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FdA Social Care Studies

Programme Description

The Foundation Degree in Social Care Studies is a two year, full-time, or three years part time higher education course. Students will attend college for lectures on two days a week over a period of two years. Part time students would attend for one day a week over three years. There is an expectation that students will undertake self directed study when not in formal lessons. The course offers a generic look at care and the values and systems that underpin the field. Students gain the required theory and knowledge to work in social care, and the practical skills and attitudes through structured work experience. This experinece allows students to apply and observe how theory is put into practice and is not a competency based training. The course leads to a Foundation Degree qualification validated by the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.

Programme Features

  • Four work experience placements lasting a month each in local care agencies that help students make career choices
  • Study visits to a variety of agencies form part of the course
  • A variety of guest speakers provide a wealth of knowledge and experience
  • No examinations - assessment is continuous by completion of assignments
  • Many opportunities to develop initiative, and group working skills
  • Student support is available on site, ranging from learning support for study skills, through to financial advice and personal counselling
  • A small friendly staff team and small student groups of around 15-30 people

Progression & Employment

Whilst completion of the course does not guarantee progression, students completing the course have successfully undertaken degree programmes in Social Work; Nursing (various areas); Social Inclusion as well as Social Science Degrees. Employment may be gained in many local social care agencies or in developing new community projects. Progression to BA (Hons) Social Care Studies at Coleg Sir Gar is encouraged.

How to apply;

All full time applicants must apply via UCAS using the course code L500 and institution code C22.

Part time applicants can appy using the Coleg Sir Gar application forms which are available at all campus offices or online.

Information on fees is available from Student Services in the college and Student Finance Wales.

Programme Content

All modules are compulsory.


Level 4SGSC4001 Employment Experience 1, 20 creditsSGSC4002 Academic Study Skills, 20 creditsSGSC4003 Personalisation in Social Care, 20 creditsSGSC4004 Inclusive Practice, 20 creditsSGSC4005 An Introduction to Theoretical Perspectives, 20 creditsSGSC4006 Advocacy and Empowerment, 20 credits

Level 5SGSC5001 Employment Experience 2, 40 creditsSGSC5002 Safeguarding Children, Young People and Adults, 20 creditsSGSC5003 Exploring Mental Health, 20 creditsSGSC5004 Contemporary Research in Social Care, 20 creditsSGSC5005 Working with Offenders, 20 credits

Programme Assessment

Assessment is continuous and by assignment. There are no examinations.

Programme Entry Requirements

One A Level or equivalent. Access qualifications are welcomed. Mature candidates may be accepted if they have practical experience with no previous qualifications. Decisions are made on an individual basis following interview.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David welcomes applications on the basis of prior learning, further details can be found here

Additional Costs

There is no additional fee, however, it is likely that you will incur additional costs for personal equipment and for course related excursions.