Social Care (Adult and Community) - Foundation Degree

Social Care (Adult and Community) - Foundation Degree

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This course is validated by The Open University.


This Foundation Degree gives you the opportunity to study in the field of Social Care.

The course aims to give you the opportunity to research a range of subjects which relate to the current demands of care.

Modules have been designed to allow you to explore contemporary issues relevant to the sector, but also to embed your learning in the context of professional practice.

Duration 2 Years Full Time or Part Time
Study mode Full Time or Part Time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72280-10
Fee £7,250 Full Time or £3,625 Part Time (per academic year)

What you learn

You will study 120 credits per year of the course and the modules may include:

Year 1 - Level 4

  • Skills for Academic Development
  • Safe Practice in Care
  • Communication and Supportive Practices
  • Developing Professional Practice
  • Healthy Living
  • Social Policy

Year 2 - Level 5

  • The Reflective Practitioner
  • Behaviour Management
  • Developing Person Centred Care
  • Leadership and Management
  • Supporting Adults with Specific Needs
  • Social Enterprise

Benefits / Skills you will develop

The course will enable you to develop your professional knowledge and skills and apply it to current practice.

How you will be assessed

For each module, one or two assessments will be required which may contain a number of tasks.

In addition lecturers will plan in ungraded or formative assessments as part of the learning process; these will be shown in the module scheme of work.

Formative assessment may be in the form of case studies; seminar groups; tutorials and set tasks within class.

At the end of the module, a mark will be awarded based on the evidence of the summative assessments.

The team have planned a range of assessment methods throughout the Foundation Degree in Social Care to take into account students preferred learning styles and give opportunities for skill development.

All modules have an element of work based learning or reflection within the assessment.

This is not, however, assessed in practice but workplace feedback will be sought in the form of placement reports and mentor feedback.

As work based learning and the links from theory to practice are integral to the award it is essential that all students adhere to strict codes of confidentiality, and seek consent from the appropriate sources prior to using case studies and examples from work practice.

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

This course will be delivered at the University Centre where students will have access to a HE-specific study zone, including computer facilities, and social area.

Full time students will study two days per week and part-time students will study one afternoon and evening per week.

Programme Specifications

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please see the following link:

Entry requirements

The award adopts the Scheme admissions policy and criteria.

This course has minimum entry requirements of 1 x E in a relevant A level or a pass in BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or another vocational level 3 qualification, together with a GCSE at grade C in English.

However, candidates receiving this minimum offer would need to demonstrate significant prior experience in the adult and community care sector.

A typical offer is likely to be 2 x D at A level, or a Merit profile in a relevant BTEC National Diploma/Certificate, together with GCSE English at C or above.

Students for part time study will need to be working in the social care sector in a suitable placement.

Full time students will need approx. 10-12 hours a week, voluntary or paid placement in a suitable placement on-going throughout their study.

All students will be interviewed prior to selection on the course and have opportunity to discuss placement requirements.

Students will also be required to complete the Disclosure and Barring Service process (DBS) prior to commencement on placement.

Non-standard entry requirements: In the absence of formal learning qualifications applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate relevant work experience, including work in a voluntary capacity.

The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Applications will be accepted from those who have few or non-standard qualifications but a wealth of work and life experience, including appropriate experience in a relevant field, commitment and ability. Applicants in this group will be invited to interview and requested to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages will need to possess an IELTS band score of 6.0 (with no-less than 5.5 in any one element) or a recognised English Level 2 qualification.

Additional Costs

As part of this course, you will be required to have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and will be expected to pay any fees associated with this. Fees are estimated to be around £60.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is L510 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

If you wish to apply for one of our part-time Higher Education courses, please apply here

What's next

Successful students who want to continue their studies can apply to colleges or universities for a top up degree course.

You could seek employment in the community as a senior support worker or for managerial roles in the sector.

Campus Locations

University Centre

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 216 2406
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.6 MilesWebsite

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