Studying at LSBU image

Health and Social Care - Foundation Year

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time

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.

Entry requirements

2019 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.

2019 entry

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.

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

My Social Work friends said they need to pay. Do I need to pay?

What do I need to declare on my DBS?

I’ve applied for/had a DBS in past. Do I need to do it again?

Why do I need an enhanced DBS check?

Who reviews my DBS?

When will I hear back from the panel about my DBS?

Which address do I use?

I’ve lost my statement. What do I do?

I’ve had my application rejected due to my DBS declaration/disclosure. Can I appeal the decision?

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.

Document check on campus

Document check at the Post Office

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

I don't want to get vaccinations. Can I opt out of these?

My local GP doesn’t have my vaccination history. What should I do?

What if I can’t make my OH appointment?

I’ve already registered with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit (DDS). Do I still need to tell the OH Nurse about my condition?

If I’ve declared a condition to the OH Nurse, do I need to register with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit as well?

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

Do I get a uniform for when I go on placement?

Which uniforms will I receive?

How long do the uniforms need to last?

How do I know what size I am?

Am I able to request a longer tunic?

Can I use a preferred name or a nickname on my name badge?

What do I do if I lose or damage my name badge?

Can I order more uniforms?

Can I try on my uniforms?

What do I do with my uniform after I complete my studies?

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.

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

Year 1 FT Havering SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5360Session code: 1FE00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £37000
International £0

Year 1 FT Havering SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5354Session code: 1FE00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £37000
International £0

Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5355Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £37000
International £0

Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5356Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £37000
International £0

Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5361Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £37000
International £0

Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5364Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £37000
International £0

Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5362Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £37000
International £0

Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5360Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £37000
International £0

Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5357Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £37000
International £0

Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5359Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £37000
International £0

Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5354Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £37000
International £0

Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5358Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £37000
International £0

Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
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.