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BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care with Foundation Year in Health and Care

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.  Students will then study a combination of core and option modules across their remaining years of study.

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Course overview

A healthy population is about the joined-up delivery of services, driven primarily by the needs of patients and communities. Our programme will introduce you to the key concepts and debates influencing health and social care, developing the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career. You’ll explore issues such as life quality, effective caring and communication to build a solid grounding in individualised health and care provision, exploring models of person-centred provision and the impact of behaviours on health.

To meet the demand for skilled professionals in this growing area of provision, this degree has been designed in partnership with leading health and social care employers. You’ll be at the forefront of learning and professional practice in health and social care, developing the knowledge, understanding and skills to shape the future health of our populations.

In the integrated Foundation Year in Health and Care you will undertake modules to help develop your academic skills and confidence and will be introduced to key concepts, debates and skills that will support and inform your second, third and fourth years of undergraduate degree study.

You’ll explore issues such as life quality, effective caring and communication. You will also gain an understanding of the basic factors that influence health and social care.

Following successful completion of your Foundation Year, you’ll gain a solid grounding in individualised health and care provision, exploring models of person-centred provision and the impact of behaviours on health. You’ll learn how to manage in health and care, understanding the factors that influence health and social care decision-making.

You’ll explore contemporary health and social care delivery frameworks and structures, discovering how to appraise the effectiveness of joined-up approaches to service delivery.

You’ll learn from experienced professionals in their fields who are committed to your personal and professional development, along with helping you to develop the academic skills you’ll need for evidence-based practice and future research.

You’ll gain practical experience by completing professional placements as part of your degree.

Students may undertake their placement in a wide range of settings. For example, in facilities that provide residential care for adults and older adults, with youth work teams, in the NHS, in children’s and family centres, and with charities and non-government agencies. 

Intakes
September, January

Duration
4 years

Awarding Institution
Leeds Trinity University

Awarded Degree
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care with Foundation Year in Health and Care

Delivery
Weekdays, evenings and/or weekends.

Locations
London, Birmingham, Manchester

Fees
£9,250 per year

Year 0 (Foundation)

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence
  • Project
  • Being Healthy in a Modern World
  • Introduction to Effective Caring

Year 1

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Policy and Legal Frameworks in Health and Social Care
  • Understanding Health and Social Care Practice
  • Research Methods 1
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Ethics, Society and Employability
  • Safeguarding and Managing Risk across the Lifecourse

Year 2

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Person-Centred Care and Integrated Working
  • Mental Health Today
  • Nutritional Biochemistry and Exercise for Health
  • Planning, Designing and Evaluating Health Interventions
  • Research Methods 2

Students are required to choose one option module from:

  • Professional Development and Placement 2
  • Volunteering

Year 3

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Leading Health and Social Care in a Multi-Agency Environment

Plus one option from:

  • Dissertation
  • Work-based Learning Project

Students are also required to choose up to three option modules from:

  • Difficulties Families Face
  • Valued Ageing
  • Professional Learning through Work
  • Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • Reflection and Supervision
  • Therapeutic Interventions with Families
  • Contemporary Issues in Public Health and Individual Wellbeing

This GBS course will provide you with opportunities to test your knowledge and understanding informally through ‘formative’ (informal) assessment. ‘Formative’ 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. They do not count towards your final marks but do help you 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 32 UCAS tariff points from at least 1 full A level or accepted equivalent qualification.

Applicants aged 21+

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.

Any previous relevant work experience and learning will be assessed and, where appropriate, accredited as part of the application process.

English Language Requirements

All Applicants should have GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or higher or accepted equivalent qualification.

Application Process

Documents required:

1. Complete application form

2. Supervised entry essay

3. Admissions Interview

4. English language certificate

This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa. Following a review of your application by GBS, information will be shared with Leeds Trinity University who will contact you with final confirmation of a decision on your application.

Funding your study

All students can access student finance through the University of Suffolk. 

Tuition Fee Loans

A Tuition Fee Loan covers the cost of your tuition fees. This is paid directly to your awarding institution (in this case the University of Suffolk). Loan repayments only start once you have finished your course and are earning £26,575 a year or more. Both full- and part-time learners can apply.

Maintenance Loans

If you are eligible, you can also apply for a Maintenance Loan to cover living expenses. This loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term. Maintenance Loans has are repaid after you finish your course and your earnings are above £26,575 per year. For more information, please visit www.gov.uk/studentfinance

Maintenance Grants

You can also apply for a Maintenance Grant to help with living costs. Maintenance Grants are paid directly into your bank account at the start of term. You don’t have to pay them back, but any funds you get will reduce the size of the Maintenance Loan you could receive, should you also wish to apply for one.

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.

For more information please click here for course fees or call us +44 (0)20 3011 2638

Year 0 (Foundation)

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence
  • Project
  • Being Healthy in a Modern World
  • Introduction to Effective Caring

Year 1

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Policy and Legal Frameworks in Health and Social Care
  • Understanding Health and Social Care Practice
  • Research Methods 1
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Ethics, Society and Employability
  • Safeguarding and Managing Risk across the Lifecourse

Year 2

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Person-Centred Care and Integrated Working
  • Mental Health Today
  • Nutritional Biochemistry and Exercise for Health
  • Planning, Designing and Evaluating Health Interventions
  • Research Methods 2

Students are required to choose one option module from:

  • Professional Development and Placement 2
  • Volunteering

Year 3

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Leading Health and Social Care in a Multi-Agency Environment

Plus one option from:

  • Dissertation
  • Work-based Learning Project

Students are also required to choose up to three option modules from:

  • Difficulties Families Face
  • Valued Ageing
  • Professional Learning through Work
  • Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • Reflection and Supervision
  • Therapeutic Interventions with Families
  • Contemporary Issues in Public Health and Individual Wellbeing

Early admission for January 2022

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What our students say

It’s my first year here. I chose this university because it gave me the opportunity to have choice. I study two days per week - it’s very flexible. It makes it easy to study.

Manea Bianca Stefana

What I like about GBS is the friendly staff, the students, the campus, the nice green area. I chose GBS because I was recommended by a friend – she said it was a really great university to come and check it out.  Even though there’s one right next to my house – like 20 minutes away, I still chose to come here.  GBS is the one.

Mohammed Solomon Ahmed

The campus is very new and comfortable. One of the best I saw. I like because I can work – I have a child and I can study and I can work and be with my family. This is very good for me. Because I have lived in this country only second year and English is a new language for me, when I study here I can teach my child at home new words.

Elena Todorova

My favourite part of studying here is because its close and the class sizes are small. I can have more interaction with the teacher and ask questions. I enjoy learning here - the teachers are friendly and they explain everything well.

Raimon Larrainzer Make
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It’s my first year here. I chose this university because it gave me the opportunity to have choice. I study two days per week - it’s very flexible. It makes it easy to study.

Manea Bianca Stefana

What I like about GBS is the friendly staff, the students, the campus, the nice green area. I chose GBS because I was recommended by a friend – she said it was a really great university to come and check it out.  Even though there’s one right next to my house – like 20 minutes away, I still chose to come here.  GBS is the one.

Mohammed Solomon Ahmed

The campus is very new and comfortable. One of the best I saw. I like because I can work – I have a child and I can study and I can work and be with my family. This is very good for me. Because I have lived in this country only second year and English is a new language for me, when I study here I can teach my child at home new words.

Elena Todorova

My favourite part of studying here is because its close and the class sizes are small. I can have more interaction with the teacher and ask questions. I enjoy learning here - the teachers are friendly and they explain everything well.

Raimon Larrainzer Make

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