The Foundation Degree is designed for adult learners already working within the NHS in a clinical support worker role, with at least one year clinical experience in acute, mental health or other clinical support worker roles. It offers the opportunity to develop your clinical and professional skills and to understand the theory underpinning your practice.
Throughout the course both clinical and academic teaching across modules have equal weighting. The course is designed to support you in your learning as a reflective practitioner and enable you to apply your learning directly to your work.
You will be taught by friendly and supportive staff with experience in working with adult learners who also have substantial professional experience within the sector. From your initial enquiry and throughout your studies with us you’ll benefit from our student support service, which provides advice and guidance, academic skills support, welcome and social events.
This course is delivered under the apprenticeship model with 20% comprised of off the job learning taught in weekly blocks to provide greater flexibility for employers and apprentices. The Foundation Degree is awarded by the University of Leeds, after which an end point assessment will be required by your employer to achieve the apprenticeship.
Three core strands run throughout the Foundation Degree:
- professional working - development of your understanding of the context and nature of work as an assistant practitioner and of your professional skills in this role;
- clinical practice - development of clinical skills and competencies in a range of relevant settings for your role;
- clinical knowledge - understanding of core concepts in human biology that underpin healthcare practice with opportunity for additional specialism in mental health issues.
There is a strong emphasis on your development of clinical practice coupled with acquiring skills for successful study at university. Half of each year of the course is clinically based, and teaching across modules is designed to help and support you in your learning as reflective practitioners. This course is delivered under the apprenticeship model. The Foundation Degree is awarded by the University of Leeds, after which an end point assessment will be required by your employer to achieve the apprenticeship.
Details of typical modules/components for our courses will now be published after July 1st (instead of May 1st), due to current limitations as a result of covid-19. These details may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Learning and teaching
Teaching is imaginative and supportive to make sure that you are intellectually stretched and helped to become an independent inquirer. Group sizes are small enabling you to engage actively and be well supported.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Assessments are varied and include essays, projects, case studies, group presentations and examinations. This wide range gives you the opportunity to work to your strengths and to gain skills in different forms of expression.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
GCSE: GCSE English and maths at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent.
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Level 3 health/social care qualification, or equivalent.
Alternative Entry for Mature Applicants
If you are a mature applicant (over 21 at the point of entry) and if you don’t have the required level 3 or GCSE qualifications, you can complete our Alternative Entry Scheme. As part of this, you may be asked to take tests in English and maths and to write an essay.
It is a requirement of the Higher Apprenticeship that applicants who do not already hold GCSE English and maths at grade C/4 (or equivalent) will need to achieve level 2 English and maths prior to taking their end-point assessment. Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre for more information.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5.
English language requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component.
How to apply
You must be currently employed in a healthcare setting and have the support of your employer. Application for this course should be made via your line manager in the first instance. Employers should contact the Lifelong Learning for more information.
The selection process will include an interview with your employer and the Lifelong Learning Centre to assess suitability.
If you’re entering through the Alternative Entry Scheme you’ll be sent details after the interview.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: See fees section below
The fees for this course are paid by your employer through the apprenticeship levy. Please note you will not be eligible for a tuition fee loan.
Scholarships and financial support
A qualification from the University of Leeds counts: our graduates are highly valued by employers. When you complete your degree programme you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates.
A University of Leeds degree will make you very attractive to employers and enhance your career prospects. Graduates of this course will have a solid platform for career development and further study. The course has been developed to meet workforce development needs identified by Healthcare trusts in the Yorkshire and Humber region. As a Foundation Degree graduate you would be able to assume responsibility to deliver delegated elements of protocol-based health and social care and undertake clinical work in areas previously only within the remit of registered healthcare providers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.
The University and the Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC) provide a range of activities to support LLC students looking to:
- explore their career options
- develop or enhance their employability skills
- gain work or voluntary experience
- prepare for promotion, review or a role change at work
- find and apply for jobs
Read more on the University’s Careers website.