Community, Public Health and Social Care Foundation Degree

Study Area: Higher Education
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: Full Time

Course Overview

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

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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Start Date

September 2024

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.


Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree can progress to the Community, Public Health and Social Care BA (Hons) top-up to gain a full honours degree.

Other progression opportunities include:

Early Years BA (Hons) top-up

Certificate in Education (Cert Ed Level 5)

Assessment Methods

Before you hand-in or present a final piece of work there is usually an opportunity for a discussion with your tutor in a one-to-one tutorial. You will be encouraged to submit or present your work-in-progress to your tutor – which will not be graded – to see whether you are on the right lines. There is usually a limit to the amount of feedback that your tutor can give you – please ask them about this.  

Your assessed work will go through a rigorous process of internal moderation and then will be checked by an externally appointed person called an external examiner. At each stage this means that marking and grading is checked and may be adjusted. 

Course Fees

£7950 per year

Eligible to receive the £500 University Centre Bursary in Year 1.

All higher education students must apply to Student Finance England for assistance towards fees. For help or advice with this please contact our Guidance Team on 01422 399367.

The University Centre has a HE Hardship Fund which students may access if they are facing financial difficulties. 

Additional information on fees and funding

Awarding Body

This course is subject to validation by The Open University

Community, Public Health and Social Care Foundation Degree

Study Area: Higher Education
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: Full Time
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