BA (Hons) Health & Social Care with Foundation Year


This course allows you to study Health & Social Care as a single honours degree, giving you an in-depth knowledge of the subject.

If you don’t have, or don’t think you will attain the normal tariff points for studying at BGU, this course will enable you to study for a degree without any UCAS points. The course is delivered over four years and includes a Foundation Year, which gives you a perfect introduction in what it means to be a university student, equipping you with the necessary skills and knowledge for effective undergraduate study. In addition, during your Foundation Year, you will study eight modules, all of which are designed to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to progress your studies in your chosen subjects.

Health and Social Care is all about compassion, support and understanding both individual needs and broader socio-cultural context. Here at BGU, we practice what we teach. Our course has been developed in consultation with Health and Social Care services across Lincolnshire, thus ensuring relevance to provision within the community and meeting employers’ expectations.

Key Facts
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS Code: L74F
Academic School: School of Social Sciences
Duration: 4 years
Mode of Study: Full-time
Start Date: September
Awarding Institution: Bishop Grosseteste University
Institution Code: B38
Why Study This Course?
Extremely flexible course that is focused on service provision, which bridges the gap between theory and practice.
Provides you with excellent employability skills and experience, as you will meet and work closely with employers.
A small experienced team within the sector provides excellent pastoral care and can offer an authentic viewpoint on how the course applies to practice.
Opportunity to experience a unique and wide range of placements within a variety of settings across the sector.
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for Foundation Year

Application for this course is via UCAS, although there is no formal requirement for UCAS points to access the course (normally GSCE English or equivalent is desirable). As part of your application you will have the opportunity to speak with a member of BGU Admissions staff to resolve any questions or queries you may have.

Different degree subjects may have specific entry requirements to allow you to progress from the Foundation Year. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, you will need to have met these by the time you complete the first year of this four year course.

The Foundation Year syllabus does not include any specific element of upskilling in English language and you are not entitled to apply for Accredited Prior Learning, AP(C)L into a Foundation Year. International applicants are not eligible to apply for an undergraduate course with a Foundation Year.

If you are asked to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as part of the conditions of your offer, this must be completed prior to the start of your course at a cost of £57.20.

Further Information

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.

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).

About The Course

Our Health & Social Care degree at BGU assists with meeting the needs of Lincolnshire’s Care community. The Health & Social Care Act (2012) saw the introduction of major changes and aims to integrate Health & Social Care services into a more service user-centred and holistic model. Lincolnshire health and social care providers work in partnership to achieve the best outcomes for service users, families, and communities. For the first time, many services, including hospitals, doctors, nurses, housing, aged care and social care workers, are in meaningful conversation about how to best assist those most in need.

Our class sizes are generally small, which means you’ll have a more personalised learning experience. You won’t be lost in the crowd, and you will have access to lecturers and tutors who support your learning needs. This is great for you as our teaching staff include experienced health care, social work and social care professionals, with many years’ combined experience in both practices and in higher education. They are committed to sharing relevant experiences within the practice for you and drawing upon real-life issues and dilemmas resolved by using creative problem-solving skills and techniques. Our academic staff are not only teachers but also active researchers in their fields of expertise, with a current collection of international articles, book chapters and conference presentations.

As well as theories and research, here at BGU, we like to keep it real. The course has been developed in consultation with a variety of Lincolnshire Health & Social Care services, to ensure relevance to the community and to meet employers expectations. Guest speakers, including practitioners and service-users, who will share their experiences with you. You will undertake several work-experience placements. Which give you a real hands-on experience of working within Lincolnshire’s Health and Social care services.


There is no one-size-fits-all method of teaching at BGU – we shape our methods to suit each subject and each group, combining the best aspects of traditional university teaching with innovative techniques to promote student participation and interactivity.

You will be taught in a variety of ways, from lectures, tutorials and seminars, to practical workshops, coursework and work-based placements. Small group seminars and workshops will provide you with an opportunity to review issues raised in lectures, and you will be expected to carry out independent study supported by our Digital Learning environment.

Placements are a key part of degree study at BGU. They provide an enriching learning experience for you to apply the skills and knowledge you will gain from your course and, in doing so, give valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

Foundation Year 0 Modules

Self As Learner

In this module you will explore and consider what it means to be a successful learner at university. You’ll explore the principles of effective learning and engage with a range of tools and techniques to practice and develop strategies for your own learning. These include for example, understanding your needs as a learner, effective time management and organisational skills.

Resourcing Learning

You will learn about a range of resources and practice locating and using these resources to support effective learning. These resources will include, for example, textbooks, websites, academic journals, and popular press. In addition to these key techniques, the module covers academic conventions including referencing, citation and the risks of plagiarism.

Critical Engagement

This module will allow you to learn to utilise sources in a considered and critical way. You will begin to engage effectively with literature and other sources in a meaningful manner that promotes deep learning and enables knowledge and understanding of a topic. You will also begin to differentiate qualitative and quantitative data and consider their appropriate interpretation and use.

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is an integral part of university study. While studying this module you will define critical thinking, its importance and how it can help you in your learning. A range of critical thinking models will be utilised to demonstrate how this works in action, allowing you to recognise critical thinking and identify barriers and challenges.

The Digital Learner

The skilled use of digital technologies is an important element in university study and is used to support both the obtaining and demonstration of knowledge. This module will develop your digital capabilities and confidence, encouraging you to develop techniques for the purposeful use of a range of digital tools to support learning. These include specific tools such as the Virtual Learning Enrivonment and appropriate and effective uses of wider applications such as social media, email and the internet.

Effective Communication

This module explores, compares and evaluates a range of communication types, giving you opportunities to combine written and spoken communication in a range of contexts and for a range of audiences. From a theoretical, sociological perspective you will explore different communication media and styles of discourse, for example, discussion, debate, enquiry and reporting.

Reflective Learning

Reflection is a powerful learning tool that enables you to consider your existing knowledge and also to plan for your future learning and professional development. The module content includes the principles of reflective learning and collaborative planning with reference to structured models. As part of this module, you will have an opportunity to attend live delivery of an ongoing degree programme which will provide a taster of discipline-specific undergraduate study.

Academic Writing

Academic writing is an essential element of successful university study, so this module explores a range of techniques to help develop your own academic writing style. It will enable you to draw together your learning throughout the Foundation Year and reflect on the feedback you have received. You will structure a clear and effective piece of academic writing on a subject-linked topic in which you will apply standard academic conventions.



We recognise that individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, so we use a variety of assessment strategies on our courses.

During the Foundation Year, you will have opportunities to experience a range of formative and summative assessments. These include, short-form writing, annotated bibliography, presentations, micro-teach, use of digital technologies, reflective journal and academic essay. Assessment strategies are designed to be supportive, build confidence and also aim to ensure you will develop the core skills required for successful study throughout your degree. Assessment strategies are balanced, comprehensive, diverse and inclusive, ensuring that you will experience a range of assessments to support your preparation for undergraduate study. All modules involve early, small and frequent informal and formal assessments, to ensure that you gain confidence in your knowledge and abilities as you progress through the Foundation Year. You will also have opportunity for self-evaluation and reflection on your own learning progress and development of skills.

We recognise that individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, so we use a variety of assessment strategies in our courses. Assessments in Health & Social Care will be varied, depending on the subject matter and the intended learning outcomes. You will write essays, develop presentations and class papers, lead discussions, engage with multi-media and ICT projects, complete reflective diaries, devise case studies and role plays, and participate in simulations and enquiry-based learning.

Careers & Further Study

On completing a Health & Social Care degree at BGU, you will have developed a broad range of skills and attributes which will make you ideally suited for a wide range of employment opportunities or for further study. Possible future career directions could include work as a Family Support Worker, working within drug and alcohol-related support services, support work in relation to homelessness or family violence, or employment in the fields of community, public or mental health as well as more traditional health care services.

Year 1 Modules

This module will provide you with the opportunity of exploring three levels of partnership: firstly, at service user level between users and professionals; secondly, at an inter-professional level between practitioners; thirdly, at organisational and policy level.

Develop your understanding of the values and principles and ethics that underpin the practice of all those who work in health and social care, using examples from experience e.g. in different care roles, in different settings. The module will consider the rights of children and young people and vulnerable people to communicate their ideas and make their own choices, whilst keeping them safe from harm.

In this module, you will be introduced to theories and concepts across the disciplines of sociology, psychology, philosophy and social policy. You will explore the theoretical concepts that inform a variety of complex group and individual human behaviours and consider theoretical perspectives related to group and individual human behaviour.

This module serves as an induction to learning and personal development in Higher Education, set within the context of health and social care. It introduces the subject, along with examining the diversity of settings and roles in health and social care and public health, looking at inequalities in health and social care, and providing a background and historical context to health and social care in the UK.

Year 2 Modules

You will explore the importance of research in health and social care work to introduce you to basic research knowledge and skills and enhance your ability to apply these to research in your work. You will be acquainted with primary methods (observation, interview, questionnaire, experiment) and secondary sources: journals, textbooks, public media, internet.

This module aims to explore and examine the foundations of health and social care practice and its role within society. It will support you to explore the following questions: 1) What is health and social care? 2) What is the role of health and social care within society? 3) What is effective direct intervention in health and social care?

You will examine how social problems become conceived as such by the media, government and civil society and analyse the impact of particular social problems on society. You will deal with the mainstream perspectives and concepts which underpin the shaping of modern social policy, as well as examining critical and radical perspectives.

During this module, you will take a problem based approach to the tensions between the law and social care values and ethics that can lead to dilemmas and challenges for practitioners. The module will consider the tensions and conflicts which are apparent when working within a legal framework and the application of the law which underpins practice.

Year 3 Modules

You will be guided in the following topics; writing a literature review, project management; sources of evidence; presenting data and information; risk management; ethics and good practice principles. The module content enables you to undertake individually directed study with the view to assimilate theory with practice and to critically appraise sources of evidence relating to a chosen topic area of social work practice.

This module aims to enable you to develop an awareness of professional and contextual issues relevant to the practice of health and social care in workplace environments. Typical topics covered may include legal, social and political context for multi-agency working, and the professional and practical barriers to partnership working.

You will be introduced to the practical application of research methods looking at different theoretical perspectives and considering the analysis of information. The module will emphasise the importance of undertaking research and evaluation and that the utilisation of research findings in practice should be an integral part of any health and social worker’s activities regardless of their field of practice.

This module intends to provide you with the evidence, concepts and theories required to develop a critical understanding of the ideologically contested nature of health and illness and the wide range of social factors that influence individual and population health. You will investigate the causes and extent of inequalities in health status within and between different social groups, the impact of globalisation and will consider the issues of socio-economic and environmental determinants of health.

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Nicki Walsh
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Nicki has over 10 years’ experience of teaching and learning within Higher Education (at both undergradua


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