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Ulster University Foundation Degree in Science in Health and Social Care

Ulster University

Level 5


The Foundation Degree in Science (FdSc) in Health and Social Care is a new innovative and contemporary course from Ulster University which will be attractive to both students and employers in the Health and Social Care sector. The aim of this Foundation Degree is to address the needs of the local market by preparing graduates to gain the range of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to meet the current and future evolving needs of Health and Social Care services in Northern Ireland.


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Additional Information

During your course you may be required to purchase course text books and incur additional costs for printing, photocopying and binding. The overall additional costs incurred to support your studies may be in the region of £250 per year.

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Course Content

In Year 1 you will gain an exciting introduction into Health and Social Care by studying a range of modules including: Effective Communication in Health and Social Care, Safeguarding and Managing Risk, Foundations in Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care, Psychology Theory and Application, Introduction to Social Policy Concepts and Introduction to Sociology and Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice. In Year 2 students will undertake a variety of modules (specific to chosen pathway). In addition, all students must complete 240 hours of Work Based Learning (placement), which also will be assessed.

Assessment Method

All modules undertaken will have a number of assessment activities including written assignments, reports, oral presentations, reflective journals and examinations.

Progression Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the course students may be able to progress to Year 3 part-time of either BSc (Hons) Health and Wellbeing / BSc (Hons) Applied Health Studies or BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Policy (with bridging) at Ulster University. In addition, upon successful completion of the FdSc in Health and Social Care students can also apply for admission to Year 1 of a range of Allied Health Profession Degree programmes including Nursing, Social Work and Community Youth Work as well as a range of Social and Life Science Degrees including Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology and many more. / Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s admission and progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must: (a) satisfy the University’s general entry requirements and (b) have attained grade A, B or C at GCSE level in 5 subjects or an equivalent standard in an approved alternative qualification and (c) provide evidence of competence in numeracy (GCSE grade C or above or equivalent – this requirement may be met within (b) and (d) hold a BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or a related Level 3 subject area, or 1 GCE A Level pass or equivalent (with a minimum of 48 UCAS points) OR as an alternative to (a), (b), (c) and (d): (e) Provide evidence of their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Non-standard admission will be agreed with the University Faculties. All applicants must also satisfy Enhanced Disclosure from Access NI. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview. International students must meet the general entrance requirements for admission to any College First Degree, Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma. English language requirements for international applicants is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE – Pass at Level 3 also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Further Information

Tuition Fees Part-Time - £250 per module which includes your Ulster University fee. Full-Time £2600 which includes your Ulster University fee. Students are required to: / Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook, on-line: and on the College VLE). / Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted. / Pass* all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme. / The minimum overall pass* mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.

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Course Costs

Total Fee £2,600.00
Reduced Fee £0.00

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