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  • Course Length

    2 years

  • Fees

    £6,165 per annum (TBC)

  • Awarded By

    University of Gloucestershire

  • UCAS codes

    • Course Code: L51N
    • Institution Code: G50
    • Campus Code: N

Health and Social Care FdSc

With the increased strain todays health issues are placing on our society, there is an ever-increasing demand for qualified health and social care practitioners. This programme is ideal if you are working within health or social care and want to develop knowledge and skills that will enable you to progress within your chosen career.

This programme is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to administer high-quality, safe and compassionate care as part of a career within the rewarding health and social care sector. With an applied focus, this programme will link theoretical knowledge to real-life practice. Students will need to go on work placement and be subject to a DBS check.

Course Content

Subjects in Year 1 include:

  • Reflection in the workplace
  • Literacy Skills for Higher Education
  • Numeracy Skills for Higher Education
  • Interpersonal Skills for the Caring Profession
  • Social Science perspectives
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Mental Health
  • Policy Content

Subjects in Year 2 include:

  • Reflection in the workplace 2
  • Research Skills
  • Care of people with Long-Term Conditions
  • Substance Misuse
  • Community Development
  • Managing Difficult Situations
  • Mentoring
  • Essential Care Skills


You will be equipped for a range of roles in health or social care settings, local authorities, the voluntary sector and private care settings.

On completion of this foundation degree, you can continue your studies by going on to complete a full honours degree such as the BSc (Hons) Leadership in Health and Social Care at the University of Gloucestershire. From Sept 2020, this one year Top-up degree will be offered at New College (subject to validation).

There is the possibility of gaining certification after 1 year (Cert HE), allowing you to leave after 1 year if preferred and gain entry onto degree programmes in Nursing, Social Work or Social Care.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English and Maths, 9-4 (A*-C). Alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken


UCAS Tariff: 48 points. From A Levels or equivalent qualification(s)


This is a 2 year course (full-time). Your course will be assessed by written, oral and practical tasks.

Course and Resources

Tuition fees for 2020 entry: £6,165 per annum (TBC)
Additional costs:
Student finance information:

Programme Leader: Annette Knox-Fraser (Annette.knox-fraser@newcollege.ac.uk)

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