Health and Social Care - FdA [Part 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 Part-Time

UCAS Code  -


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 is a vocational programme, which aims to embed work-related placement opportunities to promote higher level work-related 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.
Our programme is endorsed 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.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 10/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

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 by NCG.

How to Apply


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

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.


Call our friendly team of advisers on 0191 200 4000 and they will talk you through your application.

Course Content

Year 1

Foundations of Health & Social Care

This module will provide you with a grounding 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 equip you with the required knowledge and understating 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 necessitate the examination of individual prejudices and 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 the student 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

Disability & Activities of Living

This module will explore equality and diversity, person centred practice, rights, alternative and augmentative communication methods, understanding specialist services and provision, social model of disability, disability studies, empowerment, daily living within home and community and addressing the concept of taboo and inclusion.

Critical Perspectives of Mental Health

Strong links to industry (Mental Health Charity – Blyth Star Enterprises).
Students may have the opportunity to visit the provision within Blyth Star and apply the theory they have investigated in the classroom to practice.

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 medium whereby you can give 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 vocational experience on your placement and apply your knowledge to a real working environment, and you will also develop your independent learning skills so you can research and develop learning on your own.

We offer you the opportunity to pursue your own interests in specialist areas with live projects via our strong employer links. Our excellent work placement opportunities give you the knowledge and practical experience employers are looking for.
Our childcare, learning and development, and social care students also 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

You will be assessed through a range of methods, including, presentations, posters, portfolio, essays, assignments.



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, 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.