Course summary

Have you ever thought about working towards a degree, but decided against it as you are already in employment or volunteering and don’t want to give that up? Our FdA Health & Social Care Practitioner course is designed for you if you are working in a role that focuses on the care, well-being, development and support of individuals, families and wider communities.

Please note that this course is taught at Grantham College.

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2 years

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Bishop Grosseteste University

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About this course

If you have an interest in working with adults in a care or residential setting and want to develop to a higher level to develop your career opportunities or progression to an undergraduate degree the Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to enable you to meet your personal and professional aspirations.

Students on this course will be taught with the aims of developing a diverse range of students with the skills, knowledge and insight to enable them to make a positive contribution to the care, well-being, development and support of the individuals, families and communities with whom they work.

For those who are undertaking work in the care sector, the course aims to develop existing practice by extending their underpinning knowledge and understanding of the sector, through detailed examination of associated theories and concepts.

Delivered at Grantham College, the course features a blend between classroom work-related learning. This approach embeds a mix of practice-based work which results in learning in the Health and Social Care setting, alongside structured learning at the institution.

Entry requirements

You need a minimum of one year’s practical experience in an employed or voluntary capacity with a written statement of support from the head teacher/manager. Candidates should ideally hold a Diploma, NVQ or Access to HE qualification and a minimum of a Level 2 in English and maths although other qualifications will be considered and enthusiasm and experience are essential. Candidates should also hold or be willing to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate.

Applicants must have access to a voluntary or paid role in a relevant setting for at least 12 hours a week throughout the course and have written support from the setting.

How you will be taught

Please note that due to COVID-19 our delivery methods may be subject to change in 2021. You will be informed of any changes at the earliest opportunity.

Over the course of the programme, students will study eight modules over two years. Lectures, seminars and tutorials will feature alongside practice-based learning in the work setting. The Health and Social Care sector places a high premium on research-informed and research-based teaching which constantly makes links between theory, practice and evidence bases and demonstrates the real world applicability of the discipline at all levels.

A blended delivery pattern consisting of one day per week attendance for the taught element of the course has been devised. The associated commitment equivalent to 12 hours per week in professional practice forms part of this model.


A variety of assessment methods are used including presentations, discussions, written assignments such as essays and reports and portfolios of work focused learning. All assessments allow you to reflect on your practice and theory as you evidence your learning.


Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests.

We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

Fees & Finance

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 sort 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.

Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. For 2021 entry, the application fee is £20 for a single choice, or £26 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.