Health and Care Professions

Professional Practice in Health and Social Care

Foundation Degree (FdSc)
Leaflet Code: CR28847FT


The FdSc Professional Practice in Health & Social Care degree in Health & Social Care provides a principal route for the training and education of Assistant Practitioners. NHS Employers (2015) identified the Assistant Practitioner as non-occupational specific role that has developed to assist organisations to deliver high quality and patient centred services in a variety of settings.
An Assistant Practitioner is a worker who competently delivers health and social care to and for people. They are non-registered practitioners who have the required level of knowledge and skill beyond that of traditional healthcare assistant or support workers and expected to undertake more complex tasks (Skills for Health, 2009).
Learners undertaking the programme will be required to complete 200 hours work-based experience in a relevant setting, which will greatly enhance their employability on completion of the programme.

  • Openshaw Campus
  • Full Time
  • 2 years
  • September 2024

Awarding Partner:

Sheffield Hallam University

Quality Mark:

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The teaching team have a variety of academic and industry-based qualifications and experience, including Registered Nurse, Registered Manager, Vocational Assessor and Internal Verifier Awards.

• 48 UCAS points

• GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above or Functional Skills at Level 2 or equivalent

Learners will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Scheme check and also a satisfactory Occupational Health check to confirm their suitability to meet the work- based requirements.

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Year 1: Essential Sciences for Person Centered Care (20 credits)

Year 1: Foundations for Effective Collaborative Practice (20 credits)

Year 1: Integrated Holistic Assessment and Delivery of Health and Social Care Interventions. (20 credits)

Year 1: Reflective and Personal Development Skills (20 credits)

Year 1: Work Based Learning 1: Academic (20 credits)

Year 1: Work Based Learning 1: Practice (20 credits)

Year 2: Leadership and Management (20 credits)

Year 2: Using and Evaluating Evidence to inform practice (20 credits)

Year 2: Work Based Learning 2 Academic (20 credits)

Year 2: Work Based Learning 2 Practice (20 credits)

The emphasis throughout the programme is on the use of a variety of assessment methods designed to support the development of the learner's knowledge and understanding.
This will be formative and summative in order to ensure development and learning through and around the sessions, to provide a formal method of success.

Learners where possible will use their workplace as a focus for their written assignments, encouraging the integration and comparison of theory to practice. Work based Learning and employer engagement are facilitated through the Personal Development Process.

At the beginning of the programme the learner will initiate a Personal Development Plan based on a detailed assessment of the learners strengths and weaknesses and their current job description.

There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

- Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
- Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.