Health and Social Care

Foundation Degree*

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Key features

  • Provides a foundation for progress into and through the Health Care Sector
  • No specific level 3 entry requirements

Available Awards       

Foundation Degree Arts (FdA)

Cert HE Health and Social Care (Exit award only)

Full-time

2 years | September 2017 – May 2019

Part Time

3 years | September 2017 – May 2020

Course validation

Newman University*

*subject to approval

Delivered at Ruskin College
Dunstan Road
Old Headington
Oxford, OX3 9BZ

 

 

 

 

 

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills that care groups need and employers want. It is flexibly delivered using college-based teaching and work based learning supported through online resources. It will provide you with the key ideas and practical professional care skills demanded by employers in the 21st century care sector.  It will also give you the basis to progress on to a BA (Hons) Degree.

This is a modular degree programme which you can study flexibly full time over two years or as a three year part time Foundation Degree. The initial modules offer grounding in the core disciplines underpinning the programme (Health inequalities; values and ethics; care in historical contexts; medical, social and biopsychosocial models of health). You will also be introduced to concepts of research and will develop their study skills at a broad level.

As you progress to Level 5 the programme becomes more interdisciplinary, exploring themes to build on the knowledge and skills already developed. This will support the development of a broadly holistic approach to health and social care studies, utilising critical thinking, analytical, problem-solving, communication and leadership skills. 

You will develop practical skills, knowledge, analytical and problem solving skills, and are offered the opportunity to experience employability in a range of public, private and voluntary sector disciplines. Students will experience two work placements, a short, two-week placement at level 4 and a more substantial six week placement at level 5. The placements will be organised and facilitated in collaboration between student, college and care provider locally.

Studying the FdA Health and Social Care will help you develop both a wide subject knowledge as well as enhancing their inter and intra personal skills to become threshold graduates ready for a career in the employment-rich context of health and social care nationally.

Students receive all course information and timetables on enrolment.

All modules on this course are compulsory.

Level 4 – Year 1

Semester

Module

Credits

Assessment, length (percent of credit)

Hours

1

 

Health and Inequality

HSC401

20

Essay 2000 words (50%)

Presentation (Paired/Group/ Individual)  50%

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

1

 

Skills for Study (Preparation for placement)

30

Essay 1500-2000 words (50%)

e- Portfolio (50%)

Contact: 54

Independent: 246

1

 

Models of Health

HSC402

20

Essay 2000 words (60%)

Poster (Paired)  40%

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

2

 

Values and Ethics

HSC403

20

Essay 2000 words (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

2

 

Contexts of Care

HSC404

15

Case Study 2000 words (60%)

Presentation (Individual)  40%

Contact: 30

Independent: 120

2

Work Placement(1)

MSC405

15

Project (100%)

Contact: 20

Placement: 80

Independent: 50

 

Level 5– Year 2

Semester

Module

Credits

Assessment, length (percent of credit)

Hours

1

 

Communication in HSC settings (1)

HSC501

10

Project (50%)

Poster (Individual)  50%

Contact: 20

Independent: 80

1

 

Policy and Concepts

HSC502

20

Essay 2000 words (100%)

 

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

1

 

Communication in HSC settings(2)

HSC503

15

Project (50%)

Presentation (Paired)  50%

Contact: 30

Independent: 120

2

 

Leadership and Change

HSC504

20

Essay 2000 words (60%)

Case study 1500 words (40%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

2

 

Work Placement (2)

HSC505

45

Portfolio (100%)

Contact: 50

Placement: 240

Independent: 160

2

Skills for Social Care

(Semester 1&2)

HSC506

10

Project (100%)

Contact: 20

Independent: 80

You will have, on average, 10 hours of teaching per week across the three modules, if studied full time. You will also complete reading, research, library searches, project work, and preparation for presentations. Some modules involve project and/or small group work. Your Level 5 project will help you develop skills around a series of ‘skills events’ which will take place on a one-day basis across the two semesters.

You will undertake a variety of assessments, there are no examinations and the final project. Feedback on the assessments from tutors is given to you within three working weeks of submission. You will also undertake placement learning in both years of full time study. Class sizes are small, typically fewer than 25 students.

LEARNING DEVELOPMENT

We have a Learning Development office that offers free one-to-one tutorials for support with the following:

  • Individual study support, e.g. essay-writing, reading and note taking, or study confidence
  • English as a foreign language
  • Specific cognitive or physical learning needs, e.g. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, ASC, Paraplegia.

Learning Development tutorials can be face-to-face, over the phone, or via Skype, and run in addition to your subject tutorials. Library and computing staff are also available for support in their specific areas.

Questions to do with the Library are best addressed to the library staff.  Questions to do with Computing are best addressed to the Computing Staff, who are available at different times. 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

We offer a free and confidential counselling service to students.

Ruskin College supports counselling as part of this mission. We regard emotional intelligence as an integral aspect of learning, towards which counselling has much to offer. In order to transform society, individuals must first learn to transform themselves. Counselling at Ruskin extends beyond the traditional notion of support for mental health issues, into the realm of personal and professional development.

Please visit our staff webpage to learn about our course tutors.

Students are able to meet with our Student Money Adviser before enrolling on the course to discuss any fees or funding issues. For more information, contact enquiries@ruskin.ac.uk.

FEES

Home/EU tuition fees are £9,000 per year for full time students. The International fee is £9,000 per year. Part time student fees are £4,500 per year.

Fees are payable to Ruskin College on enrolment. Please note that these fees may be subject to change. Subject to eligibility, most full and part time students will be eligible to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company.

MAINTENANCE

Subject to eligibility, full time students may be eligible to apply for help with their living costs with a Maintenance Grant/Loan. Part time students are not eligible for any financial help with maintenance.

FUNDING

Funding is available from Student Finance England if you live in England (www.gov.uk/studentfinance, 0845 300 5090). If you live in other parts of the UK please contact Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Award Agency for Scotland. International students will be responsible for the payment of their own tuition fees. Further information on funding can be found here.

OTHER COSTS

Once offered a place, full-time students can apply for a single study bedroom for the entire academic year. Accommodation for students on site is of a high standard, recently-refurbished and offering study/bedrooms in small blocks on the peaceful, semi-rural campus.

Students who are not resident in college need to budget for transport to the college, and for placement - although we try to ensure placements are as close to residency as possible. Student accommodation costs are: Study Bedroom (standard) £103/week; Study Bedroom (en-suite) £124.50/week.

All students will need to consider the additional costs of books and stationery items – although much of the reading material that you need will be available in the college library.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply MORE INFORMATION

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Health and Social Care Foundation Degree

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Ruskin College is committed to widening participation and has no specific Level 3 academic entry requirements for students to study on its higher education programmes. Students must demonstrate that they have the ability to benefit from studying the programme and fulfil the learning outcomes of the programme. Students must demonstrate an interest in the field of study they wish to undertake. Students may be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to commencing their programme if they plan to undertake external work experience or placement opportunities offered by that programme.

All candidates must also be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements for Ruskin College on application or at interview:

  • You must demonstrate a commitment to the ethos and vocation of Ruskin College

  • You must demonstrate an interest in the field of study you wish to undertake

  • Selection interviews are conducted as a two-way process in which you can make an informed decision about the suitability of the programme for you.

  • You must attend a selection interview for the course

  • We must receive a satisfactory reference

  • A satisfactory health check

  • You must participate in an induction week, which includes sessions on all aspects of the college

Suitability for students taking up study will be assessed on a case by case basis, through a range of exercises including group work, individual interviews, and individual written tasks.  

There are no formal entry qualifications for the FdA Health and Social Care full time or part time programmes. Students are assessed at interview and will need to demonstrate that they can work at a minimum of level 3 (equivalent to ‘A’ or Access level).

Applicants will be called to interview and will be offered a place on the basis of their academic performance to date, and/or an initial, in-house assessment held at Ruskin. A personal statement will also be taken into consideration. A DBS check is not required for entry onto this degree, although it is in many cases required by employers before students can begin their level 5 work placement.

In addition, applicants to both routes may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you have a Certificate of Higher Education or 120 Credits in a relevant subject you may be eligible for direct entry onto the Foundation Degree year (Level 5).

APPLICATIONS

To make an application, complete our online application form.

On successful completion of this course students will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care. A Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care will equip students to progress professionally or academically.  The Health and Social Care sector is expanding year on year and this course will provide you with a firm basis from which to progress academically in health and social care studies or in broader-based medical, sociological, or anthropological spheres or professionally.