Foundation Degree Professional Practice In Health & Social Care - Assistant Practitioner (SHU) - Full Time Year 1

Course Overview

This course is a work-based qualification for those looking to go into a wide range of roles across the health, social and community care sectors. It combines health and social care education with practical skills acquired through work placements or existing employment. There are two routes available; one for those already employed in health, social or community care, and one for those not in employment who will undertake a placement in a suitable care based role.
This is a full-time course over two years. You will be required to attend college classes for 7 hours per week. You will also need to dedicate some time to self-study.

Course Requirements

All applications will be considered individually however offers will usually be based on:

64 UCAS points (those with 48 UCAS points will be considered for an interview)
BTEC Level 3 qualification (2 years) in relevant subject
Other related Level 3 qualifications
Normally 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (or numeric score of 4/5 under newly reformed GCSE grading), including maths or English
An Access to Higher Education Diploma in relevant area

Related work experience will be considered in place of formal qualifications

Course Assessment

The programmes is assessed through a combination of presentations, research projects, interviews, written assignments and case studies

Course Finance

Please contact the College for further information.May require equipment/ book costs (to be confirmed)

Course Includes

Key modules on this course include:
Both academic and practical work based learning
Reflective and personal development skills
Essential sciences for person centred care
Integrated holistic assessment and delivery of health and social care interventions
Foundations for effective collaborative practice
Promoting health, wellbeing and independence
Using and evaluating evidence to inform practice
Leadership and management


Upon successful completed of the course you will receive an FdSc Professional Practice in Health & Social Care

Course Potential Careers

Once you have completed of the Foundation degree you will be able to apply for a number of professional courses such as:
BSc (Hons) Paramedic
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child)
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)
BA (Hons) Social Work
BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography

Course Dates

September 2019 to June 2021.

Course Times

To be confirmed

Email Contact

Examining Body

Sheffield Hallam University

Hours Per Week

7 hours (1 day) per week, plus 2 days per week placement.

Phone Contact

0300 300 0090

Programme Structure

You'll be taught by professionals in the industry who'll be able to offer all the advice and guidance you need. Self-study and research is a key element of the foundation degree so you will be expected to dedicate time to your studies outside of the classroom.
The programme provides learners with the opportunity for personal and professional growth and use the workplace as a site for learning. Workplace experience can be therefore linked to programme tasks, activities, discussions and assessments.

The professional development modules focus on enabling learners to use reflective and reflexive approaches to continuous personal and professional development so that they can identify threats and opportunities in order to prepare them to cope with the ongoing career demands for lifelong learning.

The programme is designed to support the following principles:
• Development should be continuous in the sense that the learner should always be actively seeking improved performance
• Development should be owned and managed by the individual learner
• The effective learner knows what he or she needs to learn. Development should begin from the individual’s current learning state
• Learning objectives should be clear and, wherever possible, should serve organisational
• or service user needs as well as individual goals
• Regular investment of time and learning should be seen as an essential part of professional life, not as an optional extra


30-34 weeks