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Undergraduate study

Course overview

This foundation degree course is ideal if you are seeking a career working in health and social care, and want to learn in a practical way. There is significant vocational focus to the course and a range of work experiences and/or placement settings are available to help you develop your learning in practice, such as working with older people, children and adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health issues and substance misuse issues.

It is a two-year course run by Stockton Riverside College and Redcar & Cleveland College in partnership with Teesside University and local health and social care employers. The approach we take is to facilitate and support your learning and develop independent, reflective learners in preparation for lifelong learning, and continuing personal and professional development.

Where you study

The course is delivered at Stockton Riverside College and Redcar and Cleveland College where you attend three days a week. You also have with a minimum of one day a week placement in a care setting.


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Course details

You develop an understanding of the theory underpinning care practice, which will enhance the quality of care you provide for your clients either in work or on placement. The content of the curriculum is strongly influenced by the principles of wellbeing and prevention, and the recognition that an individual, their family and/or carer must be enabled to make decisions about their own care.

You study a module at the beginning of the course which develops your study skills and provides an introduction to learning at higher education level as well as modules relating to theory and practice, such as Maintaining the safety of Vulnerable People and Staff in Care Settings , Developing Effective Care Practice and The Psychosocial Context of Care. Second year modules include Social Care and Support for Individuals with Specific Needs, Principles of Public Health and Wellbeing, and Understanding Evidence-based Practice.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Developing Effective Practice Using a Work-related Project

Learning to Learn: An Introduction to Academic Study Skills

This module runs over three days in the first few weeks of the programme. You are introduced to the skills required for academic study including IT skills, academic writing, study habits, searching literature and using evidence.

Maintaining Safety for Vulnerable People and Staff in Care Settings

You examine legislation and national and local policy related to safety in the workplace and safeguarding of vulnerable individuals. You explore the importance of working in a safe environment, monitoring risks to the individual, including actual and potential harm and abuse, and reviewing health and safety in the workplace.

The Psychosocial Context of Care

You gain an understanding of key theoretical concepts from psychology and sociology that pertain to lifespan development, wellbeing and life chances. You explore psychosocial constructs including family, culture, community, deviance, changing societal norms and values and the relevance to social policy and social care. You examine sources of data to explore the changing nature of the UK population, socio-economic influence on life chances and the influence of these on policy and service provision. You analyse historical development of service provision and contemporary social and health policy and apply it to social care provision.


Year 2 core modules

Applying Effective Care Practice Using a Work-related Project

You expand your knowledge and skills to enhance the quality of care delivered. You develop as an independent learner being able to take a critical and analytical approach towards the integration of theory into practice; using an evidence-based approach within the immediate health and social care context of your role. Module content includes leadership, justifying the rationale and purpose of core skills involved in practice, critical analytical reflective practice/skills, effective decision-making, extending scope of practice, supervision and support of self and others, professional conduct and accountability, analysis of service improvement tools and techniques, and quality assurance measures and tools. Service user perspectives on care experiences are explored throughout.

Principles of Public Health and Wellbeing

You to explore health promotion and education for maintaining and enhancing health. You consider a range of influences through a variety of teaching and learning strategies.

Social Care and Support for Individuals with Specific Needs

Understanding Evidence-based Practice

This module introduces you to the process of research appraisal. You will also look at the benefits of evidence-based practice and current policy influencing the development and delivery of healthcare.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You experience a range of different approaches to your learning from lectures, workshops, seminars (tutor and student-led), electronic learning, independent study, group work to individual tutorials.

How you are assessed

Assessments include formative assessments to help develop your academic skills as well as several forms of summative assessment including assignments, examinations, presentations, portfolio work, case studies, workbooks and projects. 50% of each year is assessed through a work-based e-portfolio demonstrating practice development achieved within the workplace/placement.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Work placement

You are required to complete 150 hours placement a year in a care setting environment.

Career opportunities

After successfully completing this course you can seek employment as a support worker or healthcare assistant. There may also be opportunity for progression on to a part-time top-up degree course or access to relevant pre-registration health or social work programmes.



Entry to 2020/21 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£6,150 a year

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