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Health and Social Care Practice

Applicants must be employed within a relevant healthcare setting to be eligible for this course.

Clearing applicants should contact City of Bristol College on +44(0)117 312 5171 or the Admissions Office at University Centre Weston on +44(0)1934 411409 for advice.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
UCAS for Full-time study via the relevant college
Tariff points:
Nursing and Midwifery
City of Bristol College or University Centre Weston.
Two years
Programme leader:
Angharad Hughes
Key fact:
Advance your health and social care career on this two-year Foundation course. Delivered at partner colleges across the West, you will learn in college one day a week during term time, so you can continue work and apply new learning in your workplace.

Page last updated 21 September 2017


Why study FdSc Health and Social Care Practice?

If you are already working in health and social care, this two-year Foundation course will improve your understanding of client or patient conditions and learn how best to improve their care. It will also equip you with the knowledge and skills to continue study on a professional specialised programme.

Why study our course?

Drawing on the expertise of UWE Bristol staff in Allied Health Professions and Nursing and Midwifery, the course is delivered at a choice of partner colleges across the West of England. College tutors bring a wealth of experience in professional practice as well as teaching. They also provide support and guidance throughout the course.

Real world experience

The course provides a balance of theory and practice. During term-time, one day a week is spent in college undertaking a range of modules. At the same time, you will be based in your own practice doing practice-based modules. There is a strong focus on work-based learning so you can apply new knowledge and skills in your job. You will also receive support from a work-based mentor throughout the course.

Where it can take you

On successful completion, you will be equipped to advance your career or study for a professional qualification. Past students have gone on to more advanced jobs with greater responsibility. Others have pursued professional qualifications at UWE Bristol.

NB: If you are interested we have a number of Foundation Year entry degree courses.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



The overall course aim is to prepare an Assistant Practitioner to work with a specified range of skills in partnership with others within national, regional and local employment arenas. The skills are based within the following categories:

  • Technical and work related skills
  • Key and generic skills
  • Increased understanding of the world of work
  • Employment involvement

The core key skills are identified as:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Application of number (through practice learning)
  • Use of information technology
  • Improving learning and performance

Learning and Teaching

Teaching methods range from lectures, seminars, practical learning and case studies.

Throughout the course, you will do practice-based modules in your own practice. Work-based learning is a strong emphasis and your work-based mentor will oversee and assess your progress throughout the course.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

There are two modes of completing the course:

1. You will use your own workplace as the focus for your learning with equal time spent on theory and practice. You will have an identified work-based mentor provided by the service that will oversee the integration of theory and practice.

2. You will attend the college partner for the taught element of the course.


Assessment methods are varied and include essays, presentations, project work and examinations.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

You will have access to excellent study and support facilities at our partner colleges as well at UWE Bristol.

  • Study in one of England's best health and social care libraries on our Glenside Campus. This has an extensive selection of books, journals and audio-visual materials as well as specialist health and social care software packages.
  • Access a wide range of high-end software, tools, industry journals and resources through UWE Bristol's online portal.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Computer skills

Computer skills are vital for academic studies as well as future employment. Computing is integral to the courses at UWE Bristol and partner colleges.

Many lecturers make lecture notes and materials available electronically. You will also need an understanding of IT in order to undertake and present work for some modules.

IT facilities are available at UWE Bristol and on all partner college campuses. Before starting the course, make sure you're familiar with core IT skills such as basic word-processing, online research, email and file management.


Careers / Further study

On successful completion, you will be equipped to advance your career or study for further professional qualifications. Past students have gone on to more advanced jobs with greater responsibility. Others have pursued professional qualifications at UWE Bristol.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Supplementary fee information

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, a minimum of 3 subjects at Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, to include English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject, or equivalent.
  • English Language Requirement:

    Applicants whose first language is not English must have a minimum of IELTS score of 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each section.

  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

On commencement of the course all applicants must have an identified work-based practice mentor recognised and agreed as such by the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences.

We frequently accept the completion of further or adult education courses as an appropriate entry qualification. Completing an Access or Foundation course may be a good move for people who have been away from formal education for a number of years (please take a look at the Department's Health Professions Foundation Programme).

As well as meeting the academic entry requirements applicants should meet the following selection criteria:

Health Assessment/Declaration. Applicants must be in good health. Those offered a place are required to complete a questionnaire and be prepared to undergo a medical examination if necessary

Disclosure of Criminal Background. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions including those which are spent must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Applicants who are offered a place must undergo a Criminal Record Bureau check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Interview. Short listed applicants will be interviewed by their employer and partner college representative.

Additional Selection Criteria

We encourage applications from all those interested in nursing or midwifery. Nursing and Midwifery are both physically and emotionally demanding professions and UWE positively implements the principles of the Equality Act 2010.

Students on nursing or midwifery programmes are expected to engage in the full range of clinical duties whilst on placement, which constitutes half of the nursing or midwifery programmes. As a student on a professional nursing or midwifery programme you must be mindful of the requirement in the NMC code of Practice 2015, which states that registered nurses must maintain the level of health needed to carry out our professional role.

Offers of places are subject to occupational health clearance and students are expected to disclose pre-existing and historical health conditions. Students on professional programmes have to meet specific requirements related to the need to demonstrate certain knowledge, skills and competencies required by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies that cannot be compromised. In considering Reasonable Adjustments, these will be taken into account when agreeing what adjustments are possible.

For further information


City of Bristol College

University Centre Weston

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