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FdSc – Professional Practice in Health and Social Care

This course is a Higher Technical Qualification

The Foundation Degree Professional Practice in Health and Social Care provides a principal route for the training and education of Assistant Practitioners. NHS Employers (2015) identified the Assistant Practitioner as non-occupational specific role that has developed to assist organisations to deliver high quality and patient centred services in a variety of settings.

An Assistant Practitioner is a worker who competently delivers health and social care to and for people. They are non-registered practitioners who have the required level of knowledge and skill beyond that of traditional healthcare assistant or support workers and expected to undertake more complex tasks (Skills for Health, 2009).

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 5

  • Delivery


  • Duration

    2 Years FT, 4 Years PT

  • UCAS Code


  • Awarding Body

    Sheffield Hallam University

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Year One Level 4 (Certificate Stage)
Work Based Learning 1: Academic (20 Credits)
Work Based Learning 1: Practice (20 Credits)
Reflective and Personal Development Skills (20 Credits)
Essential Sciences for Person Centred Care (40 Credits)
Integrated Holistic Assessment and Delivery of Health & Social Care Interventions (20 Credits)

Year Two Level 5 (Intermediate, Diploma Stage; DipHE)
Work Based Learning 2: Academic (20 Credits)
Work based Learning 2: Practice (20 Credits)
Leadership and Management (20 Credits)
Promoting Health, Wellbeing and Independence (40 credits)
Using and Evaluating Evidence to inform practice (20 Credits)

You will be assessed through a range of methods including written assignments, reflections, practice documents and presentations.

The primary way of delivering this course is on campus

 On campus teaching includes a combination of lectures, small group seminars, workshops, guest lectures and one to one discussions with your tutor.

 Students will receive 6 hours of teaching per week throughout this course. Additional one-to-one meetings with tutors will provide further support.

Normally 48 UCAS points.
We accept General Studies and Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course.

GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics at grade 4 /D or above or equivalents (please see below)
GCSE English and Maths equivalents:
Level 2 Adult Numeracy/Literacy
Level 2 Key Skills/Application of Number
equivalency test from equivalencytesting.co.uk

We also welcome applications from people of any age who might not meet the standard entry criteria. We would expect to see evidence of competency to pursue the course successfully. You must be able to demonstrate your potential to be caring and compassionate and the ability to develop meaningful relationships with service users and carer.

 We are committed to creating educational opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds and situations. If you have been out of formal education for some time, and/or you do not have the qualifications stated, we might still be able to consider your application and offer you a range of support. We are here to help. Please get in touch to find out more.

This course is particularly relevant to people already working in, or looking to develop a career within Health and Social Care.

This course provides a range of skills relevant across a variety of different professions. People who have completed this course have gone on to work in areas including Adult Nursing, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy

Financial Support

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.

We also have a range of other financial support available.

Course Fees


Full Time – £7940.00 per year.

Additional Costs

Your Tuition fees cover most costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition and assessment.)

There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Trips and enhancement opportunities

 If your course includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


Apply or enquire about this course

To find out more and apply for this course, please contact us via the telephone number below.

  • Course code: LL54
  • Institution code: N64
  • Campus name: University Campus Doncaster
  • Campus code: D

Apply on the UCAS website Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 7474