Over the last few decades, health, social care, childcare and social policy work has become an important focus of public, academic and media interest. The importance of this area has underlined the need for skilled and educated personnel, with a broad and in-depth understanding of theory and practice.
The Level 4 and 5 modules will help you to meet this need by continuing to contribute to a more professionalised and respected workforce. You will further develop your understanding of the sector and its management, focusing on contemporary issues and practices. You will also examine the core values that underpin health and social care management, as well as strategic issues that have a local, regional, national and international impact.
The links between theoretical study, practical experience and professional work are central to the course, and your studies will inform and enrich your practice. The course provides a valuable educational experience for a wide range of health and social care, childcare and social policy professionals. These modules will boost your employability and your professionalism, helping you develop your career.
The course consists of the following modules, which are available to all part-time, full-time students or on a module only basis.
For every 10 credits, students should engage with around 100 notional hours of learning. This will be approximately 30% direct learning contact and 70% independent student learning.
There are optional modules that affect the award title, which will appear on the certificate on successful completion of this programme. These options are indicated in brackets next to the module titles below to show if they are indicative of the following three titles:
- FdA Health and Social Care
- FdA Health and Social Care (Social Policy)
- FdA Health and Social Care (Supporting Young People and Adults with Additional Learning Needs)
Level 4 Modules
Communication (10 credits, compulsory)
The purpose of this module is to examine the importance of communication when working with service users within the fields of health and social care and welfare. Students will be introduced to a variety of models of communication and communication theorists and how they can be used to enhance practice. Also there will be an analysis of communication methods, including nonverbal, which service users may employ. Further to this, the barriers to communication that service users and professionals experience will be examined, including those of interpersonal communication skills along with those which originate from organisational practice and the wider social environment.
Assignment 1: A 10-minute presentation in which students will identify various communication skills utilised within a work context whilst also explaining ways to effectively develop communicate in practice 40%.
Assignment 2: Students will participate in a 10-minute role-play demonstrating a range of communication skills and how to overcome any communication barriers with identified individuals. 30%.
Assignment 3: Students will submit a personal reflection their own communication skills and identify future development needs (500 words) 30%.
Employability-based Learning 1 (20 credits, core)
The purpose of this module is for students to be given an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their work-based skills. Students will be required to demonstrate the use and application of skills relevant to their own employment or placement so as to illustrate effective service provision. An understanding of such skills will be exhibited along with an awareness of how to use them in practice. Crucially students will demonstrate an understanding of their own practice through the use of reflection and clearly illustrate how reflection can be used to enhance their practice for the benefit of personal and professional development.
Assignment 1: By means of online assessment and record keeping, students will evidence a number of work-based skills, underpinned by a minimum of 75 hours’ practice. Pass or Fail.
Assignment 2: By means of online assessment, students will submit a series of written reflections on their own professional practice and produce an action plan for their current and future development. 100% 3,000 words.
Introduction to Mental Health (20 credits, compulsory)
This module introduces the student to key issues and concepts surrounding mental health and developments in mental health approaches. Mental health will be examined, including the history surrounding mental health. Mental health services will be explored, including the barriers to access and efficacy.
Assignment 1: By means of a written assignment, students will identify the historical and contemporary nature of a range of mental health conditions 1200 words 40%.
Assignment 2: By means of two mini case studies, students will explain the potential effects of a range of mental health conditions on individuals. Students will also identify current support networks available. 1200 words 40%.
Assignment 3: Students will present (10 minutes) an academic poster, which analyses a current response to mental health to include both service and policy 20%.
Safeguarding (20 credits, compulsory)
The module will look at understanding the difference between the concept of safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults and the concept of protection in relation to vulnerable adults within education and health and social care settings. The module will: aim to identify and define safeguarding, cover contexts of transition, roles and responsibilities, procedures and protocols, positive risk taking, legislation, individual responsibility and accountability, barriers to multi-agency working, the impact of the disclosure of abuse and possible outcomes surrounding the disclosure for all concerned including the individual, carer, parent and more. The module will also focus on safe working practices, referrals and the many categories and wider considerations in safeguarding.
Assignment 1: By using a relevant case study, students will explore safeguarding concerns for individual using services and explain potential responses in practice 2,000 words 60%
Assignment 2: Students will undertake an online exam in order to demonstrate their awareness of safeguarding issues with regards to identifying, reporting and managing, 40%
Research Methods and Study Skills (10 credits, compulsory)
This module aims to develop the study skills of the students, enabling the production of sound academic writing, the introduction of critical thought and basic research skills. It will enable students to develop skills in academic writing, the use of academic conventions, information research, reflection and the management and organisation of their work.
An individual portfolio which consists of several tasks all of which need to be completed and submitted separately. These consist of referencing exercises 15%, essay planning and writing 20%, analysis and evaluating essays 20%, presentations and review 15%, feedback and action planning 15% and learning style exercises 15% linked and progressive demonstrating appropriate research and study skills and academic writing 2,000 words100%, Pass or Fail
Introduction to Social Policy (Optional module Social Policy route) (20 credits, core)
The module aims to introduce students to the importance of social policy for the provision of a variety of welfare services. This will include exposing learners to the main political theories of welfare and relevant theoretical concepts which underpin and shape the provision of welfare services across the lifespan. Furthermore, students will have an opportunity to understand and differentiate between various providers of welfare such as those operating within both the public and private domain as well as the voluntary sector, and develop an understanding as to how welfare theory influences and determines the type of provision available.
A multiple-choice online examination of one-hour assessing students understanding of key concepts of social policy. 40%
A written assignment whereby students compare and contrast two theories of welfare of their choice, demonstrating an understanding of contrasting approaches. 2,000 words 60%
Introduction to Sociology and Criminology (Optional module Social Policy route) (20 credits, core)
The aim of this module is to provide students with an introductory understanding of sociology and criminology and criminal justice. Students will be introduced to key sociological and criminological theorists, along with topical sociological and criminological debates and issues. Following this, students will develop an awareness of various social concepts such as social class, gender, ethnicity, disability, and obtain an understanding as to how they influence and shape individual lives and opportunities, including, among others, health and well-being, crime and deviance, education, and poverty and inequality etc. Sociological and criminological theory will be drawn upon to understand how these concepts interact and work to determine life chances.
Students will be required to read four set articles relating to both sociology and criminology, answering pre - determined questions relating to the specific articles, to develop academic skills. A critique of each of article, of 750 words, will need to be presented in a portfolio of 3000 words. 100%
Level 5 Modules
Employability-based Learning 2 (20 credits, core)
This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to analyse the value of their learning within vocational and work specific contexts. In so doing, it will require students to reflect upon their learning experience in terms of how it has enhanced their academic and vocational knowledge and skills, self - esteem and current and future employability. This will enable students to link their increased effectiveness in a range of work based tasks and contexts to their extended and enhanced knowledge and skills sets.
In addition, the module will focus upon the creation of a comprehensive and vocationally relevant personal and professional development plan, arising from forward reflection. The plan will identify a range of future academic and vocational developmental needs, specific to and within a range of work based and employability contexts, which results in the identification of attainable goals. The plan will also identify and establish how progress towards stated goals may be measured.
An individually negotiated portfolio (100%) which contains reflective accounts and a personal and professional development plan. This will require students to reflect on their personal and professional development and make links between the workplace and theory based modules on the programme. The reflective account will focus upon recognising the value of the learning experience in terms of increased effectiveness in specific work based tasks and broader employability contexts. The personal and professional development plan will set attainable future work based and employability goals and establish a mechanism for the measurement of progress towards them.
Reflective account: 2,000 words, 50%,
Personal and Professional Development Plan: 2,000 words, 50%,
Individual Rights and Professional Practice (20 credits, compulsory)
The module aims to exemplify the importance of individual rights within the delivery of health and social care and welfare services. The rights of individual service users will be analysed and how organisations through their operation ensure such rights are adhered to. Guaranteeing the rights of service users is dependent upon the practice of professionals, with ethical and critical practice being important. The unit will define and discuss critical practice, relating it to a wide range of health and social care and welfare settings, and demonstrating its importance for ethical practice, which will enhance the well-being and experiences of service users.
Assignment 1: A written essay discussing the importance of rights for service users as a means to enhance their well-being and identify the legislative context organisations operate within to promote service user rights 2,500 Words, 60%
Assignment 2: An academic poster presentation of 10 minutes where students will explain the concept of critical practice, to include the three domains, within an identified health and social care or welfare setting, and which describes the key values and ethics underpinning the method (LO 3 and 4) (40%)
Leadership and Management (20 credits, compulsory)
The module aims to develop the knowledge and skills that enable students to analyse and evaluate contemporary management methods and theories used in the management of teams and individuals. The impact of poor management will be analysed and the possible solutions available to rectify problems and promote innovation. Furthermore, issues surrounding conflict within teams and with individuals will be explored illustrating possible resolutions. Recognising management theories, practices and, knowledge of effective team working, students will develop methods of practice which contribute to the effective delivery of services for users.
Assignment 1: Students will have 20 minutes, to include questioning, to present on various leadership styles, their potential impact, motivation, supervision and performance of staff related to their own place of work 40%.
Assignment 2: Students will be required to undertake a written assignment exploring approaches to innovation and change when working within a team 2,500 words 60%.
Research Methods (20 credits, compulsory)
This module aims to enable students to apply a range of research skills appropriate to the study of health and social care. It will require students to demonstrate enhanced skills in academic writing and information research and to apply a range of valid research methodologies and instruments. Students will also develop an understanding of ethics and learn how to give consideration to the importance of ethics within research. In addition, the module will focus upon the construction of convincing arguments through the application of valid research, analysis and evaluation.
A research proposal that will demonstrate enhanced skills in academic writing and information research applying a range of research methodologies, developing an understanding of ethics whilst giving consideration to the notion of the importance of ethics in research and incrementing and formulating a convincing argument based on an appropriate literature review within a research outline. 4000 words, 100%,
Comparative Welfare Policy (Optional Module Social Policy route) (20 credits, core)
The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the diversity of welfare provision both within Britain and globally. Students will be made aware of the various theoretical models of welfare provision such as liberal, corporatist, and social democratic, and the political ideas which underpin and structure these different options. Following this, an examination will be made of a variety of welfare systems globally, illustrating the diversity of welfare settlements and how the theoretical models have been applied in practice. Attention will also be made to the growing diversity of welfare in Britain as a consequence of devolution. Furthermore, an examination will be made of the opportunities various welfare states offer in terms of access to education, health and the alleviation of poverty and inequality etc.
Assignment 1: An individual 10-minute PowerPoint presentation whereby students demonstrate their understanding and evaluate different types of welfare systems and differentiate between them. 30%
Assignment 2: Written assignment whereby students assess and evaluate the welfare state of a chosen country. An identification of the political ideas and theoretical models underpinning the chosen welfare state must be made along with evaluating their effectiveness as a means to deliver services such as education, health, and combat poverty and social exclusion 2,500 Words, 70%
Key Issues in Contemporary Social Policy (Optional module Social Policy route) (20 credits, core)
The purpose of this module is for students to develop an awareness of key issues dominating contemporary Britain, and which social policy must contend with in order to ensure the social and individual well-being of individuals is achieved. Attention will be upon the key issues of poverty and social exclusion, an ageing society, housing, and disability. An analysis will be presented of the conceptual understanding of such issues and how they have evolved, their social consequences and the impact they have upon individual’s lives, and society’s response to them in terms of appropriate and effective social policies.
Assignment 1: During an open question exam, students will demonstrate an understanding of statistical data identifying and evaluating patterns and trends relating to two key contemporary issues within social policy. 40%
Assignment 2: A written assignment analysing and evaluating the social impact of, and social policy response to, one contemporary social issue identified within the module. 2,500 Words 60%