BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care with Foundation Year in Health and Care (4 Years*)
Transform your career with global applied knowledge
Our four-year degree programme, in partnership with Leeds Trinity University, allows you to commence your studies with an initial foundation year. This initial one-year period of study allows you to develop your academic skills and confidence through undertaking four 30-credit Year 0 modules. You must pass the foundation year in order to progress onto the subsequent years. These modules are designed to introduce you to a number of key concepts, debates and skills that will inform your second, third and fourth years of study.
*Upon successful completion of the foundation year, you will be able to progress to level 4 of the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care, either at GBS or the main Leeds Trinity University campus in Leeds.
For hundreds of successful professionals
If you have the capacity to undertake degree-level study, but may not have the required entry requirements to do so, this offers you an alternative way in to university. It also offers a development opportunity to you if you wish to build your skills and confidence by undertaking four rather three years of university study. You’ll complete a five-week professional work placement in your first year and a six-week placement in your second year, working with small businesses and entrepreneurs to understand the day-to-day realities of running a business.
Applications are welcome from mature students with few or no formal qualifications. Any previous relevant work experience and learning will be assessed and, where appropriate, accredited as part of the application process.
Develop leadership skills and qualities
Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence (30 Credits)
All Foundation students will take this module to help manage the transition to university life and any challenges it may pose. We’ll help you develop skills such as using electronic resources, planning and note taking, communication skills related to essay and report writing and delivering presentations. You’ll learn how to be successful in time and stress management and you’ll become more confident and engaging with collaborative learning, debates, discussions and critical reflection
Project (30 Credits)
All Foundation students will take this highly personalised module which allows you to study an area of interest related to your chosen future specialisation. The subject content and format will be varied and you will work individually on your chosen project, whether that’s a written report, a presentation and oral examination, a film or a series of blog posts. You will undertake problem solving learning and formative feedback and support will be provided throughout, helping develop your self-confidence.
Introduction to Sport and Exercise (30 Credits)
This module will introduce you to multi-disciplinary perspectives on sport, exercise and physical performance including physiological, psychological, biomechanical and pedagogical concepts. You’ll explore performance testing and evaluation methods through interactive lectures, workshops and lab and field-based practical work.
Being Healthy in a Modern World (30 Credits)
With this module, you will explore the benefits of a healthy population at individual and societal levels as well as key innovations in health and health care provision. You will focus on modern health issues such as sleep, nutrition, alcohol and physical and mental health, as well as considering their cause, effect and impact for diverse populations. You will be introduced to fundamental theories and concepts through formal lectures, seminars and group workshops.
Policy and Legal Frameworks in Health and Social Care
Safeguarding and Managing Risk Across the Life Course
Programme Level Assessment
Research Methods 1
Anatomy and Physiology
Health and Wellbeing
Ethics, Society and Employability
Person-Centred Care and Integrated Work
Mental Health Today
Planning, Designing and Evaluating Health Interventions
Research Methods 2
Professional Development and Placement 2
Volunteering in Sport, Health and Nutrition
Entrepreneurship and Creativity
Leading Health and Social Care in a Multi-agency Environment
Therapeutic Interventions with Families
Reflection and Supervision
Difficulties Families Face
Professional Learning Through Work
Contemporary Issues in Public Health and Individual Wellbeing
Work Based Learning Project
Assessments at GBS
This GBS course will provide you with opportunities to test your knowledge and understanding informally through ‘formative’ assessment. ‘Formative’ (informal) assessment will be completed before your formal ‘summative’ assessment, which will determine your final marks.
Each module normally contains at least one piece of formative assessment from which you will receive feedback from your course team. Formative assessments are purely for developmental purposes. Formative assessment does not count towards your final marks. But informal formative assessment does help you to gain more knowledge and confidence in the module material and approaches to formal assessment. Students who do not engage with informal assessments often struggle with Foundation Year progression, as well as with the academic levels above.
The formal ‘summative’ assessment usually occurs (but not always) towards the end of each module. Assessment methods could include written examinations, a range of coursework, including reports, portfolios, essays and presentations. The grades from the summative (formal) assessments count towards your module mark. (For example, if there was one piece of summative coursework in a module, this would count overall for up to 100% of your module mark.) Assessment methods at GBS are reviewed annually and may be updated based on student feedback, to suit content or based upon feedback from an External Examiner. An External Examiner is an independent academic expert from an external Higher Education Institution that acts as a safeguard to academic assessment standards.
Standard Entry Requirements (Under 21 years old)
Under 21 year old applicants for Foundation year programmes must have GCSE English language at grade C or above (or an accepted equivalent) and 32 UCAS tariff points from at least 1 full A level or accepted equivalent qualification.
We welcome mature students with few or no formal qualifications. If applicants do not meet the standard entry requirements but can demonstrate that their life/work skills would make them suitable for undergraduate study, they will be considered for our Foundation programme.
The admission team will review your application form, work experience and personal statement/personal reflection statement.
All applicants must be assessed by our admission team via interview for listening and speaking and for writing via a supervised personal statement.
• Application form
• Personal statement
A Tuition Fee Loan will cover the cost of your up-front fees, and will be paid to your university or College. The Loan must be repaid once you finished your course and are earning £26,575 a year or more. Both full and part-time learners can apply.
If you are eligible, you can apply for a Maintenance Loan too. The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term. This loan has to be repaid after you leave your course and when your earnings are more than £26,575. For more information please visit gov.uk/studentfinance.
Maintenance Grants are paid into your bank account at the start of term. You don’t have to pay it back, but any funds you get will reduce the amount of Maintenance Loan you are eligible for.
New students must prove they have been living in the UK for five years before their course start date in order to get living cost support from Student Finance England.
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Intakes : September / January
Duration : 4 years* Assuming successful completion of Year 0
Location: London, Birmingham, Manchester
Delivery: Weekdays or weekends or evenings