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Gain a foundation degree while working in a relevant health, social or community care role, helping you to advance your career in primary or secondary care. Foundation Degrees (FdA) are particularly appropriate for students considering returning to learning after a break, or those who have not gained their qualifications through the traditional school-based route. This vocational award is a work-based course, and the module assignments and lessons are designed to benefit your professional development. You will build upon your experience through modules in areas such as; Developing the Role of the Reflective Practitioner, Fundamentals of Anatomy, Play and Creative Arts, and Mental Health and Wellbeing.

College sessions include lectures, seminars and tutorials, with academic teaching staff who are experienced in this industry. The course also incorporates a great deal of group work, which will be an opportunity to share experiences with fellow professionals working across a range of settings.

There is a wide range of support available to help you get the most out of your course. You will be given an academic tutor who will have regular one-to-one meetings with you. You will also nominate someone from within your own workplace, such as a manager or colleague, to become your mentor. Additionally, you will benefit from small learning groups and access to facilities and support at Langley College.

You will study at the Langley campus of The Windsor Forest Colleges Group every Wednesday, 9.00am - 5.30pm, term-time

What do you need?

You must be working at least 2.5 days a week in a relevant care setting, and are normally expected to have obtained:

  • An NQF Level 3 qualification in a work-related area;
  • GCSE English Language at a grade C (grade 4) or above;
  • GCSE Maths at a grade C (grade 4) or above;
  • At least 2 years' experience of working within a relevant setting.

You will need to demonstrate your potential to be caring and compassionate, and the ability to:-

  • develop meaningful relationships with service users and carers
  • study academic subjects at degree level
  • debate topics and issues
  • draw on conclusions from written material
  • study independently as well as in a group
  • use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods
  • Any candidate who does not fully meet the entry criteria (for example, who does not have Maths GCSE or the specified amount of full-time work experience, but may have part-time and/or volunteering experience) is invited to submit their application, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

How you are assessed

There are a range of assessments across the 2 years, such as presentations, reports, essays, projects, portfolios and one online test.

How Long?

The duration of this course is 2 years, attending college one day per week.

What course next?

Successful completion of the foundation degree opens up a number of alternatives to you. You can 'top-up' your qualification to a full BA Hons degree at one of our local universities for example: Bucks New University, the University of West London or you can choose to complete this here at Langley College, through the University of West London.

What could this lead to?

Candidates may go on to develop their careers in the wider care and/or education workforce

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