can be provided by the UCNL Information and Advice office.
  • Bursaries Students may also be able to apply for a number of financial bursaries. These include awards available to students who are care leavers and those from low participation neighbourhoods. Please note that there is a limited number of awards available. For further details, please contact the Information and Advice office.
  • Council Tax Certificates Exemption certificates can be arranged for full-time Students only. Please contact the UCNL Information and Advice Office for further details.

We encourage all students to become members of The Student Society which is proactively involved in UCNL and creates the opportunity for students to provide feedback and share ideas and suggestions with regards to their student experience. The Student Society allows students the chance to develop their interests, to network and engage with other students and staff, to work in partnership with UCNL to achieve goals and to discuss their student experience.

We are always trying to find creative and innovate ways of inspiring our students to enhance their experience. In previous years the Student Society has been engaged in UCNL's first student-led conference, 'UCNL's Got Talent', has helped develop UNCL’s LGBTQ+ Group and has been responsible for providing a forum to discuss student suggestions, leading to changes such as the introduction of microwaves in the Bistro for HE students. 

If you think that you could make a real difference and would like to join, please come to one of our advertised meetings or ask your Programme Leader about who you go to for more information.

This Student Charter has been developed in partnership between staff, students and members of the Student Society, setting out ways in which everyone will work together to make your time at UCNL enjoyable, successful and rewarding.

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Course Details

Development in Practice: This module will allow for students to develop a working portfolio to evidence their individual learning of acquired practical and academic skills. Students are encouraged to link the theoretical principles to their placement setting and demonstrate continuous professional development.
Social Policy: This module will focus on the ways society has formulated ideas and legislation around how health, welfare and services exist in contemporary society. Examine the role of central and local government in the provision of services. Provide an overview of legislative developments to the formal and informal structures of health and care provision. Develop a capacity to identify social problems, and discuss policy responses to social issues.
Bio Science and Body Systems: Students will explore the physiological functioning of the human body, consider the components of the body from chemical organisation, through cellular biology to organs, systems and the body as a whole and consider the anatomy and physiology of biological systems and methods employed to maintain homeostasis.
Study Skills: This module will support students to develop and expand on academic abilities, working closely with appropriate writing skills and referencing systems in line with university academic conventions.
Health Promotion: Student will explore interventions that innovate public health approaches when addressing the widening inequalities gap and social determinants, consider the ageing population and increasing prevalence of long-term chronic health conditions and will focus on empowering individual and community control to improve health, this will move beyond examining individual behaviour within medical and social approaches by promoting health interventions and, therefore, addressing and preventing the root causes of ill health as opposed to the treatment and cure.
Bio-phsyochosoical Lifespan Development: The module will enhance the students’ realisation that every person has individually developed in relation to their own path through life, it will develop the students’ understanding of an individual’s psychological genesis in relation to the differentiation between genetic/biological factors and psychological/social aspects.
Research Skills: This module will encourage students to engage with the processes of primary and secondary research with a specific element of critically reviewing academic research to allow for the implementation of evidence based practice.
Advanced Practice: This module will build on Development in Practice in linking theory to practice with a strong element of individual directed learning where students will continue to develop theoretical principles to practice at level 5.
Theories in Contemporary Team Management: This module introduces the theories that underpin leadership and management with a strong emphasis of self-reflection and self-development in management within their practice role.
Principles of Inclusive Practice: In this module students will engage with local and national policy and will critically analyse health inequalities and social determinants of health in order to understand the need of implementing non-judgemental and appropriate care for individuals in our local area.
E-Health and Telecare: This module aims to provide a first access to the increasing area of personalised healthcare supported by technology. It also develops a theoretical and holistic approach towards the development of successful and engaging eHealth technologies, effects and impact of these technologies on society, communities, and individuals alongside with ethical issues. The focus here is the ‘whole human being’ in the context of living (patient) and working (professional) and the interplay of technology, human life, and society.
Care Planning: This module explores personalised care planning and aims to ensure that people with long term conditions are involved in decisions about their care through a care planning discussion. This focuses on what is important to them with goal setting and the provision of information and support for self-care. Care planning aims to address wider, holistic needs which should open up wider choices including services to support self-care or services to meet other needs such as social or psychological.
Evidence Based Practice: Students will further engage with the elements of research within the health care setting. Students will be encouraged to develop critical analysis skills in reviewing literature which informs evidence based health care.
Contemporary Adult Care/ Contemporary Mental Health: Students will choose from either option to guide their knowledge along areas of interest within the health and social care sector. Students will engage with contemporary issues within our ever changing health care sector.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have 64 UCAS credits from two A Levels or Level 3 equivalent or an Access to HE Diploma. Students are advised to have GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above or Functional Skills Level 2. Some applicants come through the experiential route (relevant work or life experience). We have a long and successful record of supporting mature students, many of whom left formal education some time ago.

Course Progression

Progression onto the BSc Top Up is an option as is considering moving onto professional registering programmes.

Assessment Methods

Students will be assessed in a number of ways including individual interviews, essays, case studies, exams and presentations.

Course Fees

Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition and assessment).
There may be some extra costs that you might need to make or choose to pay.

Books (you will have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies).
Printing and photocopying.
If your programme includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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Scholarship, Engagement and Employability (SEE)

When you study at the University Centre, we want you to leave with so much more than a qualification. We are committed to the philosophy of students as partners within a learning community. To this end, there are many opportunities to get involved, including:

  • Student conferences, exhibitions and poster presentations
  • Cross disciplinary event, at the annual science fair
  • Staff/student research, including publication and conference presentation
  • Student Society Group
  • Business & Management Exhibition