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Health and Social Care

Foundation Degree*

Key features

  • Provides a foundation for progression into and through the Health Care Sector
  • Industry placements

Available Awards      

Foundation Degree Arts (FdA)

Cert HE Health and Social Care (Exit award only)


2 years | September 2019 – May 2021

Part Time

3 years | September 2019 – May 2022

Course validation

Newman University


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






There is an increasing demand for health and social care in the UK and globally. This rapidly-growing industry requires individuals with a wide range of knowledge and experience. The programme is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge that you need to practice high quality, safe and compassionate care in one of the rewarding careers under the umbrella of health and social care.

Programme details

This programme will provide you with the key ideas and practical professional care skills demanded by employers in the 21st century care sector, and it will also give you the basis to progress on to a BA (Hons) degree. This programme covers a range of diverse subjects, which include: 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 your study skills at a broad level.

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 study work placement modules building to a substantial work placement at Level 5. The placements will be organised and facilitated in collaboration between students, the College and care providers.

This programme will promote and develop standards in care and give you the opportunity to explore and develop your interest in the industry. It delivers the specialist knowledge and skills required in practice, underpinned by broad-based academic learning, with a balance of theory and practice to underpin learning. It is designed to meet the development needs of the individual employee and the needs of the service in a broad range of health and social care settings. It is flexibly delivered using College-based teaching; work-based learning supported through online resources and blended teaching.

Students receive all course information and timetables on enrolment.

All modules on this course are compulsory.

Level 4 – Year 1



Assessment, length (percent of credit)


Health and Inequality



50% Reflective Essay


50% Small group presentation

Contact: 30

Independent: 170

Critical Skills for Health and Social Care/Preparation for Placement



70% - Portfolio comprising a reflective essay


30% - Employability and Work Placement Portfolio

Contact: 54

Independent: 246

Models of Health




50% Reflective Essay


50% Small group presentation

Contact: 30

Independent: 170

Values and Ethics in Health and Social Care



100%        Reflective Essay

Contact: 30

Independent: 170

Contexts of Care



50% Case study (1500 words)


50% Individual presentation

Contact: 30

Independent: 120

Introduction to work related learning



Work placement e-portfolio (100%)

Contact: 30


Independent:  70

Level 5– Year 2



Assessment, length (percent of credit)


Communication in social care settings (1)



50% Individual presentation


Component 2: 50% Digital presentation

Contact: 30


Independent:  170

Policy and Concepts



100% Reflective Essay


Contact: 30


Independent:  170

Communication in social care settings (2)



50% Project


50% Small groups presentation

Contact: 40


Independent:  210

Leadership and Change



60% Reflective Essay


40% Case Study digitally expressed

Contact: 40


Independent:  210

Work placement



Work placement Reflection (60%)


Work placement evaluation: A digital resource (40%)

Directed Learning:  20

 Placement: 100

 Self-directed time:  80

Skills for Social Care



100% Reflective portfolio

Directed Learning:  100


You will have, on average, 9 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’ such as  Mental Health Awareness, Dementia Awareness etc., 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.

Student support

We understand that life isn’t always a straight road. Sometimes, financial, personal or social obstacles make it difficult for individuals to take advantage of educational opportunities early on in life. We help those people overcome barriers to learning and provide quality educational experiences to those looking to step onto to a better path.                        

Find out more on our student support.

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


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 £6,000 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.

Vist the Fees for Higher Education webpage for more information.


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) £105/week; Study Bedroom (en-suite) £125/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

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).


To make an application, complete our online application form.

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On successful completion of this programme, students will be awarded a Foundation  Degree in Health and Social Care validated  by Newman University. Graduates are likely  to progress onto rewarding roles within public, private and voluntary sectors. Suggested careers include: care work, community liaison workers, hospice, and family support workers. Successful graduates may also wish to continue their studies in a variety of areas  such as social work, counselling, education and other practitioner-based qualifications.