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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

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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.

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

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.

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


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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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