FdSc Supporting Innovation in Health and Social Care

Start date(s):
7 Sep 2020
2 years
Level 5
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Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
£9000 per year
(previous year's fees)
This programme is validated by New College Durham


This two-year programme explores a range of contemporary health and social care concepts. It offers the student a unique opportunity to explore areas of interest specific to the individual, to gain a working knowledge of how health services work in collaboration to provide the individual service user with a personalised quality service which meets their individual needs.

You will be required to complete work placements in each year and attend work related learning sector visits, to relate theory to practice while also developing specific sector skills alongside employability skills.

Throughout the programme, you will develop subject specific knowledge, understanding and skills, from a personal to global perspective considering multidisciplinary nature of service provision, emerging issues, the range of theories of causality, social policy, influences on physical and mental health, rationales for interventions ethical issues and the application effectiveness of information and technology on health care delivery and interventions.
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Take a tour around our Health & Social Care facilities

Our health care ward simulator contains 4 beds with simulated patients, a nurses’ station and observation room.


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Kirlevington Grange Prison Visit

Our FdSc Supporting Innovation in Health and Social Care students visited the Kirklevington Grange Prison in Yarm.

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Students take part in International Student Week

Our FdSc Supporting Innovation in Health and Social Care students attended International Student Week in Belgium.


This programme will provide you with an academic and vocationally oriented curriculum, that establishes a firm understanding of the concept of Health and Social Care in a contemporary society. It meets employer demand for higher level qualified practitioners who are compassionate and critically reflective and will enable you to develop your academic, personal and professional potential into employment within the local and regional health and social care sector.

The programme will offer the you a range of perspectives throughout the duration of study involving multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary perspectives and professional perspectives. You will be given the opportunity to critically examine health and social determinants in a wide variety of contexts and focus on a range of which enable a critical examination of contrasting perspectives, providing insight into the human experience of health, social, physical, mental well-being, and illness.

The diversity of focus will explore the human experience developing reflective and critical evaluation of the many factors affecting health and its representations, in which attention is paid to the values, theories and professional perspectives that inform thinking and actions and an ability to engage actively in the discourses surrounding the concept of health and its representations.


Level 4:
  • Personal Professional Development - this module aims to help you to develop the skills needed to become a Higher Education student.
  • Work Related Learning - to prepare you for work in the Health and Social Care sector, by providing you with an initial overview of the underlying concepts of Health and Social Care.
  • Evidence Based Approaches - to develop knowledge of the concept and principles of evidence based approaches in Health and Social Care, the knowledge of research methodologies for you to evaluate the purpose, uses and limitations of various approaches to evidence-based practice.
  • Exploration of Health Conditions - to provide an overview of anatomy and physiology.
  • Collaborative Working – to enable you to understand the need for developing effective relationships between professionals and services in today’s health care system.
  • Contemporary Issues - explore a broad range of contemporary issues influencing health and social care.

Level 5:
  • Continuous Professional Development - the purpose of this module is to enable you to identify, understand and develop their key personal abilities in the context of their future career aspirations.
  • Public Health - explore topics about preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the efforts of society.
  • Psychological and Social Science - this social science module covers a range of subjects which relate to a variety of current issues within Health and Social Care.
  • Assistive Technology - enable students to understand and analyse how the generation of new technology can be used across healthcare services.
  • Service Improvements - will provide you with the opportunity to explore service improvement strategies and develop a deeper understanding of the sector.
  • Work Related Research - this final module will incorporate a final summative assessment cultivating in a review of all elements of the Foundation Degree.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


6 hours (Core Lesson)
6 hours (Core Lesson)
8 hour (Work Placement)
*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment for this programme will comprise the following:
  • Three exams
  • Four presentations
  • Two portfolios
  • Three essays
  • One reflection task
  • Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) assessment
  • Viva assessment
  • One campaign
  • One research project.

Placement opportunities are supported within a range of health and social care sectors. International placement opportunities are also available and are supported by ERASMUS funding.

Maths and English

Maths and English are required prior to enrolment. As the programme progresses, maths and English will be embedded into main curriculum, to support academic writing, research skills, data analysis and many more skills required to be successful in the Health and Social Care sector.

Industry links:

You will expand your employability skills and knowledge at Level 5 either in community based Healthcare, which could include a Nursing Home or Hospice, or within Social Care or Day Care, Domiciliary Care, Supported Housing or Residential Care and Public Health providers, for a variety of service users which could include health promotion, mental health, learning disabilities, sensory or physical disability or elderly care, as well as within the criminal justice system.

A range of organised visits are planned, including Leeds Medical Museum, Wakefield Mental Health Museum, Edinburgh Surgical Museum, Crown Court, and Prison visits. You will also participate in the collaboration with St Cuthbert's Hospice Dead Chatty Café.


This programme provides a challenging, employability led qualification that responds to your needs and reflects the current and projected needs of the local Health and Social Care sector in the North East of England and beyond.

You will undertake a work placement for a minimum of 45 hours in each year, a minimum total of 90 hours. It is not mandatory that all placement hours are within the same sector - you will be encouraged to gain experience in different sectors. It is required that you do not undertake work experience with the same employer in year 2, to support a wider vocational learning experience. These placements will be tailored individually to support your personal development of employability skills, to enhance progression opportunities. You will be given support to organise placements with a range of statutory, private and third sector providers.

There will also be a planned series of work-related visits to specialist units, services and exhibitions where you will use the experiences for reflective learning and employment.

You could progress to study BSc (Hons) Health & Social Care (Top-up) at New College Durham or a relevant top-up degree at university.

Alternatively, you could secure employment in settings such as nursing or residential homes, day care centres, domiciliary care, home care and acute clinical settings. You could also progress into a number of lead practitioner roles within the adult care sector, such as Health Support Worker, Social Work Assistant, Mental Health Support or Community Care Support Worker.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

Additional Costs

A variety of trips and conferences will be offered on a voluntary basis to underpin and support educational development of the wider sector. You will be responsible for self-funding these elements.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend a one-to-one interview where you will be asked a set of questions, to identify prior knowledge, preparedness, aspirations and demonstration of the qualities and attributes necessary within the sector.

The interview will also include a written test to identify academic writing skills and facilitate early referral to support services.

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System Credits:


Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points:
To gain entry to this programme, you must satisfy the standard or non-standard entry requirements detailed below.

Standard entry criteria:
  • A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade 4/C or above, including maths and English Language or appropriate Key Skills/Functional Skills at Level 2.
  • A minimum of 64 UCAS Credits/or GNVQ/NVQ/ BTEC Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care/ A-Levels at Level 3.
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in-line with College policy.
  • Two supportive references.

Non-standard entry criteria:
  • Non-standard entry applications will be considered on the basis of relevant work experience and attainment of skills, which demonstrate an ability to study at this level concordant with QAA UK Quality Code Admissions, Recruitment and Widening Access.
  • If you hold a UCAS tariff of 48 points, you will be offered an interview and considered on an individual basis, if you have substantial specific industry experience.

This route also supports those who are seeking career progression but may not directly possess the standard entry criteria. There will be the expectation you would complete maths and English Language, or appropriate Key Skills/Functional Skills at Level 2.