Course Type: Higher Education

Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (Full time)

  • Course Code AAA0120
  • Day Weekdays
  • Time TBC
  • Start Date 17th September 2018
  • Fee Year 1: £8,200
    Year 2: £8,200
  • Duration 2 years
  • Campus Baltic Campus

This full-time course, validated by University of Sunderland where full time students will be entitled to a range of scholarships including the Get There Travel Scholarship in their first year and the Off Campus Bursary of £1200 per year. Your Partnership Liaison team will be able to advise applicants on the range of scholarships available.

The course is designed for those working in or with an ambition to work in a professional role in the health and social care services, including social work and nursing. This hands-one programme is focused around work-based learning, allowing you to put your theoretical knowledge into working practice. 

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

What are the career opportunities?

Foundation degrees are recognised by employers regionally and nationally as they include knowledge and skills that are underpinned by professional values and principles.This programme prepares you for work in a range of health and social care services including mental health, care work, domestic violence, drug and alcohol teams, disability support, youth work and family support work. 

Can I progress to a full degree?

Yes. This foundation degree is equivalent to the first two years of a full honours degree course and upon successful completion you can apply to complete the final year at the University of Sunderland to study on a part time or full time basis.

Please note:Whilst every effort is made to run advertised programmes, this course will run subject to suitable student numbers.


Entry Criteria

In addition you should have experience in health and social care. The experience can be from paid work or voluntary work.


Full time route:

  • 56 UCAS points from a minimum of two GSCEs/A Levels/AVCE or equivalent. We will also accept PPP at BTEC Extended Diploma level.
  • BTEC Level 3; NVQ Level 3; Modern Apprenticeship (NVQ Level 3 plus Key Skills)
  • GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) in Mathematics and English. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
  • A satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required prior to the start date of the programme


If English is not your first language, please refer to the University of Sunderland English Language requirements:



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This programme is offered by Gateshead College working in partnership with the University of Sunderland. The award that you will receive will be from the University of Sunderland.

FdA Health and Social Care

Please note: Whilst every effort is made to run all advertised programmes, this course will run subject to suitable student numbers.

An interview is required and a DBS check is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

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

3 A-levels or a BTEC Extended Diploma (DMM or above) or their equivalent, such as an HEFC.

Any student whose first language is not English must hold an IELTS with a minimum score of 6.0 or equivalent.

Full time programmes will require 56 UCAS points gained from A Levels/BTEC qualifications or equivalent.

You will need to have a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check before starting this course.

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