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Health and Social Care Practice (FdSc / Cert HE) 

About the Course

If you’re aiming to enhance, or to establish, your career in working with adults in health and social care settings and to study alongside paid or voluntary work, then this course is ideal for you.

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  1. Strong emphasis on work-based learning and assessment.
  2. Employer engagement with the design and delivery of the course and modules.
  3. Study support for applicants returning to education.


The course is delivered over one day each week thus enabling you to maintain your current paid or voluntary work role or to undertake long placements. These might be based in the community, in a hospital or a residential setting and may involve direct or indirect care work with older people or those with a physical disability or a long term condition.

Academic modules are designed to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the theory and policies that underpin current practice in health and social care with vulnerable adults – you can see examples overleaf. Work based modules provide you with opportunities to stretch yourself in the workplace through negotiating increased breadth of depth of role and to demonstrate workplace skill. For students who are already established in the workplace this ‘stretch’ will be towards management or specialized practice. For students commencing their careers the aim is to build initial CVs and employability skills.

The curriculum and assessment tasks have primarily been created to meet the requirements for a degree, but will additionally provide you with evidence for the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services should you wish to complete this qualification in the future. This competence based qualification is located on the Qualification and Curriculum Framework (QCF) and is recognized nationally by employers for practitioners and for registered managers.

You’ll be studying alongside people from a range of sectors, discipline areas and settings and so will learn about different work roles and organizations and the way they work in partnership together. Your tutors are all professionally qualified in social care, social work, healthcare, youth work or early years work and so can help you to apply theory to practice. The programme has been developed in close and continuing partnership with employers to ensure its currency, fitness for purpose and your employability.

Illustrative Module Map

 Year 1

 Personal Development

 Social Science Perspective

 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

 Preparation for Learning in the Workplace

 Year 1

 Adult Care Workforce

 Policy Context

 Meeting Needs

Becoming a Reflective Practitioner - WBL1

 Year 2

 Understanding Research

 Essential Care Skills (option)

 Care of People with Long Term conditions

 Consolidation of Reflective Practice - WBL3

 Year 2

 Mentoring (option)

 Integrated Working

 Developing Communities (option)

 Consolidation of Reflective Practice - WBL4


Module Examples

Adult Care Workforce details the range of services for adults in both healthcare and social care settings. It particularly focuses on the policy of personalization and its implications for practice, but also addresses the policy agendas for learning disability and dementia.

Policy Context relates work roles to the wider policy, legal and human resources agendas of the adult care, health and children and young peoples' services. It overviews current structures of policy.

Becoming a Reflective Practitioner – WBL1 is a workplace module in which learners will be required to demonstrate competences and the ability to practice reflectively in the context of the Negotiated Learning Agreement.

Developing Communities raises awareness of ways in which the needs of communities can be identified and addressed. It introduces the concept, the practice and 'tools' of community development and discusses the roles and responsibilities of people and organizations working with communities.

Care of People with Long Term Conditions covers the underpinning knowledge and skills required to enable practitioners to provide effective care for people living with a long term medical condition within a variety of care settings.

Mentoring explores Mentoring Coaching and Supervision practically and theoretically to help students develop knowledge and skills based on ideas drawn from research, literature and practice.

Essential Care Skills covers the underpinning knowledge and skills required to enable practitioners to meet essential care needs of patients and clients within a variety of care settings

Integrated Working compares and contrasts different institutional arrangements for integrating services which bring together health, social care, education, youth work – community and justice –based bodies and the third sector. It will consider especially the issues of good practice and explore the challenges presented when working across different disciples.

Option modules allow you to choose from a selection of modules – a full list can be seen at



Contact Details

Institute of Education and Public Services
Faculty of Business, Education and Professional Studies
Francis Close Hall Campus,  Room PH202
University of Gloucestershire
Swindon Road
GL50 4AZ


Course Administrator:

Fay Price

Tel: 01242 715138


Course Leader:

Mark Wagstaff


Useful Links

Prospectus Page

Course Map


Student Profiles and Course Stats

University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH. Telephone +44 (0)844 8010001.