FdA Health and Social Care

Welcome to FdA Health and Social Care

Working in this sector addresses a crucial need in society. The programme enables you to develop your academic thinking and learning around a range of issues in health and social care, with a clear focus on service users in the community.  A range of topics is covered by the course team which consists of experienced lecturers and practitioners who will equip you with both theoretical knowledge and practical experience for a successful, professional career within this most-needed sector.  For more details about the topics covered, please refer to the list of modules on this programme.

Upon completion, graduates have pursued successful careers in a variety of roles, from practitioner roles to management roles and postgraduate study in areas such as social work, teaching and occupational therapy.

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This programme explores a range of disciplines within the health and social care area and encourages students to develop skills in reflective practice, critical enquiry and independent study. Delivery is through a range of methods including, lectures, seminars, case-study, discussions, and workshops. A variety of assessment strategies will be used including assignments, case studies, work-based projects, patchwork texts, and extended research study/dissertation.

The course gives all students a broad base of relevant knowledge and competencies, and also allows individuals to concentrate upon aspects of work with particular service users such as older people, children and people with disabilities. The curriculum incorporates a wide range of subjects and topics within the health and social care vocational area and fosters the development of personal and professional skills including self-appraisal, reflective practice, critical enquiry and problem solving.

The programme incorporates theory and practice in a combination of college and fieldwork based modules. Care is taken to balance and integrate these components in order to ensure that the qualification supports both career prospects and educational progression. A variety of assessment strategies will be used including assignments, case studies, work-based projects and reflective practice diaries.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 30 or 15 academic credits, with each credit taken equating to a total amount of study time which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Most full-time students will take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.

Compulsory modules enable you to cover key subject knowledge whilst and optional allow you to develop your own interests. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of core modules at a given level. Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.

Year One (Level 4) Year Two (Level 5)

32 UCAS points* or equivalent. Students with work experience but without formal qualifications will be considered. All applicants will be interviewed and will also need to undertake a written piece as part of the interview. Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)* enhanced check.

*2017-18 UCAS Tariff

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

Additional requirements:

  • You must provide evidence of having been in general education for at least 10 years and of having studied within the last five years
  • a face-to-face interview is required before an offer is made.

Further academic studies in professional training in a variety of fields including social work, teaching and allied health professions. Graduates will be able to progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) Health and Social Care. Those already in employment have progressed to more senior positions within their organisation.

Career Opportunities

There is an increasing number and variety of career opportunities available in the health and care sector.

Course progression

Further academic studies in professional training, graduates will be able to progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) in
Health and Social Care at Colchester Institute.
*Please note there is a charge of £44 for a DBS check

Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.

Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical’s. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures. You will use and have access to industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course.

When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations

Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

 Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

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FdA Health and Social Care - Full-time
LevelLevel 5
LocationColchester
Duration2 Years
UCAS CodeL510
Academic Year2018-2019
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2018
Fee(s)2018-19: £9,250
FdA Health and Social Care - Part-time
LevelLevel 5
LocationColchester
Duration4 Years
Course CodeZH2FDHSP01
Academic Year2018-2019
Study ModePart-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2018
Fee(s)2018-19: £4,625 per year
Year One (Level 4)

Module title:  Ethics and Values (15 credits)

What’s it about?

The module explores the values and theories which inform how Health and Social Care professionals make ethical decisions.

What do I learn?

You will learn how socialisation contributes to the development of personal values as well as the role of education and professional codes of conduct in shaping professional values. There will be discussion of the potential for conflict between personal, professional and societal values. You will learn a number of ethical approaches and consider how to apply them in practice.

What’s the assignment?

3,000 word essay based on a case study

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Module title: Health and Wellbeing

What’s it about?

What is health and what does it mean to have a good sense of ‘wellbeing’? This module explores the complex and multifaceted nature of health and wellbeing in contemporary societies, questioning the social, cultural and political factors that influence an individual’s health.

What do I learn?

Different concepts and definitions of health, illness and disability, how social inequalities create health disparities, health interventions, and forms of empowerment.

What’s the assignment?

A 4,000 written assignment in the form of a patchwork text and a presentation summarising the patches (15 mins)

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Module title: Human Growth and Development (15 credits)

What’s it about? 

This module introduces students to the process of development that individuals go through during their lives, providing a holistic approach.  It looks at anatomical and physiological changes, psychosocial development and issues of culture, class, race, gender, ability and sexual orientation, applying them to human development.  It also looks at how development influences individual identity.

What do I learn? 

Nature versus Nurture, holistic development, stage theory and comparing theories of growth, child development, family systems, old age, and disability.

What’s the assignment? 

Essay based on case study

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Module title: Research and Study Skills

What’s it about?

Students entering Higher Education will need a specific set of study skills for successful completion of their degree. This module equips you will the necessary skills to succeed and includes learning how to Harvard reference, structuring and writing essays as well as research methodologies

What do I learn?

Harvard referencing, research skills for books, journals and academic websites, analytical and evaluative skills, and Quantitative and Qualitative research methods.

What’s the assignment?

A 3,000 word patchwork assignment, which is made up of three individual patches that you will complete over the duration of the module.

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Module title: The Social & Political Context of Health and Social Care (15 credits)

What’s it about?

This module explores the social, economic, and political factors and scientific advances which have influenced the development of health and welfare over the centuries.

What do I learn?

You will identify significant turning points in policy and service development such as the Victorian Poor law and the introduction of the post war welfare state. You will explore how scientific progress and challenges to attitudes to the poor and vulnerable have influenced models of understanding of disability and ageing and evaluate these in relation to current policy and practice.

What’s the assignment?

3,000 word patch work essay

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Module title: Work Based Learning

What’s it about?

This module gives you the opportunity to reflect on your practice with the aim of celebrating what you do and improving your professional capabilities. This means linking your professional work to broader social and political structures such as legislation and inequalities. This will give you the necessary skills to explore the links between theory and practice.

What do I learn?

How important is your contribution to the Health and Social Care profession? How do legislation, politics and broader issues of health care in the UK context impact on your practice?

What’s the assignment?

There are two parts to the assignment: Part 1) Investigative study/examination of practice – written assignment (5,000 words.) Part 2) Presentation of your linking of theory to practice of your chosen activity, to be video recorded, using appropriate resources (1,000-word equivalent) – 10-15 minutes’ duration.

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Year Two (Level 5)

Module title:  Effective Communication (FdA)

What’s it about?

To be an effective care practitioner, you need to be able to adapt and adjust your communication skills when necessary. This module allows you to examine key communication theories and strategies. Moreover, you will reflect on you own communication skills in your professional practice and assess your strengths while recognising your areas for development.

What do I learn?

Theories, concepts, and techniques of communication. This includes: assertiveness strategies, questioning techniques and understanding emotional intelligence. You will identify and evaluative barriers to communication as well as analyse your own skills in this area.

What’s the assignment?

3,000-word essay based on the above.

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Module title: Independent learning

What’s it about?

This is the module where you have the opportunity to investigate, explore, analyse and evaluate a Health and Social Care related topic of particular interest to you.

What do I learn?

You will learn to negotiate, plan and carry out a programme of learning or independent study in an academic or professional context, with minimum guidance or supervision, taking responsibility for negotiating specific learning outcomes which are equivalent to 15 credits at Level 5. You will be able to demonstrate the relevance of outcomes to the programmes of study, identify and define issues and problems and propose solutions as well as applying your own criteria of judgement and challenging received opinions where appropriate, and you will learn how to negotiate an appropriate form of assessment to demonstrate the learning to be achieved.

What’s the assignment?

3,000 word project: a self-directed inquiry into a specific area of academic/professional interest relevant to your personal/educational development.

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Module title: Law and Ethics (15 credits)

What’s it about?

This module builds on the Ethics and Values module in the first year with a focus on the law and how it contributes to ethical decision making.

What do I learn?

You will develop a detailed understanding of relevant social work laws and the principles underpinning them. You will evaluate the legislation with reference to anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice and learn how an understanding of the law relates to ethical decision making. You will appreciate the ethical dilemmas arising from conflicting principles and legislation.

What’s the assignment?  

The assignment consists of two parts: (1) a 2,000 word essay based on a case study. (2) A 1.5-hour open book exam.

Module title Loss in Health and Social Care (15 credits)

What’s it about?

This module looks at the different types of loss experienced in care practice.  It considers the similarities and differences between the types of loss and the way we experience it.  It looks at the potential impact it has on self and practice, avoidance, and the way we deal with it.

What do I learn?

Identification of situations of loss in Health and Social Care, personal experience of loss, theoretical perspectives on grieving (both individual and social), personal and professional boundaries, your own experience, support/supervision, and networks.

What’s the assignment?

3,000-word essay based on theory and experience in practice.

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Module title: Mental Health (60 credits)

What’s it about?

The module promotes an understanding the nature and development of mental health problems, substance misuse, and the dementias, and evaluates current service provision and practice issues.

What do I learn?

You will understand different models of mental health problems, substance misuse, and ageing, and their implications for professional practice. You will develop an appreciation of risks associated with mental health problems, substance misuse and the dementias, including risks posed by service users and risks to service users arising from the mental health system. You will be able to evaluate the complex issues arising from service users with overlapping needs and consider the effectiveness of current service provision.

What’s the assignment?

6,000 word patch-based essay. You should choose to write about one of the following: mental health problems, or substance misuse, or the dementia’s.

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Module title Promoting Health in Health and Social Care (15 credits)

What’s it about?

This module introduces the concepts of health and illness and develops an understanding of the importance of promoting health in all care capacities and practice.  It introduces key themes such as advocacy, empowerment, and effective communication.

What do I learn? 

Students will gain an understanding of theories of health and illness, analyse the impact of inequality on health and access to health improvement, and analyse how theories of health promotion can be used to plan health promotion strategy.

What’s the assignment? 

Group Presentation and 2,500-word essay

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Module title: Work Based Learning 2

What’s it about?

This module gives you the opportunity to reflect on your practice with the aim of celebrating what you do and improving your professional capabilities. This means linking your professional work to broader social and political structures such as legislation and inequalities. This will give you the necessary skills to explore the links between theory and practice.

What do I learn?

How important is your contribution to the Health and Social Care profession? How do legislation, politics and broader issues of healthcare in the UK context impact on your practice?

What’s the assignment?

There are two parts to the assignment: Part 1) Investigative study/examination of practice – written assignment (5,000 words) Part 2) Presentation of your linking of theory to practice of your chosen activity, to be video recorded using appropriate resources (1,000-word equivalent (10-15 minutes’ duration.)

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