Course Title Health Care Foundation Degree (FdA)
Code 3P54

Overview of the Course

Throughout this programme you will demonstrate your development of the values and attitudes essential to good health care practice, as well as your understanding of relevant theories and their application to policy and practice. You will develop transferable, social and key skills in communication, ICT, working with others, problem solving and the ability to reflect on your own performance. At level 4 you will develop the academic study skills that will underpin your understanding of the key concepts and theories around communication, equality of opportunity, research methods, social policy, legal and ethical issues and safe practice.

At level 5 further critical thinking and analytical techniques will be developed around the study of team work, debates in the care provision and the challenges of collaborative working. The range of modules will include social sciences, working with older people, disability, mental health and health promotion.

What are the career opportunities?

During this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to work in a multi-professional team to help improve the experience for patients and users.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements include:

  •  64 UCAS points from at least one (but preferably two) A Levels (or equivalent) in any subjects
  •  You should also have five GCSEs at Grade C or above (or equivalent) including English
  •  We will also consider applicants who have passed a Kitemarked Access to Higher Education course (equivalent to 64 UCAS points)
  •  You may be required to attend for an interview and an assessment
  •  If you do not have the standard entry requirements but have relevant work experience or an alternative qualification you may still be eligible for the course

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Course Duration

Two years

What topics will I study?

Entry to Nursing or other health/care professions has become increasingly competitive and this course will therefore provide content that will equip you for the next step. The vocational aspect will come through meaningful work experience.

The modules are:

  • Interpersonal Communication Skills

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health Care

  • Introduction to Caring for Individuals Across the Life Span

  • Psychology and Health

  • Sociological Perspectives in Health

  • Promoting Health

  • Ethical and Moral Dilemmas in Health Care

  • Physical Health

  • Mental Health

  • Planning Care and work experience


You will be assessed by a variety of methods including presentations, observations, case studies and written assignments.

Special Features

A variety of opportunities are available after completion of the foundation degree, which is a nationally recognised qualification in its own right. On successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Health Care you will have the opportunity to apply for entry onto the third year of a degree course at the University of Bolton.

Most graduates will select a BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care or you may choose to apply to enter the third year of the BSc (Hons) in Professional Studies (Health and Social Care). This route is particularly attractive to mature students already employed in the NHS.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

You may incur costs for educational trips and visits. You may also have to pay for injections dependant on placements. Students will be required to obtain an enhanced DBS disclosure prior to completing compulsory work experience within the care sector. All students receive an initial allocation of 600 credits per academic year for printing and photocopying, additional credits can be purchased if required.

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