St Mary’s College has worked in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) since 2006 offering full-time Foundation Degree programmes in Health and Social Care. Students who enrol on the Foundation Degree programmes are registered at both St Mary’s College and UCLAN allowing them the opportunity to access Student Services, the Library and Student Union activities at the main campus.

Foundation Degrees are vocational Higher Education qualifications that combine academic study with work-based learning and experience. The courses are suitable for a wide range of people, whether you are leaving College, someone who has not been in education for a long period of time or a person who would like to change or develop their career. Entry requirements are not just based on academic qualifications as relevant work experience is also taken into account when considering applications. Although Foundation Degrees are qualifications in their own right they also offer students the opportunity to progress onto further Higher Education courses, especially those that are offered by UCLAN.

Course Overview

This two year full-time course has been developed in response to the needs of health and social are providers in the voluntary, public and private sectors. The programme aims to equip students who are working or intending to work in health and social care with relevant knowledge and skills to address their continuing professional development needs. The course combines academic theory and work related skills alongside occupational standards for health and social care providers.

Students will study a range of core and specific modules which provide knowledge in the key areas of the health and social care industry. The subject areas include:

  • Study Skills and Lifelong Learning
  • Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Health Promotion
  • Rehabilitation Practice
  • Management and Leadership
  • 100 and 150 hours of work placement in year 1 and year 2 respectively.

Course Handbook – FDA Health and Social Care 201920

Entry Requirements
  • 72 UCAS points (A-Level or National Diploma qualifications).
  • Other level 3 qualifications will be considered.
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above or an equivalent Level 2 qualification.
  • Entry for students can also be based on entry assessment and prior work experience.
  • All applicants will be invited for an interview.

DBS Checks

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the College offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The College will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.

Mode of Delivery

All students are required to attend College two days per week from 9.15am to 4pm over a two year period for formal lectures and group activities, with one of these teaching days allocated to placement for one semester per year.  Students will be expected to carry out between 15 and 30 hours per week of independent study. The flexibility of the course allows students to study around work, family and other commitments.

Delivery of the degree may change due to COVID-19, this is subject to Government guidance.

Course Costs

Tuition fees for the course are £6165 per year, although the fee for the second year may be subject to increase in line with inflation rates. Eligible students are able to apply for Tuition and Maintenance Loans from Student Finance England to help pay for studying and living costs. Advice and guidance on Student Finance is available from the University Centre Higher Education Advisors.

How To Apply

All interested applicants are invited in for an informal interview with one of our Higher Education Advisors, where course details, entry requirements, student support, student finance and the application process are discussed. For further information or to book an appointment please contact the University Centre at St Mary’s College on;

Tel: 01254 580464

Email: HEadmin@stmarysblackburn.ac.uk

Text: SMCHE to 88020


Apply directly via UCAS:  UCAS APPLY


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