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Foundation Degree Professional Development (Health and Social Care) - Level 5


This Foundation Degree is aimed at individuals and cohorts working within the health and social care sector in support staff roles including, for example, healthcare assistants, assistant practitioners, personal assistants, and related support roles. It will support learners to develop generic and transferable knowledge and skills relevant to the roles of support staff, whilst also recognising the learner’s specific role and area of work and supporting learners to develop knowledge and skills specific to their own workplace setting.

The programme has been developed through close consultation and working with employers. It is closely linked to the delivery of care in practice, and has been developed to reflect key policies shaping the NHS and the health and social care sector today and the skills and attributes needed within the workforce to deliver care with compassion, and to ensure the best outcomes for patients and service users. 

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This programme is run in partnership with the University of Derby.

As a University of Derby partner student, you will have access to the university’s virtual learning environment, including UDo and on-line journals and texts, as well as to their library facilities.

Entry requirements

The programme is aimed at individuals who are employed as support staff, assistants, assistant practitioners (or related roles) within a health or social care setting. Applicants to study this programme will be supported by their employer and their line manager. Typically, applicants have a minimum of an NVQ level 3 qualification or equivalent.

There is a well-established admissions process at WNC, which includes attendance at an applicant event, followed by a tutor led group discussion about the programme content and expectations, and subsequent one to one interviews.

While the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that learners meet entry requirements and acceptance on to programmes rests with the University of Derby, learners for this programme are normally nominated by their employer. The prior experience of learners is a key factor in the programme design and development and, employers and programme sponsors will receive advice and guidance from the academic team about the necessary range and level of experience for successful learner engagement with the programme. The college can offer a bespoke initial advice and guidance and admissions event for closed cohorts.

This process ensures that learners can achieve the learning outcomes and will ultimately benefit from the programme.

To reflect this, the following broad criteria will apply for entry:

  • Learners are employed, or have a substantial placement in a health and social care setting.
  • Learners will have been nominated to attend following a review with their line manager and/or graduate recruitment manager.
  • Typically, learners will have previous experience and a minimum of an NVQ level 3 qualification or equivalent.
  • Learners will have been identified by the organisation as being able to succeed on the programme.
  • The selection of participants is consistent with the University’s equal opportunities policies and sensitive to legal obligations to avoid discrimination on the basis of gender, race or disability.
  • Learners can demonstrate English language capability to that of GCSE English Language, IELTS 6.0 or its equivalent as a prerequisite of enrolment on the programme.
  • Learners will complete an application form as provided by West Nottinghamshire College, and meet the above requirements.

We also require GCSE English at grade C/grade 4 or above, or equivalent. English at Level 2 is an essential requirement, and maths at Level 2 is desirable.

Please note that GCSE maths or equivalent is required for progression onto any programme beyond a Foundation Degree.

Start dates and fees

Course fees are payable for each year of all university-level courses. To identify your course fees and the financial support that may be available to you, please see the HE section of the website or contact a member of the HE team at the college.

Provisional timetables will be discussed at interview, and confirmed in the final joining instructions which all students will receive.

Additional Costs:  Every student is different, but as a rough guide you should allow for the following costs of study, on top of basic stationery and IT costs, per year:

Essential: Between £100-£300 on books. Up to £100 on visits, events, etc.

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20201 yr(s)4802D1£7150.00Apply

How long is the course?

This is a two-year, full-time programme.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods will be used throughout the programme, including reflective accounts, written assignments, the presentation of case studies, time controlled assessment, work-based assessment and portfolio development.

What does the course lead to?

All students will be employed in in the health care sector and this programme will support the development of additional, generic transferrable skills that will benefit them in their working lives. 

What will I study?

Modules include*:

  • Reflection and Learning for Personal and Professional Development
  • Knowledge and Skills for Practice
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Work-Based Study
  • Continuing Development for Lifelong Learning
  • Influencing Change in Health and Social Care
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Care Workers
  • Medication management for Health Care Workers
  • Advanced Knowledge and Skills for Practice

*Module titles may change.

What can I go on to study?

Upon successful completion of this programme students can progress to the B.Sc. (Hons) Health and Social Care programme at the University of Derby, subject to entry requirements. The Foundation Degree has also been mapped against the first year of the B.Sc. (Hons) in Nursing at the University of Derby, allowing learners an opportunity to discuss progression into nursing. Alternatively, you can study a relevant qualification at another university, subject to meeting requirements.

How do I apply?

Please complete our online application form, paying particular attention to previous qualifications and the personal statement. If you experience any difficulty, please contact the Vision University Centre on 01623 627191 ext: 8996, or email the HE team at

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