Healthcare Practice - FdSc (Full-Time)

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

Subject Area Health and Care

School Health, Childcare, Business and Science

Attendance Full-Time


The programme aims to equip you with the knowledge, research skills and contextualised understanding of healthcare practice theory, practice, trends and developments within the UK and framed by a global context.

You will also explore the importance of values and ethical practice, mental health, the life and biosciences and go on to develop the practical skills needed by the care sector.

The FdSc Healthcare Practice programme will also identify, and assess the causal links between habits, lifestyle, culture, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomics, self-identity and perception in the healthcare practice spectrum.

Students will explore the importance of values and ethical practice, mental health, life and biosciences and go on to develop the practical skills needed by the care sector.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee you will engage in a relevant sector based work placement where you will apply theory to practice, reflect on your progress and gain valuable insight into work practices. 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 informs your practice.

Qualification Gained

At the end of the programme, you will have an FdSc in Healthcare Practice and you will graduate at the end of year 2.

How to Apply

Apply for September 2018

If you would like to study a degree at Newcastle College this September you can register your interest here. A member of the team will then be in touch with you to discuss your options.

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


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

Course Content

Year 1

Personnel  Development
Academic Study Skills
Bioscience 1
Bioscience looks at the main body systems, considering the anatomy of the body systems in health and disease
Applied Health Science
Applied Health Science equips learners with an understanding of health psychology and how social factors impact on the individual, family and society

Work Related Learning

Values and ethical framework
Values and ethical Frameworks encourages the learner to consider the influence of personal values on practice and to explore the concepts of user choice, anti-discriminatory practice and independence.

Assessment and clinical health skills in healthcare
Assessment and Clinical Skills in Healthcare provides students with the opportunity to work in the simulated hospital wards within college the importance of assessment skills including how to perform the assessment and interpret the results.

Year 2

Personal and Professional Development 2
Bioscience 2
Bioscience 2 expands on the knowledge gained in the Bioscience 1 and Assessment and Clinical Skills in Healthcare modules. It will enable students to further develop their knowledge of normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology.

Introduction to Mental Health
Introduction to Mental Health considers historically and current mental health debates and perspectives.

Work Related Learning 2
The Prevention and Control of Infection 20 Credits
The Prevention and Control of Infection considers the principles of infection prevention and control and enables students to understand the causes and spread of infection.

Health promotion
Health Promotion provides students with the opportunity to consider health promotion strategies locally, nationally and internationally.

Learning Methods

Learning will take place is a variety of situations, in the lecture theatre, class rooms, IT suite, in your work experience and simulation rooms.
you will enjoy lectures, seminars, workshops, practical experience and guest speakers to help develop relevant skills underpinned by theoretical knowledge.

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.

While on placement, a record of your attendance and activities will be maintained by use of a Placement Evidence Record (PER) booklet, this is linked your academic learning outcomes. You will be encouraged to volunteer with organisations providing services to vulnerable people and therefore you must have a clear Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks before commencing the programme.
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 of work. A list of additional learning materials is at the end of each module guide, this can be found on the programme section of NCG online.

Assessment Methods

Assessment will by reports, essays, portfolio, reflective diary, academic posters and presentations.

Each assessment has a formative and summative component.

The formative component is designed to help you to improve your work, and the summative component is your mark for the module final work.

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

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, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs


Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.