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Foundation Degree (FDA) in Health & Social Care

Course Level: 

Level 5

Job opportunities after this course: 

Health and social care is a diverse field, with opportunities to specialise in areas such as young people, mental health, or drug and alcohol abuse support.

Academic qualifications in Health and Social Care allow you to work in the NHS, charities such as Age UK and MIND, social care organisations such as Turning Point, and other public, private and voluntary sector health agencies.

Some careers, such as social work, nursing or occupational therapy, require additional academic and professional qualifications. When you have completed this Foundation Degree, you will have the opportunity to 'top up' to a BA (Hons) undergraduate degree.

Overview of the course: 

This highly practical two-year course allows you to develop your career in health and social care. You'll develop a detailed understanding of health and social care policy and practice, which you can use straight away in any workplace that involves caring for individuals and communities.

This programme is offered by East Durham College working in partnership with the University of Sunderland. The award that you will receive will be from the University of Sunderland.

This Foundation Degree provides a professional development opportunity for those working with young people in nurseries, primary schools, youth centres or similar settings.

The University of Sunderland validated this professional development programme, which is designed to build upon existing knowledge and understanding of children and develop understanding of children in a wide variety of contexts. The programme is classroom based with tutorial and mentor visits arranged in the workplace.

For all the current information on this course on the University of Sunderland's website, please follow this link:

This is a new programme with a potential start date of Sept 2021. Although Covid-19 has impacted the delivery of all programmes, we endeavour to ensure the quality of education remains the same. Although this is indeed a new programme, preparations for the delivery of Health and Social Care have been underway for some time. All delivery staff are suitably qualified and have that necessary vocational experience, to facilitate the quality of delivery.

The Full-Time programme will be delivered over two full days and teaching strategies will include face to face lectures/seminars and tutorials, which will be supported by online resources and activities. Learners will be expected to engage with remote delivery and staff have worked tirelessly to upgrade necessary skills to allow remote delivery to be as consistent and efficient as possible.

In the coming months before commencing your studies please contact the Programme Leaders, Paula Kirton, if we can offer any further guidance before joining us:

Paula Kirton:

Entry requirements: 

To apply for this course you need one of the following qualifications in a relevant subject area:

56 UCAS points from a minimum of two GSCEs/A Levels/AVCE or equivalent. We will also accept PPP at BTEC Extended Diploma level.
BTEC Level 3
NVQ Level 3
Modern Apprenticeship (NVQ Level 3 plus Key Skills)

We also require 2 passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

In addition to these academic qualifications, you should have experience in health and social care. The experience can be from paid work or voluntary work.

You may also be eligible to apply if you don’t have formal qualifications but you do have at least two years’ relevant work experience.

You will need a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before you can start this course. If you want to study this course part-time, you will need a satisfactory enhanced DBS check that has an issue date within 3 years of the start date of the course.


Year 1:
- Assessment, Care Planning and Identification of Risk
- Working in Health and Social Care Settings
- Understanding Health and Social Care
- Dimensions of Health
- Applied Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
- Exploring Psycho-Social Theory

Year 2:
- Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care
- Working in Health and Social Care Settings
- Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
- Health Improvement and Healthy Lifestyles
- Life Course Approaches to the Health of Children, Young People and Families
- Working with Adults

How is the course assessed?: 

Through a range of methods including essays, research tasks and presentations.

Further study options after this course: 

When you have completed this Foundation Degree, you will have the opportunity to 'top up' to a BA (Hons) undergraduate degree.

Length of the course: 

Full time day time course which will be delivered over 14 hours during the week. The course runs for two years.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2021


£8,750 per year.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (04 Dec 2020 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

To apply for this HE Programme you must follow the UCAS application process.

This courses UCAS code is: BL95 (subject to change)

For more details on how to apply via UCAS, please follow this link:

You can register your interest in this course directly with Sunderland University by following this link:

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