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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 your BSc pre-registration health and social care course:

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 6 compulsory modules. Each module offers you learning opportunities vital for successful entry into your BSc programme.

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

Health and Social Care relevant modules designed to deliver key knowledge and skills to help you achieve success.
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
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
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
Mode
Physiotherapy (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Chiropractic Integrated Masters (Extended Degree)
Duration
5 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

The programme has six core modules. These core modules will help prepare you for a degree in Nursing and Midwifery, Allied Health Sciences or in Social Work.

  • 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.
  • Skills needed for roles in health and social care
    This module introduces students to the wide variety of Health and Social Care professions, their roles and how they do what they do. This module also incorporates the work experience element of the course.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Professional links

The School of Health and Social Care has links with over 70 health and social care providers in London and the surrounding areas. Work experience will take place in one of these.

Placements will expose you to a range of client services and ensure that you embark on a professional career with a realistic understanding of the necessary values and skills required.

The Foundation Year offers students three periods of work experience:

  • Work Experience 1 is undertaken in a non-clinical area and supervised by a non-health or social care professional. This is intended to offer the student a regular period of direct observation of how staff members work together to provide services for clients in health and/or social care. This might be catering, reception, hotel services, or portering, for example.

  • Work Experience 2 is undertaken in a clinical area and remains under the supervision of a non-health or social care professional. This is intended to offer you a regular period of direct observation of how staff members work together to provide clinical/social services for clients in health and/or social care. Locations for this work experience might be voluntary social care services, social care or health care reception services, health centres, wards for example.

  • Work Experience 3 (2 weeks) is intended to offer students significant exposure to a work environment of their chosen profession, helping to gain a realistic understanding of that career and to complete the final portfolio. This may involve working in a clinical or social care area with a professional for the entire period. Alternatively, you may be immersed in the work of an area or department with a focus on how that service affects the client’s journey through health or social care services. Whichever schedule of experience is provided, you will have an excellent insight into how their chosen profession carry out their role with clients and colleagues.

Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

  • 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.

2020 entry

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
Mode
Physiotherapy (Extended Degree)
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
B16F
Application method
Mode
Chiropractic Integrated Masters (Extended Degree)
Duration
5 years
Start date
September
Application code
B32F
Application method

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 the Foundation Year of the Extended Degree Programme at Southwark campus only but it is possible to change to the Havering Campus for the BSc years of the Adult Nursing and Mental Health Nursing programs if you apply to do so.

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 many of our Health and Social Care courses is the opportunity to learn off-campus and work 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
GP Vaccination and Screening History

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 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.

Work experience

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

Holidays

Your holiday periods may not follow the normal University timetable because of work experience. 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: 5354Session 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: 5360Session 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: 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: 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: 5366Session 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 5361Session 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.