FdA Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner: Independent Route)

The FdA in Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner: Independent Route) is your opportunity to take big professional and academic leaps towards helping improve the day-to-day lives of vulnerable people. With access to excellent facilities, you can gain the skills, knowledge and understanding you’ll need to embark on a genuinely rewarding career in this sector.

Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner: Independent Route)

Key information

Award:

FdA

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

2 years

Location:

University of Bolton

Start date:

02/02/2022

Course Details

The health and social care sector is vast. This foundation degree provides an opportunity to begin developing the values, skills, and knowledge essential to good health and social care practices in the UK. These can support your initial development in providing support for people of all ages and walks of life who have disabilities, mental health issues or are vulnerable in other ways.

The course is linked closely to the UK government’s agendas for health and social care, so you’ll get to experience a current and carefully considered balance of policy, practice and academic training. Join us as we explore the principles of care, care planning and delivery, the ethical aspects of care, and areas such as health promotion and safeguarding, among many more – with learning that focuses on the workplace environment.

We’ll support you every step of the way as you learn how to collaborate across professional boundaries, use evidence to support your professional decision-making, and enhance your understanding of critical issues in health and social care.

Our focus is on helping you become a knowledgeable, compassionate, and person-centred care professional.

Highlights
  • The course features guest lectures and talks by health and social care service providers and users, so you’ll get balanced real-world perspectives to put your learning in context.
  • You can benefit from the purpose-built health and research facilities at the Bolton One centre here on campus, including our Clinical Simulation Suites.
  • In addition, you’ll have the chance to develop your skills in research, data evaluation, critical reasoning and analysis, professional communication, teamwork, problem-solving and self-reflection.
  • We’ll support you as you develop your study and critical thinking skills in preparation for potential further learning, including postgraduate study.
Key Features
  • Our approach to teaching and learning is student-centred, so we’ll work with you as an individual and provide tailored help and support throughout your studies.
  • You’ll benefit from our teaching and research staff’s vast range of professional experience in health and social care and our close links with the social care sector, the NHS, and several voluntary and charitable organisations.
  • We’ll encourage and support you in taking voluntary work placements in health and social care environments throughout your studies. These can contribute significantly towards your portfolio of evidence, and impress potential employers.
  • By studying alongside students who are already health and social care professionals, you can benefit from their knowledge and experience.

  • 100 UCAS points
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.
  • You should also have four GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) in any subjects.
  • Entry to this course is also available to applicants with extensive appropriate work experience in the health and social care sector. If you don’t possess the academic qualifications listed above but have extensive appropriate work experience, we’ll be delighted to consider your application.
  • You’ll be interviewed and complete a diagnostic exercise as part of the application process. You’ll also need to meet the other non-academic entry requirements listed below.
  • Admission to this programme is only available to candidates who meet the following criteria. 1) You must be employed for a minimum of 23 hours per week in a role relevant to the programme. 2) You must have the right to live and work in the UK. 3) Your employer will need to agree to you participating in the programme.
  • If you work for a large organisation in health and social care, then you may want to enquire about the possibility of studying towards the FdA Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner: Higher Apprenticeship Route) instead.
  • If you don’t have an appropriate work placement in the health and social care sector but otherwise meet the entry requirements for this course, please consider our BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care or HND Health and Social Care courses.
  • Every application will be considered on its individual merits.
  • We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • This course involves regulated activity so you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online (Normally your sponsoring organisation will organise this.) Please note that your DBS must have been completed within three years of the course start date.Update Service.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


This foundation degree can benefit those wishing to further their career in health and social care services. It provides an excellent platform for various roles within care homes, residential homes, voluntary organisations, special schools and agencies providing domiciliary care.

Some of the key transferable skills to be gained from this course include communication skills, teamwork, negotiation, the ability to present ideas and arguments, work independently, and reflect on and review progress.

What can I do with this qualification?

As a graduate, you’ll be able to use your health and social care skills to seek employment in the youth justice system, NHS trusts, private hospitals, children's services, social services, family centres, and children's homes. You might also find work in the voluntary sector or with medical charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Further academic studies and professional training in numerous fields such as social work, teaching and allied health professions are possible future options.

Graduates can also progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) Health and Social Care offered by the University of Bolton.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

  • Counselling
  • Dietetics
  • Writing and journalism
  • Occupational therapy
  • Mental health
  • Social work
  • Teaching and education
  • Health promotion
  • Mentoring
  • Armed forces
  • Community support
  • Youth work
  • Care home management
  • Health services
  • Child protection
  • Early years

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/24
2021£9,250£9,250-£18,500

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

January and other start dates

Applications for start dates other than September are made directly to the university via our online application process. Please click on your preferred start date below.

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

University of Bolton Group Partners

Bolton College
University Technical College
University of Bolton

The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


To make this course as engaging and beneficial as possible, we use a range of learning, teaching and assessment methods. These help you gain the skills, knowledge and competencies you’re aiming for. As importantly, we support you to develop the values and attitudes essential to good health and social care practice. Learning focuses on the workplace environment.

Lectures introduce the course content. To complement these, seminars and group-based activities allow you to explore subjects, policies and practices in greater detail. Tutorials allow you to clarify your understanding of the topics we cover in lectures and seminars. At the same time, we use case studies, practical scenarios and role-playing to help you apply your newly acquired knowledge and theory to real-life problems. This helps you gain valuable insights into health and social care practice.

You’ll also have the chance to develop your practical skills in our clinical skills laboratory, and we’ll encourage you to use our extensive online learning resources to support your self-directed learning. In addition, we offer masterclasses with practitioners from the health and social care sector, plus insightful sessions with guest speakers who either provide or use health and social care services.

Our assessment methods are designed to reflect what may one day be required of you in a health and social care setting. For example, the course requires you to submit written reports, give presentations, develop your practice portfolio, analyse care plans, review relevant literature, analyse complex cases, and discuss how to manage change. We also expect you to write essays and reflective accounts, take practical and written tests, and play an active part in group discussions. Some assessments contribute to your final module marks, while others are designed to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and where you can seek extra support from course tutors.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Communication and Information Technology
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Mental Health and Well-Being
  • Using Evidence
  • Principles of Care
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Group Dynamics and Working in Teams
  • Collaborative Health and Social Care
  • Planning Care Delivery
  • Health Promotion - Challenges and Opportunities
  • Mental Health Care, Perspectives and Practice
  • Working With Older People
  • Disability and Society
  • Working With Young People
  • Clinical Skills
  • Therapy Skills
  • Children and Families
  • Introduction to Psychology in Health and Social Care
  • Management of Long-term Conditions
  • Acute Illness Management
  • End of Life and Palliative Care
  • Social Inclusion, Empowerment and Health
  • Negotiated Studies
  • Principles of Medicines Management
  • Understanding and Working With Alcohol and Substance Misuse
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing - Children and Young People
  • Mindfulness and Equanimity in Practice Striking the Balance Between Compassionate Care for Self and Others
  • Health and Applied Positive Psychology Interventions
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Level twoCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 29%, Placement/study abroad 50%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 21%
Level twoGuided independent study 29%, Placement/study abroad 50%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 21%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Alison Beard
Programme Leader

A.Beard@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903843

Joey Weber
Admissions Tutor

J.Weber@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903708

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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