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Health and Social Care - Foundation Year

Overview

Bridging your studies

Been out of study for a long time? Or maybe you haven’t met the entry requirements of your chosen degree? Our entry year acts as a bridge to degree-level studies. Successful completion of this foundation year will guarantee you a place on one of our BSc pre-registration health and social care courses:

On this programme, not only will you develop independent study and form a base for academic knowledge, you'll also develop the self-confidence needed for a successful health and social care career through active participation, team working and project work.

This one year course is divided into three terms, and work experience is gained at one of our leading industry partners.

The programme has four core and one optional module. The optional modules will help prepare you for a degree in Nursing and Midwifery, Allied Health Sciences or in Social Work. You'll get to choose the pathway best suited to the course you want to progress into.

Why Health and Social Care (Foundation Year) at LSBU?

Optional modules have been designed to better equip students for a specialised degree.
Enables a springboard to career and subject-specific degree level studies in Health and Social Care.
Unique work experience offered with world-renowned organisations.
Our staff are experts, with a great deal to share.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Adult Nursing (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus; Havering Campus
Mode
Diagnostic Radiography (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Therapeutic Radiography (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Midwifery (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Occupational Therapy (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Children's Nursing (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Mental Health Nursing (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus; Havering Campus
Mode
Learning Disabilities Nursing (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Operating Department Practice (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Social Work (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Sports Rehabilitation (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

The programme has four core and one optional module. The optional modules will help prepare you for a degree in Nursing and Midwifery, Allied Health Sciences or in Social Work. You'll get to choose the pathway best suited to the course you want to progress into.

  • Learning skills for Higher Education
    This module is designed to enable students to acquire and/or enhance skills that will facilitate their achievement on the programme. The module emphasises the importance of group and teamwork, reflecting on classroom discussions and writing. It will also consider ICT skills as well as assisting the student to identifying their learning style and explore how to manage their own learning.
  • Communication skills for health and social care professions
    This module will enable the student to explore a variety of communication methods used in health and social care interactions. It will explore different communication styles and will seek to further develop the student’s own communication style.  The role of professionals in communicating effectively will also be explored.
  • Quantitative techniques and practice
    This module therefore provides an introduction to the scientific underpinning of mathematics concepts and data, allowing students to develop confidence and competence when working with numbers in theory, in practice and in practical settings.
  • Introduction to health and social care, systems and professions
    This module aims to provide a foundation knowledge relating to health and social care provision and enable students to develop the knowledge and skills to work within a multidisciplinary environment.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Biology for health sciences
    This module introduces cells, tissues, molecules and processes that form the basic cellular structure of the human body, and the processes that support life. Aspects of biology and physiology are explored. 
  • Promoting health and wellbeing
    This module is designed to introduce the students to the concepts of health, healthy living and wellbeing, determinants of health and underpinning health promotion.
  • People skills and values
    This module enables students to develop awareness of the key concepts required, particularly in the role of social workers, focussing on the development of people skills and the development of appropriate values. It is primarily designed for students who are aiming to pursue careers in social work.

Employability

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Facilities

Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level DD or:
  • BTEC National Diploma MPP or:
  • Access to HE qualifications with Pass or:
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 64 UCAS points.
  • Plus  5 GCSEs A-C including English and Maths, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

International English Language Test (IELT)

Students for whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent (including 7.0 in written element and a minimum score of 6.5 in speaking, reading and listening element) for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) [or TOEFL: 570 including 55 in the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and at least 5 in the Test of Written English (TWE)], at the time of application.

All applicants must be 18 years or over at the commencement of the course to meet the subsequent requirement of the professional regulators for general education when they progress to level 4.

All offers of places on the course are conditionally based on:

1. Satisfactory outcome of an interview;

2. Occupational Health clearance;

3. Satisfactory outcome of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Applications from candidates with disabilities are considered and assessment of abilities and needs undertaken sensitively. The safety of the potential students is an important consideration.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Adult Nursing (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
B74F
Application method
Mode
Diagnostic Radiography (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
B81F
Application method
Mode
Therapeutic Radiography (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
B82F
Application method
Mode
Midwifery (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
B72F
Application method
Mode
Occupational Therapy (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
B93F
Application method
Mode
Children's Nursing (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
B73F
Application method
Mode
Mental Health Nursing (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
B76F
Application method
Mode
Learning Disabilities Nursing (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
B71F
Application method
Mode
Operating Department Practice (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
B77F
Application method
Mode
Social Work (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
L50F
Application method
Mode
Sports Rehabilitation (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
C63F
Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For more details on how to apply see our how to apply page.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Choosing a campus

When making your UCAS application you will need to apply for your chosen field of nursing practice as well as the campus you wish to study. You are able to study Adult Nursing and Mental Health Nursing at our Southwark or Havering campus. To choose to study at our Havering campus please indicate this by writing an 'H' in your UCAS application.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
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Total course fee:
UK/EU £37000
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UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5362Session code: 1FS00
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UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
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International £0
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UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5357Session code: 1FS00
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UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
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UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5354Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £37000
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UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5358Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £37000
International £0
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UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5366Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £37000
International £0

Please note that this course is not currently open to international students.

Fee prices

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

Stories

Select a story and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)

All pre-registration students need to be DBS cleared before going on placement. You’ll need to have an enhanced DBS check even if you have had one before and will not be able to go on placement until this is complete.

The DBS process is not difficult but can take some time so it's best to get started as soon as you receive your email.

DBS update service

If you're part of the DBS update service, your subscription is up to date and you already have a DBS certificate, please email a copy to hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk and then bring in your hard copy for the document check. To take advantage of the update service, your certificate needs to be classified as 'Enhanced' and workforce must be listed as 'Adult and Child'. If you have any queries, please email us at hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

How to complete your DBS

Our DBS supplier, Verifile, will send you an email with all the details you need to complete your DBS.

Verifile will give you instructions to log into their system and complete your personal details and information. To complete the process, you'll need your passport or driving licence and 5-year address history including dates when you moved in/out.

You can use your application number to track the progress of your DBS.

When you've finished, your Disclosure Statement will be mailed to the most recent address in your submission, so please make sure it's correct. We don't automatically receive a copy of this Statement, which is why we need you to bring it in as part of the next step.

Frequently asked questions

  • Only Social Work applicants need to pay for their DBS. It costs £46 and can be purchased on our online store.

  • Please include any and all major and minor, spent and unspent convictions, cautions, warning and reprimands, even if they relate to juvenile offences or seem trivial or unimportant. Some minor offences will not prevent you from going on placement or being offered a place on your course, but still need to be reviewed so it’s best to be honest and include everything. Also, the more information you include about any offences can help reduce the time it takes to assess them.

  • Yes, you do. You need to have an up-to-date DBS. Once you have received the email from our DBS supplier make sure you start the process straight away. All details of how to do this will be outlined in the email. If you don’t complete your DBS in the timeframe given, we may withdraw your offer even if term has already started. So it’s important that you get started as soon as you receive the email.

  • Government legislation requires all Higher Education Institutions who offer courses where students may come into unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults to have this check. These checks also help us to ensure duty of care to our students, and create a safer environment for patients seen by our students.

  • As part of the University’s admissions process, declarations of any offence may be referred to a virtual panel made up of senior managers from partner NHS Trusts and/or other sectors within Health and Social Care. Any DBS that is considered by the panel will be anonymised. The panel members then deliberate and make a recommendation whether the application be rejected, accepted or request further information or documents.

  • If you have declared an offence, we might ask for more information from you in writing which will help the panel make a decision. Once your declaration has been referred to the panel it can take up to 28 working days to be processed.

  • You need to put your current address on your DBS application because this is where your Statement will be mailed. If you’ve moved house between submitting and receiving your DBS, make sure you have mail forwarding set up so that you’ll receive your statement. If you’ve moved recently, make sure you have proof of your new address (such as a new bank statement) to bring for your document checks.

  • If you’ve lost your statement you will need to pay £46 to purchase a new one.

  • Yes. If your application has been rejected due to your DSB declaration/discloser, you will be sent a letter to confirm this. There will be instructions in the letter about how you can appeal and which supporting information you need to provide. Once a decision has been made you will receive a letter from the School Executive Team.

Document check

Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you'll need to bring your DSB Statement along with three accepted documents from this list to be verified at either our Southwark or Havering campus. Document checks can be completed for free at either campus, no appointment is necessary.

If you cannot get to either of our campuses, you can have your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a small fee.

  • Southwark: Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building Monday – Friday between 9am-11am or 1pm-4pm

    Havering: come to reception at Havering Monday – Friday between 8:30-10:30am, 12-2pm, 4-5pm

  • If you’re not able to come to campus, you can get your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a fee of £10.50. To do this, make photocopies of your three accepted ID documents and take your DBS form, copies and originals of your documents to the Post Office. The Post Office will stamp the form and photocopies and given them back to you. Email your post office receipt, stamped form and stamped documents to hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

Occupational Health (OH)

An exciting part of your placement is that you’ll be learning off-campus and working with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.

Questionnaire

The first part of your occupational health check is to complete the online questionnaire which our occupational health provider will review.

Complete your online questionnaire

GP appointment

The second part of your occupational health check is to get any inoculations that you may need from your GP. When attending your GP appointment, please take printed copies of these two documents with you.

Vaccination Screening Advisory Letter (PDF File 126 KB)
GP Vaccination and Screening History (PDF File 117 KB)

Occupational Health appointment

After these steps are complete you will receive an email from OHWorks Ltd inviting you to attend an appointment on-campus with an Occupational Health Nurse. These appointments take place during the week and sometimes when your classes have already started.

The OH team have prepared this guide (PDF File 322 KB) which outlines what to expect at each stage. If you have queries or concerns about your Occupational Health clearance or inoculations please contact the Occupational Health team.

Frequently asked questions

  • We have a duty of care to students and patients and so need to make sure you have the correct level of immunisation before you go on placement. You won’t be able to go on placement if you don’t have this or are not OH cleared.

  • Please contact the OH team to reschedule at least 48 hours in advance. Remember that you won’t be able to go on placement until you’re cleared.

  • Yes. Tell the OH Nurse about all conditions including specific learning difficulties even if you’ve declared these in the past. This will allow us to make reasonable adjustments whilst you’re on placement.

  • The information you share with the OH Nurse will be treated with confidence, meaning that it won’t be automatically shared with the DDS team. The DDS team can help you to receive support for your lectures, assignments and exams so it’s worth to register with them and provide evidence of your condition if you need this support.

Numeracy practice

Before starting your course, you may want to check or practice your numeracy skills. The National Numeracy Challenge is a free online tool that helps you learn, revise and quiz your essential numeracy skills. You’ll also be able to get a certificate to show your efforts.

Enrolment and Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.

Uniforms

Most placements and some practical sessions in our skills laboratories will require you to wear a uniform and name badge. You will be measured for uniforms specific to your course as part of your Welcome Week activities after enrolment. In the meantime, we have prepared answers to frequently asked questions that you might find useful.

Frequently asked questions

  • Yes, LSBU will supply you with uniforms for your placement with the exception of Social Work and Health and Social Care BSc students who are not required to wear uniforms for their placements.

  • Nursing and midwifery students will receive two pairs of trousers, three tunics and a name badge. Polo shirts will be issued instead of tunics for students studying mental health nursing, physiotherapy, chiropractic and sport rehabilitation. ODP students will receive one set of scrubs top and trousers.

  • The items are to last for the duration of your programme of study.

  • A measuring and distribution service will be available by the uniform provider at both Southwark and Havering campuses. As garments are fitted for work purposes they need to allow for flexibility of movement so it’s best to have the uniform provider measure you up.

  • You can request a longer tunic for religious or medical reasons. To do this, you should advise the uniform supplier at the measuring session. These tunics are 2 inches longer and sleeves finish just above the elbows. Due to infection control, full length sleeves are not permitted.

  • Name badges are professional and need to include your formal names.

  • You can order a replacement name badge direct with the uniform provider. Badges need to be worn at all times when you are at placement.

  • You are welcome to purchase additional items at www.wisconnect.co.uk. You will need to log in using your student ID and then follow the step-by-step instruction. Please note that dresses are not available.

  • You should try on your uniforms the day you receive them so that the staff at the measuring service can help arrange any size exchanges. If you choose not to try on your uniforms and require different sizes at a later date you will need to purchase these through the uniform provider’s online portal at your own cost.

  • They are yours to keep – you do not need to return the garments.

Practice placements

Most health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.

Holidays

Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.

 
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