Higher Education Courses

Health & Social Care – Foundation Degree delivered in association with the University of Worcester

Level 5

Course code: H09D121
Type: Higher Education
Duration: 2 years
Subject area: Health & Social Care
Location: Hereford

About the course

This course is delivered in partnership with The University of Worcester, from our Hereford Campus. When you choose to work in Health and Social Care, you face a wide range of opportunities. At Herefordshire College, we help you explore your options and discover evidence-based and contemporary issues pertinent to many aspects of the health and social care sector. Our Foundation Degree and is all about experiencing a variety of roles and supports students in developing skills including reflective practice, self-awareness and interpersonal skills essential for a career in health and social care.

The Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care is a part time, two year course designed to support students wishing to work within the health and social care sector as well as those currently practicing within the field who may be looking for career development and promotion into management positions. Students will be equipped to work within a range of different settings such as schools, community centres, care settings and hospitals. Herefordshire College has excellent links to a variety of community organisations, to support students to identify and undertake a placement, as part of work-based learning.

You can complete the one year, level 4 Cert HE programme or stay with us for two years to complete the level 5 foundation degree. If you wish to progress after the two-year foundation degree onto the one-year top-up degree in Applied Health and Social Care you can complete further study at The University of Worcester such as Masters degree in Nutritional Therapy, Physician Associates and PhD study.

What qualification will I gain?

FdSc in Health and Social Care

Why choose us

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners and work-based learning tutors all with industry experience. Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and all lecturers have a teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

What you could do next

Graduate destinations include employment of further study in:

  • Care services

  • Advice and guidance services

  • Police and probation

  • Advocacy and rights-based services

  • Preventative health, care and welfare services

  • Housing support services

  • Health care provision

Popular modules

Certificate in Higher Education (Health and social care) Year 1, Level 4

  • Preparing for Practice in Health and Social Care

  • Contemporary Issues in Health and Wellbeing

  • Ethics, Values and Use of Self in Practice

  • Communication Skills for Practice

  • Human Development across the Life course

  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (optional module)

  • Working with intersectionality in social care (optional module)

Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care Year 2, Level 5

  • Innovative Working in Health and Social Care

  • Understanding Health Conditions in Person-centred Practice

  • Research and Evidence-based Practice

  • Understanding Teamwork in Professional Practice

  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing

  • Equality, Diversity and Anti-oppressive Practice

Key facts


  • 5


  • Part-Time: (one day per week plus independent study)


  • 2 years


  • Hereford Campus


  • UCAS course code L511

Assessment methods

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and a final year placement project.