Care Studies – Foundation Degree (Full-Time)

Course Overview

The Foundation Degree in Care Studies is a two-year, full-time Higher Education course designed to provide students with the opportunity to study a range of healthcare disciplines and builds an appropriate academic foundation and relevance in each subject area. The programme enables students to develop a range of graduate and expected employability skills which transfer to the world of work. The requisite work placement element of the programme gives opportunities for students to acquire practical skills and professional values within the diverse field of practice.

This course is run in partnership with the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.

  • Entry Requirements

    This programme is aimed predominantly at mature students within the wider Neath Port Talbot community, who have existing knowledge and experience from working in the Health and Social care sector, or other relevant life experience. We aim to reflect the multidisciplinary approach required in this sector and actively seek prospective students from varied employment/ academic backgrounds.

  • Career Prospects

    A number of our FdSc Care Studies graduates improve current career pathways (H&SC) whilst others may progress into further training or undertake professional qualification. Career routes are diverse as a progression from this programme, most graduates go on to pursue traditional care options, though the course is not limiting in this respect. Alternative career considerations are promoted through the college careers advice centre and links with the wider industrial provision, e.g. Police force, 3rd Sector, Youth services, Rehabilitation teams, Environmental health, Public health.

  • Course Details

    The programme will include lectures, tutorials and a substantial work placement. You will usually have to complete portfolios, oral and poster presentations and written assignments as you progress through the programme.

  • Course Details

    Year 1 Modules include:

    • The Value of Communication in promoting Equality and Dignity in Care
    • Partnership Working
    • Contemporary Issues relating to Safeguarding Vulnerable Individuals
    • Study Skills
    • Current Issues
    • Workplace Practice

    Year 2 Modules include:

    • Psycho - Sociological perspectives on Health and Wellbeing
    • Research in the wider Health and Social care arena
    • Implementing Change in Care Practice
    • Impact of an Aging Population
    • Third Sector
    • Workplace Practice.
  • Assessment

    You will usually have to complete portfolios, oral and poster presentations and written assignments as you progress through the programme.

  • Additional Costs

    There will be additional course-related costs.

Study Mode

Higher Education & Degrees


Afan College - 01639 648200

Course Length

2 Years - Full-Time



Institution Code



2019/20 Fees:
£9000 Per Year