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.

Awarded By ident
Health & Social Care (Degree Foundation)

Degree Timetable

To view the Health & Social Care timetable, click here.

In order to ensure our classes adhere to the social distancing rules, our Health & Social Care sessions will have a reduced number of students. This will be broken down via surnames:

  • If your surname starts with A-M, you be will be allocated a morning timetable
  • If your surname starts with N-Z, you be will be allocated an afternoon timetable

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

Academic Commitment

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

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 of the 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:

  • Health and Social Care
  • Social Work
  • Psychology and Counselling
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Paramedic Science

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.


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:

E: admissions@stokesfc.ac.uk