Foundation Degree Professional Practice in Health & Social Care (1)

Start Date
Course Course
Health & Social Care
Hillsborough Campus

About this Course

This flexible course, validated by Sheffield Hallam University, is a work based learning award which combines health and social care education with either existing employment or work placements to develop your skills and competencies for a wide range of roles across the health, social or community care sectors. On successful completion of this course students may have the option to specialise in a specific field by topping up their qualification to a full bachelor's degree.

Key Units

Year 1

  • Work Based Learning 1 - Academic
  • Work Based Learning 1 - Practice
  • Reflective & Personal Development Skills
  • Essential Science for Person Centred Care
  • Holistic Assessment, Delivery & Implementation of Health & Social Care Interventions
  • Foundations for Effective Collaborative Practice

Year 2
  • Work Based Learning 2 - Academic
  • Work Based Learning 2 - Practice
  • Promoting Health, Wellbeing & Independence
  • Using and Evaluating Evidence to Inform Practice 
  • Leadership & Management

Entry Requirements

Prospective students should hold one of the following:

  • A minimum of 48 UCAS points (please see the UCAS website for further details about the updated tariff system) from A Levels (including General Studies)
  • Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised course 
You must also have:
  • GCSE English Language/Literature and Maths at grade C/4 or above OR
  • Level 2 Adult Literacy/Numeracy; Level 2 Key Skills/Application of Number
Students are advised to attain a work placement in a health and social care setting prior to enrolment on the course. Guidance can be given to students about how to do so.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate potential to be caring and compassionate and the ability to develop meaningful relationships with service users and carers.


Assessment methods will include:

  • Assessment of practice
  • Written assignments
  • Interviews
  • Reflective portfolios
  • Literature reviews
  • Case studies
  • Presentations 

Where does this Lead

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree you may be able to apply for a number of professional courses, providing you have appropriate work experience practice in a suitable setting relating to one of the following areas:

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing [Adult]
  • BA (Hons) Social Work
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography 
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy 
Many of these degrees may allow entry with advanced standing, meaning that you would join the second year of the degree course. This would be decided by assessment on an individual basis.

In addition to the above awards, a bespoke top-up degree is also offered, which will provide a route to achieving a full degree within one year after completion of the foundation degree. Students who successfully complete this foundation degree will be guaranteed acceptance onto this top-up course at Sheffield Hallam. 

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How to Apply
Please note that applications for this course should be made through UCAS.
UCAS course application code: L5L5
College institution code: S22 

Further Information
Additional information about higher education courses at The Sheffield College can be found here.

If you have any further queries please email the University Centre via leaving your name, contact details, the title of the course you are interested in and a brief summary of your query. Alternatively, you can call the college on 0114 260 2600.

The Sheffield College is a registered provider with the Office for Students.

Terms and Conditions
You can find details of our higher education policies, procedures and T&Cs here

Extra Costs

Students must obtain a current DBS check, which is currently priced at approximately £52.

Students will have an option to purchase a uniform at an additional cost, however this is not a mandatory purchase. 

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