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FDA Health and Social Care

TARIFF: 56 - 80
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2022
Are you planning to start or further your career as a health and social care professional? Do you have a strong desire to help people? If yes, then this course could be for you.
Our foundation course is an excellent gateway into a variety of roles  within the health and social care sector, where you’ll feel fulfilled every day knowing you’re making a difference to someone’s life, providing the support they need to lead an independent and full life.
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Ranked 2nd for student satisfaction in London and south east for health studies

The modules are so interesting and provide a really good basis if you are interested in Health and Social care but are not quite sure of the exact field yet. This course will provide many possibilities and the course leader is happy to talk you through your different career options, which is really helpful.
Georgina Capel
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Open Days

We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.

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Application guide

For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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Students’ Union

At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why we’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities through our SU – all to enrich your university experience.

Why study this subject?

Structured around employment in the health and social care sector, this course has been designed with relevant employers to meet the demanding needs of the industry.

You’ll develop specialist knowledge and skills in care work as well as analysis and evaluation meaning you can make a positive impact in whatever career you choose to pursue.

By studying our FDA Health and Social Care, you’ll open doors to opportunities to work with young offenders, those with mental health needs, learning disabilities and the vulnerable, elderly and disabled.

The breadth of subjects you’ll study on this course will give you an introduction and insight into the ethics of caring for vulnerable people in our society. This knowledge will aim to deepen your development and understanding of working in the health and social care sector and subsequently increase employment opportunities for you in the future.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

You’ll also gain first-hand experience through work-based learning in either paid employment or voluntary roles.

Here at BNU we recognise that many students applying for this course may not have entered the programme through the traditional academic requirements. We offer support from our Learning Development Unit on a one-to-one basis, tailored to your individual learning needs.

The team will work with you on all aspects of your academic work and help ensure you get the most from your learning. You’ll also be given access to a range of online resources to further support you.

As this is a foundation degree course, we have gone through all the basics of academic writing, how to structure as essay etc which I have found invaluable! This course provided me with many possibilities and I feel I'm now prepared to follow the next path into Social Work.
Georgina Capel
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What will I study?

Designed in line with the Quality Assurance Agency and its subject benchmarks for Health Studies, this foundation degree will help you develop the skills you need to work in this rewarding and exciting yet demanding field.

Over the two-year programme, you’ll explore topics like Epidemiology, health and social care policy, culture and communities, principles of research and contemporary issues facing health and social care today.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Guided by your tutors and lecturers, you’ll link theory taught in the classroom with the practical setting of your placements.

Through lectures, group work and discussions, debates, seminars, role plays, guest speakers and self directed study, you’ll be taken through the core modules of the programme.


Useful Information

Foundation Degree Health & Social Care Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 56 - 80

There will also be a telephone interview process. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

Epidemiology, Health and Social Science: An Introduction

Health and Social Care Policy

Understanding Culture and Communities

Year 2 Modules

Developing Personal and Professional Practice

Life-long Career in Health and Social Care

Contemporary Issues and Management of Health and Social Services

Principles of Research Methodologies in Health and Social Care

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£9,250 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£14,250 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll have experience of a real working environment and will be qualified to work in a number of different careers, including caring for those with mental health issues, learning difficulties, the elderly and the disabled.

When you finish, you may want to further your expertise on our conversion course, taking your qualifications to an honour’s degree in Professional Practice (Integrated Health & Social Care).

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on your path to your chosen career. You’ll develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and a good leader.


Course leader

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Preyvinkumar Sookun
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