|Location:||University Centre at Blackburn College|
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|Validated by:||Lancaster University|
|Study Mode:||Full Time, Part Time|
Full time: 2 academic years
Part time: 4 academic years
|Start Dates:||september 2020|
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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.
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 *
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:
- Practice Focused Essays
- Practice Focused Reports
- Group presentations
- Simulations/role play
- Peer assessment
Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence. 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.
We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course. 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.
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.
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.
- 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 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.