Foundation Degree in Health Care Practice

Programme Specification

26th January 2018
2 years


University Campus St Albans, Hatfield Road, St Albans, Herts, AL40JA   View map



Course overview

Aimed predominantly at health care assistants, the course will develop and elevate your skills and help you progress to band 4 assistant practitioner position.

The course has been designed to meet the education needs of practitioners in both hospital and community based settings.  Specialist practice and learning is also facilitated through two work-based learning (WBL) modules. The aim of these modules is to enable health care assistants to gain academic credit for learning activity undertaken in the workplace.

The work based modules are designed to allow you to apply your learning to your work context and your individual learning needs.

Successful graduates will have the opportunity to progress by accreditation of prior certificated learning to complete a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approved nursing programme.

Key benefits

  • Study part time and gain academic credit for learning activity undertaken in the workplace
  • Develop new skills and demonstrate relevant competences as applied to their work role
  • Progression opportunities into a registered nursing programme
  • Excellent support from an academic tutor, link tutor and mentor
  • Develop confidence on both a personal and professional level.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for health care assistants in bands 2- 4, or equivalent roles, who are currently employed by a health care provider.  You will have experience of caring for patients and their families and will have developed some clinical skills. Supervisory experience is beneficial but not required.

Course structure

Academic Year 2016/17 (January 2017 start)

Year 1 (12 months)

Semester B
Jan – Apr
Semester C
May – Aug
Semester A
Sept – Dec
Personal and Professional Development 1 (15 credits) Professional Relationships and Values (15 credits) An introduction to multi-disciplinary team working (15 credits)
Person-centred care and well-being (15 credits) Work-based learning 1 (30 credits)
Physiology, organisation and function of the human body (30 credits)

Year 2 (12 months)

Semester B
Jan – Apr
Semester C
May – Aug
Semester A
Sept – Dec
Personal and Professional Development 2 (15 credits) Communication and Collaboration In Practice (30 credits) Health Promotion (15 credits)
Working with Individuals – Application of Person-centred Care (30 credits) Work-based learning 2 (30 credits)

Course ends January 2019

How will it be delivered?

Teaching will take place in a dedicated Higher Education teaching suite at the Oaklands College Welwyn Garden City campus.

The practical skills sessions be taught on alternate weeks at Meridian House, University of Hertfordshire.

What is the time commitments?

Students will normally attend scheduled classes one day per week either at Oaklands College or the University of Hertfordshire, excluding academic holidays. In addition, you are encouraged to commit about 10 hours per week for self-directed study.

What will appear on my degree certificate?

Foundation Degree in Health Care Practice.

Entry requirements

You will:

  • Have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above, or a University of Hertfordshire accepted equivalent qualification
  • Be in current employment as a healthcare support worker (Band 2, 3, or 4) in the NHS (within the East of England region) for a minimum of 22.5 contracted hours per week

In addition, you must have either:

  • 120 UCAS points which must be made up of at least two full 4-unit A level (A2) or equivalent level 3 qualifications (e.g. BTEC National, NVQ)
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate
  • In the absence of the above equivalent academic qualifications entry, mature applicants will be considered who can demonstrate:
    • The depth of experience brought to the course
    • An ability to cope with academic content of the course
    • An ability to discuss current health care issues
    • An interest in broadening and building on prior experiences

This will be assessed by both written application and at interview.

What is required of the employer to support your application:

  • Provide an employer’s reference in support of the application
  • Provide evidence from their employer confirming that the student can be released from work duties to attend place of study one day a week for scheduled classes
  • Provide evidence confirming the availability of mentor support
  • Provide evidence that satisfactory health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks have been undertaken prior to the commencement of the programme

How to apply?

As employer’s agreement to join the course is required for this course, we would encourage you to discuss eligibility with your employer’s education lead (or training manager) in the first instance. You can then submit an application via our website.

Selection process

The process consists of short-listing followed by a selection day comprising an English test and an interview. The interview panel will normally include a Trust and an Academic member of staff. Successful applicants will demonstrate:

  • The potential to manage work and study commitments;
  • A commitment to the NHS constitution’s ‘Values and Behaviours’;
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.

Key Dates

Application Deadline: 9th January 2017
Interview Dates: 18th & 19th January 2017


This programme is funded by Health Education East of England (HEE).

Further information

For additional information on this course please contact Diane Owen Programme Lead at

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