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Health and Social Care

Course Code: UF5032, UX5032

Level: 5
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Foundation Degree
Course type: Full-time, Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years (full-time), three years (part-time)
When you'll study: Mondays and Tuesdays, 9.00am - 5.30pm

About the course

Full Fee

Full-time £14,900 (£7,450 per year)
Part-time £11,100 (£3,700 per year)


This Foundation Degree will focus on some of the complex issues underpinning the provision of health and social care. Renewed emphasis is placed on raising the awareness of dementia and mental health with dedicated opportunities for you to pursue meaningful and relevant research in the field alongside your own professional practice. The course is designed to meet the needs of those employed in baseline caring roles and/or perhaps volunteering who seek to improve their own knowledge and understanding via continued professional development. . You should be a passionate and caring individual who seeks to contribute to raising overall quality care standards by improving your own professional practice and sharing ideas with others in the field. This is a two year course if studied full-time and three year course if studied part-time.

For more information about this course please read the Programme Quality Handbook which contains programme specifications and module information.

What you'll learn

The course includes the following subjects:

  • dementia awareness
  • mental health issues and wellbeing
  • psychological perspectives in health and social care
  • communication
  • safeguarding
  • research design and inquiry (health and social care)
  • sociological perspectives in health and social care
  • issues of leadership and management
  • person centred practice – holistic care
  • examination of legislation and quality protocols/standards
  • personal professional practice portfolio.
Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who have one or more of the following:

  • 48 UCAS tariff points
  • four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, to include English and maths
  • T Level pass in an appropriate subject area

or alternatively:

  • equivalent qualifications
  • relevant work experience (minimum or six hours per week).

Should entry requirements not be met, individual cases will be considered.


Assessment will be through a mixture of practical assessments, in-class tests, coursework, reflective practice, presentations and seminars.

What's next?

On successful completion of this course, you may be able to progress to:

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 – July 2022). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2022/23.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: UF5032

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 17 This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.FREE
18 - 23AFREE

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.