BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care with Foundation Year in Health and Care

Course Overview

This Health and Social Care BSc (Hons) with Foundation Year in Health and Care degree is delivered in partnership with Leeds Trinity University at Scholars School System University College Centre campuses in Birmingham and Manchester.

To help meet the demand for skilled professionals in this growing area of provision, this degree has been designed in partnership with leading health and social care employers.

On this course, you’ll be at the forefront of learning and professional practice in health and social care, developing the knowledge, understanding and skills to shape the future health of our populations.

This four-year Health and Social Care BSc (Hons) with Foundation Year in Health and Care degree offers an alternative route into higher education and is designed for prospective students who may not have a sufficient or relevant academic background for University study.

In the integrated Foundation Year in Health and Care you will undertake modules to help develop your academic skills and confidence and will be introduced to key concepts, debates and skills that will support and inform your second, third and fourth years of undergraduate degree study.

You’ll explore issues such as life quality, effective caring and communication. You will also gain an understanding of the basic factors that influence health and social care.

Following successful completion of your Foundation Year, you’ll progress onto level 4 of the degree.

We’ll give you a solid grounding in individualised health and care provision, exploring models of person-centred provision and the impact of behaviours on health. You’ll learn how to manage in health and care, understanding the factors that influence health and social care decision-making.

Full time including foundation year, 4 years

September 2021, January 2022

The BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care with Foundation Year in Health and Care degree at SSS includes a number of strategies designed to develop professional, high quality graduates for the health and social care sector:

  • You will be supported by experienced highly qualified lecturers with knowledge across the health and social care sector.
  • You will gain work experience which will help you link theory and practice.
  • Your modules will be focused on a range of skills and knowledge that can be directly applied to working within the health and social care sector.
  • We’ll help you to develop key skills and knowledge in health and social care theory and practice, professional skills and management skills.

You’ll explore contemporary health and social care delivery frameworks and structures, discovering how to appraise the effectiveness of joined-up approaches to service delivery.

You’ll learn from experienced professionals in their fields and leading researchers who are committed to your personal and professional development, along with helping you to develop the academic skills you’ll need for evidence-based practice and future research.

You’ll gain practical experience by completing professional work placements in the UK or abroad, and you’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our international partner universities.

The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study. Students will study a combination of core and option modules across their four years of study.

Foundation Year
Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Academic skills and studying with confidence
  • Project
  • Being Healthy in a Modern World
  • Introduction to Effective Caring

Year 1
Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Policy and Legal Frameworks in Health and Social Care
  • Understanding Health and Social Care Practice
  • Research Methods 1
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Ethics, Society and Employability
  • Safeguarding and Managing Risk across the Lifecourse

Year 2
Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Person Centred Care and Integrated Working
  • Mental Health Today
  • Nutritional Biochemistry and Exercise for Health
  • Planning, Designing and Evaluating Health Interventions
  • Research Methods 2

Students are required to choose one option module from:

  • Professional Development and Placement 2
  • Volunteering

Year 3
Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Leading Health and Social Care in a Multi-Agency Environment

Plus one option from:

  • Dissertation
  • Work-based Project

Students are also required to choose three option modules from:

  • Difficulties Families Face
  • Valued Ageing
  • Professional Learning through Work
  • Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • Reflection and Supervision
  • Therapeutic Interventions with Families
  • Contemporary Issues in Public Health and Individual Wellbeing

This course integrates theory and practice. As such, teaching methods are designed to be diverse, inclusive and to reflect the global context in which you will operate upon graduating.

Methods include face-to-face, blended and independent learning, through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, work-based learning, ‘real-world’ projects and discussion forums.

The Health and Social Care BSc (Hons) with Foundation Year in Health and Care degree features research-rich, but practice-led, teaching that develops your cultural, contextual and ethical professional understanding.

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, to enable you to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

Applicants should have GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or higher or accepted equivalent qualification and a level 3 qualification equivalent to an A level.

Applications are welcome from mature students with few or no formal qualifications. Any previous relevant work experience and learning will be considered as part of the application process.

This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.

Getting In Touch
If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team on or call on +44 (0)207 183 3647

UK & EU Students (with settled status):

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2021/2022.
Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.
Tuition fees for 2022/23 entry will be set in summer 2021.
Living costs,, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

When you apply for your student loan you will need to supply the correct UCAS code for your course of study.  This code will depend on your study location, course and start date (see table below) and will be sent to you in any offer email you receive from Leeds Trinity University. Please ensure that you use the correct code to help avoid delay with the processing of your application and receipt of any student loan.



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English and EU students can apply and find out more information on the Student Finance section of the website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us on: 0207 183 3647 or 07312030667, alternatively please email us at:

Our intake dates are September and January, and your application will be considered for the next intake.

Following review of your application by Scholars School System, information will be shared with Leeds Trinity University who will contact you with final confirmation of a decision on your application.

Graduates from this course could take on leadership and management roles in health or social care and would be capable of working within a multi-agency environment nationally and globally. The skills and knowledge gained from this course are also transferable to a range of disciplines or employment opportunities.

You’ll be well-prepared to work in a variety of roles within health and social care provision. You could work as a children’s services project worker, a lifestyle and wellbeing co-ordinator within care facilities, a children and family support worker, a community wellbeing worker, a health improvement specialist or a social work professional.

Students who are enrolled on this degree, delivered in partnership with Leeds Trinity University, are eligible for membership of Leeds Trinity Students’ Union. Information on how to join the Students’ Union will be given to you when you begin your course.

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