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Foundation Degree in Social Care Studies (FdA)

    Full time
    2 Years
    Canterbury Christ Church University
This is an innovative programme based on our commitment to widening participation access to careers in social work and social care and which recognises the significant value of work based learning in these areas. It is designed to support students who wish to eventually pursue a career in social work or increase their knowledge and skills for a career in social care. It provides maximum flexibility in terms of entry requirements and recognises that students who offer life experience have the potential to enhance the current social work and social care workforce.

You will be taught through a blended learning approach using a combination of lectures, workshops, self-directed study, group discussions using case-based material including video, experiential work, role plays, seminars, small group work and peer learning. You will typically have round 6 contact hours per week. Small class sizes will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will be supported by your academic personal tutor. All programmes are informed by Canterbury Christ Church University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020 The first module is assessed 100% on written course work. Each subsequent module is then jointly assessed on the basis of a college based assignment (50%) and the WPET (50%). You will receive feedback on all formal assessments undertaken by coursework. You are also expected to consider opportunities for feedback more broadly in terms of more verbal methods such as group discussions or exercises leading to verbal feedback. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

Each 20 credit module will typically include 20 hours of college based learning, 30 hours of directed study and 170 hours of independent and work based learning.

A Foundation Degree enables students to progress onto a full honours degree or to continue to progress their career through progression in the workplace and other study. This Foundation Degree in Social Care Studies has been specifically designed to offer an option to apply for a top up year on our BA Hons) in Social Work Studies run in partnership with LSEC at Bromley College. This unique approach enables students to progress and apply for registration as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council on successful completion of both programmes.

This programme is not HCPC approved. However, successful graduation from it could lead onto the one year BA (Hons) Social Work Studies, which is currently approved by the HCPC as a qualification that enables graduates to apply for registration with the HCPC as a Social Worker. Students will be expected to purchase some reading material related to the programme and to fund their travel to college and to and from their work base or volunteer work. Students may occasionally be invited to the university main site in Canterbury to use our skills facilities or to participate in workshops or conference alongside students on similar programmes. Students will need to fund their own travel to and from Canterbury. This course is not regulated or approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. However, for those students who wish to progress on to our third year BA(Hons) Social Work Studies should be aware that they will need to demonstrate their Suitability for Social Work throughout this FD through attendance and behaviours that are compatible with entry to a professional programme. This includes during the work based learning elements of the programme. The programme has links with a range of practice settings across Kent and more formally through the Programme Management Committee which meets biannually to consider all aspects of the programme.

Applications should be made through UCAS UCAS Institution Code: C10 Course Code: L510

This Foundation degree (FD) programme is a work-based learning programme which means you work and learn at the same time. You will develop the effective use of knowledge, skills and core values that are relevant to future work or study in both social care and social work. It is designed to prepare people for active participation in the caring field or related career and has been designed with a perspective of practically-oriented higher-education which will ensure students are work-ready, employable and which also fully recognises the importance of the development of students’ interpersonal skills in this specialist field. This particular Foundation Degree has been designed to provide graduates with the equivalent of Advanced Standing in order to enable a top-up qualification in BA Hons Social Work Studies. Successful completion of a BA Hons Social Work Studies top-up programme enables students to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a social worker. In order to progress to this third year student will need to successfully complete the Foundation Degree including an assessment of their work based learning across both years one and two.

Year One

Introduction to Foundation Degree study

This aim of this module is to introduce you to the basic academic study skills required when undertaking study within Higher Education. Additionally, it prepares you to become a self-directed learner and introduce you to the skills required to begin work-place development.

The Context of Social Care

This aim of this module is to enable you to examine current Government policy, explore the impact on the development of welfare services and consider the implication of this for service users. It aims to develop your awareness of the relationship between social, economic, political and technological factors, and the influence this has in determining the drivers of welfare service provision.

Values and Ethics in Practice

This aim of this module is to introduce you to the ethical theory, principles and values that underpin work in social care and social work and explore how these can inform practice when responding to the needs of service users.

Understanding Human growth and development

The module aims to develop knowledge of theories of human development and understanding of how these can seek to explain observed behaviour across the lifespan.

Social Care Practice Theory

The main aim of this module is to develop students’ understanding of different theoretical perspectives that underpin their assessment, direct work and interventions with service users, their families, carers and significant others in their networks. Students will develop skills in applying these ideas to their real-life work as social care practitioners. This module will provide a foundation to develop students’ theoretical understanding as they progress to the Advancing Social Care Theory level 5 module.

Understanding the Interface between social care and social work

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the common and discrete areas of knowledge, skills and values found at the interface between social care and social work practice.

Year Two

Partnership Working

The aim of this module is to enable you to explore the nature and scope of partnership working in social care and social work and develop underpinning knowledge of the key features of effective team working.

The Research Minded Practitioner

This aim of this module is to increase your knowledge and understanding of the research process, the ability to identify and analyse research findings and the ability to use research to inform their practice. Additionally, it aims to enable you to make links between the processes involved in undertaking research and the skills required to make assessments and develop appropriate care plans.

Practise Skills in Social Care

The aim of the module is to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of how relationship based practice can promote effective and person centred work with service users and carers. Additionally, the module aims to provide the opportunity for students to critically engage with the emotional dimension inherent in the reflection process.

Service User and Carer Involvement in Social Care

The aims of this module are to examine the concept of service user and carer involvement and the implications for service design, delivery and social care practice.

The module aims to develop your understanding of the growing theory base in relation to inclusive social care practice and how these ideas may be applied to your social care practice.

Advancing Social Care Theory

The aims of this module are for you to develop a more advanced understanding of the theory base underpinning models of social care practice and intervention. You will demonstrate a critical application in relation to your specific area of social care practice showing a greater understanding of the 'service user- in- context' dimension.


• GCSE English - Grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent
• Level 2 Maths qualification or equivalent
• Level 3 qualification - NVQ, BTEC National, one A-Level or Access to HE Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject such as health and social care or a level 3 qualification in an unrelated subject area alongside significant experience in a relevant health and/or social care work setting
• Be employed (or working in a suitable voluntary capacity) for at least 15 hours per week in a relevant social care setting or undertaking work directly related to social care. Your employer will need to confirm the suitability of the setting in relation to meeting the programme’s work based learning outcomes.
• You will also need to attend an interview and selection day. Interviews will be conducted via an interview panel and will consist of a group interview, a written test and one to one interview.

Applicants without the usual academic entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be assessed on the basis of individual merit, previous personal or work based experience and their ability to demonstrate that they can successfully complete the programme at this time.

Entrance to the programme will be subject to current Occupational Health, and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) with lists checks.

We will undertake the professional Suitability for Social Work assessment in order to advise candidates if there are any issues which could prevent them from progressing onto the BA (Hons) Social Work Studies.

In addition you will be required to confirm prior to interview/offer decision making that you have the ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet browsing and use of email.

Institution Code: C10
Course Code: L510