Northumbria University Newcastle - Health, Education and Social Care Foundation Year

Northumbria University Newcastle

Health, Education and Social Care Foundation Year

The Northumbria University Health, Education and Social Care Foundation Year draws from a wide range of experience across the university and is aimed at students who wish to begin their journey towards a career in the Health, Education and Social care sectors.

The course is designed to provide you with an introduction to health, education and social care knowledge and skills, including IT and academic research. You will be taught by a range of experienced academics and be supported at every step of your course to ensure an enjoyable experience that will enhance your learning and future employment prospects.  

Academic knowledge and intellectual curiosity are promoted throughout the foundation year, assisting you to achieve your true potential. The progression towards critical thinking begins in this course and will be further developed as you progress onto undergraduate study. The enquiry-based learning approach will empower you to become an active and independent learner with the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of audiences through a manner of platforms. 

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

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Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

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English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 7.0 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

Throughout the Health, Education and Social Care Foundation Year, we emphasise the development of your professionalism, resilience, communication and decision-making skills which will have value in every workplace. We will give you feedback and specifically assess your ability to craft and present a persuasive argument to others, which gives you confidence and competence.

Northumbria University’s Careers and Employment Service will also support you with CV advice, interview preparation and portfolio development. 

Throughout the Foundation Year, you will develop attributes including reflection and insight. The course prepares you to think and act independently. Independent learning will prepare you for future learning and your career. 

Course Details

The Health, Education and Social Care Foundation Year is taught over two semesters and will be completed in one academic year. The course will provide you with a strong grounding in fundamental debates, theory and practice, alongside research skills that are relevant to health, education, and social care. It will enhance your theoretical knowledge of the wider determinants of health, education and social care and provide you with transferable skills relevant to further undergraduate study in these subject areas. 

The modules within the course will develop your understanding of collaboration and professionalism, fostering team working, adaptability and academic study skills which are fundamental to future study and employment.  

If you are an international student, you will have access to Academic Language Skills (ALS) sessions to help you develop your academic language, writing and study skills. These sessions will run throughout the course. 

Foundation year

Becoming a Professional (Core,20 Credits)
Preparation for Undergraduate Study (Core,20 Credits)
Valuing Self and Others (Core,20 Credits)
Human Development in the World (Core,20 Credits)
Collaborative working in Health, Education and Social Care (Core,20 Credits)
Collaborative Project (Core,20 Credits)

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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