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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE Level 5 Foundation Degree

Ulster University Foundation Degree Health and Social Care FT-B

Level 5
Mode of Study
Full Time
Course Type
Higher Education
Banbridge Campus


The Foundation Degree in Science (FdSc) in Health and Social Care is an innovative and contemporary course from Ulster University, which will be attractive to both employees and employers in the health and social care sector.

The aim of this Foundation Degree is to address the needs of the local job market by preparing graduates to gain the range of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to meet the current and future evolving needs of health and social care services in NI.

You will study 17 hours in College with additional independent study of approx. 60-160 hours per module, depending on the credit value. Second year students are required to complete 240 hours of work based learning in an appropriate health and social care facility.

All tutors delivering these modules have relevant vocational and academic experience and qualifications.

Course information and entry requirements are subject to change by the University.


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July in the year of proposed entry to the course.
  • Applicants must have obtained a minimum of 48 UCAS points achieved through the completion of A-Levels, National Awards, Access or other alternative approved level 3 qualifications.
  • Applicants should have attained at least 15 points at Level 2 or above (e.g. GCSE) or have alternative approved qualifications. This must include GCSE English Language Grade C or Essential Skills Communication Level 2 and GCSE Mathematics Grade C or Essential Skills Numeracy Level 2. In addition, applicants must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English Language.
  • Applicants who do not meet the criteria outlined above but have evidence of substantial knowledge or relevant industrial experience and skills, which has not been formally assessed, should refer to the College’s Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) Policy at Please note that non-standard admissions must be agreed with the University Faculty.
  • All successful applicants must satisfy an Enhanced Disclosure check from Access NI the cost of which is currently covered by the college.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend for interview. 

Please Note: The entrance criteria above may change subject to awarding body regulations. The College reserves the right to enhance the entrance requirements beyond the minimum 48 UCAS points where demand exceeds the number of available places. 

Applicants progressing to higher education courses at Level 4 after completion of their Foundation Degree may require a specific GCSE/ A Level profile. In some cases, the Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy may not be a suitable alternative to a GCSE. The list of acceptable qualifications for equivalency to English and mathematics for Ulster University is available from the following link: It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.


The course is currently being revalidated to ensure that its structure, content, delivery and student learning experience remain at the highest standard and some of the details below may be enhanced or changed. 

Year 1

  • Effective Communication in Health and Social Care.
  • Safeguarding and Managing Risk.
  • Psychology Theory and Application.
  • Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice.
  • Social Theories and Concepts.
  • The Effective Learner.

Year 2

  • Evidenced Based Practice.
  • Introduction to Public Health.
  • Work Based Learning.
  • Innovative Practices to Support Health and Well-being.
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care.
  • In addition, all students in year 2 must complete 240 hours of assessed Work Based Learning (placement).


2 Years


The pass mark for each module is 40% and students will be assessed using a variety of the following assessments activities including:

  • Examinations.
  • Academic essays.
  • Presentations.
  • Recorded skills sessions.
  • Case studies.
  • Class tests.
  • Work based learning assessment.


This course is accredited by Ulster University.


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Educational enrichment activities to local health and social care, university and other course relevant facilities will accrue travel expenses of approx. £5-10, three times a year. UCAS fees of approximately £24 are applicable for those applying to University.


On successful completion of this course, you can apply for entry to the final year of the BSc (Hons) in Health and Wellbeing at Ulster University. Please check the Ulster University prospectus or website for further details.

In addition, upon successful completion of the FdSc in Health and Social Care, students can also apply for admission to year 1 or year 2 of a range of Allied Health Profession Degree programmes including Nursing, Social Work, teaching, Occupational Therapy, Paramedic Science as well as a range of Social and Life Science Degrees.

Please Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s admission and progression requirements and the implications of using student finance for future courses before enrolling on a course at the College.


All Higher Education courses starting in September 2022 are open for applications. Please click on the 'Apply Now' button above to begin your application. 

If you require any assistance with your application you can call us on 0300 123 1223.


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In light of the continuing Covid-19 situation, Southern Regional College may have to amend the delivery methods for a number of courses for the new academic year, or should the need arise effect a temporary College closure. This may also lead to restrictions when accessing student services. Please be assured that the safety of our students is paramount and as such we will be implementing a range of measures in line with government advice and protocols. We will make all appropriate and reasonable adjustments to maintain the ongoing quality of teaching and learning and our support services.

In accordance with the Consumer Rights Act 2015, you will be notified of any such changes, the reasons for the changes and any options available to you to avoid such changes having an adverse impact on your future career. All higher education students and applicants should refer to the Consumer Protection page.


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