Foundation Degree (FdA) Health & Social Care
  • Validated: Validated by University of Roehampton

The aim of this degree is to create a structured career pathway for those currently working in roles within the diverse spectrum of Health and Social Care environments. The degree is validated by the University of Roehampton.

Practitioners joining the programme are initially enrolled on the Health and Social Care Foundation Degree, with the option of subsequent progression to a full Honours Degree.

The structure allows the students the opportunity to exit the programme with 240 credits and achieve a Foundation Degree. If students exit the programme at the end of the first year, and achieve 120 credits at Level 4, they will receive a Certificate of Higher Education.

Those students who are successful in achieving 240 credits will receive a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care and can then apply for the final year and complete a further 120 Level 6 credits in order to achieve a full Honours Degree. This vocational programme will be a coherent integration of Higher Education level work and work-based learning. It will equip students with the current knowledge, skills and values required in the challenging and diverse arena of Health and Social Care.

Please contact Inogen MacKenzie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information regarding how to apply for the course and how to get a student loan.

Course Content

Year 1:

  • Professional and Academic Development
  • Principles and Application of Anatomy, Physiology and Nutrition
  • Values and Ethics in Health and Social Care
  • Communication in Health and Social Care Settings
  • The Context of Mental Health Care


Year 2:

  • Work Based Enquiry
  • Caring for Children, Young People and Families
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable People
  • Principles in Caring for Adults
  • Medicine Management

Entry Requirements

Students will continue to work in appropriate job roles or participate in meaningful placement of not less than 16 hours per week while completing either degree pathway.

It is recognised that applicants are likely to have a wide variety of educational backgrounds and will be mostly people over the age of 21 who may not normally access higher education. Usually students will have one year's full-time post-qualification experience at Level 3 before joining the programme. All applicants will be interviewed by a member of the programme team where they will need to evidence, through selection tasks, their capacity to engage successfully with degree level study.  In order to progress to the full Honours degree; students will need to have 240 credits from the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care.  They will also be interviewed and will need to complete selection tasks.

Those students who may wish to join the programme from external organisations will need to demonstrate their understanding of the core modules of the Foundation Degree.


Two years. This is a work based full time degree - students will attend College one evening per week 4:30pm - 9:30pm, plus approximately one Saturday per month.


On successsful completion of the programme, students will have the opportunity to progress to an Honours Degree.

Additional Information

Students may secure sponsorship for their studies from their employer. Students are eligible to apply for funds from the Government's Higher Education Student Loan Scheme and to their Local Education Authority for help with paying tuition fees.


Please note that this course is defined as Full Time when applying via for student finance.

UCAS Codes: 
College - C24
Course - L511
Start date - September
Course Code - CH1054 
Cost - Please contact the College for Course Costs.

For information about course costs, please see the Carshalton College fees policy.

Please note; although UCAS has cut-off dates, we do not and we continue to recruit until the course starts in September.  Contact me direct if you have trouble with UCAS - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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