Where will this course lead?

The Foundation Diploma is the first year of a 2 year programme of study. It is tailored for those that wish to strengthen their academic abilities and gain a broader knowledge of Health and Social Care. It is an ideal starting point for those that wish to work in health and social care environments or those that wish to move on to study in higher education in the area of health and social care.

What will I study?

You will study various topics. The units of study are as follows:

- Human lifespan development

- Working in health and social care

- Meeting Individual care and support needs

- Principles of safe practice in health and social care

- Supporting individuals with additional needs

- Work experience in health and social care

You will also be expected to complete set placement hours alongside your programme of study. This is an invaluable part of the course and you must be willing to experience various settings in order to pass and complete the Foundation Diploma.


How will this course be delivered?

You will have 2 exam based units which will be sat in January, these units include Human lifespan development and Working in health and social care. The rest of the course will be delivered using practical work and taught sessions, guest speakers and educational visits as well as experience from your placements.

What qualifications will I get?

BTEC Foundation Diploma in Health and Social Care

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on an ongoing basis through a variety of methods including assignments, practical assessments, case studies and presentations. In order to pass this course you will need to meet all deadlines for assignments in each topic area and pass the exam elements. You will also be observed in the workplace, evidence from your work placements are integral to the assessment process.

How do I get a place on the course?

Places are offered by 1-1 interview with a member of the Health and Social Care team and a positive reference and report from your school.

What are the entry requirements?

4 GCSEs at grade C / grade 4 or above including English Language or a Level 2 qualification in a relevant vocational subject area and GCSE English Language at grade C / grade 4 or above. You will also need to have Maths GCSE at a minimum grade 3.

What else do I need to know?

Entry decisions will be discretionary at interview. Students will continually be assessed through probation period to ensure they are on the correct level.

An enhanced DBS is essential for the course as you are attending placements with vulnerable people. This is needed before you can start the placements.

You are also expected to wear a uniform at placement. This is available to purchase from the Health and Social care department.

If you haven't achieved an A - C or 4 grade in maths at GCSE or a level 2 functional skill you will be working towards these qualifications during your time on the course.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.

Learners who enrol on Health and Social Care courses are required to wear uniforms, complete a DBS check and attend trips. These additions will require a contribution from the student; costs available prior to enrolment.

What can I do after this course?

If you are successful on the first year of this course you will be interviewed for a place on the second year to study the BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. This is essential for anybody wishing to study at university. You can also explore Level 3 Work based options within Health and Social Care.


Stratford-upon-Avon College

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N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds

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Full Time