FdA Health Care Studies

Our FdA in Health Care Studies is your chance to achieve a firm foundation of knowledge and experience in contemporary healthcare practices and methods. We offer a range of practical and work-based learning experiences designed to prepare your for employment and further training in the healthcare sector.

FdA Health Care Studies

Course details

This course is a golden opportunity to develop the intellectual, personal and practical skills so sought-after by employers in the healthcare industries. You’ll have the chance to develop and enhance your understanding of the principles of care, along with the legal and ethical issues associated with social policy and working in the healthcare industries.

Along the way, our expert team will introduce you to theories and concepts in psychology, and help you explore anatomy and physiology. We’ll also encourage you to study cases where you can apply your learning, and benefit from our strong emphasis on improving the quality of care delivery within the healthcare sector. With a flexible, open-minded and analytical approach to studying, and to the issues raised during your studies, you should be primed to make significant progress towards your goals.

Getting out of the classroom and into the workplace is a key part of your learning, so a dedicated work placement forms part of the course, in which you’ll be encouraged to immerse yourself as a volunteer in a health and social care environment.

  • UCAS points: 64
  • Start date: 03/10/2019
  • Location: Economic Solutions
  • Award: FdA
  • UCAS code: L500
  • Duration: 3 years

Course highlights:

  • You can benefit from teaching delivered by research-active staff who have close links with the healthcare industries, including the NHS, and voluntary and charitable organisations.
  • The course is designed to be flexible if you’re already juggling personal and professional commitments, or working full-time.
  • You’ll have access to University e-learning resources, an extensive e-library and the support of University Librarians.
  • A link tutor provides academic communication between The Skills Company and the University of Bolton academic school, so that the experience you receive as an Off Campus student is equivalent to an On Campus student.
  • As an Off Campus student you also receive the support of a dedicated Off Campus team and resources, to help make you truly feel part of the University.

Key features:

  • The University of Bolton has a long-standing and excellent reputation for professional development in health and social care.
  • The Skills Company is a well-established partner in Manchester, and this is a great opportunity for you to study alongside fellow undergraduates from a range of vocational and cultural backgrounds.
  • Work placements provide up-to-date and highly relevant experience in a variety of settings, in areas such as primary care, social work, brain injuries, early years and older adults.
  • Talks from healthcare service providers and users offer varying but balanced perspectives to support your studies.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 64
  • Start date: 03/10/2019
  • Location: Economic Solutions
  • Award: FdA
  • UCAS code: L500
  • Duration: 3 years

Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3. You should also have four GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) in any subjects.

This course is open to UK and EU students. Applications from International students cannot usually be accepted because the study location for this course does not have a Tier 4 licence. Therefore, if you require sponsorship under Tier 4 (i.e. a Tier 4 international student visa to study in the UK) then unfortunately we’ll be unable to consider your application for this course.

You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn't your first language you'll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). Find out more

Career opportunities

This course is designed to help you to achieve the intellectual, personal and practical skills necessary to pursue a career in the health care industries. It aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles of care and the legal and ethical issues associated with social policy and working in health care.

This foundation degree is aimed at those wishing to further their career within health and social care services and offers an excellent platform into a variety of roles within care homes, residential homes, voluntary organisations, special schools and agencies providing domiciliary care.

After successfully completing the course, you should possess key transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, and negotiation skills, along with the ability to present ideas and arguments, work independently, and reflect on and review progress.

What can I do with this qualification?

After graduation, you’ll be able to use your skills in health and social care to seek employment within the youth justice system, NHS trusts, private hospitals, children's services, social services, family centres, as well as children's homes. You’ll also be able to seek work in the voluntary sector and with medical charities and not-for-profit organisations. Further academic studies and professional training in a variety of fields including social work, teaching and allied health professions is a future consideration.

You could also progress onto Honours-level or final year studies, such as the University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Professional Studies (Health and Social Care) or BA (Hons) Community and Neighbourhood Studies.

Alternative career options

  • Counselling
  • Dietetics
  • Writing and journalism
  • Occupational therapy
  • Mental health
  • Social work
  • Teaching and education
  • Health promotion
  • Mentoring
  • Armed forces
  • Community support
  • Youth work
  • Care home management
  • Health services
  • Child protection
  • Early years

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk


International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Communication and ICT
  • Using Evidence
  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Principles of Care
  • Promoting Health and Well Being
  • Group Dynamics and Working in Teams
  • Planning Care Delivery
  • Collaborative Health and Social Care
  • Introduction to Psychology in Health and Social Care
  • Social Inclusion, Empowerment and Health
  • Children and Families

Teaching, learning and assessment

We use a wide range of teaching methods, to make the course engaging and interesting, and support a rich and varied learning experience designed to prepare you for further studies or training, as well as employment. Taught theory sesions will take place at the Skills Company, or in a practice setting, complemented by group-based activities and seminars, and practical skills-based sessions.

You’ll have considerable one-to-one support from your course tutors and from work-based education facilitators in the practice setting and at the Skills Company. There are also distance-learning and online resources to support your learning and provide flexibility in self-directed studies.

The assessment strategy for the programme is designed to help you achieve overall goals in addition to those of individual modules. Formative assessments involve personalised feedback to help you build on personal strengths and overcome weaknesses. Summative assessments are those for which the marks contribute to the overall module grade, and these also involve feedback to support your ongoing improvement and achievements.

Assessment may be in the form of coursework such as essays, practical project reports, design and analysis assignments, case studies, oral presentations and traditional exams.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (95%), Practical exams (5%)
Level Two Coursework (100%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (36%), Placement/study abroad (42%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (23%)
Level Two Guided independent study (30%), Placement/study abroad (50%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (20%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
  • Course type:
  • Start date:
  • Location:
    Economic Solutions
  • Award:
  • UCAS points:
  • Duration:
    3 years

Contact us

Lindsey Brocklebank
Academic Partnership Manager, University of Bolton
Email: L.Brocklebank@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903288

Joey Weber
Link Tutor, University of Bolton
Email: J.Weber@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903708

Gemma Johnson
Programme Leader, The Skills Company
Email: G.Johnson2@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: Tel: +44 (0)161 233 2656

Enquiries Team
The Skills Company
Email: recruitment@gceducationandskills.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)161 233 2656