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.
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. Most modules count for 15 academic credits, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours, which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Full-time students 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.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing 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.
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
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.
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.
There is an increasing number and variety of career opportunities available in the health and care sector.
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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