FdA Public Health and Social Care

Course overview

The aim of this Foundation Degree is to equip learners with both theoretical and Practical attributes underpinning Health and Social Care practice. The Foundation degree in Health and Social Care empowers individuals working or anticipating to work in public health, social care, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and the public sector.  The fundamentals of health delivery are explored concurrently with an exploration of the social context of health provision.  This course is designed to provide learners with a high level of understanding of care or early years care with health and social care settings. The Foundation Degree in Public Health and Social Care also addresses the changing health and social care needs and provision in the UK.

The programme is oriented to those already working or volunteering in some part of this vast sector and is placement facing. The teaching and learning strategies aim to stimulate the student’s interest, skills and knowledge in Health and Social Care, providing intellectual challenge at Foundation Degree level with the overall aim of ensuring that students are better prepared for employment and career development in the health and social care sector. The use of placements and practice based approaches, such as case studies and portfolios, help students to reflect on and validate their current practice as well as develop their knowledge base.

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Key Information:

Course duration: 2 Years
Study Mode: Full-time
Study Location: Wembley Central campus
Intake: September 2020
Award: Foundation Degree
Awarding Body: London Metropolitan University

*Course availability: Subject to final approval

Modules Studied

Level 4 - Year 1 Modules:

  • Placement Learning 1
  • Social Contexts for Professional Practice
  • Communicating with Different Client Groups
  • Understanding Public Health and Social Care

Level 5 - Year 2 Modules: 

  • Placement Learning 2
  • Promoting Public Health & Wellbeing
  • Public Health, Illness and Society
  • Ethics and research in professional contexts


Starting Dates:

September 2020

"Subject to final approval"

Tuition Fees:


At LSST we welcome applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. If you have recently been in education or are returning after a long time, we would be more than happy to consider your application on an individual basis.

Application based on Previous qualifications:

If you are applying based on your previous qualifications, you will usually have achieved a minimum of 90 credits from a Level 3 qualification such as A Levels or BTECs

Mature learner 21+:

If you are applying as a mature learner (aged 21+) and do not have the above qualifications, you can apply via our assessment based entry and we will consider your prior experiences (work, voluntary, life and other experiences) that are relevant to the course.

You will be required to complete the following:

1. Provide a CV and Personal Statement

2. English Language Test (with a minimum 70% score, equivalent to IELTS 6.0)

3. Maths Test (Score 50%)

4. Complete a SAPE Assessment (Screening for Accreditation of Prior Experience)

5. Applicants will also be invited to attend an Interview

You will be assessed via coursework, practical exams including oral presentations.

The assessment strategy is underpinned by the course learning outcomes. The assessment methods tally according to the aims of each module. Each assessment will be looking for evidence that you have achieved the specific learning outcomes of the module and the broader learning outcomes of the course.

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Apply underlying concepts and principles of public health and social care outside the context in which they were first studied, including the application of those principles in a work context;

  • Apply in a work context the main methods of enquiry in health and social care relevant to Foundation degree, evaluate critically the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems in the field of study, recognising the limits of their knowledge, and how this influences analyses and interpretations based on that knowledge;

  • Use in a work context a range of established techniques to initiate and undertake critical analysis of information, and to propose solutions to problems arising from that analysis;

  • Effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and deploy key techniques of the discipline effectively and in a work context;

  • Undertake further training, develop existing skills and acquire new competences that will enable them to assume significant responsibility within organisations;

  • Undertake employment which requires the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making;

  • Utilise opportunities for lifelong learning.