Foundation Degree (FdA) Health & Social Care (Social Care) Awarded by UCLan

16172W1 | Parson's Walk Centre, Wigan
Start Date | 14/09/2021
Time/Day | FULL TIME

Is this course for me?

The course provides the knowledge, skills and experience to excel within a health care setting. Incorporating the latest thinking and practical expertise, it offers a broad-based grounding in the principles of Health & Social Care. Develop your knowledge through valuable work experience, combined with theoretical study. Students complete two placements, with 250 hours of work experience developing a range of work-based skills and an insight into the industry.

What will I study?

The course includes units covering: Study and Lifelong Learning Skills; Contextualising Welfare 1 - The Development of UK Social Policy; Foundations for Practice; Communication and Collaboration; Power, Oppression and Society; Health, Ageing and Social Care; Social Care Theory and Practice; Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care; Introduction to Community Practice; Supporting Professional Practice.

How long is the course?

One day per week over two academic years. By combining the principles of health and social care with work based elements this full time course aims to develop your skills and to support effective multidisciplinary practice in the workplace.

How will I be assessed?

The Foundation Degree programme is assessed through a variety of methods, from written assignments to course work.

What qualifications do I need?

80 UCAS Tariff Points, Students must also possess a Grade 4 or above in English at GCSE or equivalent.

What can I progress onto?

Alumni students have progressed to positions with the NHS and in private hospitals, social services, family centres and childrens homes.

Other Information

As a student on a course awarded by UCLan you have access to their facilities including libraries, social facilities and the Students' Union. You are expected to be in appropriate employment or undertake a work placement.

Course Fees

£7500

Medical Practitioners

Medical practitioners diagnose mental and physical injuries, disorders and diseases, prescribe and give treatment, recommend preventative action, and conduct medical education and research activities. They may specialise in particular areas of modern medicine or work in general practice and, where necessary, refer the patient to a specialist.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

5.13%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£25,347
Entry
£59,493
Median
£159,827
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Supervises the implementation of care and treatment plans by other healthcare providers.
  • Prepares and delivers lectures, undertakes research, and conducts and participates in clinical trials.
  • Refers patient to specialist where necessary and liaises with specialist.
  • Supervises patient.
  • Administers medical tests and inoculations against communicable diseases.
  • Diagnoses condition and prescribes and/or administers appropriate treatment/surgery.
  • Examines patient, arranges for any necessary x-rays or other tests and interprets results.

Knowledge

Medicine and Dentistry Psychology Therapy and Counselling Biology Customer and Personal Service English Language Education and Training Chemistry Mathematics Sociology and Anthropology Administration and Management Physics Personnel and Human Resources Law and Government Public Safety and Security Economics and Accounting

Skills

Reading Comprehension Active Learning Monitoring Critical Thinking Active Listening Science Learning Strategies Speaking Writing Mathematics
UCAS Apply Now for Foundation Degree (FdA) Health & Social Care (Social Care) Awarded by UCLan

Nurses

Nurses provide general and/or specialised nursing care for the sick, injured and others in need of such care, assist medical doctors with their tasks and work with other healthcare professionals and within teams of healthcare workers. They advise on and teach nursing practice.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

5.39%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£9,617
Entry
£34,230
Median
£51,225
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Delivers lectures and other forms of formal training relating to nursing practice.
  • Plans, manages, provides and evaluates nursing care services for patients, supervises the implementation of nursing care plans.
  • Advises on nursing care, disease prevention, nutrition, etc. and liaises with hospital board/ management on issues concerning nursing policy.
  • Plans duty rotas and organises and directs the work and training of ward and theatre nursing staff.
  • Participates in the preparation for physical and psychological treatment of mentally ill patients.
  • Monitors patient.
  • Manages own case load.
  • Assists medical doctors and works with other healthcare professionals to deal with emergencies and pre-planned treatment of patients.

Knowledge

Psychology Customer and Personal Service Therapy and Counselling Medicine and Dentistry Education and Training English Language Biology Sociology and Anthropology Mathematics Public Safety and Security

Skills

Active Listening Speaking Critical Thinking Reading Comprehension Monitoring Writing Active Learning Learning Strategies
UCAS Apply Now for Foundation Degree (FdA) Health & Social Care (Social Care) Awarded by UCLan

Social Workers

Social workers provide information, advice and support to those who are socially excluded or are experiencing crisis; they protect the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, young people, people with disabilities, elderly people and people who are mentally or physically ill, and they may specialise in specific areas of work.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

3.42%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£19,225
Entry
£38,530
Median
£60,670
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Participates in training and supervision.
  • Gives evidence in court.
  • Keeps case records, prepares reports and participates in team meetings.
  • Organises support and develops care plans to address service users.
  • Arranges for further counselling or assistance in the form of financial or material help.
  • Undertakes and writes up assessments to specified standards.
  • Interviews individuals and groups to assess and review the nature and extent of difficulties.
  • Liaises with other health and social care professionals and agencies to identify those in need and at risk within the local community.

Knowledge

Therapy and Counselling Psychology Customer and Personal Service Sociology and Anthropology English Language Education and Training Law and Government Clerical

Skills

Active Listening Speaking Reading Comprehension Writing Monitoring Learning Strategies Critical Thinking Active Learning
UCAS Apply Now for Foundation Degree (FdA) Health & Social Care (Social Care) Awarded by UCLan

Paramedics

Paramedics provide first aid and life support treatment in emergency situations and transport sick and injured people who require skilled treatment.

Requirements: Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Opportunities

6.02%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£11,899
Entry
£55,028
Median
£85,029
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Briefs other medical staff when handing over the patient, and completes patient report forms describing the patient.
  • Transports and accompanies patients who either require or potentially require skilled treatment whilst travelling.
  • Resuscitates and/or stabilises patient using relevant techniques, equipment and drugs.
  • Assesses the nature of injuries, provides first aid treatment and ascertains appropriate method of conveying patient.
  • Drives ambulance or accompanies driver to respond to calls for assistance at accidents, emergencies and other incidents.

Knowledge

Customer and Personal Service Education and Training Psychology Medicine and Dentistry English Language Public Safety and Security Personnel and Human Resources Transportation Therapy and Counselling Law and Government Communications and Media

Skills

Active Listening Speaking Critical Thinking Reading Comprehension Monitoring Writing Active Learning
UCAS Apply Now for Foundation Degree (FdA) Health & Social Care (Social Care) Awarded by UCLan

Medical and Dental Technicians

Medical and dental technicians operate, calibrate and maintain cardiographic and encephalographic testing equipment, assist in the conduct of post mortems, give simple dental treatments, fit artificial limbs and hearing aids, and undertake a wide range of related medical and dental tasks.

Requirements: Level 4 NVQ; Intermediate, DipHE, DipFE

Opportunities

4.76%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£18,843
Entry
£31,129
Median
£50,914
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Takes samples for clinical examination.
  • Performs related medical tasks including treating hair and scalp disorders and conducting tests on glaucoma patients.
  • Measures patients for, and fits them with, surgical appliances, hearing aids and artificial limbs.
  • Makes dentures, crowns, bridges, orthodontic and other dental appliances according to individual patient requirements.
  • Undertakes scaling and polishing of teeth, applies medicaments, carries out post-operative hygiene work and advises on preventative dentistry.
  • Operates equipment to diagnose and record or treat hearing, heart, brain, lung and kidney ailments.

Knowledge

Customer and Personal Service Engineering and Technology Medicine and Dentistry English Language Therapy and Counselling Psychology Mechanical Biology Production and Processing Design Education and Training Computers and Electronics Administration and Management Sales and Marketing Clerical Personnel and Human Resources Mathematics Physics Economics and Accounting Public Safety and Security

Skills

Reading Comprehension Active Learning Critical Thinking Active Listening Learning Strategies Speaking Monitoring Writing Science
UCAS Apply Now for Foundation Degree (FdA) Health & Social Care (Social Care) Awarded by UCLan

Nursing Auxiliaries and Assistants

Nursing auxiliaries and assistants assist doctors, nurses and other health professionals in caring for the sick and injured within hospitals, homes, clinics and the wider community.

Requirements: Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Opportunities

5.3%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£5,350
Entry
£19,100
Median
£32,339
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Changes bed linen, makes beds and tidies wards.
  • Assists patients in washing, dressing, toiletry activities and general mobility.
  • Distributes and serves food, assists patients in feeding and prepares snacks and hot drinks.
  • Prepares patient for examination and treatment.
  • Performs basic clinical tasks such as taking patients.

Knowledge

Customer and Personal Service Psychology Medicine and Dentistry English Language

Skills

Reading Comprehension Speaking Active Listening Critical Thinking Monitoring
UCAS Apply Now for Foundation Degree (FdA) Health & Social Care (Social Care) Awarded by UCLan

Ambulance Staff (Excluding Paramedics)

Ambulance staff transport sick, injured and convalescent persons and give first aid treatment in emergencies.

Requirements: Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Opportunities

6.46%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£11,582
Entry
£27,457
Median
£49,922
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Replenishes medical supplies in ambulance as necessary.
  • Cleans and disinfects ambulance after use and carries out routine care of ambulance equipment.
  • Ascertains nature of injuries and provides first aid treatment.
  • Drives ambulance or accompanies driver to transport patients to hospitals or other treatment centres and homes.
  • Helps patients into and out of ambulance.

Knowledge

Customer and Personal Service Transportation English Language Public Safety and Security

Skills

Active Listening Critical Thinking Reading Comprehension Learning Strategies Active Learning Speaking Monitoring Writing
UCAS Apply Now for Foundation Degree (FdA) Health & Social Care (Social Care) Awarded by UCLan

Houseparents and Residential Wardens

Houseparents and residential wardens are responsible for the care and supervision of children, young offenders and the elderly within residential homes and nurseries, schools or institutions for young offenders.

Requirements: Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Opportunities

5.82%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£6,368
Entry
£22,895
Median
£50,585
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Keeps records and writes reports.
  • Maintains contact and discusses problems/progress with other staff and social workers.
  • Establishes and maintains contact with members of the neighbouring community and/or the residents.
  • Provides one-to-one counselling or group therapy.
  • Ensures that all material needs of residents are provided and endeavours to resolve any problems that they may have.
  • Plans and participates in games and leisure activities to encourage emotional, social, physical and intellectual development.
  • Creates friendly, secure atmosphere and tries to gain the trust and confidence of those in the home or under supervision.

Knowledge

Customer and Personal Service Therapy and Counselling Psychology Education and Training English Language

Skills

Monitoring Learning Strategies Critical Thinking Reading Comprehension Writing Active Listening Speaking Active Learning
UCAS Apply Now for Foundation Degree (FdA) Health & Social Care (Social Care) Awarded by UCLan

Care Workers and Home Carers

Care workers and home carers attend to the personal needs and comforts of the elderly and the infirm with care and support needs (‘service users’) within residential care establishments, day care establishments or in their own homes.

Requirements: Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Opportunities

3.93%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£4,333
Entry
£14,092
Median
£31,988
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Liaises with professional staff in carrying out care plans etc.
  • Monitors service users.
  • Undertakes light cleaning and domestic duties including meal preparation as required.
  • Helps with daily activities such as letter writing, paying bills, collecting benefits.
  • Provides interest and activities to stimulate and engage the service user.
  • Generally assists with service users.
  • Serves meals to service users at table or in bed, and assists with feeding if required.
  • Assists and enables service users to dress, undress, wash, use the toilet and bathe.

Knowledge

Customer and Personal Service English Language

Skills

Active Listening Critical Thinking Learning Strategies Monitoring Reading Comprehension Active Learning Writing Speaking
UCAS Apply Now for Foundation Degree (FdA) Health & Social Care (Social Care) Awarded by UCLan

Senior Care Workers

Senior care workers routinely oversee and monitor care workers, care assistants and home carers. They also attend to the personal needs and comforts of the elderly and the infirm with care and support needs (‘service users’) within residential care establishments, day care establishments or in their own homes.

Requirements: Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Opportunities

3.77%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£8,121
Entry
£19,945
Median
£32,773
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Liaises with professional staff in carrying out care plans etc.
  • Monitors service users.
  • Undertakes light cleaning and domestic duties including meal preparation as required.
  • Helps with daily activities such as letter writing, paying bills, collecting benefits.
  • Provides interest and activities to stimulate and engage the service user.
  • Generally assists with service users.
  • Serves meals to service users at table or in bed, assists with feeding if required.
  • Assists and enables service users to dress, undress, wash, use the toilet and bathe.
  • Responds to emergencies and provides guidance and support to care workers.
  • Takes responsibility for the shift and for the service while on duty.
  • Routinely oversees and monitors care workers and home carers.

Knowledge

Customer and Personal Service English Language

Skills

Active Listening Critical Thinking Learning Strategies Monitoring Reading Comprehension Active Learning Writing Speaking
UCAS Apply Now for Foundation Degree (FdA) Health & Social Care (Social Care) Awarded by UCLan

Course fees shown are per annum for University Centre courses. Courses lasting longer than one year, fees will be payable per year.

All other courses show the total fees payable for the course.

If you need advice on any financial support that may be available to you, please contact us on applications@wigan-leigh.ac.uk or phone 01942 761111

Wigan & Leigh College endeavours to ensure that the information provided on the website is accurate. All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time. The College cannot accept liability arising out of such changes or connected to such changes, however it will undertake to minimise disruption to students.