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This course is validated by: Lancaster University

Wellbeing and Social Care Practices Foundation Degree FdA

Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: Ll51
Code: SS2541A15
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 2 academic years
Part time: 4 academic years
Start Dates: september 2020
Term Dates: View term dates

Our Foundation Degree in Wellbeing and Social Care Practices is for those who are working in Wellbeing and Social Care settings and seeking promotion, or those wishing to enter these professions through gaining a highly respected qualification. 

Caring for others is an important and challenging vocation and one which provides increasing opportunities for employment and career progression. Emphasis is now being placed within the NHS, Social Services, private and voluntary agencies on the education and training of care workers who are not professionally registered, to enable them to contribute to the improvement in the quality and performance of the care services. Similarly, the aging population in the UK is leading to an increased demand for suitably qualified professionals in the sector. This means job opportunities and the opportunities for career progression are plentiful.

This course is designed to equip you with the values, knowledge and skills that can be utilised and are specifically relevant to employment in Wellbeing and Social Care. Our programme reflects contemporary issues, changing trends and challenges and has an emphasis on improving the quality of care delivery within the sector.

Please note: this programme does not give you Qualified Social Worker status.

What will I study?

The course provides you with the opportunity to build on existing knowledge and experience and to further develop specific knowledge, skills and values relevant to the current and emerging needs of employment in the adult social care environment.

It will enable you to assess, plan, implement and make sound judgments in effective care delivery in accordance with the core values of care work in line with Skills for Care.

You will explore and debate issues arising from the social, cultural, moral, legal and political context in which care workers operate. You will develop your interpersonal and communication skills and will be encouraged to identify and use relevant information effectively. You will learn to locate and evaluate evidence and research and apply this in your practice and decision making in the work place.

Work Placement

During the course you are required to spend at least 240 hours working in a relevant role in order to improve your knowledge and practice of the subject. This may be through paid employment or via a voluntary work placement in a relevant role. Your work placement is expected to have a focus on applying the knowledge from your degree programme in an employment context.

Please note: work placements are subject to availability.  You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Values and Ethics in Wellbeing and Social Care Practices
  • Communication skills
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Understanding and Promoting Social Care and Wellbeing
  • Introduction to Social Policy  
  • Reviewing Literature for Wellbeing and Social Care Practices
  • Team and Multi-agency Working
  • Reflective Practitioner

Level 5 Modules (there are 6 mandatory modules and 2 optional modules out of a choice of 4 as indicated by *) include:

  • Legal Aspects of Social Care and Wellbeing
  • Leadership and Management
  • Social Policy
  • Models of Communication
  • Research Process
  • Work Based Learning
  • Supporting Families *
  • Mental Health *
  • Lifespan Psychology *
  • Mentoring in the Work Place *

Optional Modules

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.  If an optional module will not be run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.


Entry Requirements

You’ll need 48 UCAS points to join this programme which can be made up from any combination of the following:

  • A Level or equivalent
  • BTEC (National) Diploma
  • Successful completion of the appropriate Access to HE qualification

All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English.

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview. The interview will be conducted by at least two team members and will consider:

  • Your prior formal qualifications
  • Your evidence of experience of care gained through employment or other verifiable source

Students will be admitted when the interviewers are confident that the student has demonstrated sufficient prior knowledge, skill, aptitude and interest to be equally able to succeed as a candidate offering the standard entry criteria

You will need to undergo a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check at a cost of £50 to be paid by the student.


How will I be assessed?

A variety of teaching, learning and assessments will be used emphasising the relationship between theory and real life issues /experience in practice. Throughout the course you’ll be assessed by: examinations:

  • Examinations
  • E-Portfolio
  • Practice Focused Essays
  • Practice Focused Reports
  • Group presentations
  • Simulations/role play
  • Projects
  • Peer assessment

Each module is formally assessed through, for example, open book examinations, group projects, essays, assignments or briefs, presentations, group presentations, portfolio building, self-assessments and peer assessments. This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions. 

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities could include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.  

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.  You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.


On this course, students generally spend up to 2 days a week in College, if you choose to study the course full-time. As all course timetables are subject to change you should not make definite plans based on this information; this information is intended as a guide only. Please remember that you will be expected to carry out work in your own time in addition to the time you spend in College.

Overall Workload

You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.

Academic Support

We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;

  • Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English
  • Academic Writing (including referencing)
  • Research Skills


What can I do next?

There are an increasing range of opportunities for individuals to work in all areas of the care environment, with a number of different service users - for example: Family Support workers, management roles in Social Care, Assessing roles as well as students who have set up their own businesses in Social Care as well as working with a variety of service user groups- e.g. older people, people with learning disabilities, young people who offend.

It is possible to Top Up your Foundation Degree into a BA (Hons) Wellbeing and Social Care Practices (Top Up) by studying an additional year at University Centre at Blackburn College.

Careers graduates have gone on to include:

  • Social Care Management
  • Health Care Assistant (NHS)
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Perinatal Support Worker
  • Rehabilitation support worker/ manager
  • Substance misuse practitioner
  • Special Educational Needs Worker in classrooms
  • Health and wellbeing officer at school
  • Further Education
  • Nursing
  • Human Resources
Supplementary Information

Download the Programme Specification for Wellbeing and Social Care Practices. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

Work Placement

Work placements are subject to availability.  You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.

Career Options

Registered Care Home Manager

Care home managers are responsible for the day-to-day running of residential care homes. They oversee all activities within the home and make sure the quality of the service and care provided meets the National Minimum Standards for their type of home. If you've got strong people skills, and would like a management role in social care, this job could suit you.

In this job you would need to be a good communicator. You would need experience of assessing people's care and support needs. You would also need to be able to manage a budget and keep records.

There are different entry requirements for this job depending on whether you want to work in a home that looks after children or offers nursing care. See the entry requirements section below for more details. You would need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service to get into this job.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Care Assistant

If you enjoy helping people and want to make a difference to their lives, this job could be just what you are looking for.

As a care assistant you would help people who have difficulties with their daily activities. You could work with children, people with physical or learning disabilities, older people or families.

It would be useful if you had experience in a caring role. When you apply for a job you will need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

A good care assistant has a friendly and caring approach and the ability to relate to people from a variety of backgrounds. Patience and a sense of humour are also important.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Health Service Manager

Health service managers are responsible for managing the cost, delivery and quality of local healthcare services. As a health service manager you could be responsible for local healthcare in a hospital, GP service or community health service.

If you've got leadership and financial management skills, and you can motivate others, this job could be ideal for you. You will also need to be a good problem solver, and be able to explain complex things in a clear way.

To get into this career, you could join a graduate training scheme if you have a relevant degree. If you are working in a clinical role, such as a nurse or physiotherapist, you could take a postgraduate management training course. You could also work your way up from an administrative job, with experience and training.???

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Healthcare Assistant

Healthcare assistants help with the day-to-day care of patients, either in hospitals or in patients’ own homes.

If you would like to care for people and make a positive difference to their lives, this could be the ideal job for you.

Employers will be keen to see that you have a friendly and caring attitude, and understand and respect people who need healthcare support.

Previous experience and/or qualifications in care will be helpful although you may be able to start as a trainee assistant without formal qualifications. You may also be able to get in to this career through an Apprenticeship scheme.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Social Work Assistant

If you want to help and support people in the community, this could be a great job for you. Social work assistants help qualified social workers. The clients you work with could be in the community, in hospitals and in other settings such as residential care homes.

Employers will usually consider experience to be more important than your qualifications. They may ask for a good standard of general secondary education. To be a social worker’s assistant you will need a practical and flexible approach to work. You will also need to be patient and understanding.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Palliative Care Assistant

Palliative care assistants help to provide specialist end of life care and support to patients and their families in hospitals, hospices or patients’ homes. They support patients who have terminal illnesses such as cancer or other life-limiting conditions.

To do this job you will need to have a friendly and caring personality, and good communication skills. You also need to be able to deal with potentially upsetting situations. If you want to be a comforting and supportive presence to people, making a difference to their lives, then this could be the career for you.

To get in to this type of work, you need to have some work experience in healthcare. Some employers will also want you to have a specific understanding of what it means to work in end of life care.??

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Residential Support Worker

Residential support workers look after the physical and mental wellbeing of children or vulnerable adults in care.

If you enjoy helping people and want to make a difference to their lives, this job could be perfect for you.

In this job, it will be important to get on with people of all ages and backgrounds and gain their trust. You'll need to have understanding and a non-judging attitude.

Some social care employers will be more interested in your work and life experience than formal qualifications, and you can gain these whilst working. You’ll need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

There are some age restrictions on working in children’s homes.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire