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Health & Social Care

Health & Social Care Higher Education

Course Overview

The Foundation Year in Health and Social Care will help you develop the core transferable skills and knowledge relevant to health care, social care, and public health. You will look at many aspects of Health and Social Care, including life development from birth to older adult, and will consider the influence of external factors such as the environment and policy.

You will develop core skills which are relevant to all Health and Social Care areas, such as record keeping, academic writing and reflective thinking, understanding of how health and wellness may be measured, learn the use of common measurements of data, and how you can affect the communication of others.

To support your development and work-readiness, employability skills are embedded throughout the Foundation Year with the opportunity to undertake relevant work experience in a Health & Social Care setting. The Health and Social Care Foundation Year course is designed to enable you to progress to undergraduate degree study and relevant employment.

Course Content

The Health and Social Care Foundation Year is made up of six modules:

  • Skills for Higher Education
  • Communication for Personal and Professional Skills Development
  • Health, Choice and the Lifespan
  • Introduction to Health and Social Science
  • Measuring Health and Wellness
  • Introduction to Health and Social Care Policy

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Academic Commitment

Foundation year of 4-year full-time course. 

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions and tutorials, which will amount to 13.5 hours per week. You will also be expected and encouraged to complete 23 hours of independent study each week.


You will be assessed through a variety of different formats, this includes presentations, practical coaching, written assignments and work placement portfolio. Teaching will take place at the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College.

Where Courses Become Careers

The Degree Foundation Year in Health and Social Care is the first year of a four year programme of study.  After the completion of the Foundation Year you will be able to naturally progress to the remainder of the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care at Staffordshire University. At the end of the Foundation Year, some students chose to make an application to one of the University’s professional health programmes. Alongside some other essential entry criteria for the professional health courses, the completion of the Foundation Year can often make for a strong application. Courses could include:

  • Social Work
  • Psychology and Counselling
  • Nursing*
  • Midwifery*
  • Paramedic Science*

* GCSE in Mathematics and English at Grade C (4) or above required

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants will typically have 48 UCAS points, made up of Level 3 equivalent qualifications, including A Level and BTEC courses. Additionally, we welcome applications from people with a variety of qualifications, skills and experience. Each application will be assessed on their individual merits.

tuition fees

Full-time students enrolling on the Foundation year of a Degree in 2021 will pay a tuition fee of £5,950.

Levels 4–6 (Years 2–4) of the BA/BSc (Hons) will be charged at Staffordshire University’s standard rate.


For more information, and to apply, visit this link and select the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College option.


If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions:

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