West Lancashire College

Health & Social Care FdA (UCLan)

Course Overview

This Foundation Degree responds to the needs of health and social care providers in the voluntary, private and public sector in the North West of England. This industry ready qualification aims to enhance staff training and qualifications to meet service quality and performance agendas. It combines academic understanding and skills, with generic and
specific work-related skills, and incorporates occupational standards for health and social care workers. It aims to equip you with the relevant knowledge and skills, as well as addressing your continuing professional development needs.

The programme aims to equip students who are working or intending to work with people who have a range of social care needs. Awareness of human rights, cultural diversity and ethical, policy, legislative and resource issues in health and social care is developed to support practice
in the principles of social welfare. The course combines academic theory and work related skills alongside occupational standards for health and social care providers.


Foundation Degree Health and Social

Start Date

Monday, September 7 2020


Monday and Tuesday, 9.30am - 3.30pm, 2 years, 1 day workplace


Skelmersdale Campus, College Way, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LH

Course Content

The programme contains specific teaching materials and methods designed to enhance the acquisition of the intended knowledge, skills and professional etiquette. As part of the
course’s ethos of encouraging work-based learning, you have the opportunity to do two placements where you can apply your skills and knowledge in an area of practice that interests you.

Students will study a range of core and specific modules which provide knowledge in the key areas of the health and social care industry. The subject areas include:

The course programme is 2 full days per week, plus one day per week in placement.

Students are also required to undertake 100 and 150 hours of work placement in year 1 and year 2 respectively.

Entry Requirements

Admissions decisions will be based on the following standard criteria:

*Please note: All students must be prepared to undergo and prove they have an enhanced DBS suitable to work with vulnerable adults and children.

If applicants do not hold a Level 3 Qualification an Access to Higher Education Course is available with West Lancashire College:

Learning & Assessment Methods

The course includes the following units:

Assessment ranges from assignments, group presentations, online assessments and portfolio development. Work-based learning is integral to the course aims, enabling the use and
evaluation of skill and knowledge in practice.

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Qualifications Gained

Health and Social Care, FdA, awarded by University of Central Lancashire.

Progression Opportunities

Students who successfully complete this Foundation Degree may choose to complete a further one year of study at the college to gain a full honours degree: Health & Social Care BSc (Hons) Top Up.

Alternatively, they may wish progress directly into their chosen career path.

Career Opportunities

The aim of a Foundation Degree course is to produce a “practice ready workforce” and maintain an excellent learning environment where you can be positively transformed by the programme. Higher Education Institutions therefore aim to respond to that need by constantly
updating and developing the course in response to the standards set by the Knowledge Skills Framework (KSF), NHS Knowledge and Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education frameworks. You will be required to observe these core components from a range of professional codes of conduct focusing on treating patients as individuals as well as ensuring that their professional skills are up to date.

This Foundation Degree programme is designed in order to enable students to progress into Health and Social Care Management and many roles within the Statutory, Private and Independent sector.


Tuition fees for the course are:

£7,900 per year for full time - includes £1000 bursary (95%+ attendance required for payment of bursary)

Please note:  The fee for the second and subsequent years may be subject to increase in line with inflation rates.

Eligible students are able to apply for Tuition and Maintenance Loans from the Student Loans Company to help pay for studying and living costs. For advice and guidance on Student
Finance please contact Student Services (see contact details below).

How To Apply


Please contact Student Services to register your interest in this Foundation Degree.


In person:

West Lancashire College,
Skelmersdale Campus, College Way, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LH


(01695) 52300




Student Services, West Lancashire College, Skelmersdale
Campus, College Way, Skelmersdale WN8 6LH



Students will be required to apply for a learner loan. Codes for the learner loan application are as follows;

Full time: SLC course code- 640632
Part time: SLC course code - 640634

updated 16/09/2019