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FdSc – Professional Practice in Health and Social Care

This is a specialist Foundation Degree designed for adults wanting to progress towards a professional degree within the health and social care sector. It has been designed in response to the rapidly changing workforce demands and policy initiatives aimed at modernising services and improving quality, productivity and efficiency. It covers both the academic and work-based competencies that are relevant to a multitude of roles within health and social care settings.

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 5

  • Delivery


  • Duration

    2 Years

  • UCAS Code


  • Awarding Body

    Sheffield Hallam University

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Year 1:

  • Work Based Learning 1: Academic and Practice
  • Reflective and Personal Development Skills
  • Essential Sciences for Person-centred Care
  • Integrated Holistic Assessment and Delivery of Health and Social Care Interventions

Year 2:

  • Work Based Learning 2: Academic and Practice
  • Using and Evaluating Evidence to Inform Practice
  • Promoting Health, Wellbeing and Independence
  • Leadership and Management

The evidence for the work-based learning modules in Year 1 and 2 will be sought from a suitable health, social or community role, from either existing employment or a work placement. Students are required to evidence 200 placement hours per year to pass the programme.

The course is assessed through essays, presentations, interviews and practice assessment. Assessment methods are subject to change dependent on the validating partner.

48 UCAS points from one of the following:

Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course

A Levels, AS Levels, CACHE qualifications, BTEC Diplomas, T Levels and other Level 3 qualifications will be considered with related work experience


Normally GCSE English Language or English Literature and mathematics at grade C or above or equivalents (please see below)

GCSE English and mathematics equivalents

Level 2 Adult Numeracy /Literacy

Level 2 Key Skills /Application of Number

Equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

Personal qualities
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.

After completion a successful internal progression interview with Sheffield Hallam University and completion of additional work, the course has been designed to provide you with the opportunity to access specific professional degree programmes (with advanced entry to Year 2), of programmes such as:

  • Nursing (Adult) – Year 2
  • Allied Health Professions (Various) – Year 2
  • Social Work – Year 2

In addition, you could progress onto Year 3 and complete a top-up year here at Doncaster University Campus, to achieve a BSc (Hons) Professional Practice in Health and Social Care.

In addition, this programme will help you obtain the higher-level knowledge, skills and behaviours to enhance your professional development and gain employment in the wider sector:

  • Care Worker
  • Senior Carer
  • Care Home Manager
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Community Support and Outreach Worker

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 – £7770 per year.

Additional Costs

Additional Costs

Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your programme (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
  • Scrub top for practical sessions

If your programme 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