Foundation Degrees are intended to increase access and widen participation into higher education. This programme is context specific and will encourage you to think critically about your role as a team leader within a health and social care environment, while developing a good understanding of local, national and world issues within this field. This is a sector where leadership abilities are crucial to the delivery of good outcomes for users of health and social care.
This course is designed to build upon your prior knowledge of supervising others and developing practice, and will incorporate theories and concepts from across the disciplines of sociology, psychology, philosophy and leadership, with the aim of enabling you to apply and reflect on such knowledge within your current role.
Duration: 2 years
Start Date: September
Typical Offer: A minimum of one year’s experience (preferably two) in an appropriate setting (voluntary or paid role)
Institution Code: B38
UCAS Code: L582
About Health and Social Care at BGU
This programme is aimed at those practitioners with extensive experience in practice in the field of health or social care, who have been promoted to supervisor or senior practitioner and wish to develop their effectiveness in encouraging innovation and improvement in their workplace.
Students will have the opportunity to develop their self-awareness, their ability to form sound judgements, and develop their approach to leading and encouraging innovation and improvement in practice within the context of health and social care.
This course is a tailored work based route that involves the development of higher level learning both within the university and the workplace and will enable students to significantly improve their practice and progress to a degree in health and social care and beyond.
What You Will Study
The course aims to draw on a range of current issues such as social policy, inequality, poverty, social difference and diversity. It includes practical skills such as assessment and professional judgement and it will also enable them to develop insights into the complexities around driving forward improvement within the context of an organisation and the challenges of multi-agency practice. Each topic provides an opportunity to apply theories and research to their practice and is grounded in reflective practice.
This part time course is specifically aimed at those who are working or volunteering in a team leader/supervisor role. It will offer a flexible approach that will allow you to tailor your learning to meet current and future development needs.
You will be engaging in work-based learning (WBL) and problem-based learning (PBL) using your own experiences.
Assessments will be tailored to help you demonstrate how you have applied theory to live contexts. There is a framework of deliberately varied assessment practice including presentations, reports, assignments, reflective diaries and a small number of examinations.
You will normally have a minimum of 1 years’ experience (two years is desirable) in a voluntary or paid role in a relevant setting.
Applicants are expected to have a current (or prospective) voluntary or paid role in a relevant setting for at least 12 hours a week and have written support from the setting.
In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for Accredited Prior Learning, AP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit Awarded for Experiential Learning, (AP(E)L). The Code of Practice can be found here and the forms can be found here.
If you have any questions about the entry requirements for this course, please contact our Admissions team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email email@example.com.
BGU is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.
Accreditation for Prior Learning
If you’ve recently completed or studied a particular module as part of a previous qualification, this may mean that you’re not required to undertake a particular module of your BGU course. However this must be agreed in writing and you must apply for this.
Careers and Further Study
By the end of your course you will have the skills and experience to venture forward into a number of careers including:
- Manager of Family Key Worker
- Assistant Health Workers
- Deputy Care Home Manager
- Project Manager in the Community
- Family Liaison
- Community Development Work
- Public Health
By the end of the course you may want to progress onto a 1 year top up course to gain a BA Hons in Health and Social Care.
Some students may want to go on and train as social workers or look at training in other professional jobs in health and social care or if you want to study full time you might want to consider:
Fees and Funding
A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sorting out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.
How To Apply
Foundation Degree course applicants must apply via UCAS.
All applications to study for a higher education course at universities and colleges in the UK are made through UCAS using Apply (an online application systems available at www.ucas.com). The application fee for this service is £23 sterling for more than one choice, or £12 sterling for a single choice.
Application via UCAS will allow for immediate update into our systems and therefore allow for much quicker processing time. It will also allow applicants to track the position of their application easily and so provide an improved student experience.
For all applicants, there are full instructions at www.ucas.com to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.
If you require further information and advice, you can contact the UCAS Customer Service Unit on +44 (0) 871 468 0468, open Monday to Friday, 08:30 – 18:00 (UK time).
Throughout the course you will study a wide range of modules and topics, some of which might include:
- Tools for Learning
- Social Policy and Social Welfare
- Supervision in Practice
- Organisational Analysis
- Research Methods
- Decision Making
- Contemporary Family Life
- Assessment and Risk Management
- Values, Ethics and Diversity
- Action Research
Dr Janice Pascal – Academic Co-ordinator
Dr Janice is a social work and public health academic, with many years’ experience in teaching and research in Higher Education. Her areas of expertise include illness narratives and trajectories; cancer survivorhood; rural health care; social justice; lived experience of challenging life events; space, place and identity and both qualitative and quantitative approaches to research inquiry. Jan has taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and supervised Masters of Health Science and PhD candidates to completion. She is also a reviewer for several international peer-reviewed journals, including: PsychoOncology; European Journal of Cancer Care; Qualitative Social Work; Australian Family Practitioner and Illness Crisis and Loss, as well as a book reviewer for Palgrave MacMillan.
Head of School
Dr Graham Basten – Head of School of Social Sciences
Graham holds a PhD from the UK Government’s Institute of Food Research and has researched and lectured extensively over the past 10 years on clinical biochemistry, nutrition and folate at the Universities of Sheffield and Nottingham (UK). He was previously Acting Head at the School of Allied Health Science at De Montfort University (DMU) and a DMU Teacher Fellow. As a principal lecturer in Clinical Chemistry he has written four textbooks and published several journal articles. Graham has completed the award winning DMU Leadership, Management and Development Programme, as well as a series from the LFHE. He is an advocate of authentic leadership, 360 feedback, action learning sets and SDI.