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Foundation Degree in Care Studies


The course is for people of any age who wish to develop a career in health and social care, including posts with responsibilities, such as those of supervision, administration and management. This course provides the knowledge, skills and motivation for career development.

Some students taking the foundation degree may be successful in seeking financial support from their employers, while others will need to pay the coursefee themselves. Students are able to progress to bsc health and social care, or the nursing or social work degree subject to interview and prior qualifications.


Two A levels, AVCE, BTEC national certificate or diploma in appropriate subjects.

Mature applicants may be accepted without qualifications following an interview and satisfactory reference.

Student Case Study: Deborah Gray, Foundation Degree Care Studies

Debbie enrolled on the Foundation Degree Care Studies in September 2012. Debbie said “Going back into education after numerous years away was a forbidding thought, I was apprehensive as I lacked confidence in my ability to produce the work that would be needed. As a full-time mum I wanted to be a good role model for my children, I also knew it was important to gain a qualification for when I went back to employment. I found the Foundation Degree very hard and nerve racking at first but with the support off the tutors and students alike it has enabled me to achieve good results in my course work and helped me to gain confidence in my ability. During my two year course I have been volunteering at a residential care home which has given me a great insight into the hard work that goes into caring for the elderly and has prepared me for entering back into full-time employment. My future aspirations are to help vulnerable people, specifically to help abused women/children which is a cause that is close to my heart and I believe that the Foundation Degree has helped me get closer to my desired goal” 



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Course Length:

2 years

Course Levels:

4, 5


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