Course Type: Higher Education

Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care

  • Course Code HCAHEF001A
  • Day Weekdays
  • Time Daytime
  • Start Date 16th September 2019
  • Fee Year 1: £8,500
    Year 2: £8,500
  • Duration 2 years
  • Campus Baltic Campus

This full-time course, validated by University of Sunderland is suitable for anyone 18 years or over who is working in or aspires to a professional role in the health and social care services including social work and nursing. During this ‘hands on’ programme you’ll undertake a significant amount of work-based learning allowing you to put your theoretical knowledge into working practice. This Foundation Degree is equivalent to the first two years of a full honours degree course and upon successful completion you will be able to apply to complete the final year at the University of Sunderland to study on a part time or full time basis. You will need to have an up to date Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB check).

What will I study?

Modules include:

  • Understanding health and social care

  • Developing independent learning and professionalism in the social sciences

  • Exploring psycho-social theory

  • Working in health and social care settings

  • Dimensions of health

  • Qualitative research methods in the social sciences

    You will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Evidence of Level 3 academic ability in an appropriate subject.

  • Evidence of vocational experience in an appropriate health or social care setting.

  • GCSE maths and English, or equivalent qualifications in literacy and numeracy


    What are the career opportunities?
    Foundation Degrees are recognised by employers regionally and nationally, as they include both knowledge and skills and are underpinned by professional values and principles.

    The Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care provides you with a higher level of qualification to prepare you for work in: mental health, care work, domestic violence, drug and alcohol teams, disability support, youth work, family support work, among other health and social care related job roles. Many of our students also progress to postgraduate study in social work, teaching, nursing and other MA study paths.

    Gateshead College is committed to widening access to lifelong learning through collaboration with the University of Sunderland.

    The University of Sunderland monitors and quality assures the programme, ensuring it is kept up to date and meets the changing needs of local employers and national standards.

Please note: Whilst every effort is made to run all programmes, courses will run subject to suitable student numbers. This programme is not available to international students.

An interview is required and a DBS check is required.

How to apply

You can apply for this course via UCAS. Search for the course title in the University of Sunderland's programme list and then select Gateshead College when given the choice.

Qualifications needed

2 GCSEs grade C (4) or above in English and maths.

A levels, or BTEC Level 3 National Diploma, or equivalent, such as HEFC

Required experience

In addition to the entry requirements it is essential that you have evidence of either relevant employment or work experience in the care sector, which may include voluntary work.

There are loans available that you can apply for to help cover the costs of course fees and living costs(if studying full time).

For more information or advice, contact our finance support services on 0191 490 4627 or 0191 426 4329. Our support funds team can also be emailed at support.funds@gateshead.ac.uk