Community, Public Health and Social Care Foundation Degree

This course will give you the knowledge and understanding to tackle key questions around public health, social care and community engagement, leading to a fuller understanding of the sector and its vital role in society UCAS Code: L6L2

2 years
2 days per week

Entry Requirements: Level 3 Health and Social Care (or related subject) - 48 UCAS Tariff points

Course Info

This course has been developed in line with the University Centre’s commitment to supporting enhanced professional practice to meet sector needs. 

Level 4 Modules:

  • Introduction to Evidence-based Practice
  • Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Principles of Care
  • Introduction to Public Health in Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care
  • Managing Challenging Behaviour

Level 5 Modules:

  • Understanding the Research Process
  • Advocacy and Approaches to Person-centred Practice
  • Health Promotion in Practice
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Leading Change in Health and Social Care
  • Effective Communication and Inclusive Individualised Support

The programme aims to develop the skills necessary for professional work and is based on the belief that you need to ‘learn by doing’. Our aim is to develop the knowledge and professional skills required to work successfully in public health, social care and community engagement. It has been developed with a focus on ‘community’, through engagement with community groups, community-based health and social care employers and voluntary organisations. 

The specialist modules in this programme will develop your skills and understanding of Community, Public Health and Social Care studies and related ideas such as community cohesion and the role of research methods in improving professional practice. The programme will develop students’ skills and understanding of health and social care settings, person centred care, safeguarding and leading inclusive best practice for progression into employment or further study. You will be encouraged to think critically to support your learning of ideas, concepts and research combined with real world practice.

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The programme is taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and interactive workshops. The programme has been recently updated to ensure that it continues to provide a good reflection of the current priorities and challenges within the sector, and gives you the knowledge and understanding to enhance your personal and professional practice.

You’ll have a personal tutor assigned to you throughout your degree to support your on-going development and wellbeing and ensure that your learning experience is positive.

One of the key strengths of our teaching at the University Centre is the amount of time we dedicate to supporting you as an individual student to help you get the best out of your programme. One-to-one tutorials with your tutor are important as they allow you to raise any particular issues you may be facing. Your tutor will be as supportive as possible in helping you work through these issues. 

Lecturer Profiles

Programme Leader: Lesley Larkin, BSc (Hons), MA, worked for many years in healthcare, as a staff nurse, a Health Visitor, a manager of a family assessment centre and a Senior Nurse in Child Protection. With nearly twenty years’ experience of teaching in various roles, and as an assessment associate with several awarding bodies for around 15 years, she has also been involved in developing new degree-level courses in Health in 2016/17. She has taught at the University Centre for a number of years, also lecturing on the Community, Public Health and Social Care  alongside the Access to HE diploma. She has an MA in Child Protection from the University of Huddersfield. 

Lecturer: Lalita Sah (MBBS, MSc Public Health, AFHEA, PhD researcher) is a lecturer at the University Centre Calderdale College teaching undergraduate students. Prior to joining Calderdale College, she worked as a sessional lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University. She has experience working in the clinical and public health sectors in both developed and developing countries. Her interests are focused on teaching and research in health and wellbeing. She has published her work in the research areas of mental health and wellbeing, maternal and child health, and global health inequalities. 

Lecturer: Karen Lumley, BSc (Hons), PGCE, MSET, has over 20 years’ teaching experience, with much of that time spent working at the University Centre teaching on the foundation degree. With a degree in Pyschology, she has previously worked in Primary education; at the Halifax Women’s Centre, supporting women suffering domestic violence; and leading non-accredited local community courses on areas such as self-esteem and confidence building. Alongside her teaching she is a trainer and assessor on apprenticeship programmes, and is currently working towards completing her MA in Psychology. 

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

You will need to evidence completion of a Level 3 qualification Health and Social Care or a related subject. Substantial experience of working within the sector will also be considered, if you do not have any formal qualifications. We would normally expect applicants to have a minimum of UCAS 48 tariff points.

Applicants will have to evidence a suitable level of English, ideally through a GCSE, Key Skills, Functional Skills or equivalent qualification.

The College actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and applications will be considered on an individual basis. All credit from prior learning will be assessed by the University Centre. All programmes of study are conducted and assessed in the English language.

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