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FdA Social Care

This Foundation degree is awarded by Hull University

The FdA Social Care aims to develop the students understanding of the challenges found in the social care setting. By studying aspects of psychology, social policy and the legal system; students are able to develop knowledge that could enable them to progress into numerous careers within the social work, social care and community sector.
The practical based learning ensures that students have not only an academic understanding of this area but also an idea of the demands often encountered whilst working in this sector. The aim of this Foundation Degree is to produce employable and knowledgeable individuals who can success in what is a rapidly developing and changing area.

This programme may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. From November 2010 onwards you will be legally required to register with the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) which is administered by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) ( The ISA has been established as a single agency in England to monitor all individuals who want to work or volunteer with vulnerable people. Registration with the scheme will cost £64, as a one-off payment, which will cover both the cost of registration and a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. Following successful registration onto the relevant ISA list(s) you will be issued with an ISA Registration Number which will stay with you for the rest of your career. The Institute will send further instructions on registering with the VBS as part of the admissions process where relevant.

No Awarding body

Duration of Course:

2 Years

Entry requirements:

You will need a minimum of 120 UCAS points or hold a relevant Access Certificate / Diploma with appropriate units. In line with the widening participation brief, however, the Institute will also encourage applications from students who lack formal qualifications.

International Students also require an IELTS score of 5.5 in all areas or a B2 equivalent English Language qualification

What you will learn:

Level 4 modules will consist of:
Health and Society
Study and Research Skills
Social Policy
Lifespan Development
Work Based Learning 1
Working with People

Level 5 modules will consist of:
Concepts and Issues in Social CareToday
Equality, Diversity and Legislation in Social Care Practice
Approaches to Care Planning
Psychology in the Care Setting
Work Based Learning 2
Safeguarding of Vulnerable Individuals

Learning and teaching methods

Whilst on this programme students will be assessed using a variety of methods: essays/reports, short answer papers, individual and group presentations, poster presentation, peer assessment, seminar papers, self assessment plan and closed book examinations. All assessment methods are designed to incorporate key skills which are transferable to the workplace

Employment information:

Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career, or advance an existing one in the social care sector as an advanced practitioner. The programme also offers articulation to the University of Hull for a further two years of study to receive a BA in Social Work, or articulation onto one of the Institute's BA (Hons) top-up programmes. The course provides the essential and transferable skills for individuals to succeed in the social care sector.


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Equal Opportunities

The Grimsby Instutute Group guarantees that it will deal fairly and effectively with all students, staff and visitors and offer equality of opportunity on the basis of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

Students have the right to expect that this will apply to them without prejudice or discrimination and that they also have the obligation to deal fairly and effectively with other students and staff regardless of age, creed, gender, impairment, learning difficulty, marital status, national origin, race, religion or sexuality.

The Grimsby Institute Group will endeavour to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and additional duties, which requires public bodies to make every effort to support persons with disability.

Course was last updated on 6/11/2013