Health and Social Care - FdA [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  L540


Do you have the drive and passion needed to work in our diverse sector with a wide range of career opportunities? Then the foundation degree in Health and Social Care may just be for you. The Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care offers students work–related placement opportunities to promote higher level skills for the health and social care sector. This course is suitable for those wanting to pursue a career in the care sector, working with children, young people, adults and the elderly.

This course is recognised by Skills for Care who are the sector skills council for people working in early years, children and young people's services, and those working in social work and social care for adults and children in the UK. Skills for Care is one of four partners in SfC&D along with: Care Council for Wales. The endorsement is recognition that our health and social care department has an approved mark of quality and is only awarded to the best learning and development centres in the adult social care sector

"100% student satisfaction with assessment and feedback" - 2018 National Student Survey

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

As part of our work ready guarantee you will develop vital vocational skills on your placement and apply your knowledge to a real working environment. Our excellent work placement provides you opportunities, the knowledge and practical experience employers are looking for.

As part of your foundation degree in Health and Social Care, you are required to complete 100 hours of placement over each academic year. You will evidence your work experience through a work placement reflective diary.

We offer you the opportunity to pursue your own interests in specialist areas with live projects via our strong employer links. The Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care has significant links to industry, both in the content studied throughout the course and the links to work based sector experiences. Our programme has been validated with the contribution of employers and professionals highly regarded in the health and social care sector.

Regional mental health charity ‘Blyth Star Enterprises’ have had input into our newly developed foundation degree programme. They have ensure our mental health module is ‘fit for industry’ and equips you the student with the skills needed to work with those who have a mental health illness.

Who the course is for

This course is suitable for those wanting to pursue a career in the health or care sector, working with children, young people, adults and the elderly.

You will develop skills in workplace management and social policies as well researching modern social issues linked to vocational areas.


Qualification Gained

FdA in Health and Social Care Validated 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 1

Foundations of Health & Social Care
This module will provide you with an understanding of what it is like to work in the health and social care sector. You will be able to apply the knowledge and understanding gained from this introductory module to your chosen placement.

Life Course Approaches to Health & Social Care
The intended aims of this module are to provide you with the required knowledge and understanding of human growth and development in relation to the expected life courses. It will focus on the learning theories and developmental milestones. Particular focus will be in the form of discussion in relation to the factors which may impact on growth and development and their impact on the individual, family and society.
Furthermore, this module will look at human growth and development over the life span from a ‘practitioner basis’. It will give you the opportunity to explore the care needs associated with each life stage; from birth to end of life care.

Equality & Diversity in Practice
This module will look at the examination of individual prejudices, biases and exploration of the judgements we as humans make about one another and about groups within society. The underpinning theories relating to discriminatory behaviours will be studied as will the practices applied within work settings to ensure that all children and young people have access to the same opportunities. The legislation relating to discrimination and to individual rights will be covered and the policies that are derived from these laws scrutinised with particular focus on their application.


This module will provide a structured and supported process for you to develop reflective skills based upon your own learning and achievement, and to plan realistically for your own personal education and career development, and to support you in developing personal skills and increased self-awareness.
This module will also develop your academic skills to enable you to meet the requirements of study at HE in a variety of contexts and to develop the specialist study skills relevant to your course of study and professional aspirations.

Work Based Learning
To provide an opportunity for you to understand and reflect on practices and issues within the vocational area of health and social car. You will identify the knowledge and skills required to carry out work related projects and recognise areas of strength and weakness that will enable you to prepare an action plan for further development to support their career aspirations.

Year 2

Working with Children, Young People and Families
This module will allow you to consider the importance of engaging and working with children, young people and their families within a health and social care context. The module will explore the diverse nature of parenting and the impact upon children, young people and work based practice. Students will consider and explore the changing structure of the family unit within contemporary society.
You will explore the role of education, and the pathways available to children and young people. You will be expected to critically evaluate various influences in relation to formal and informal teaching and evaluate the suitability of certain techniques in relation to individual needs.

Professional Development
The PFD module provides a serious consideration of future career goals and enable you to realise these goals. A clear awareness of individual strengths, areas for future development, personal qualities and aptitudes will emerge as the programme of study is delivered. You will capture evidence of their continuing personal and professional development, showing its relevance to their future chosen pathway. You will reflect on vocationally related practice, showing how your practical experience has contributed to their professional development and how you will continue to develop your knowledge and skills within your future practice.

Work Based Learning
The aim of this module is to develop the skills, knowledge and professionalism of students through their vocational experience. An appropriate sector related project will be identified in discussion with the placement Mentor and you will be expected to propose, plan, organise and follow the project through to completion by applying strategies learnt in class and within the work setting. The focus will be on vocationally related practice and the module will help to develop research and organisational skills.

Safeguarding within Health & Social Care

This module will also give you the opportunity to explore the following:
• Policies & procedures within the health and social care workplace.
• Assessing risk within the workplace and how to approach this effectively.
• Empowerment of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Learning Methods

The programme will draw on a number of learning and teaching strategies including new theories and models. Frameworks will be presented and/or discovered through formal lectures, directed reading and peer learning. Students have access to specialist books and computers in the college’s library as well as on-line journals and resources through a professional resource system.

You will learn vital practical experience on your work placement, where you can apply your knowledge to the real working environment all the while developing your independent learning skills.

We offer you the opportunity to pursue your own interests in specialist areas with live projects via our strong employer links. Our childcare, learning and development, and social care students benefit from our fantastic links with over 1,000 local schools, day nurseries and other day-care providers. Students on health and care courses benefit from varied work placements such as youth offending teams, disability teams, residential, schools and drug and alcohol organisations.

Assessment Methods

  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Portfolios

Progression Opportunities

You are able to fully complete your degree at Newcastle College by studying on our BA in Health and Social Care 1 year top up programme.

Career Opportunities

Many of our Foundation Degree students have secured employment in a wide range of roles in the sector, including; drug and alcohol counselors, care workers and working within the NHS. Employers rate our links to industry and work placements as a benefit to gaining future employment. Other roles, such as Social Workers, Nursing or Occupational Therapists, require additional professional qualifications and further study.

This course also equips learners for roles in a number of organisations including:

• Charitable Organisations (MIND, NSPCC, Age UK etc)
• Social Care Organisations
• The NHS
• Public, Private & Voluntary organisations in the Health & Care Sector
• Primary Education/Childcare

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.