Healthcare Practice - FdSc [Full-Time]

Level 5 - Foundation Degree or HNCs/HNDs or NVQ Level 5 or Equivalent

Subject Area Health and Care

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  L511


This course aims to equip you with the knowledge, research skills and understanding of healthcare practice theory, trends and developments. You will explore the importance of values and ethical practice, mental health, life and biosciences and develop the practical skills needed in the health and care sector. You will also identify and assess the causal links between habits, lifestyle, culture, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomics, self-identity and perception in the healthcare practice spectrum.


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Ready Guarantee

Key healthcare employers support the programme through guest lectures and extracurricular activities, helping you to apply your theory to practice. You will also receive guest lectures and other opportunities to engage with employers from the sector to support your understanding of key roles, priorities and challenges in contemporary health care.

As part of this programme learners are required to engage with the healthcare community by participating in work placement. It is required that students will undertake a minimum of 160 hours of placement learning at level 4 and level 5. You will be supported through your placement by the dedicated HE placement coordinator, who will assist you to find a suitable

Who the course is for

Anyone with a real desire to work in the health and social care sectors, or who may already be working in the health or social care sector and wishes to progress either to an enhanced role or enter the health profession.

You will gain an enhanced understanding of how academic and vocational work supports the practice.

Qualification Gained

Upon completion of this course you will be awarded an FdSc in Healthcare Pratice by NCG.

How to Apply


Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email

Course Content

Year one:
Academic Study Skills
Applied Health Sciences
Assessment and Clinical Skills in Healthcare
Bioscience 1
Personal Development or Recognition of Prior Learning
Safeguarding in Healthcare
Work Related Learning

Year two:
Bioscience 2
Health Promotion
Professional Development
The Prevention and Control of Infection
Values and Ethical Frameworks
Work Based Learning

Learning Methods

You will learn through lectures, classroom study, workshops and practical sessions in our hospital simulation rooms. Whilst on placement you will be encouraged to document your learning to assist with your theoretical studies.

You will be expected to spend extended periods of time engaged in guided personal reading and research and to present group work to your peers to develop skills in public speaking and team work.

You will also be expected to engage in independent learning, as well as engaging with session specific reading materials which is recommended reading and is included as part of the module guide scheme.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is conducted by reports, essays, portfolio, a reflective diary and presentations.


Progression Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to study for a full honours degree at level 6 in BA Social Care or BSc Public Health (Top-Up) degree.

Career Opportunities

Students can gain employment as health care assistants within a variety of settings or can undertake further study in order to undertake a professional role within healthcare.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Merits in Level 3 Access to HE Diploma, Advanced Apprenticeship.
Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.  Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 6.0 or the nationally recognised equivalent.

A satisfactory DBS clearance will be required to undertake this programme and must be obtained within the first term of enrolment.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.