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Health and Social Care (FdSc)

Foundation Degree Fd(Sc)

This highly flexible foundation degree allows staff working in health and social care settings to gain new knowledge and skills. It is taught at two of our Oxford Brookes partner colleges:

The course is primarily aimed at care workers who are taking on new roles, for example as assistant practitioners, associate practitioners or team leaders. It is also suitable for staff who have already achieved a level of responsibility but who want to consolidate that, with evidence of new knowledge and skills to enhance their practice. It is open to all who are interested in exploring new aspects of health and social care and who are in employment in a relevant place of work.

To find out more about what it is like to study at an Oxford Brookes partner college, visit our partnership course pages.

Note: this foundation degree does not award a registration in health and social care.

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Solihull College / Swindon College

Course length

  • Full time: 2 years

Solihull College: L513
Swindon College: L514

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time off-campus fee: 2019/20: £7,350

International - full time off-campus fee: 2019/20: £9,000 (not available at Solihull College)

*Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

Further information about financial support is available here.

For general sources of financial support, see:

Specific entry requirements

You should normally be in employment, as you must be able to continue working in an appropriate health or social care setting while undertaking the work-based learning component. However, there may also be a number of places available to applicants who are not currently in employment.

Each application will be considered on an individual basis following the University's principle of widening access to those who might not have the traditional academic entry criteria to degree level awards.

Normally the entry requirements are:

  • The equivalent of 3 GCSE passes at Grade C (or Grade 4) or above
  • An equivalent academic or vocationally related qualification, such as NVQ3 in health and social care, providing evidence of ability to study at academic Level 4
  • Evidence of support from your employer.

Applicants are required to be undertaking a minimum of 16 hours per week in a paid or voluntary capacity, in an appropriate setting. You will be required to evidence that your line manager is willing to support your training needs.

Applicants will also need to evidence Occupational Health Clearance and a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.


All applicants will be screened for fitness for practice and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you must also demonstrate that your level of English is acceptable, by achieving a score in a recognised test such as British Council IELTS: normally minimum level 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing components.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements

How to apply

Home / EU applicants

Full-time: apply through UCAS »

International applicants

International applications

International students requiring a Tier 4 visa cannot study this course at Solihull College or Swindon College, but can apply to study it at our other partners.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Find out more

For full details about studying Health and Social Care, please visit the College website.